The Gut-Bone Connection Simplified

by Dr. Kilcup | Apr 3, 2024 | Articles | 0 comments

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Unlocking the secrets of the gut’s impact on overall health reveals a complex and interconnected system within the body. From mild digestive discomfort to chronic conditions like Crohn’s disease, the gut plays a crucial role in nutrient absorption. However, disruptions in gut function can lead to deficiencies in essential vitamins and minerals, which are vital for maintaining bone health and preventing conditions like osteoporosis. In this article, we delve into the intricate relationship of the gut-bone connection and highlight the importance of understanding and addressing gut health for overall well-being.

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The Gut-Bone Connection

If someone has stomach issues, whether mild or serious like Crohn’s disease, absorbing nutrients can be tricky. Problems like leaky gut or fast food digestion can stop the body from getting all the good stuff from food, like vitamins. Some foods, like gluten or dairy, might make the problem worse. This can lead to a lack of certain important vitamins, like Vitamin K2, which is linked to another important vitamin called D3.


Vitamin K comes in two types: K1 and K2. K1 is in leafy greens, while K2 is in animal and fermented foods. K2 is extra important because it helps your body use calcium, which is crucial for strong bones and teeth. Vitamin K works better when paired with Vitamin D, which helps absorb calcium even more. This combo is super important for keeping bones strong and hearts healthy, especially as we get older.

Osteoporosis & Bone Issues

As we age, our bones can get weaker, leading to problems like osteoporosis. Taking calcium alone might not be enough because Vitamin D helps the body use it. And here’s where Vitamin K2 comes in—it boosts Vitamin D’s job of absorbing calcium. This trio—Vitamin K, Vitamin D, and calcium—is essential for strong bones.


But here’s the catch: gut problems can mess with how our bodies absorb these vitamins. Conditions like Crohn’s disease can change the balance of bacteria in our guts, making it harder for us to get enough vitamins. This can lead to weaker bones and even heart problems. Thankfully, doctors recommend taking Vitamin D and K2 together to help avoid these issues.

Testing and Treatment

If you’re seeking a doctor specializing in gut issues, Functional Medicine offers comprehensive testing to identify various infections such as Epstein Barr Virus (EBV), C. Diff, Candida, and other gut-related problems, all while addressing nutritional deficiencies. These tests can also assess food sensitivities, measure gut health, and pinpoint any vitamin deficiencies. By adopting a Functional Medicine approach, healthcare professionals gain valuable insights into the intricate workings of the gut, enabling them to recommend personalized supplements and dietary adjustments to promote optimal health and well-being for their patients.

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Remember, the gut is like the body’s control center. Keeping it healthy is key to keeping everything else running smoothly. So, if you’re having persistent stomach issues, it’s worth getting it checked out to keep your whole body in tip-top shape.

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Darrell Kilcup, DC, CFMP

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