Don’t let conventional medicine fool you! While it is true that your bones are going to change as you age, it does not necessarily mean that you have to develop osteoporosis. It certainly does not mean you have to take prescription drugs to prevent this condition either.
Osteoporosis is a disease in which bones become fragile and are more likely to break due to loss of tissue. This is typically a result of hormonal changes or deficiencies in one’s diet. Women who are in their late 40’s to early 50’s are predisposed to osteoporosis for a few reasons: 1) Female hormones drop off after menopause, while men continue to make testosterone which supports the bones. 2) Women who breast feed give up their nutrition by passing on important minerals to the infant.
Signs of Osteoporosis
If you want a glimpse at what is going on with protein inside your bones, take a look at your skin, your hair, and your nails. These are external proteinaceous materials that are a good indicator of what is going on in your body. If your skin is dry and your hair & nails are brittle, it is possible that your bone proteins are not particularly strong either. Other indications of osteoporosis include bones that fracture easily, skeletal aches & pains, tendinitis or sprains.
Give Your Body a Reason to Have Great Bones!
I cannot emphasize enough the importance of healthy lifestyle choices to build a strong foundation. These are the basic recommendations that I personally follow and consistently share with my patients:
– A clean diet of organic vegetables, fruit, & meat contains essential minerals and nutrients needed for bone health. I often hear patients say that buying organic food is expensive and hard on their budget. Think of it this way. You are investing in your health. The extra cost of organic products will save you the cost of the frequent office visits needed for a prescription issued by your physician.
– Drink adequate amounts of water to prevent dehydration. A quick way to determine the average amount of water you should drink: Take your weight and divide by 2. This is the amount of water in ounces you should drink daily. Ideally, filtered water is better than water from the tap.
– Regular exercise is a great way to maintain strong bones. Exercise also improves one’s balance, coordination, & flexibility. Work with an experienced trainer who can determine a combination of weight-bearing & muscle-strengthening exercises tailored specifically for you.
Minerals & Supplementation
A simple mineral support program is very helpful for providing the bones with the raw materials it needs to optimize bone health. In particular unrefined salt with its full range of minerals; an emulsified vitamin D that absorbs quickly into your body; as well as a good bone support supplement that has magnesium, boron, calcium, copper, manganese, and strontium. This is a basic bone support program that has become a daily part of my supplement regimen as well as for many of my patients:
– Celtic Light Grey Sea Salt by Selina Naturally: Please read the labels! If the product says ‘sea salt’ but is white in color, this product has been bleached and stripped of its nutritional value. Healthy sea salt that has not been processed or refined is typically light grey in color and has retained its full range of minerals. Dosage: 1- 1 ½ teaspoon daily
– Bio D Mulsion Forte by Biotics Research Corporation: This the ideal form of Vitamin D3 that absorbs quickly in to your body. Dosage: 2 drops daily- monitored by doctor for uniqueness’s / 2x daily with breakfast and dinner
– Osteo Elite by PureZen Health: This is a great multi-vitamin alternative developed by me and my partners Drs Brownstein & Nusbaum. It is our proprietary blend of natural minerals & nutrients. Dosage: 2 tablets / twice daily with food.
~Dr. Richard Ng
To learn more about the prevention of Osteoporosis click on the links below:Dr Ng’s Bone Support Package
Dr Ng’s DVD Osteoporois: What You Need To Know
The Guide To Healthy Eating by David Brownstein, MD & Sheryl Shenefelt, CN