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Skeletal Advice from a Chiropractic Office

skeletonSkeletal advice from a chiropractic office in La Jolla, CA.

Bone health and overall system health may be more closely related than previously thought, reports are showing us. Many Americans are overweight, unhealthy, and unhappy. But perhaps new research shows that by improving our skeletal health, we can produce healthier lifestyles in general.

There are different aspects of our skeletal health that we may, or may not be aware of. Various supplements are known to support bone health, such as Calcium, Magnesium, and Vitamin D3, but lesser known nutrients are also needed such as Potassium and Vitamin K, which can optimize total system health.

Previously, the human skeleton was recognized to conduct 3 basic functions. First, its role in providing structural support for muscles and guarding internal organs. The next was its purpose as a reservoir for significant mineral ions, especially calcium and magnesium, which are fundamental to nerve and muscle cell performance and electrical transmission. (1-3) Lastly, the marrow space of many bones harbors all of the body’s blood-producing tissues and a chief part of the cellular immune system. (1)

Only five years ago, however, scientists revealed a fourth, unexpected job. (4) Bone-forming cells called osteoblasts were set up to produce a hormone-like signaling protein called Osteocalcin. (5) It was added that Osteocalcin stimulates pancreatic insulin secretion and increases insulin sensitivity in tissues all the way through the body. (4,6,7-9)

Osteocalcin is also attributed with reduced fat tissue deposition, (6) while higher Osteocalcin levels are associated with lower levels of leptin, the “hunger hormone”. Leptin is released when we want our bodies to stop eating; it induces the feeling of being “full”. Leptin plays a vital role in energy consumption and expenditure, including appetite and metabolism. (10)

So as we can see, more Osteocalcin, less Leptin, resulting from better skeletal health, ending with better weight management and lower fat concentrations in our bodies.

High leptin levels in addition put forth an adverse effect above Osteocalcin function: (18) the additional leptin your body’s fatty tissue produces, the fewer Osteocalcin your bone cells discharge, and the poorer your insulin struggle becomes.(11) And in a last unexpected finding, leptin achieves that effect by suppressing your osteoblasts’ activity, decreasing your ability to build new bone, and threatening your bone health.(12)

Scientists at the foremost edge of osteology are discovering that in accumulation to immune strength, blood cell production, and nervous system function, a strong skeletal system is also vital to insulin sensitivity, energy metabolism, and weight management. (4,6,11,13)

The widespread bone ailment osteoporosis accounts for 2.6 million doctors’ office visits and 180,000 placements in nursing homes across the nation every year. According to the Surgeon General, by 2020 this potentially life-changing situation will upset almost half of all Americans over 50. (14)

So, in prevention, how is someone supposed to help their skeletal well-being? Let’s look at some of the nutrients and minerals that can help bone health.

Calcium

Calcium accounts for 1-2% of adult human body mass, with more than 99% of total body calcium in the teeth and bones. (15) The residual 1% is used in our electrically active tissues such as nerve and muscle, where it plays a crucial signaling role.

Dicalcium malate and calcium bis-glycinate are the best 2 types of calcium for the human system, as well as being effective at improving bone mineral density, important in bone health. (16) General daily doses are around 1,000 mg to 1,200 mg daily for an adult, but always consult a doctor first.

Vitamin D3

We now distinguish that vitamin D functions as a hormone, with receptors to be found in at least 35 different tissue types. (17,18) That means the body’s overall requirement for vitamin D is much greater than we originally realized. (19,20)

Many experts in the field recommend supplementing with doses of 2,000-10,000 IU per day in order to achieve optimal total-body vitamin D status for optimal skeletal, cardiovascular, neurological, immunological, and metabolic health. (21-24) Again, please ask a doctor before using any recommendation.

Magnesium

Magnesium is an constituent that is concerned in more than 300 necessary metabolic reactions. Magnesium is also fundamental to human nerve and muscle cell role. Fully one-half to two-thirds of the entire body content of magnesium is stored in bone—one more example of the skeleton’s considerable role as reservoir for important minerals. (25,26)

There are other trace minerals, nutrients, and complexes that help our skeletal systems and health. The review of forskolin extract show that trace minerals, although scarce, play a major role in our bodies. Included amongst these are Boron, Potassium, and Vitamin K2. If the following is not informative enough, please email me or leave a comment and I can get you more information on any subject.

Boron is a trace mineral that is essential to healthy bones since it supports the functions of calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D. (27-30)

Potassium is one of the predominant ions in the human body, and it is essential to maintaining health at the cellular level.

Vitamin K2 is required for production of a small family of proteins that include the bone matrix proteins and the essential bone-produced hormone called Osteocalcin. (18,31)

[This article was written by Jeremy, and I do know this is not more than a summary. This article is meant for helpful purposes and is not meant as medical advice. Please email me at dk.thinktank.purposeinc (at) gmail.com with questions or comments and I will respond to each. Have a great day.]

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