Dem Bones, Dem Bones

Research from the Journal of the American Medical Association reports that after removing all menopausal women from a study who might have had osteoporosis, 7% had osteoporosis and 42% had osteopenia. Are Fosimax and some of the other drugs the answer? I think not.

Research on vitamin D demonstrates that optimizing vitamin D is as effective as commercial medications. Regular exercise, which is not optional for any of us, also helps keep bones strong and healthy.  An Israeli study echoes that giving just 500 mg of magnesium daily increased bone density.  Further, trace nutrients that we find in fresh whole foods, vitamin K, vitamin C, potassium, copper, manganese, zinc, silicon, boron, and fluorine all play a role in bone building. Stress causes bone loss by changing our internal pH; as we become more acidic, our body takes minerals out of our bone-bank-account to alkalize our cells and blood.

The Pearls:

  • Get your vitamin 25-OHD (vitamin D) level checked by your doctor. Optimal levels are 45 or 50 and above. If less, take 2000 to 4000 IU of vitamin D daily, or even more with your doctor’s approval.
  • Move your body- weight bearing exercise shows the greatest return, but any movement helps build your bones and keeps you happy too.
  • Take a bone building supplement. Make sure that it has calcium, magnesium, vitamin D, manganese, vitamin C and other bone building nutrients. My favorite is Perque Bone Guard.
  • Eat lots of fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, legumes, and organic meats and poultry. These will provide the trace nutrients that will keep your bones healthy and happy.
  • Get some pH paper and check your first morning pH. Optimal is 6.5-7.5. If your pH is consistently lower, focus on eating more alkaline balancing foods like fruits, vegetables, lentils, yams, vegetable juices, greens and more.
  • And finally, what’s good for your bones is also great for you!
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