When you think about staying healthy, you probably think about making lifestyle changes to prevent cancer or heart disease. Keeping your bones healthy to prevent osteoporosis may not be at the top of your wellness list, but it should be and here’s why.
Osteoporosis occurs when the body fails to form enough new bone, when too much old bone is reabsorbed by the body, or both. The bones become weak and can break more easily. In serious cases, something as simple as a sneeze can cause a bone to break. About 10 million Americans already have the disease. Another 34 million are estimated to have low bone density, placing them at increased risk for osteoporosis and broken bones. About half of all women older than 50, and one in four men, will break a bone because of osteoporosis.
You are probably wondering, “How can diet help prevent this?”
When we have excessive acid in our body from eating foods that are high in animal protein and simple sugars, we deplete our bodies of important minerals like potassium, calcium, magnesium, and others. Without these important minerals, the body pulls the minerals it needs from bone, and, in the end, excretes them. Over time, the continued depletion of these essential minerals leads to a build-up of excess acid in our cells. The outcome is osteoporosis.
Your body is constantly being exposed to foreign elements by way of infection, pollution, and improper digestion. With an excess acid load, the delicate machinery of your body does not work well. The efficiency of energy production in the cells is reduced with even a slight excess of cell acid.
It is important to eat fresh, whole foods that are alkaline-forming, like fruit, vegetables, lentils, seeds, and nuts. Eventually, these foods will neutralize the excess acid, provide proper cell balance, and restore bone health.
It is also important to take a high-quality mineral formula. Make sure the capsule is not made with glues and binders that are not absorbed by the body.
If you would like to know if your supplements are right for you, you can visit my website www.kayspears.com and purchase my book titled Balanced Living. In the end, it is always about balance and eating a balanced diet along with proper supplementation. You can help prevent a diagnosis of osteoporosis and the agony of a broken bone.
By Kay Spears, San Antonio NutritionistShare