Beyond Calcium and Vitamin D — What Else Can I Do to Stop Bone Loss?

Osteo­poro­sis has become a huge pub­lic health issue and as our pop­u­la­tion ages, it’s bound to become even more preva­lent.

Every­one and their aunt (and uncle too) seems to be aware that cal­ci­um and vit­a­min D sup­ple­ments are crit­i­cal to main­tain­ing opti­mal bone mass as we age.

But even though peo­ple are down­ing cal­ci­um and vit­a­min D pills at a record pace, the inci­dence of osteo­poro­sis and debil­i­tat­ing bone frac­tures con­tin­ues to rise.

Sure­ly there are addi­tion­al fac­tors that con­tribute to osteo­poro­sis and oth­er pre­ven­ta­tive steps you can take.

Here’s a list of some fre­quent­ly-rec­om­mend­ed steps you can take to improve bone health. Most of these haven’t received the in-depth research scruti­ny that cal­ci­um has, so their role hasn’t always been med­ical­ly proven. But you don’t have to wait for sci­en­tists to cross every “t” and dot every “i” – your bone health is too impor­tant. Take charge of your health today.

  • Eat a diet high in alka­liz­ing foods (fresh fruits and veg­eta­bles, for instance) and low­er in acid-form­ing foods (sug­ar and car­bo­hy­drates.) Your body’s chem­istry is exquis­ite­ly sen­si­tive to the acid-alka­line bal­ance of your bod­i­ly flu­ids, so it will auto­mat­i­cal­ly do what­ev­er it takes in order to bal­ance your inter­nal pH. This includes releas­ing the cal­ci­um you’ve got stored in your bones to buffer excess acid. Eat right — don’t force your body to sac­ri­fice your bone health.
  • Cig­a­rette smok­ing and high intake of alco­hol increase your risk of osteo­poro­sis. But you already knew these habits were evil.
  • Low lev­els of phys­i­cal activ­i­ty are also harm­ful. Here’s an exer­cise you can try: get a sledge­ham­mer and smash your TV.
  • smashing televisionSome med­i­cines can block your abil­i­ty to absorb cal­ci­um. These include steroids, anti­co­ag­u­lants and thy­roid sup­ple­ments.
  • Drink­ing soda leads to bone loss.
  • Beyond cal­ci­um, there are oth­er min­er­als need­ed in small­er amounts to build strong bones. We know the most about the roles that mag­ne­sium, phos­pho­rus, and zinc play. It might be wise to use a good all-around min­er­al sup­ple­ment in addi­tion to one for cal­ci­um.
  • A diet that’s too high in pro­tein can lead to loss of bone cal­ci­um. If you’re a hard-core car­ni­vore, you may need to scale it back. And because of the neg­a­tive effects of too much pro­tein, some experts rec­om­mend that you not rely on dairy prod­ucts as your pri­ma­ry source of cal­ci­um.

Don’t let loss of bone mass derail your health. There are a num­ber of sim­ple steps you can insti­tute today to ensure the future health of your skele­ton.

 

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About Ronald Lavine, D.C.

Dr. Lavine has more than thirty years' experience helping patients alleviate pain and restore health using diverse, scientifically-based manual therapy and therapeutic exercise and alignment methods.

His website, askdrlavine.com, provides more information about his approach.

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