As with any article regarding medicine, exercise, and home cures – consult with your doctor before changing your diet, exercise routines, or taking supplements. They may interact with medications you are currently taking. It is the smart thing to do.
Personally, I dislike medication. Unless I’m severely ill or in pain, I avoid them. Too many side effects and chemicals for my taste. That is why I enjoy writing about homeopathic (home remedies) topics. Mother Nature provides a bounty of chemical-less vitamins and minerals to choose from.
For those of you who do not know, osteoporosis is degenerative disease that affects bone density. In short, this is a deficiency of calcium and other minerals that causes people to break bones easily (WebMD, 2014). This disease is in both females and males, but females are more likely experience bone loss.
Here are the top 10 gender-neutral home remedies to slow and alleviate osteoporosis.
#10 Stop Smoking
As if you need another reason to quit smoking… Other than heart disease, lung cancer, and other ailments caused from smoking, this may also increase the risk and advancement of osteoporosis. I quit cold turkey on January 18, 2011. Best decision of my life!!
#9 Limit Alcohol
Other articles tell you to stop drinking all together. That’s not realistic. What is realistic is reducing your consumption of alcohol to 3-5 drinks per week. Personally, I like to have 1 craft brewed beer every other night. Life is too short, and there are benefits to drinking. According to HowStuffWorks (2014), drinking increases estrogen to help retain calcium and
#8 Limit Caffeine and Protein
Caffeine and large quantities of protein are bad for you. They cause calcium to excrete from the bones. Remember, everything in moderation. If you are a body builder consuming proteins and powders, add calcium supplements or other beneficial foods to your diet to reduce the risk. You wouldn’t need caffeine if you do #1!
Boron acts like a gate. Calcium comes in, but cannot go out. Think of Boron as a natural bodyguard against calcium leeching. This wonderful mineral is found in fruits and nuts so enjoy a few handfuls of each for a daily snack.
You are probably scratching your head on this one. Phytoestrogens – also known as “plant estrogens” are found in soybeans, lentils, and other legumes. They help women increase estrogen, which is essential to help keep calcium and other minerals in the bones. Men beware too much estrogen may lead to heart attack, stroke, and prostate disease.
You will want to rush to the grocery store for broccoli, greens, peanut butter, halibut, and pumpkin seeds because they are high in magnesium. Magnesium is to bones as Kevlar is to bulletproof vests. It strengthens, protects, and rebuilds bone matter. Take the recommended dose because too much magnesium can lead to coma or death.
#4 Vitamin K
Vitamin K activates the osteocalcin protein. This wonderful protein helps calcium generate a firm bind to the bone matter. Now you have an excuse to eat more Brussels sprouts and other leafy greens!! Remember when they made your childhood a nightmare? Now they may help save your life. Roughly half a cup of Brussels sprouts will yield approximately 100% your Vitamin K daily value.
#3 Vitamin D
Take a 30 minute walk in the morning sunlight to help your skin generate vitamin D during the day. You can also take supplements or eat oily fish, but the sun is free. Vitamin D helps integrate calcium within the body.
Supplements fill the holes left in your diet – use natural sources of calcium such as dairy products, leafy vegetables, fish, and nuts are great starting places. You should already know this – if not – at least you do now! You need calcium to prevent and support calcium loss.
If you do not use your body, you lose your body. Humans adapt quickly. If you do not exercise, your body will store and require only the nutrients to support your lifestyle. Integrating exercise into your daily life will build bone density and prepare your body for aging. Read my article ‘You Are Old – so Stop Whining and Beat It’ to discuss the types of necessary exercise to beat aging.
Do you have any other home remedies helping you battle osteoporosis? Leave them in the comments below.
HowStuffWorks. (2014). 26 Home Remedies for Osteoporosis. Retrieved from http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/natural-medicine/home-remedies/home-remedies-for-osteoporosis1.htm
WebMD. (2014). Osteoporosis. Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/osteoporosis/default.htm?names-dropdown=