Our bones are at their strongest when we are in our 20s and early 30s. However, as we age our bone cells cannot produce fast enough to replace and maintain those dying bone cells. The breakdown of bone in this bone growth cycle causes a gradual dissolution of the bone matric, reduces bone density and diminishes the ability of our bones to withstand stress. Osteoporosis inevitably leads to brittle, porous bone that are more susceptible to stress fractures and repeat fractures that may lead to more serious surgeries to fix.
RISK FACTORS FOR OSTEOPOROSIS
You may be prone to osteoporosis if:
– You are a woman.
– You are over the age of 50.
– You have a thin, small body size.
– You are white or Asian.
– You have a family history of osteoporosis.
These are risk factors that cannot be changed or controlled. Other osteoporosis risk factors that may be
treated and either reduced or eliminated include:
– Eating disorders such as anorexia.
– Increasing intake of certain foods, vitamins, and minerals that are beneficial to bone health.
– Exercising regularly.
– Avoiding tobacco use and alcohol abuse.
NATURAL REMEDIES FOR OSTEOPOROSIS
1. Calcium and Vitamin D:
Calcium and vitamin D are two different nutrients essential for bone health. Calcium is a mineral needed for healthy development of your teeth and bones. Vitamin D is necessary for helping your bones and teeth absorb calcium. The best way to get vitamin D into your body is to expose your skin to sunlight or take a supplement. Both can be found naturally in some foods as well.
2. Exercising and Maintaining a Healthy Weight:
The best kind of exercise for preventing or delaying the onset of osteoporosis is weight-bearing exercises. Examples of weight-bearing exercises include walking, jogging, dancing, climbing the stairs or other activities that engages your legs and feet. In addition, carrying excess weight without regularly exercising may significantly increase your risk of osteoporosis by interfering with the bone growth and breakdown cycle.
3. Bioidentical Hormones:
Included in natural remedies for osteoporosis is BHRT or restoring healthy estrogen and testosterone levels essential for good bone density and strength. In general, after the age of 40 a woman’s estrogen output begins to drop as the ovaries prepare for menopause. Estrogen is an essential aspect for the production of bone. As estrogen production decreases, the cells involved in creating new bone cannot function as effectively as they did when a woman was in her 20s and 30s. Men need a small amount of estrogen as well to carry out this process.
Testosterone deficiency experienced by older men increases the risk of osteoporosis as well. Testosterone is needed to create the small but necessary amounts of estrogen to maintain bone health as mentioned above.
While natural remedies for osteoporosis can help you mitigate your risk for osteoporosis, BHRT provides a guaranteed method for precisely controlling hormone levels that are vital to preventing or delaying osteoporosis.
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