Natural solutions to osteoporosis
Did you know that osteoporosis is NOT a female disorder?
I see many men as well as women in my practice who suffer from osteoporosis. One in every four women and one in every eight men over 50 years of age suffer from osteoporosis. Men, however, have a higher death rate from a fracture than women!
Osteoporosis is also NOT a disease of the elderly. It is a disease of pediatrics that only manifests itself at later ages.
You have a higher risk of suffering from osteoporosis if the following are present in your life:
- Low sun exposure (inadequate vitamin D)
- Drinking coffee (due to the acidic nature of coffee)
- Sedentary lifestyle
- Drinking too much alcohol (as it can result in poor nutritional status)
- Too much exposure to stress
- Too much antacid exposure (due to its high aluminum content)
You have a higher chance of developing osteoporosis if you use certain medications.
These medications include:
- Levothyroxine for thyroid issues,
- PPIs for stomach problems
- and Prednisone (glucocorticosteroid)
Those with certain genetic factors such as
- Celiac disease,
- Endocrine disorders such as issues with your thyroid,
- Hematological disorders such as thalassemia and
- Autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis
Are usually more prone to osteoporosis.
Certain gastrointestinal disorders such as GERD, intestinal bypass /or stomach surgeries (for weight loss) also result in changes in nutritional status. Consequently, changes in nutritional status reduce calcium absorption.
Tips for prevention of osteoporosis:
I often get asked about the best and safest treatment for osteoporosis. Although there is not a single best alternative treatment for osteoporosis, you may use the following tips to prevent and stop the progression of osteoporosis (increase bone density).
- Ensure an adequate protein intake
- Use osteoporosis natural treatment supplements: such as calcium & Vitamin D.
- Lower your salt intake
- Lower your sugar intake
- Lower consumption of soft drinks (pop)! Soft drink consumption is associated with lower bone density in adolescent girls!
Adequate calcium levels:
If you are of 11-25 years of age, you need: 1,200-1,500 m/day of calcium
If you are of 25-50-25 years of age, you need: 1,000 mg/day
If you are older than 65 years old, you’ll need: 1,500 mg/day
Natural food for osteoporosis (foods that prevent osteoporosis)
Foods and vegetables high in calcium:
- Dark leafy greens (kale, collards, mustard greens)
- Canned salmon, almonds, sesame seeds (tahini), soy milk, orange juice, high-quality diary
Foods/vegetables to avoid:
- Avoid foods high in oxalic acid as it can bind to calcium and further inhibit calcium absorption.
- These include greens such as spinach, beet tops, chard, rhubarb.
You do not necessarily need to take calcium supplements. Still, if we decide that your calcium intake is not high enough, you would have to take supplements.
Best time to take calcium supplements:
It is best to take calcium in divided doses. Also, avoid taking it at night as the parathyroid hormone is active at night pulls calcium out of bone. There are different types of calcium supplements, and we can decide which type you should take.
simple and effective natural remedies for osteoporosis
If you need someone to help guide you with simple and effective natural treatments for osteoporosis, you can call (416) 684-55-14 or book your appointment today.