The gut-BONE connection? Yes! The gut is connected to a wide variety of body functions with the term “gut-brain” connection likely being the one you’ve heard of more. The gut-bone connection – “gut-bone axis” as one article refers to it - is getting attention. New Hampshire Spine and Sport treats Southern New Hampshire chiropractic patients with bone concerns like osteoporosis, so this topic is quite relevant.
HOW ARE THE BONE AND GUT CONNECTED?
This issue of gut-bone connection has intensified such that Osteoporosis and Bone Research Academy of the Royal Osteoporosis Society met in October 2020. This assembly conversed about past, present, and future studies about the interplay of diet, medication-use, immune development, health and lifestyle and the function of the human gut microbiota as they affect bone development in youth and bone maintenance and decline in older age. The helpful use of oral probiotics to potentially slow bone turnover and stop bone loss was highlighted, too. (1)
HOW IS THE GUT-BONE CONNECTION RELATED TO OSTEOPOROSIS?
As the most common metabolic skeletal disease, osteoporosis impacts many people, men and women, because of its weakening of the skeletal structure giving rise to bone loss. Any distress of the gut microbiota can trigger the bone remodeling balance and affect bone metabolism. (2) New Hampshire Spine and Sport aims to help our Southern New Hampshire 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 enhance postmenopausal osteoporosis by increasing bone mineral density, changing gut microbiota, and positively affecting inflammatory factors. (4) A polyphenols-rich vinegar extract was noted to be beneficial in controlling blood glucose and lipidemia in diabetic rats as well as decreaing inflammation, boosting short chain fatty acid content, and restoring gut microbiota. (5) Ask New Hampshire Spine and Sport about the positive impact of treating the vagal nerve origin in the gut to have an effect on the gut. A sizable topic for another post, the vagus nerve - being the longest cranial nerve in the body that regulates gut function as well as assists 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 averting 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 illustrates the relationship of nutrition and chiropractic treatment within The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for spine related issues.
Schedule your Southern New Hampshire chiropractic appointment today. Are they connected? Yes! The more researchers study it, the more alive the “gut-bone axis” becomes and the more options to address its influence expand. Gut problems? Osteoporosis? Back pain? Bring them to New Hampshire Spine and Sport!