Treat Osteoporosis the Natural Way

Throughout your life you have witnessed the miracle of your body recovering from colds, headaches, cuts and more…on its own…naturally. But when you lose bone mass and have weak bones, somehow it is assumed that nature is not up to the task. You are pronounced “diseased”, and medications are prescribed to interfere with your bone’s natural remodeling process.

Think about it. Why is it that when you lose muscle mass, you are certain you can strengthen them naturally – with exercise, rest, and nutrition but when you lose bone mass natural strengthening is ruled out?

Remodelling for bones is like remodelling a home over its lifetime. As parts of the home become worn and outdated, they’re replaced with new parts. When the paint gets old, you repaint. When the carpet is worn you replace it. Similarly little tiny worn pieces of your bones are constantly being replaced. This tearing down and building up process never stops for your whole lifetime whether you are 5 or 105.

Life Cycle

For the first half your life, the new bone is packed on faster than the old bone is disposed of, so you experience a net INCREASE in bone density. But by age 40 you start disposing of more bone than you add, with the net result being an annual DECREASE in bone density.

The Snowman in July

So from age 40 on, our bone remodelling ends up with an average bone loss of 1% per year every year until we die (for the first 6 – 10 years after menopause it may be more like 2% per year due to hormonal change). If we live long enough every one of us declines to a point called osteopenia and then, as bone density drops further, osteoporosis – the point where our bones are dangerously fragile.

Its like building a snowman in July – its melting off faster than you can pack it on.

So, are your bones somewhat like muscle – that can be strengthened with a concerted natural effort? Can you stop your annual bone loss naturally? Can osteoporosis even be reversed naturally?

The answer is: Yes, you can build new, healthy bone at any age, naturally!

A Multi-Nutrient Approach to Osteoporosis

Every year after age 40 you lose an average of 1% of your bone. But exactly which elements are lost in that 1%? In other words, what are your bones composed of? Calcium, yes. But your bone also contains magnesium, zinc, boron, vanadium and many more minerals. Actually researchers at AlgaeCal have found that at least 13 of the 70 minerals in human bone play a scientifically validated role in your bone health. Most of the remaining minerals have not been studied so they may or may not be important to bone health, but we know they form an integral part of your bones, and they are leaving your bones each year.

And lets not forget that those 70 minerals rest in a collagen/protein base. So the 1% of bone you lose every year are ALL these 70 minerals and a special long chain protein called collagen.

Now do you see why traditional calcium supplementation does not increase bone density?

Calcium is certainly an important and often deficient mineral, but magnesium and zinc may be equally important for your bones. Boron plays a role, and so do trace amounts of vanadium, silica, strontium and copper.

Is your diet replacing each of the 70 minerals that your DEXA scan reported missing from your bones? How about the lost protein? Most women over age 50 are not ingesting adequate protein. And what about key bone supporting vitamins like vitamin D3, vitamin K2 and vitamin C?

AlgaeCal believes multi-nutrient support is one of three major keys to strengthening your bones. Because it is difficult to eat a diet that is rich in all the bone supporting minerals, vitamins and protein you need, we have developed the AlgaeCal line of products to supplement your diet. And we have sponsored independent research to prove multi-nutrition is superior to traditional calcium supplements.

Complete nutrition is the first pillar of bone health, but regular exercise is also critical.

Exercise Your Bones to Reverse Osteoporosis Naturally

Did you know that people can lose an astonishing 4% of their bone a month by laying in bed? Studies of individuals recovering from illness in a hospital bed, or spending most of the day on the couch actually lose 1% of their bone mass every week. The good news, is they can gain it back with exercise forms that stimulate their bones.

Two kinds of exercise are best for strengthening your bones while improving your balance:

1. Resistance Training stimulates muscles to pull on the connections to your bone sending the message to build density and get stronger. Examples are lifting weights at the gym or pulling on resistance bands.

2. Weight Bearing exercise is any exercise which involves your legs moving your whole body weight such as walking, hiking and dancing. Even walking 3 to 5 miles a week can help build new healthy bone, so get out in nature, breathe some fresh air, soak up some vitamin D from the sun, and build your bones.

But be sure to exercise vigorously. If you’re walking, do so at a pace that makes it difficult to talk. You should be sweating. Sadly, shopping doesn’t count! If you have severe osteoporosis, you should consult your doctor before starting any exercise program because some exercises can lead to fracture if you are already very frail. Remember to follow the other bone supporting pillars on this page. There’s no sense exercising like an olympian and not supplying each of the nutritional building blocks your bones need. It is also very important to avoid bone damaging substances. You may surprised to learn what some of them are in the next section.

Bone Loss Prevention

Avoid these 18 known bone weakening substances

Proper nutrition and exercise are cornerstones of building new healthy bone, but avoidance of bone destroying compounds is also critical. You probably already understand that smoking, or more than two alcoholic drinks a day are proven bone saboteurs. You may have even read about the dangers of fluoridated drinking water on bones, but you probably don’t realize that most common medicines contribute to osteoporosis. Here are the medicine classes which are currently known to play a role in or cause osteoporosis:

Drug Class Commonly Prescribed For

  • NSAIDS – Non-steroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs pain relief, especially arthritic pain
  • Corticosteroids a wide variety of conditions
  • Contraceptives the pill, plus injectable
  • Aromatase Inhibitors cancer treatment
  • Gonadotrophin releasing agonists endometriosis, breast cancer, prostate
  • Anticonvulsants epilepsy, bipolar, neuropathic pain
  • Benzodiazepines depression, schizophrenia, insomnia
  • Anti-depressants depression, anxiety
  • Insulin sensitizing agents type 2 diabetes
  • Opiod Pain Medications severe pain management
  • Calcineurin inhibitors immune system suppression
  • Antacids/Proton Pump Inhibitors indigestion, heart burn
  • Loop diuretics blood pressure, liver cirrhosis
  • Blood coagulents prevent excessive blood clotting
  • Thyroid Medications hypothyroidism

 

Please consult your doctor before stopping or altering the dosage of any medication. Only your doctor and you can decide the risks versus benefits of a medicine.

For a more in-depth discussion, please see Your Bones: How You Can Prevent Osteoporosis & Have Strong Bones for Life Naturally.