No one wants a curved spine or brittle bones that result in fractures. Osteoporosis does exactly these things to you. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), about 34 million Americans suffer from osteoporosis. If you are a woman, the risk of it increases as much as 80% for you. Osteoporosis means ‘porous bone’, which causes the bones to become brittle, weak and thin. Even a fall or bending over may have risk of a fracture. Our body builds about 90% of bones by the age of 20. After 30 years, bones are still being made but the rate is slower than the bones being lost.
Several drugs are available to treat osteoporosis but if someone prefers not to take medicines, here are some extremely effective natural treatments-
Exercise is one of the most important things you can do to fight osteoporosis. Making the bones work more prompts the body to produce more bone cells and thus making it stronger. Weight bearing exercises such as lifting weights, walking etc help treating osteoporosis.
Calcium helps the body build bone. You can always take calcium as supplements but the best way to get calcium is to get it from your diet. Add proper quantity of cheese, milk, broccoli, dark green and leafy vegetables, spinach etc into your diet.
Our body can not absorb calcium without vitamin D. The National Osteoporosis Foundation 400-800 IU of vitamin D everyday for adults under 50 and up to 2000 IU over 50 years of age. Sunlight is the best source of vitamin D. Also fatty fish like tuna, salmon, beef liver, egg yolk etc contain high amount of vitamin D.
This is what helps calcium bind into bones. Women body loses its ability of binding calcium after menopause. Taking foods rich in vitamin K such as dark leafy vegetables, spring onions, sprouts, cabbage etc helps in this case.
Omega-3 Fatty Acid:
Studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids such as those found in fish oil, can help maintain, even increase bone mass. It can be taken also as supplements but for that you must consult your doctor first.
The main reason behind post menopausal increase of osteoporosis is the decreasing level of estrogens. Some herbs can increase estrogen level and thus treat osteoporosis. Black cohosh, red clover, horsetail, oat straw, kelp etc may be used for this purpose.
You can treat osteoporosis by following these easy natural methods to some extent. But still you need to see your doctor regularly to avoid any unwanted health issues.
National Institute of Health (NIH)
The National Osteoporosis Foundation
University of Maryland Medical Center