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Posted on 12-21-2017

 Another blog post from Ann Arbor chiropractor, Mike Tannenbaum, D.C.

As a chiropractor I'm always talking about spinal health, and most of the talk revolves around chiropractic adjustments, exercising, and stretching. One important component of spinal health I should spend more time addressing pertains to components of your diet that are important to promoting and maintain spinal health. So, below I've listed a number of foods and nutrients that can help promote and maintain the health of your spine.

Vitamin B12: Required for building bone cells, and needed for growing red blood cells in bone marrow. Lack of vitamin B12 has been associated with the onset of osteoporosis. B12 can be taken as a supplement and can be found in various foods of animal origin, such as eggs, poultry, meat, cheese, yogurt, and milk.

Calcium: Necessary for healthy bone-building and bone development, and very important in the prevention of osteoporosis. Can be found in various foods such as milk and fortified soy products and can be consumed as a supplement.

Protein: Proteins are important components of bone (even though they are not a mineral, and we think of bones as being full of calcium, which is a mineral). In fact, protein is critical in the healing and repairing of bones, cartilage, and soft tissue.

Vitamin K2 or K1: Vitamin K2 is found in healthy meat fats, eggs, and dairy products. Vitamin K1 is found in many green leafy vegetables, like kale and broccoli. The body converts K1 into K2. K2 properly distributes calcium into the bones from soft tissue.

Magnesium: A key component needed to maintain bone density (related to what is known as the bone matrix). A deficiency in magnesium will ultimately cause bone-density problems. Magnesium can be found in green leafy vegetables, fish, beans, seeds, nuts, whole grains, yogurt, avocados, and bananas among other foods.

Vitamin D3: Vitamin D3 helps the body absorb calcium, and thus insufficient vitamin D3 can cause thin, brittle, or misshapen bones. Vitamin D3 is found in some fatty fish – such as salmon –– liver, egg yolks. Vitamin D3 is available through supplementation, and some foods are fortified with vitamin D3.
To promote and maintain spinal health all people should have regular chiropractic adjustments, exercise and stretch regularly, and maintain a spinal maintenance and health-promoting diet.
Questions about setting up an appointment at Tannenbaum Chiropractic, headaches, back pain, neck pain, or this blog post can addressed through contacting us through our website (below) or by emailing me at mgtannenbaum@hotmail.com.

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