Last week, I spoke of how inflammation breeds dis-ease and imbalance in our bodies so much so that our internal thermostat breaks.
I talked about how you can decrease inflammation in your body by eating foods high in anti-oxidants, controlling your blood sugar levels, improving your metabolism by eating food that are anti-inflammatory, and finally eating good fats such as avocados, nuts, seeds, and fish.
As I say this over and over again, I want to be the voice to dispel the myths and share the truths about health.
Today I will be talking about osteoporosis and what it is. I want to dispel the myths around it, share the truths, and give insight on what you can do today to prevent this condition.
So to start, osteoporosis is a bone disease that occurs when the body loses too much bone, makes too little bone, or both. As a result, bones become weak and porous. It is a serious problem because your bones may break from a fall or, in serious cases, from sneezing or minor bumps.
Why is bone fracture so important? Because 1 out of 7 women who breaks a hip never makes it out of the hospital alive. 2 out of 7 women do not live independently after hip fracture.
Osteoporosis means “porous bone.” The density within the bone is significantly decreased, as you can see the difference in density from a healthy bone compared to an osteoporotic bone. So what is the myth around osteoporosis?
The myth is that osteoporosis is a bone disease, when in fact, it is actually a collagen disease.
Most of us equate calcium, specifically in milk, to healthy bones. But the stats are out, and after looking at 34 published studies in 16 countries, researchers at Yale University found that countries with the highest rates of osteoporosis–including the United States, Sweden, and Finland–are those in which people consume the most meat, milk, and other animal foods.
Why is that?
The latest research shows that our bones need more than just calcium. Our bones need other vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin D, phosphorous, magnesium, collagen, and amino acids (which are protein). We also need ample amounts of vitamin C to build and protect the bone structure.
To add to that, we need to be eating more “alkaline” foods, which are mostly vegetables. This is because vegetable sources have all the components: protein, minerals, anti-oxidants, and vitamins. This helps to build bone.
So we need a balance in our diet: not too much protein, but protein with plenty of vegetables.
There are also secondary causes of osteoporosis, such as inflammation from stress and lack of exercise.
If you missed last week’s video on inflammation, here is the link.
Coming back to that topic, inflammation plays a role as a secondary cause of osteoporosis.
Remember, all disease is a result of inflammation. We need to better control it in order to have optimal health.
Studies show that 30 to 60 minutes of daily moderate exercise—walking, gardening, even dancing—substantially reduces your risk of fractures. Play with some weights and strength training as well.
Get your levels checked and supplement as necessary.
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While oxidative stress—the damage inflicted by free radicals—breaks bones down, antioxidants can help neutralize inflammation by disarming those free radicals. So eat lots of dark leafy greens, blueberries, and refer to the foods list in last week’s blog (place link here with those food list)
The supplements you take and healthy foods you eat won’t do your body any good if you’re not absorbing the nutrients. In fact, I tell my patients, don’t waste their money. Instead, it’s a good idea to take a probiotic to protect your gut and help it to be more absorptive.