Last week I covered calcium supplementation. Today I want to share a related topic; what you can do to improve your bone density
There are many factors that relate to the cause of osteoporosis (loss of bone density) and osteopenia (bone softening). Calcium is certainly a factor, but so are magnesium, vitamin D and K2, boron, silica and potassium. Excellent bone-rebuilding herbs were mentioned in last weeks tip. Click here to read about them.
Women tend to be the more susceptible to bone density loss, especially after menopause. The production of progesterone is the greatest hormone loss following menopause. Fat cells continue to make estrogen, but the opposing hormone progesterone made by the ovaries, is hardly produced any longer. John Lee, MD has written books on this subject and has stated using bioidentical progesterone not only stops the loss of bone, it builds bone back.
Another way to lose bone density is with stress. Stress causes the body to become acidic. Calcium and magnesium are strong alkaline minerals which neutralize the acids. When we are under stress emotionally, or from toxins, pain or inflammation, the blood pulls calcium and magnesium from bones and teeth to help balance the acidity. Drinking 1/2 your body weight in ounces of clean, mineralized water, will help slow the depletion from stress.
Diet and digestion are key factors in maintaining bone density. Produce, especially green vegetables, contain vital nutrients and minerals for bone health. Refined carbohydrates such as breads, pastas, cereals and sugar, deplete vitamins and minerals, including calcium and magnesium. Diet, combined with weight bearing exercise and appropriate supplements provide a winning formula for keeping a healthy, strong bones.