A good friend’s mom had osteoporosis and it was not a positive experience. She always lived in fear of falling and breaking her fragile bones. She felt vulnerable and was fearful a lot of the time. Lurching on a fall and hurting herself.
Osteoporosis is a disease where you typically have lower bone mass and it can also deteriorate your bone tissue. This can lead to increased bone fragility and risk of fracture (broken bones). Areas of the body that are particularly vulnerable are the hips, spine, wrists and shoulders. Osteoporosis is commonly known as “the silent thief” because bone loss can happen and you won’t feel or see any symptoms.
There are many risk factors of osteoporosis that you should look out for. These include:
Family History: Genetics plays a role in osteoporosis risk. If osteoporosis runs in your family, your risk is much greater.
Gender: Females tend to have an increased risk of osteoporosis. One major reason is the decreases in estrogen production during and after menopause. Women can lose up to 5-10% of their total bone mass each year during menopause!
Body Type: If you are small and thin, your risk of osteoporosis is greater. The reason is, you have less bone mass to begin with prevent osteoporosis – testing
Age: After you reach peak bone mass (around 35 years old) you begin to lose 1% of your total bone density each year.
But the only way to know for sure is to test your bone mineral density.
Author (Sacha DeVoretz) going on a bike ride to prevent osteoporosis and reduce stress!
Diet Focused on Real, Whole Foods: The best way to prevent osteoporosis is to build strong bones by getting adequate amounts of calcium along with magnesium, trace minerals, vitamins D3 and vitamin K2 from your diet. Steer clear of processed, sugary foods and include vegetables, fruits, nuts and legumes regularly.
Try new recipes and look for meals that you enjoy! This will make it easier for you to stay on track and eat foods that are healthful for you.
Minimize Stress: When you’re stressed your body releases a steroid hormone called, cortisol. If stress is prolonged, cortisol levels remain high, resulting in inflammation in the body.
And when your cortisol levels are high, this affects your bone health. For instance, when your body is inflamed due to high cortisol levels, there is a reduction in your body’s ability to absorb calcium.
Here are a few ideas to help you reduce stress – try meditation, gentle yoga, breathing exercises, walking and other mindful practices.
Regular Weight Bearing Exercise: Bone density has a lot to do with what you do – or do not do. Regular strength training helps to deposit more minerals in the bones, especially those in the legs, hips and spine.
The opposite is also true – lack of regular exercise will accelerate bone loss. Weight-bearing exercise, which is any activity in which your body works against gravity is the best thing you can do.
Because when you strengthen your muscles, your bones become stronger from the mechanical stress of exercise. Examples of weight-bearing exercises include: running, climbing stairs, gardening, doing yoga, tai chi, hiking, playing tennis, or lifting weights.
Find something you enjoy to do! Another tip to stay active – enlist a friend or an exercise buddy so you stay accountable and keep moving.
Sacha DeVoretz (author) after eating a healthy meal and taking my daily supplements!
Supplementing with Bone Healthy Nutrients: Following a bone healthy diet with real, whole foods is crucial and in doing so, puts you on the right path to reclaiming your health.
But unfortunately, virtually every individual in North America is suffering from a lack of several essential minerals! And when it comes to bone health, many people are lacking in calcium, magnesium and especially vitamin K2.
Plant-based calcium supplements help you to protect you from this shortfall, it is recommended to take a high quality, plant-based calcium supplements that have additional bone-building vitamins and minerals (like AlgaeCal Plus has).
I take supplements daily and they have provided me with a healthy life, full of energy. Coupled with a diet rich in vegetables, fruits and daily exercise, I have found that making these small adjustments to my lifestyle has provided me with huge returns and an enjoyment of a healthy strong life!
- It naturally contains 73 trace minerals found in our bones
- It’s the only calcium supplement clinically proven to increase bone mineral density, this is supported by 3 human clinical studies published in peer-reviewed journals. This is unique because after age 40, women typically lose about 1% of their bone density every year.
Traditional rock based calcium since the 1930’s has only been able to slow that loss by 0.5%. Not only does AlgaeCal slow that loss but it increases bone density year after year for at least 7 years. They know this because their longest study was for 7 years, even 80-year-old women increased BD by 1% each year.
I have seen how Osteoporosis can affect someone I loved quality of life. If Osteoporosis is something that could affect yourself or someone you care about, there is a wealth of information and resources out there to help.
Please let me know if you have any questions about Osteoporosis and I will do my best to find the answers for you! I can ask leading experts and get you the information and resources that you need.
Let’s have the very best 2017!
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