The gut-BONE connection? Yes! The gut is tied
to a wide variety of body functions with the term
“gut-brain” connection likely being more
recognizable. The gut-bone connection – “gut-bone axis” as one article refers
to it - is garnering attention. Spinal Care Clinic sees
Burlington and Hamilton 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 discussed
past, present, and future studies regarding
the interaction 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 decrease in older age. The helpful use of oral probiotics
to possibly reduce bone turnover and stop
bone loss was pointed out, also. (1)
HOW IS THE GUT-BONE CONNECTION RELATED TO OSTEOPOROSIS?
As the most common metabolic skeletal
disease, osteoporosis affects 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 influence bone metabolism. (2) Spinal Care Clinic
aims to help our Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic patients avoid and/or
The occurrence of postmenopausal osteoporosis has
increased recently along with the swiftly 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 shown to regulate intestinal flora
to improve postmenopausal osteoporosis by enhancing
bone mineral density, changing gut microbiota, and positively affecting
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 Spinal Care Clinic about the positive effect of treating
the vagal nerve origin in the gut to have an effect on the gut.
A big topic for another article, 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 attending to
the “gut-bone axis” and potentially preventing
osteoporosis expand! Bone nutrition is important.
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illustrates the relationship of nutrition and chiropractic
treatment within The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for spine related
Schedule your Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic
appointment now. Are they connected? Yes!
The more researchers study it, the more alive the
“gut-bone axis” becomes and the more ways to influence it grow. Gut problems? Osteoporosis? Back pain? Bring them to Spinal Care Clinic!