Bone Health Concerns? Here’s Good News!
Written by Erin Chamerlik, Nutrition Educator, MS, MT(ASCP) for Twist 25 Blog.
Yin and Yang of bone health.
Many people do not realize that our skeletal bones are living tissue constantly being remodeled. Complementary forces are at play to maintain and build healthy bones.
This constant change between these two forces is necessary, and we cannot have healthy bone growth without the opposite force of breaking down bone, called resorption. Prescription medications for osteopenia and osteoporosis known as bisphosphonates work against nature by preventing resorption.
Do Women Really Need to Take Bone Drugs?
Dr. Susan Brown, PhD, medical anthropologist and certified nutritionist, says,
“Quite simply, my answer is no. In almost all cases, taking a prescription medication is not needed. Women from around the country come to our bone center for a natural approach to strengthening their bones — and it’s been working for more than 20 years. Osteoporosis and osteopenia medications are big business, but despite all the hype and marketing from drug companies, there is a safer, more effective and natural approach to bone health available to you.”
While genetics do play a role in bone health, there are several environmental factors that also effect bone strength. This is great news, because that means that there are several action steps we can take that will support healthy bones and make a big difference in the quality of our bones.
This is true even for those with weak bones.
Diet, physical activity, stress, smoking, avoiding excess caffeine and alcohol use, as well as hormone balance, all play a critical role throughout life in bone strength.
Certain nutrients can slow bone loss and help in the formation of new bone.
While it is well known that calcium and Vitamin D are important nutrients, there are other nutrients that the body needs for bone health that are just as important.
Dr. Robert Thompson M.D wrote that overconsumption of calcium can actually increase the risk of osteoporosis (Thompson, 2008).
There are 20 different nutrients that the body needs, not just calcium. These nutrients include vitamin K2, Vitamin A and minerals like magnesium, boron, zinc, and strontium.
- Consider taking a quality multivitamin and a blend of Vitamins A, D, and K.
- A good bone-building supplement like Bone Guard will cover the required mineral nutrients.
Vitamins A, D, and K are fat soluble vitamins that work together to support strong bones, a healthy immune system, vision health and cardiovascular health. Vitamin D increases the amount of calcium that the body absorbs from the intestines.
It must be accompanied by vitamin K2 to sweep calcium out of the soft tissues and put calcium where it belongs – in teeth and bones. MK-7 is the form of vitamin K2 recommended by natural health expert and author, Kate Rheaum-Bleue, ND.
Dr. Rheaume-Bleue’s research shows that all three vitamins must be taken together since, “vitamins A and D are required for the production of vitamin K2-dependent proteins.” This synergistic combination of fat soluble vitamins is found in Health2Go’s A-D-K.
Foods to Include for Bone Health
Unrefined sea salt, like Redmond’s Real Salt or Himalayan salt, contains many trace minerals required for healthy bones. Build your meals around high quality, unprocessed foods like fresh meats, fish, eggs, vegetables (especially dark green leafy vegetables), fresh fruit, nuts and seeds, healthy fats, and fermented and raw milk products from pasture-raised cows.
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