OSTEOPOROSIS

Osteoporosis, as the name implies, simply means “porous bone”. This condition is characterized by excessive loss of proteins and minerals which makes the bone weaker and less dense thereby prone to fracture.

Osteoporotic fractures occur primarily in the vertebrae, hip, and wrist.

RISK FACTORS

  • Low body weight

  • Caucasian race

  • Early menopause

  • Heavy smoking and alcohol consumption

  • Chronic steroids use 

  • Rheumatoid arthritis

  • Previous or parent history of fracture 

CAUSES

  • Poor nutrition/diet

  • Unhealthy lifestyle habits/practices

  • Hormonal deficiency 

TABLE CONTAINING MEDICATION AND SIDE EFFECTS

NATURAL WAYS TO IMPROVE BONE DENSITY:

  • STRENGTH TRAINING EXERCISES

Exercise induced load on the bone increases the density and changes the shape of the bone; exercises and yoga poses that increase the compression force on the bone of the wrist, hip and vertebrae can increase the strength and density of bone.

 

Strength/Resistance training stimulates osteocytes necessary for building strong bones while proprioception can be developed by balance training. These training are very important in naturally improving bone density.

  • GOOD POSTURE

Maintaining good sitting, walking and standing posture safeguards the vertebrae from osteoporotic fractures that might result from falls and motions like sneezing, cough, weight lifting, etc.

  • NUTRITION

Digestive and respiratory activities produce acids that get neutralized by the body. In the case of a poor diet, calcium gets leached from the bone to neutralize acids leading to osteoporosis. The following are some tips for your diet that helps alkalize the body:

  1. Eat more fruits and veggies

  2. Reduce or eliminate sodas

  3. Substitute refined carbs with roots and gourds like yams, beets

  4. Squeeze in some lemon and lime to your food

  5. Reduce animal protein and replace with other types of proteins like soy, beans, and lentils

  6. Add sea vegetables, herbs, and spices like ginger, cinnamon, etc. to diet.

 

  • SUPPLEMENTS

Take good multivitamins: Vitamin D, C, A, K, B12, and Folic acid are all involved in mineralizing bones.

Minerals like Calcium, Magnesium, Chromium, Phosphorus, Zinc, Copper, Boron, Potassium, and Strontium are crucial to bone health.

Important Notice:

This website and its contents are for the purposes of general information and education only and are not to be used for diagnosis or treatment without the supervision of a healthcare provider.

Email info@nutrigenmedicine.com for general information

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