The gut-BONE connection? Yes! The gut is tied to a wide variety of body functions with the expression “gut-brain” connection likely being the one you’ve heard of more. The gut-bone connection – “gut-bone axis” as one article names it - is garnering attention. Young Chiropractic treats Easley chiropractic patients with bone conditions like osteoporosis, so this topic is quite relevant.
HOW ARE THE BONE AND GUT CONNECTED?
This issue of gut-bone connection has grown such that Osteoporosis and Bone Research Academy of the Royal Osteoporosis Society met in October 2020. This assembly conversed about past, present, and future research projects about the interplay of diet, medication-use, immune development, health and lifestyle and the function of the human gut microbiota as they influence bone development in youth and bone maintenance and decline in more mature folks. The valuable use of oral probiotics to potentially reduce bone turnover and avert bone loss was highlighted, too. (1)
HOW IS THE GUT-BONE CONNECTION RELATED TO OSTEOPOROSIS?
As the most frequent metabolic skeletal disease, osteoporosis impacts many people, men and women, because of its wearing down of the skeletal structure giving rise to bone loss. Any distress of the gut microbiota can disturb the bone remodeling balance and affect bone metabolism. (2) Young Chiropractic aims to help our Easley chiropractic patients avert and/or treat osteoporosis.
The rate of postmenopausal osteoporosis has increased recently along with the rapidly aging worldwide population. Treating the “gut-bone axis” was described as a balance of hormones, immunity, nutrient metabolism, gut microbiota metabolites, and intestinal permeability. (3) Using traditional Chinese medicine’s Qing’e Pills was demonstrated as a way to regulate intestinal flora to improve postmenopausal osteoporosis by increasing bone mineral density, altering gut microbiota, and positively influencing inflammatory factors. (4) A polyphenols-rich vinegar extract was described as helpful in controlling blood glucose and lipidemia in diabetic rats as well as decreaing inflammation, boosting short chain fatty acid content, and reestablishing gut microbiota. (5) Ask Young Chiropractic about the positive impact of treating the vagal nerve origin in the gut to influence the gut. A big topic for another post, the vagus nerve - being the longest cranial nerve in the body that regulates gut function as well as helps in the control of cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine, and immune systems – responds to treatment. (6) Fascinating and effective! The options for dealing with the “gut-bone axis” and possibly preventing osteoporosis grow! Bone nutrition is important.
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Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. James Cox on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes the relationship of nutrition and chiropractic treatment within The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for spine related conditions.
Schedule your Easley chiropractic appointment soon. Are they connected? They sure are! The more researchers study it, the more alive the “gut-bone axis” becomes and the more options to address its influence grow. Gut problems? Osteoporosis? Back pain? All are welcome at Young Chiropractic!