As stated in the previous blog, Osteoporosis is a disease that can affect any women and is the leading cause of hip fractures. The good news is the Osteoporosis can easily be treated through natural means.
Besides hormone replacement therapies, there are numerous ways to naturally prevent bone loss and increase bone production. One easy way is increase calcium intake. Calcium is the main building block bone. Calcium can easily be supplemented or increased with calcium rich foods like, yogurt, kale, and broccoli. Your calcium levels can also be affected by too much phosphorus in your diets. Too much phosphorus can leech calcium from your bones. Cutting out sodas and processed food can greatly phosphorus intake to a much healthy level. Vitamin D is also key in healthy natural bone production. Without adequate Vitamin D levels your body is not able to use calcium properly. Many of my patients are deficient in this are often placed on a high dose vitamin supplement. What most of them do not know is that, 30min direct sunlight helps your body produce more vitamin D than weeks or months of supplementation.
The problem with osteoporosis is that the body is breaking down bone cells faster than they are being produced. Besides helping to provide everything it needs to make new bone, there are ways to make the body want to make more bone. Bone grows in relation to stress. Physical stress, not mental stress. This means exercise, 20 minutes daily of a mild to moderate impact exercise is enough to stimulate new bone grow. Easy examples include light jogging and stair stepping. Besides exercise another way to “trick” the body to increase bone production is vibration. Certain frequencies of vibration are equal to the stress needed to activate bone production. Health care providers have specific vibration plates that a person can stand on for a short period of time increase bone density.
A simple combination of these dietary and exercise methods can make a profound impact against bone loss and more importantly lead to bone gain. But how do you know if you need to take action against Osteoporosis? All women that are approaching menopause need to start developing these bone healthy habits due to the drop in estrogen production and subsequent bone loss that begins at that time. The only way to exactly identify Osteoporosis is a DEXA scan. This test is specifically for measuring bone density across the entire body. All women over 65 and those with family history of marked bone loss need to speak to their physician about having the test done.
When it comes to most health concerns the best defense is a good offense. Osteoporosis is no exception to this rule. This you have questions about bone loss be sure to ask your chiropractor how you too can fight Osteoporosis.