The gut-BONE connection? Yes! The gut is tied
to a myriad 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 calls it - is getting attention. OrthoIllinois Chiropractic sees
McHenry 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 intensified
such that Osteoporosis and Bone Research Academy of the Royal Osteoporosis
Society met in October 2020. This group 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 influence
bone development in youth and bone maintenance and decrease in older age. The helpful use of oral probiotics
to potentially slow bone turnover and avert
bone loss was pointed out, also. (1)
HOW IS THE GUT-BONE CONNECTION RELATED TO OSTEOPOROSIS?
As the most frequent metabolic skeletal
disease, osteoporosis affects many people, men and women, due to its weakening of the skeletal structure resulting in bone loss. Any distress of the gut microbiota can disturb
the bone remodeling balance and affect bone metabolism. (2) OrthoIllinois Chiropractic
aims to help our McHenry chiropractic patients avoid and/or
The rate of postmenopausal osteoporosis has
grown recently along with the swiftly aging global
population. Treating the “gut-bone axis” was explained
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 increasing
bone mineral density, changing gut microbiota, and positively affecting
inflammatory factors. (4) A polyphenols-rich vinegar extract was noted to be helpful 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 OrthoIllinois Chiropractic about the positive impact of treating
the vagal nerve origin in the gut to influence 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 possibly preventing
osteoporosis grow! Bone nutrition is important.
CONTACT OrthoIllinois Chiropractic
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
Make your McHenry chiropractic
appointment soon. Are they connected? They sure are!
The more researchers look into it, the more real the
“gut-bone axis” becomes and the more ways to address
its influence expand. Gut problems? Osteoporosis? Back pain? All
are welcome at OrthoIllinois Chiropractic!