Osteoporosis

Natural and herbal remedy recipes for preventing and treating osteoporosis


Osteoporosis

 

Osteoporosis is a condition of weakened bone caused by an imbalance in bone building and bone repair, which usually comes with aging. It is a common problem to women after menopause when their bodies are not generating enough estrogen to build bone. People with low calcium intake, physically inactive, smoking, a small frame or very low body weight has a higher chance of developing osteoporosis. Osteoporosis may lead to easy bone fracture at the wrist, hip and spine, and eventual immobility.

The Bandage Approach

After over a few decades of subscribing drugs and calcium supplement to treat osteoporosis by modern medicine, there is enough clinical evidence to show that it did not work. The results showed not only no improvement in preventing bone fracture if not worse, it brought along serious side effects such as nausea, abdominal cramping, flatulence, diarrhea, severe constipation, inflammation and ulceration of the esophagus, chest pain and heartburn or difficulty swallowing, etc. It clearly demonstrates once again that the bandage approach in modern medicine is doing more harm than good.

The fact that just by increasing bone mass artificially can make bones more brittle and makes fracture easier when there is a fall. And when injecting heavy dosage of calcium into the body, it can cause "calcium in the wrong place" such as calcification of joints and arteries causing heart disease.

Leaking Calcium

To treat osteoporosis, it is the underlying problem of leaking calcium which needs to be addressed. Diet and other health problems should be the main concern. A diet that is highly acidic can upset the body PH balance. To compensate, the body’s natural response will draw calcium from bones to neutralize the acidity. When acidic condition persists, heavy bone loss is the result. Stress is a main cause of depleting calcium from our body. Many people living very stressful lives are suffering from adrenal fatigue. The fight or flight response of the body will produce large quantity of stress hormone – cortisol in order to cope. Calcium is the main ingredient to make cortisol, so it uses up calcium and depresses bone repair and bone formation. Calcium loss can also be a result of side effect of pharmaceutical drugs treating other health problems.   

The Best Defense

The best defense to prevent and fight osteoporosis is through diet, exercise and sleep. Exercise promotes better blood circulation which in turn promotes healthy metabolic functions of the body including the repair and building of bones. Weight lifting exercise is found to increase bone mass. Eating a healthy diet which is slightly more alkaline than acidic can prevent calcium loss. Fruits and vegetables are mostly alkaline. Meats, dairy products, soft drinks, coffee and tea are acidic, so milk is bad for bone not just cardiovascular health. Sleeping the eight hours sleep, especially at night is vital. The body detoxifies and makes new blood, repair and build bones at night.

Dark leafy green vegetables such as broccoli, kale, turnip greens or cabbage are rich in calcium and vitamin K and are best to promote strong bone. Other foods with vitamin K include spinach and collard greens. Parsley, green olives,basil and thyme also have vitamin K. Garlic, onions and egg are rich in sulfur which is needed for healthy bones. Onion is found to be more effective than drug to prevent osteoporosis. Egg yolk and organ meat such as liver are rich in vitamin K2. Canned salmon and sardines with bones, soy products, sesame seeds and almonds are all good for bones. Soy products, which are high in isoflavon, can reduce bone loss or even increase bone density. Shrimp is high in vitamin B12, which aids bone density and is crucial in the generation of new cells. It is also a good source of vitamin D, an essential ingredient for bone strength. Your best source of vitamin D is sunshine. You don’t need more than 20 minutes out in the sun to get all your vitamin D for the day.  Other food sources of vitamin D include salmon, mackerel, tuna fish, sardines, eggs, beef and cheese. Reduce sodium intake and use herbs and spices for natural flavoring. Selenium protects bones. The best source of selenium is Brazil nuts, which contain a whopping 544 micrograms in just one ounce. You can also get selenium from red meat, tuna, eggs and walnuts.

Chinese medicine sees osteoporosis as blood deficiency and blood coagulation, kidney and spleen deficiency. Food treatments are for promoting kidney health, improving blood production and circulation.

 

All Osteoporosis Recipes:

Steamed Egg with Shrimp Paste (4401)

Promote strong bone

Oyster Noodle (4402)

Act on kidneys to produce bone marrow, energy and blood

Achyranthes, Deng shen and Bone Soup (4403)

Ease joints, strengthen bones and muscles

Chestnut, Pork Ribs and Chicken Feet Soup (4404)

Strengthen kidney and spleen, promote healthy bones and tendons

Soy Bean Sprout and Pork Rib Soup (4405)

High in calcium to promote building of bone