Recent studies reveal new things about osteoporosis, we generally hadn’t thought about as we were contemplating the rising cost of Osteoporosis in Western Society. Back in 1990 the cost was estimated at $90 a second, now it vastly exceeds that so we’ve ceased publishing cost estimates.
A major book by Magnesium expert Prof Jurgen of Germany, (available from our store) points to long term use of an acidic diet (low minerals) as the very major diet mistake. The argument of Prof Jurgen is that our miraculously designed bodies can tolerate minor dietary mistakes with low mineral intake, soft water, soft drinks, and high meat consumption with mineral depleted foods (an acid diet) over short periods of time, but he points out that Western cultures are making these mistakes life-long! You can abuse your body short term and survive, but not long term. If the body has a long-term low mineral diet, it must balance those low minerals out to survive, and thus draws minerals from our bones to maintain that equilibrium.
My advice is start today with more minerals by increasing your unprocessed fruit and vegetables to 2/3 of your food intake (this is called an alkaline diet1), increase your exercise levels, and throw away your “Nike” padded footwear in favour of leather shoes, which increase impact when walking and exercising.
Whilst osteoporosis is symptom free in early stages, if you have a diagnosis of osteoporosis or the risk factors, (below) you would be advised to do all of these:
- Increase mineral intake, perhaps with a multi-mineral product with magnesium, Vitamin K2 and Vitamin D.2
- Increase gentle but high impact exercise (tennis, walking, running, hiking) and get out in the sun (for free Vitamin D). Leave your car at home.
- Check your hormone levels with your doctor: Estrogen, testosterone, Thyroid and Cortisol levels all interplay against your bone strength if abnormal.
- Talk to our naturopathic staff about how you can increase or moderate thyroid hormones, estrogen levels, testosterone and cortisone with herbs and vitamins. Cortisol levels can be moderated with stress relieving herbs and a better diet.
- Increase Omega three fatty acids in the diet with more Fish, nuts, flaxseeds and fresher fruit and vegetables. Many foods lose these good oils within 24 hours of harvest.
Watch these risk factors:
- Personal or family history of osteoporotic fracture.
- Thin body frame and/or low body weight <58 kg
- Oestrogen deficiency; post-menopausal, or hysterectomy
- Low vitamin D intake, and poor nutrition.
- Smoking, lack of exercise, excess coffee, alcohol and carbonated drinks consumption
- Prolonged corticosteroid use, e.g. prednisone , asthma, stressful lifestyle.
- Coeliac disease (due to the inability to absorb calcium)
- Heavy metal poisoning
- Oral contraceptive use and other hormone intake, Endocrine disorders (e.g., hyperparathyroidism, hyperthyroidism), blood disorders, arthritis disorders, proton pump drugs for indigestion.
- 1. Ask about our alkaline diet sheet, in full colour
- 2. Ask about Des Lardner’s favourite osteoporosis supplement.
Dip.Botanical Medicine, MHM, (Hons) B. Pharm., TH, A, M.P.S. Grad Dip Nutrition.