There are many different alternative treatments for sciatica. One way to treat sciatica is to use supplements such as minerals. Below you will find explanations of a few minerals that can help to treat your sciatica effectively.
Keeping bones strong by reducing the risk of osteoporosis may be a useful alternative treatment for sciatica and sciatica associated pain. Calcium has long been identified as a mineral that plays a key role in preventing bone disease. A study in the June 2009 issue of “The British Journal of Nutrition” notes that ongoing supplementation with calcium, along with vitamin D, results in decreased bone fragility and bone loss in elderly individuals. Dietary sources which have calcium include: broccoli, cabbage, kale and dairy products such as milk and cheese.
Another great mineral for sciatica is magnesium. Your body contains about 25 g of magnesium, over 60 percent of which is used in your skeleton, states the Linus Pauling Institute. Magnesium affects your bone matrix and bone density, keeping bones strong. It also plays an important role in maintaining healthy nerve function by facilitating the transport of ions, such as calcium and potassium, from cell to cell. Dietary sources of magnesium include: green leafy vegetables, nuts and unrefined grains.
Potassium is considered both a mineral and an electrolyte, an ion capable of conducting electricity. The Linus Pauling Institute cites a study that shows potassium may help promote a more alkaline environment in your body, preventing the leeching of calcium from your bones to neutralize a high acidic environment caused naturally by metabolism and by foods you may eat. This may prevent osteoporosis. Proper body functioning depends on strict potassium controls in cell membranes. Multivitamins normally provide not more than 99 mg of potassium. Vegetables and fruits are a rich dietary source.
There are many other types of alternative treatments for sciatica but eating healthy is a good start to living a healthy, sciatica free life! If you would like more information visit our blog post on natural sciatica treatments.
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