Have you had multiple fractures? Or have you noticed that your bones are becoming brittle? You may wonder why you’re losing your strength?
The first thing to recognize is that there is nothing normal about aging and your bones becoming brittle. You can age and have strong bones that withstand life and allow you to move and perform as you desire.
The second thing to recognize related to bone growth and repair is that you basically need a multivitamin of nutrients to make this happen.
What about calcium? Does it help?
Consuming loads of calcium will not change your bone integrity. In fact, your bones can only retain so much calcium, for example, the maximum for males is 1140mg/day and for females 1300mg/day. So many of my female patients tell me that they’re taking lots of calcium because they are concerned about their bones.
Basically, if you eat the standard American diet, in all of its specially manicured forms of white chocolate mochas, croissants, bagels, doughnuts, cereals, red bulls, soda pop, fast food, tv dinners, and corn chips…you can expect to earn osteoporosis and all the fragility associated with it. The United States with all of its brilliance has the highest rate of osteoporosis in the world for both men and women.
If you want healthy bones, you will want to eat for healthy bones.
The awesome thing is, that eating for healthy bones causes all other factors in your body to grow in health as well.
What can we do?
Overcoming a diagnosis of osteopenia or osteoporosis without medication requires strength training.
Apply stress to our bones – performing an activity that requires weight.
If you can only walk, then add a 5 or 10 lb weighted vest (don’t use wrist or ankle weights because it creates disproportionate weight on your body).
Make sure vitamin D levels are sufficient.
Vitamin D is helpful for taking minerals from our food to our blood and vitamin K helps to move the minerals to our bones.
Vitamin K also helps to decrease hypercalcemia.
If you’re taking Magnesium or Calcium to support your bones then you’ll want to also take Vitamin D and vitamin K to make sure magnesium and calcium reach your bone tissue.
Even more beneficial than isolated calcium is microcrystalline hydroxyapatite (includes calcium) which is a matrix of bone tissue along with Phosphorus, Vitamin D and Vitamin K.
Try to get off of stomach acid-blocking medication.
Stomach acid-blocking medication reduces your body’s ability to digest food and it depletes your body of nutrients. Ask your doctor about finding a way to get off of it.
First, make sure your eating strategy includes foods high in protein, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, iron, selenium, vitamin D and vitamin K2 then consider including supplements for extra support.