How to prevent osteoporosis?
It is very important to eat the correct diet for preventing osteoporosis. Bone density decreases due to the consumption of processed food that produces biochemical and metabolic changes in the body. Therefore, the first step is to reduce the consumption of processed foods.
The risk of osteoporosis can be reduced by eating the right type of foods, which are of high quality and organic. It is believed that calcium, vitamin D and vitamin K2 are essential nutrients for building healthy bones. Omega-3 fatty acids play an important role in strengthening your bones. Research has also shown that if you take calcium before going for a workout, it will maintain a balanced amount of calcium in your blood but if you take after the exercise, then the blood calcium levels may reduce. Therefore, it is recommended to consume calcium supplements before going to the gym.
Another important thing to remember for keeping your bones healthy is that calcium does not work alone but it works in close relation to vitamin D and vitamin K2. So, if you are taking calcium supplements alone, it may not produce any results. Dr. Kate Rheaume has written in one of his books that our bones are made up of different minerals and people who mostly focus on calcium supplementation alone will do harm to their bones and increases the risk of osteoporosis. He proposed that natural and unprocessed salts are one of the best sources to fulfill the needs of different minerals that are required for maintaining strong bones.
The ratios of different nutrients also play an important role in maintaining the correct bone density. We all believe that calcium and vitamin D have a deep relation with each other but we do not know much about vitamin K2. It is an important vitamin that helps calcium to reach the proper places such as your bones and teeth. It also prevents calcium to reach places where it is not needed such as arteries and soft tissues.
Other nutrients necessary for maintaining healthy bone are sodium and potassium. You have to balance the ratio of these two minerals to maintain adequate bone density. If you are eating an unbalanced diet, which is rich in processed foods then the ratio of sodium and potassium will never remain balanced because processed foods are low in potassium and high in sodium. Imbalanced state of sodium and potassium ultimately leads to osteoporosis.
To prevent osteoporosis one should eat unprocessed foods, which are organic and provide essential nutrients in the correct amount. Unprocessed foods will provide the right amount of potassium and other minerals to promote optimum health of bones.
Role of exercise
Exercise plays an important role in building strong and healthy bones. Osteoblasts are bone-forming cells and you have to choose correct exercises that may stimulate the osteoblasts to build new bones. Doing physical activity regularly helps to renew and rebuild the bone; therefore exercise should be made a lifelong commitment to preventing osteoporosis.
Natural treatment for osteoporosis
Nutritional supplements, herbal and homeopathic remedies when combined with a diet rich in essential minerals, exercise, and healthy lifestyles offer natural support for maintaining good bone health without producing any side effects. All these natural therapies help to reduce the chances of osteoporosis. Herbs such as osteolief and osheal tablet are traditionally believed to heal the bones by providing natural minerals, by imparting proper tensile strength to the bones and by proper callus formation. Homeopathic remedies support the formation of new bone cells naturally and gently.
Dr Ritu Sandhu, B.H.M.S., Homeopath, and NASH member graduated From Chandigarh Homeopathic Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh, INDIA is a licensed Homeopathy practitioner since the last seventeen years. She writes on health-related topics to share her cumulative experience. Her mission is to uphold the time-honored values of compassion and humanity when caring for patients.