A few months ago, I fell and fractured five bones in my right hand and wrist. The fortunate part of this event gave me an opportunity to revisit my knowledge about bones, and to open a deeper personal relationship with this fundamental support system.
Our 206 bones are more than just a support system for the body. They are not as static or solid as they appear; they are living tissues that undergo a continual state of transformation as every atom in our skeleton is replaced in a three-month period.
FUNCTIONS OF THE BONES:
Bone is a complex, living tissue which constantly changes and adapts itself to the demands put upon it.
They are a factory for our blood cells, a mineral storehouse, home of a myriad of nutrients, hormones, and other biochemical factors.
They maintain our body’s pH, releasing alkalizing mineral compounds strategically when our body becomes too acidic.
They protect our vital organs from harm, and soft tissue from damage from the outside world.
They give us fluidity, mobility, strength, and allow us to sit, stand, bend, and walk.
You have choices about your bone health – your risk is not your destiny!
Some of my patients are very surprised when I tell them that there are natural methods they can use to speed up their fracture recovery or prevent and even reverse osteoporosis and osteopenia.
The human body is amazing in its ability to heal itself as long as it is well nourished and supported.
Let’s look at some signs and symptoms that may be indicators of early bone loss: Receding gums, losing balance easily, Vitamins D deficiency, loss of muscle strength, and grip strength, weak and brittle fingernails, cramps, muscle aches, and height loss. Test the PH of your urine for the alkalinity/acidic level, and have a hormonal panel to check progesterone, estrogen, testosterone and DHEA.
FOOD IS NATURE’S BEST MEDICINE
Eat an alkaline diet as much as possible. An alkaline diet can lessen the burden on your bones — and your body. Eating a balanced diet full of fresh vegetables, dark leafy greens, kale, collards, broccoli, fruits, quality sources of protein, and healthy fat is the first step to bone health. Also consume foods that support the kidneys, such as legumes, beans, lentils, tahini, sardines, salmon, figs, yogurt, cheese, oatmeal, and goats’ milk.
These foods offer generous nutrients that our bones need.
One of the major causes of osteoporosis and joint pain is loss of important minerals due to over acidification. The direct relationship between pH balance and your bones reminds us that our bodies were meant to eat mineral-rich foods straight from the earth and sea.
Avoid tobacco, excess caffeine, soft drinks, and excessive alcohol consumption. Excess protein or carbohydrate consumption will also acidify the body.
BONE BUILLDING NUTRIENTS:
Vitamin D up to 2.000IU daily: Primarily regulates calcium absorption in conjunction with vitamin K, and stimulates the transformation of fracture site stem cells to bone building osteoblasts.
Vitamin C up to 3000mg daily: Essential for proper synthesis of the bone collagen protein matrix. It is also one of the most important antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients.
Calcium up to 1200mg daily: The most fundamental regulator of intracellular processes. Calcium is best taken with food that includes some fat, because dietary fat increases calcium absorption.
Magnesium up to 1200mg daily: Magnesium is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in our bodies. Magnesium and calcium should be present in the body in equal proportions. Having too much calcium relative to magnesium can be very damaging to the body, partly by depositing excess calcium into joints and the lining of arteries, as well as the brain.
Boron up to 3mg daily: Important in bone healing because it reduces urinary excretion of calcium and magnesium and significantly increases blood levels of both estrogen and testosterone
Manganese, copper, and zinc are co-factors that activate enzymes to help build bone mass.
HERBAL FORMULATIONS: Make your own tea using a combination of nettle, oat straw, horsetail, red clover, dandelion, peppermint and comfrey leaf. These are very effective to build your bones. Drink a cup daily.
HOMEOPATHY: Symphytum (comfrey) has a remarkable ability to speed the healing of bones and Calcarea phosphorica for fractures that are difficult to heal.
ORIENTAL MEDICINE: Many bone problems originate from poor circulation, inhibiting the delivery of vital nutrients to the bone cells. Promoting blood circulation to remove the stasis and produce new bone is one important measure for preventing and treating osteoporosis, or osteopenia. The skeleton’s growth, development, and repair are closely related to the kidneys. Traditional Oriental Medicine has developed time-proven remedies and formulas that strengthen health and longevity of the kidneys.
EXERCISE: Weight bearing exercise helps to build your bone.
MINIMIZE STRESS:Constant stress promotes an unhealthy hormone shift increasing cortisol and reducing serotonin levels. Higher cortisol levels increase inflammation decreasing calcium absorption and increased calcium excretion.
FOLK REMEDY: Apple cider vinegar contains manganese, magnesium, silicon, and calcium and has been linked to sustaining bone mass. Drink daily 8 ounces of water with 2 teaspoons of Apple Cider Vinegar. A small amount of honey is optional to improve taste.
It is never too late to build stronger bones, and it is never too soon. Your best insurance for a strong-boned “cronehood” is to build better bones before menopause. It is up to you to get more exercise, eat mineral-rich green allies and develop a passion for an elegant posture and a long stride.
This article is meant for educational purposes only.