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Ashburn Back Pain Sufferers May Benefit from Fiber to Improve Nutrient Absorption

“Youth is wasted on the young.” Ever heard that? Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn supposes that there’s a bit of truth in that for all of us - and especially our Ashburn spines - as we age. When we’re young, our bodies require our attention more than we realize. Our young bones and spines and bodies require proper nutrition so that our older bones and spine and bodies are healthy when we desire living our lives less painfully and more fully. Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn reveals what Ashburn chiropractic patients can do now to address bone mineral density (BMD) issues, no matter their current age.

BMD AND OSTEOPOROSIS: BUILD BMD WHILE YOUNG

Elevating peak bone mass early in life may decrease osteoporosis risk later in life. A recent report wrote that Vitamin D and calcium in females positively affected bone mineral density into young adulthood. Intakes of phosphorous and the calcium:phosphorous ratio at adolescence for females negatively influenced BMD in young adulthood. Calcium intake in adolescent males strongly negatively affected BMD in the lumbar spine at young adulthood. Other leading factors were body weight at adolescence and young adulthood which positively affected BMD. (1) Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn cannot stress enough just how important nutrition is for their future well-being. 

BENEFITS OF IMPROVED NUTRITION BEYOND BETTER BONE MINERAL DENSITY

Osteoporosis is a disease of older folks that results from youthful (in)attention. Low serum levels of vitamin D in osteoporotic women have a tendency to have an increased chance of having any kind of cancer and breast cancer. (2) Calcium intake during the teen years of life is vital to reduce the risk of osteoporosis later in life. Teen girls absorb calcium better: 326mg in teenage girls versus just 73mg in older women of 1332 mg taken a day. Even more concerning is that teen girls’ daily intake of calcium is way lower than what it should be. Boosting bone mass by only 5% cuts the risk of fracture by 40%. (3) Getting healthy bones depends on more than just calcium and vitamin D though. Deficiencies of vitamins B, C, E, and K as well as retinol compromise the health of bone. (4) Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn shares these stats to encourage us all to increase intake of nutrients to build bone mass initially and support it later to keep it healthy.

IMPROVE ABSORPTION OF NUTRIENTS

Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn understands that kids and their families want to be sure that their nutritional efforts will be of value. TIP: Dietary fiber may boost the body’s absorption of calcium but does it differently for older men and women. Greater intake of dietary fiber and fruit fiber was protective against bone loss in men but not women. Fiber from vegetables was protective against spine bone loss in women but not men. Cereal fiber or nut and legume fiber increases did not associate with bone loss in either men or women. Higher dietary fiber may decrease bone loss in men. (5) Who would have thought that fiber would have anything to do with bone mineral density? Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn bets that many of our Ashburn chiropractic patients would not have!

FIBER’S DEFENSE OF MEN’S BMD

Luckily, some very observant doctors and researchers did observe that fiber intake was a protective factor of lumbar spine BMD in men aged 18 and 45 years of age but not in women. In men over 65 years, nutrient intake showed no effect on BMD. In women between 18 and 45, fiber didn’t produce a significant effect on BMDs, but daily fat intake significantly increased BMD. (6) An interesting side note: It had been thought that bone mineral density could be a risk factor for lumbar disc herniation in young persons, but a recent study debunked that thought. (7) However, there is evidence in the medical literature that stresses the overall benefit of nutrition - and now fiber intake in men - on the well-being of the body, its bones and its spine.

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Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn shares research about benefit of fiber for nutrient absorption and osteoporosis prevention/bone mineral density enhancement. 
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