Bone, Joint & Muscle Health Explained!


Healthy Bones & Joints Call for Fitness, Nutrition & Hormonal Balance

Form and function are interconnected. The adult human body structure is built out of 206 bones and countless muscles, ligaments, and tendons that support our shape and form joints to enable all our activities.

The bones depend on proper nutrition for health and resilience in order to support the body. The bones also juxtapose with our connective tissues, muscles, and cartilage to form joints, which are areas of special strength and vulnerability in day to day life. Working together, the components of our musculoskeletal system support the physical framework of our body, yet they depend on the biochemical support of multiple body systems. The health of our entire musculoskeletal system is influenced by nutrition, genetics, environmental factors, and injury-related considerations. Bones require minerals and biochemical nourishment, joints require proper nutrient assimilation, collagen, and macronutrients, and muscles depend on protein among the many factors in the health of these body components.

There are many factors that your daily choices can influence when it comes to the health of your body's essential supporting and moving framework. According to research published by the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, rising rates of osteoporosis stemming from multiple factors point to an urgent need to develop nutritional strategies that may relate to concerns affecting bone health. 

Illustration showing stages of osteoporosis which can be successfully supported using specific nutrition and exercise modalities.

The bones are living and dynamic systems linked to many aspects of your body systems. While calcium, magnesium, potassium and vitamin D are essential for proper bone health, there is a bigger picture at work in how these solid, apparently static framework pieces are living, breathing parts of your body that tie in with dynamic biochemical processes.

There are three steps in the digestive, and hormonal function, which may play a significant role in bone health through the management of osteoclasts and osteoblasts.

Step One is the absorption of nutrients from your diet, which requires effective digestive system function to ensure nutrients are properly extracted from the diet, and a healthy diet with balanced components and nutrient content. The diet must contain bioavailable nutrients in the form of minerals, enzyme co-factors to facilitate nutrient absorption, and foods that promote a healthy gut flora to aid in the absorption of nutrients. The stomach, small intestine, large intestine must be functioning optimally, as noted in our feature article on digestive system health!

Step Two is the function of the parathyroid gland, which should be functioning at optimal performance in order to take the calcium in the body to the bone site. Learning to take breaks and enjoy nature as studies have confirmed to be beneficial, contributes to this area, and so does proper nutrient intake, including protein to support cooling neurotransmitter formation.

Step Three is the body's ability to create osteoblast, a progesterone driven compound in order for the lacuna in the bones to be filled with fresh calcium, and the ability to create osteoclast, an estrogen-based compound which breaks down old and brittle bone spurs no longer needed in the body.

Healthy joints, connective tissues, and muscles are supported by the right exercise choices and proper nutrition that incorporates ample protein and collagen forming compounds. In order to potentially reduce inflammation in joints and muscles, specific herbal formulations may be recommended on a case by case basis. 

Yvonne has had great success with acutherapy in relation to these problems. Releasing muscle tension may help take the pressure off the joints, keeping in mind the attachment of the muscle to the bone and connective tissues.

Going beyond bone nourishment, weight gain, and obesity present significant challenges to bone health and joint function. Osteoporotic bone and arthritic joint-related complaints may be greatly exacerbated by the burdens of excess weight. Diabetes, metabolic problems, and stress on otherwise healthy bones and joints may all result from obesity, and excessive weight may further limit opportunities for exercise. The key is to combine approaches that involve lifestyle, dietary and supplemental approaches to health care. The integrative approach to natural health care looks at multiple points of intervention to step in and reduce stress on joints, muscles, and bones, supplying what they need to be healthy and looking at ways to properly reduce weight and metabolism challenges. Exercise is important, but it must be balanced and not too vigorous.

Yvonne highlights the importance of an individualized approach to integrative health care. Each body is unique, and different root causes may underlie a given health challenge. Consulting an integrative health care professional allows the best approach to be found efficiently without loss of opportunities for improvement.

Carefully selected under the sound guidance of an integrative health care professional, the right quality-controlled herbal formulations, supplements, and dietary approaches can play distinct roles in supporting vibrant health.

DNA Testing

Island Healthworks performs DNA health testing, which could help detect this potential and many others. If you are concerned that you might have the possibility of bone degeneration, then give us a call, and we can set up a DNA health assessment test. There is one Gene involved in promoting bone health. The Gene VDR is a critical factor in Bone Health, especially with osteoporosis.

Key Genes: VDR

Vitamin D Gene or VDRrs2228570


The VDR gene ("Vitamin D Receptor") produces a protein receptor that plays a key role in effectively utilizing Vitamin D which Promote optimal calcium absorption and support healthy bone mineral density

Over 90% of people are Vitamin D deficient today. Vitamin D works in concert with Vitamin K and Calcium to optimize bone density. Reductions in sun exposure due to the increased awareness of sun damage, coupled with the more common use of sunblock, have compromised our ability to obtain sufficient Vitamin D from sunlight.

Yvonne Dollard Perc offers in-person and virtual consultations, health and lifestyle coaching, and the best of integrative natural health care. To book your consultation, please call 250-468-7685!

This article is intended for educational purposes and the information contained within is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any disease or health problem. Please seek appropriate medical attention for any health complaints. We cannot take responsibility for your health care decisions. Our intent is only to offer health information to help you with your search for better health. 

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Tuesday, 20 April 2021