About Osteoporosis. According to the Merck Manual, Osteoporosis is a progressive metabolic bone disease that decreases bone density (bone mass per unit volume), with deterioration of bone structure. Skeletal weakness leads to fractures with minor or unapparent trauma, particularly in the thoracic and lumbar spine, wrist, and hip (called fragility fractures). The term can be broken down into it’s Latin pieces – Osteo (bone) and porosis (porous).
Risk Factors for Osteoporosis
The following dispositions have a higher risk of osteoporosis: age, gender (females are more susceptible than males), race (Caucasians and Asians have the highest risk), and frame size (people with a smaller body frame are at a higher risk).
The following lifestyles can also increase your risk of osteoporosis: smoking, stress, poor nutrition, lack of exercise (sedentary life style), and alcohol consumption.
Supplements for Bone Health
Many people believe that increased intake of Calcium and Vitamin D can reduce the risk of osteoporosis, however this is not always true. There are a multitude of nutritional factors that need to be in balance to prevent osteoporosis. These include mineral intake, phosphorous intake, body Ph (acidity/alkalinity), proper enzyme nutrition and protein intake.
Body PH and Osteoporosis
If your body Ph is too acidic, calcium will be taken from the bone to try and balance it. You can take calcium until the cows come home but it will be used to regulate Ph, and it won’t get to the bone. Muscle contraction also requires calcium. If your muscles are fatigued, the calcium will go to the muscle instead of the bone. Over 50% of calcium is carried by protein. If a person is not getting enough protein can also have a calcium deficiency.
Bone isn’t just Calcium
It is also important to understand that bone is made up of more than calcium. It is also made up of phosphorous and minerals. If you think of bone like a building, the phosphorous makes up the steel girders, and the calcium makes up the dry wall, windows, and fixtures. If there isn’t enough phosphorous base, there is really no place for the calcium to be stored in the bone.
Stress levels also liberate calcium from the bone into the blood. The idea being that stress initiates the fight or flight response, and calcium is released into the blood and carried to the muscles in case of need.
Here are some tips to reduce your risk of osteoporosis:
Proper Body PH through Diet
Eat foods high in calcium – organic kale and organic spinach
Maintain Low stress Levels
Weight Bearing Exercise-Free Weights
Avoid Coffee, Tobacco and Alcohol
Supplement with Calcium and Vit D, phosphorus and magnesium.
Note: 2000mg of Calcium is has ben shown to be carcinogenic!
Calcium is also more readily absorbed if taken with meals.