Preventing and Treating Osteoporosis
The bones of your body are constantly renewing themselves,
with the integrated function of two types of bone cells:
- Osteocasts – support bone
regeneration by destroying old bone cells
- Osteoblasts – increase bone
density by creating new bone
Osteoporosis is a common age-related problem, where
the bones become porous and fragile, leading to increased
risk of fractures. This is most common in hips, vertebrae
Contrary to popular belief, osteoporosis is not due
to a calcium deficiency. Bone density is a factor of
balance between the osteocasts and osteoblasts.
Treatments to Avoid
Some of the drugs designed to treat osteoporosis’
are dangerous because they upset this natural balance.
Bisfosphonate drugs such as Fosamax, Actonel, or Boniva
may increase your bone density, because they actually
kill osteoclasts. This results in a bigger, denser bone,
but not a stronger bone. Instead the bones become weaker,
and in the long term increase your risk of developing
Steroids are also very harmful to bone density, and
increase the risk of osteoporosis.
Fortunately, there are safe, natural treatments you
can use instead.
Foods to Avoid
Avoid processed foods and oils – these decrease
bone density. Also limit your intake of Gluten -- a
specific protein in many grains, such as wheat, barley,
rye, oats and spelt. Gluten has been shown to decrease
Eating high quality, organic, biodynamic, locally-grown
vegetables to naturally increase your bone density.
Onions are particularly helpful. They are high in gamma-glutamyl
peptides that have been shown to increase bone density.
Your bones also need protein - amino acids are part
of the bone matrix. Eat plenty of high quality protein
such as free-range eggs and grass-fed meats.
Avoid Excessive Calcium
Bone is composed of around 12 minerals. Focusing solely
on supplementation you are can actually increase your
risk of osteoporosis by creating other mineral deficiencies
and imbalances. This also leads to increased risk of
heart disease, kidney stones, gallstones, osteoarthritis,
hypothyroidism, obesity and type 2 diabetes.
Supplements that assist with healthy bones include:
- Omega 3 essential fatty acid
- Omega 6 – from corn oil, safflower- and soy
- Vitamin K2 - If you already have osteoporosis, you
may benefit from vitamin K2, which has been shown
to radically improve bone density. Fermented foods
also have a high concentration of vitamin K.
- Ionic trace minerals, as well as calcium, to counteract
the lack of nutrients from foods grown in mineral
depleted soils. Unprocessed salts are one of the best
sources of these ionic trace minerals. Himalayan salt
contain vitally important trace minerals from the
ancient oceans that are not contaminated with toxins.
Two elements essential for strong healthy bones are
are vitamin D and proper exercise.
- Vitamin D – 15-20 minutes
sunlight exposure a day is sufficient, otherwise use
a vitamin D supplement to get your levels up to about
60 ng/ml daily.
- Weight bearning exercise - strength
training exerts force on your bones, stimulating the
osteoblasts to build new bone. Focus on specific exercises
to build up the muscles around the arms and hips,
being where damage typically occurs.
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