Hunched backs, back pain, and frailty used to be things older women had to accept before doctors knew anything more about osteoporosis. Now, there are steps women and girls can take to avoid such problems.
Osteoporosis threatens 44 million Americans, of which 68% are women, reports the National Osteoporosis Foundation.
The Truth about Osteoporosis and Calcium Deficiency:
I’m sure you’ve heard that the cause of osteoporosis and the key to its prevention revolve around calcium, right?
Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth.
Dr. Robert Thompson, M.D., wrote an entire book on this subject called, The Calcium Lie, which explains that bone is comprised of at least a dozen minerals and the exclusive focus on calcium supplementation is likely to worsen bone density and increase your risk of developing osteoporosis!
Dr. Thompson recommends the use of unprocessed salt as a far healthier alternative to calcium supplementation.
Using Himalayan salt as it is an excellent way to feed your body the trace minerals it needs to function optimally.
Gluten Intolerance and Bone Loss: Gluten is a protein found in grains such as wheat, rye and barley. According to statistics from the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center, an average of one out of every 133 otherwise healthy people in the United States suffer from celiac disease (CD) but previous studies have found this number could be as high as 1 in 33 in at-risk populations.
Those with undiagnosed gluten intolerance often have malabsorption of nutrients due to chronic intestinal damage. This means that your body is unable to optimally take nutrients from food and distribute them throughout your body. This malabsorption of nutrients can lead to osteoporosis.
Other Foods that Lead to Bone Loss: Processed and fast foods are the worst stuff you can put into your body. In order for your body to function optimally, it needs the type of balanced diet. Processed foods such as potato chips, french fries, microwaveable “meals”, soda and candy contain very little nutrients and are chock full of undigestible fats and dangerous additives such as high fructose corn syrup, aspartame and preservatives.
When cooking, avoid most all omega-6 based oils such as corn, safflower or soy oil. These oils are loaded with highly processed, damaged omega 6 fats, which contribute to inflammation in your body. Instead, using healthful olive- and coconut oils.
Foods that Prevent Bone Loss:
organic, preferably locally grown vegetables to get a proper balance of essential vitamins and minerals into your body. One important food that has been shown to help decrease bone loss and osteoporosis is onions. A study done on the effect of onions on laboratory rats proved promising.
An easy way to increase the amount of vegetables in your diet is vegetable juicing.
Remember, it is important that you eat according to your nutritional type because the diet that works for one person may not work for another.
Prevent Bone Loss with Appropriate Sunshine Exposure:
The health benefits of vitamin D cannot be overstressed. An alarming number of people in the United States are vitamin D deficient, and vitamin D deficiency can lead to a host of health problems, including osteoporosis. Despite what you may have heard, appropriate sunshine exposure is not bad for you. It is healthy and necessary. Just 15 to 20 minutes of sun exposure per day can make a dramatic improvement in your health, and appropriate sun exposure is the ideal way to maintain your vitamin D levels in the optimal range.
The Importance of Omega-3 for Strong, Healthy Bones:
Vitamin K2 is CRUCIAL in Preventing Osteoporosis: Eating lots of green vegetables will increase your vitamin K1 levels naturally, especially: Kale, Spinach, Collard greens, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts
You can obtain all the K2 you’ll need (about 200 micrograms) by eating 15 grams of natto daily, which is half an ounce. However, natto is generally not pleasing to the Westerner’s palate, so the next best thing is a vitamin K2 supplement.
Exercise to Prevent Bone Loss
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