Osteoporosis is a degenerative bone disease marked by a reduction in calcium and increased porosity of bones that results in frequent breaks and fractures. Osteoporosis is an entirely preventable disease. Despite this it represents a major health issue, especially in women over 50, in North America, Asia and Europe.
Natural Prevention of Osteoporosis
According to naturopathic medicine, osteoporosis is avoidable naturally – outside of the modern medical practices characterized by drugs – which can cause a long list of side effects or expensive treatments.
Osteoporosis and pH Balance
Alternative medicine practitioners assert that osteoporosis can be can be avoided by managing the pH levels of the body – the acidity and alkalinity. When the pH (acid/alkaline) balance of the body is correct it creates balance in, the minerals, hormones and glandular activity in the body that supports proper bone density and health. When the balance of the body chemistry becomes either too acidic or too alkaline, these relationships become upset and osteoporosis is more likely to take hold.
To achieve a pH balance required assisting in the prevention of osteoporosis the following is recommended:
- Eat a diet rich in nutrients;
- Avoid processed foods;
- Don’t smoke;
- Avoid Alcohol
- Avoid Caffeine
- Reduce consumption of red meat, wheat and dairy
Stress and Osteoporosis
The body secretes hormones that assist the regulation of our chemistry – our pH. Our combined emotional and spiritual health, dramatically influence our physical condition and overall health.Stress can deplete our body of minerals and create acidity that promotes poor bone density. The mineral, hormone and glandular balance of our body are affected by chronic stress. It is essential to reduce stressors in your life to achieve the proper balances in your body to prevent osteoporosis.
Dietary Supplements and Osteoporosis
To optimize your pH balance in your body and improve calcium level and absorption, and in turn increase your chances of preventing osteoporosis, the following dietary supplements can be taken:
- Calcium rich foods
- Vitamin K or potassium
- Vitamin D or exposure to the sun
- Amino Acid or proteins
- 3 and 6 fatty acids
- Calcium supplements
- Calcium/Magnesium supplements
Osteoporosis Prevention and Exercise
Resistance exercises using light weights and resistance bands increase bone density. These types of exercises should be included with a healthy and balanced lifestyle to prevent osteoporosis.
Traditional Medical Treatments and Osteoporosis
As with the natural preventative measures, the traditional medical measures for osteoporosis include restoring balance to hormone, mineral and glandular balances. In traditional medicine however, these results are achieved through powerful medications and therapies. The problem with these solutions is that in some cases the treatment creates other imbalances that may in turn create other health issues.
Hormone Replacement Therapy
The degeneration of bones in menopausal woman is linked to the fact that the hormone estrogen supports bone growth. Subsequently during menopause, when a woman’s body begins to lose their ability to produce estrogen naturally, the ability to support bone function is lost as well. Estrogen supplements or hormone replacement therapy restores the hormone levels and can arrest bone degeneration.