When people think of osteoporosis they usually just think about bone strength, but what is really important is the flexibility of the bones. Flexible bones bend, whereas stiff bones snap (a link to more information). If you cut and burn firewood you can easily visualize the comparison between green limbs and dry wood. Green wood gives when stressed whereas dry wood too easily succumbs to a good whack with its cracking sound.
It is a mistake to think that all we need is extra calcium to give our bones what they need (a link to more information). Bones are rich in many minerals, such as potassium, manganese, magnesium, silica, iron, zinc, selenium, boron, phosphorus, sulphur, chromium and more. For our bodies to be able to absorb and utilize these minerals there has to be a balance between the supply and demand, and in a form the body can recognize. For example, we need enough vitamin D present along with enough high-quality fats for proper assimilation. We cannot just take our 1000 mg. of calcium a day and think that is sufficient. Calcium all by itself is like a brittle piece of chalk, and if the body cannot break it down it just gets eliminated. Municipal water treatment facilities can attest to the fact that on a regular basis, countless undigested vitamin and mineral pills end up being pulled out of their city sewage filters.
According to the Physicians Desk Reference, "supplements in tablet or pill form are only 10% absorbed by the body." So frustrating to think we're flushing away our money while just complying with our doctor's advice.
Digestion breaks down foods (and supplements) to find the nutrients hidden inside, and it uses whatever nutrients it finds in a useable size/state. For the body to be able to use a nutrient, the nutrient must be able to enter a cell. Most of the minerals presented to the body through supplements are not recognized by cells as the minerals needed because they are in sizes and forms that are ineffective for cell assimilation. Calcium carbonate (one calcium atom and three carbon atoms) is not calcium (one calcium atom), chromium picolinate is not chromium, copper glutamate is not copper, etc., and none of these kinds of complex compounds are recognized by the cells as welcome nutrients, nor are they able to bond with water to enter the cell membrane. This would help to explain why people can take calcium carbonate supplements religiously, and yet their bodies continue to rob calcium from their bones causing osteoporosis.
So what are we supposed to do? Farming practices have left our soils deplete in necessary essential nutrients so we are told we have to supplement our diets. Supplement with plants!
Add them to your usual salad or serve them as a cooked vegetable sauteed in a little olive oil or butter and seasoned with sea salt and/or vinegar.
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4. A very informative article on how to make a nourishing, mineral rich soup stock boney brew.
The prolonged cooking of bones in water results in a nutritionally rich broth that promotes strength, tonify blood, and helps to prevent bone and connective tissue disorders. Once made, it can be eaten as a soup of just the broth or used as the base for any soup recipe of your choosing. It may also be used as a base for sauces or added in place of water in the cooking of rice or other grains.
Here is an excellent book on how to make boney brews and delicious recipes.
5. Weight bearing and rhythmetrical exercise helps to strengthen and maintain flexible bones. The body is meant to move, a sedentary lifestyle just isn't natural. The body is designed to push, pull, lift, bend and stretch. Don't get in the habit of the all or nothing method of visiting the gym once in a while and going overboard. Programs are great, but overdoing it in spurts can cause injury. Choose various activities you enjoy enough to keep it up and that use different muscle groups. Alternate running or zumba with yoga or swimming.
Though our society has countless appliances and gadgets to save us time and energy, and we all know time is money, for the good of our health let's sometimes try to pass up on those energy savers. Walk or bike whenever you can, take the stairs rather than the escalator or elevator. Do your own labor intensive work, just find little ways to put more movement into your everyday life.
Sources for this post came from The Mineral Water Store nutritional supplementation and herbalist Susun Weed. Her books include "The Menopausal Years" and "Healing Wise"