Osteoporosis prevention begins when you make healthy lifestyle changes since this condition is considered a lifestyle disease.
Imagine yourself without bones. Unthinkable, right? For without this structural frame, we will all be wiggling about as blobs! Yet, we often take bone health for granted. Calcium, the most abundant mineral in the body, is 99% deposited in the bones (and teeth). The problem is, as we age, bone density degenerates at a faster rate and becomes brittle if not properly cared for. Thus, the onset of osteoporosis.
Normally, people do not realize their bones are dense until a slip causes mostly the hip to fracture. At this stage, it may be too late to improve bone density. And since people do not realize that this disease has crept in, osteoporosis has been nicknamed the "silent killer." Ouch, I don't like the sound of that!
There is also a bone condition called osteopenia - a condition caused by your losing bone density. This is not as severe as osteoporosis but is still considered a serious condition.
What are some steps to osteoporosis prevention?
Exercise daily. Not only do our muscles need the daily workout, also our bones need it. If you're a couch potato, get up and move those bones. Light weight exercises are a big plus but try also tai chi or the Tibetan Five Rites, as advised by Suzi Grant in her book, Alternative Ageing.
Make diet changes. The usual source of calcium are dairy products like milk and cheese but according to some health practitioners, milk doesn't contain the good calcium that is readily absorbed by the body. And since this is high in protein, might even contribute to osteoporosis! There is a richer source of calcium - sea vegetables. In fact, seaweed has up to 14 times the calcium of milk! These deep sea healthfood has a balanced combination of calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sodium, iron, and trace minerals needed by the body for stronger bones. The high magnesium content of ocean vegetables makes calcium absorption better. Magnesium stimulates production of calcitonin, the hormone which increases calcium in the bones.
Sea vegetables are also a rich source of natural Vitamin D — essential not only for calcium absorption, but for bone health and muscle function. So let's make that lifestyle change for the sake of healthy bones.
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