Nutrition. Good nutrition is a good foundation for a healthy
body. In our West Des Moines chiropractic practice, we meet
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 enhanced throughout life. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa shares
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 guards 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 plan 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 relies 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 seen.
Some approaches to remedy this situation involved
injections of CPs. (3) Other methods included
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 essential, but its
natural sources like fatty fish and eggs are not usually part
of most people’s daily diets. In Spain, at least 50%
of the population is deficient in vitamin D. Researchers recommended
that Spain find a way to encourage people to eat eggs to fight
the vitamin D deficiency and ward off future
diseases. (4) It’s particularly critical
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 far beyond just feeding your stomach and pleasing
your cravings! The food you eat and the supplements you take
keep your body working, healthy and strong.
CONTACT Executive Chiropractic of Iowa
The West Des Moines chiropractic treatment plan at
Executive Chiropractic of Iowa is well-rounded with spinal manipulation accompanied
by 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 presents
the importance of the whole-body approach in spine pain relief.
Schedule your West Des Moines chiropractic appointment today.
Executive Chiropractic of Iowa is ready to discuss your nutritional
foundation and how to build on it to care for
current conditions and prevent others and improve
your overall health!
authored by Julie Cox-Cid
reviewed by Dr.
James M. Cox DC DACBR FICC FACO(H) HonDLitt