The health and integrity of your spine is essential to your overall well-being--it truly is the "backbone" of wellness! Our Anchorage physical therapists strongly believe that in addition to staying active, avoiding unnecessary risk, and managing disease and illness, maintaining healthy nutrition is one of the best ways to improve your bone and spine health.
The food you eat is broken down into its essential macronutrients (protein, fat, and carbohydrate) and micronutrients (including vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants) by your digestive system. These nutrition elements are then shuttled throughout the body via the bloodstream and other methods to assist in a wide number of physiological functions, including muscle building, hormone and neuro-chemical production, and bone growth. When it comes to spinal health, good nutrition improves:
These beneficial effects are thanks to the way that macro- and micronutrients (including Vitamin A, K, B6, E, D, omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, zinc, and copper) assist the normal healthy function of your musculoskeletal and nervous systems. Interestingly, the impact of your food choices on spinal health becomes obvious when you consider how poor food choices affects your spine. For instance, you're more likely to become sick or injured with poor nutrition--and more likely to take longer to get better. Equally, a diet high in sugar and refined carbohydrates will promote inflammation and can negatively affect the way your blood sugar is regulated, which is known to delay healing.
At Reger Physical Therapy, our experienced and knowledgeable team is dedicated to helping their patients get healthy, get active, and stay as pain-free as possible so life can be lived to the fullest. To do this, we believe in providing excellence in physical therapy care alongside practical patient education regarding a wide variety of topics, including one of the most important aspects to health: nutrition. To learn more about bone health and food choices or our physical therapy services, or to schedule an appointment, call our friendly staff at Reger Physical Therapy today at (907) 677-9112.