By Alane Archer, ND, CNC
About half of all women will have Osteoporosis by the age of 60! One in five will have a hip fracture, and 50% of those will not walk again. 30% of men will have Osteoporosis. These odds are astounding!
So what do you do to prevent or reverse osteoporosis before it affects you? These are a few changes you can make to alter the path you may already be on.
Cut out the carbonated beverages! Sodas contain extra phosphates which cause even more calcium loss. Is your diet overloaded with acidic protein? Most of us need less protein than we think. Most Americans eat three times the protein amount their body really needs.
Get the right kind of calcium! Calcium carbonate and is poorly absorbed and also decreases the stomach acid which can lead to heartburn and reflux. Instead, take calcium hydroxyapatite which is best on the stomach at 500mg twice a day if your calcium levels are deficient. Please do not forget about magnesium. Magnesium deficiency contributes to osteoporosis directly by acting on crystal formation and on bone cells and indirectly by impacting on the secretion and the activity of parathyroid hormone and by promoting low-grade inflammation. In several studies on different species, dietary Magnesium restriction promotes osteoporosis. Bones of Magnesium deficient animals are brittle and fragile, microfractures of the trabeculae can be detected, and mechanical properties are severely impaired
Get your Vitamin D! Vitamin D helps your intestines absorb calcium from the food you eat. Vitamin D can also be gotten from foods like fatty fish, salmon, tuna, mackerel, beef, liver, cheese, egg yolks and foods that are fortified with vitamin D.
Get your Vitamin K! Vitamin K, especially K2 as MK-7, plays a vital role in keeping calcium in the bones and out of the arteries. K2 as MK-7 significantly reduces bone loss during the menopausal transition, which is especially important when you consider the average woman loses up to 10% of her bone mass during this time. Vitamin K2 as MK-7 not only protects bone, but it has been found to reduce the incidence of both heart disease and cancer.
Lower excess refined sugar, starches, stress and cortisol levels. Exercise more! Every weight bearing exercise can increase bone density.
Take the guesswork out of all vitamin and mineral questions. Armed with your results from our Comprehensive Vitamin and Mineral Test Kit you will only take the vitamins your body truly needs. Knowing your levels of Vitamin D and K, also Biotin, Calcium, and Magnesium could steer you in the proper direction to avoid Osteoporosis or begin to build healthier bones!
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Medical disclaimer: Our tests cannot be used to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. All test results are to be used as educational materials and as a guide to help support your overall health and wellness. Always discuss health concerns with your medical doctor.
REFERENCES: wallerwellness.com & NutritionallyYoursTestKits.com, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3775240/