The reality of bone loss
Today, we're talking about bone loss, a natural part of aging that will occur to us all in varying degrees. Starting during our thirties and accelerating thereafter, our bones begin to lose mineral density. This leaves us vulnerable in a variety of ways- take our spines, which are already often compromised by unhealthy lifestyles, poor diets and lack of exercise. Bone loss makes the vertebrae weaker and therefore more likely to fracture from compression- the resulting compression fractures cause terrible pain, limit range of motion and can hasten spinal degeneration. So what can we do about it?
Why is magnesium so important?
The first thing you can do is change your diet. When we talk about bone health, almost everyone knows calcium and vitamin D are important. But one ingredient that fewer people remember is magnesium- this mineral is so important because it helps your body absorb calcium. In this way, it is a complementary mineral, although it also has a multitude of standalone benefits. Several studies have linked arthritis and osteoporosis with magnesium deficiencies.
Establishing a calcium-magnesium balance is critical for bone health
This is just one example of how diet can have a powerful impact on spinal health. Healthier, stronger bones, leave you less susceptible to injury. We want to help you maintain the strength and integrity of your spine through diet, exercise and chiropractic care. If you are interested in finding out more, give our office in Sacramento a call to schedule an appointment today!