Nutrition. Good nutrition is a good foundation for a healthy body. In this Augusta chiropractic practice, we welcome patients with conditions like osteoporosis and osteoarthritis that develop over time. Their potential prevention and treatment are foundationally rooted in early-life nutrition habits that are maintained and/or improved upon throughout life. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic describes recent research on the importance of vitamins A, C and D along with glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate for bones and joints and overall health.
HEALTHY CELLS, CARTILAGE, & BONE PREVENT DISEASES LIKE OSTEOPOROSIS & OSTEOARTHRITIS
Optimal nutrition status protects the body and keeps it strong and healthy. Research has shown the advantages of glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate in slowing osteoarthritis of the knee. Researchers now want to study how nutrients, vitamins, antioxidants and other natural components in a normal diet may be beneficial. (1) Optimal bone and cartilage metabolism defends against issues like osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) regulates bone and cartilage metabolism at the cellular level – even into the nucleus of the cell – of osteoblasts and chondrocytes. (2) The metabolism of articular cartilage depends on chondroprotectors (CPs) that contribute to the regeneration of cartilage surfaces and joint capsules. In osteoarthritis and low back pain, loss of chondroitin sulfate and hyaline cartilage is noted. Some approaches to alleviate this situation involved injections of CPs. (3) Other approaches incorporated oral supplementation as diet is not often a source of these CPs. Oral supplementation is also a preferred way to boost vitamin D levels as low levels of vitamin D are known to contribute to conditions like osteoporosis, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, some cancer types, and overweight/obese status. Vitamin D is key, but its natural sources like fatty fish and eggs are not usually part of most people’s day-to-day diets. In Spain, at least 50% of the population is lacking vitamin D. Researchers suggested that Spain find a way to urge people to eat eggs to fight the vitamin D deficiency and protect against future diseases. (4) It’s especially important for those who have a mix of issues - osteoporosis, vitamin D deficiency and high fracture/fall risk – to keep up their supplementation of vitamin D. (5) Feeding yourself goes so much further than feeding your stomach and pleasing your taste buds! The food you eat and the supplements you ingest keep your body functioning, healthy and strong.
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The Augusta chiropractic treatment plan at Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic is balanced with spinal manipulation along with exercise, nutrition, and more via The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management. Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Chris Deveau on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson who discusses the importance of the whole-body approach in spine pain relief.
Schedule your Augusta chiropractic appointment soon. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic is ready to talk about your nutritional foundation and how to build on it to manage current conditions and prevent others and enhance your overall health!
written by Julie Cox-Cid
reviewed by Dr. James M. Cox DC DACBR FICC FACO(H) HonDLitt