Osteoporosis: a Lifestyle Decision? - July 2017

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This being somewhat a controversial subject, my intention is to shed some light on what we can do for ourselves whether we take natural or synthetic hormones or no hormone therapy at all.

I can’t help but wonder what the womenfolk a few centuries back do before the advent of hormonal therapy? Some call the menopausal years a time of freedom and of becoming a ‘Wise Woman.’

I must say I prefer this view to some of our modern thought of being a dried up, grumpy old woman!

What can we do to help ourselves in the mature years of our life? Many things are available to us.

Let’s start with the basic understanding of osteoporosis. Bones are continuously undergoing a process of remodeling. This process involves bone re-absorption where minerals are removed from the bones; and the bone formation where minerals are put back into the bones. Osteoporosis, simply put, occurs when there is too much bone re-absorption and not enough formation due to unbalanced chemistry. The body will then draw calcium from the bones in order to maintain calcium homeostasis in the blood. The endocrine glands, adrenals, pancreas, thyroid, pituitary and gonads plan an important role in maintaining balance. When we upset the body, we upset our balance. Problems can then occur.

Nutritional deficiencies, the body’s ability to re-absorb and utilize nutrients, over consumption of processed foods, fast foods, foods that produce many toxins in our body and interfere with good digestion are some of the contributing factors to an imbalance of the immune system and how the body functions. Some research has shown that vegetarians have a higher bone density then meat eaters. Milk can also be in question. A 12 year study at Harvard Medical School found that women who drank 2 or more glasses of milk a day had a 45% higher risk of bone fracture compared to those who drank less!

Some symptoms of osteoporosis are: cramps in legs and feet at night, bone pain, lower back pain, fractures, dowager’s hump, extreme fatigue, periodontal disease, rickets, brittle or soft nails, premature grey hair, heart palpitations.

Here are some factors that we can change:

  • Sedentary lifestyle. Get up and exercise, especially weight bearing exercise can increase bone mass.
  • Not enough calcium. A good calcium with magnesium supplement is a must.
  • Good sunlight for vitamin D which helps the body absorb and deposit calcium into the bone tissue.
  • Eat wisely and healthy. Alcohol, smoking, coffee, caffeine, and sugar interferes with our body’s chemistry. Poor digestion can affect our immune system. Digestive enzymes can be helpful.

Foods and herbs that are known to help osteoporosis and are rich in calcium, silicon, potassium and magnesium are: oats, green leafy vegetables, whole grains, beans, sauerkraut, yogurt, barley, millet, brown rice. Sesame seeds are high in calcium. Egg yolks high in vitamin D. Broccoli, almonds, cashews, soybeans, tofu and soy products are rich in calcium. Soy can aid estrogen in the body also.

Wild Yam creams and tinctures has been reported to help the body produce it’s own natural hormones.

Silica strengthens connective tissue. Ginseng can boost hormone production. Red Clover aids in hormonal balance. Certain bodywork such as reflexology, polarity therapy and others can help rid the body of toxins and build up the immune system.

With all these possibilities today, let’s become active in our own health care along with the help of our health care practitioner of choice.




 Miscellaneous
Penticton Wellness Body and Soul Fair 2017

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