Osteoporosis is a condition of the skeletal system, mainly caused by the body’s attempt to correct an unhealthy biochemical imbalance – by utilizing the calcium that should normally remain in the bones. This process normally leads to bone density loss. However, unless certain abnormal endocrine and/or gastrointestinal conditions are present, the biochemical imbalance may be corrected by diet and lifestyle changes.
The goal is to keep the body Alkaline between 7.35 and 7.45. If the body becomes Acidic there is danger that vitamins and minerals required to maintain bone mass and density can be leached out.
Osteoporosis is not a systemic skeletal disease – for this implies that bone is static and if weak will always be weak. However decay or bone loss can be reversed. Bone strength depends on quality and quantity of bone.
A DEXA scan measures Peak Bone Mass relative to a 20 year old and is a way to test bone health.
Bones are complex, dynamic, living tissue. 10% can be replaced in 12 months by increasing Osteoclast numbers.
Primary cause is not known and secondary causes could be low testosterone, high steroid and alcohol use, underweight, decreased physical activity, high stress lifestyle and loss of Calcium and Magnesium.
Bone loss increases with low hormones, eating disorders, poor absorption of nutrients, low levels of resistance exercise. Exercise such as walking, swimming, weights – are excellent.
Main Nutrients required for Bone strength are:
- Vitamin D3
These foods increase Osteoclast production:
Watermelon, apricots, tomatoes, papaya, green tea, apples, blackberries, cherries, grapes, pears, broccoli, cabbage, celery, onion, parsley.