Are you looking after your bones or do you think this is an age thing and you gonna get osteoporosis or osteopenia anyway? Well, not necessarily!Let me share with you that you can be in control of the strength of your bones and what you can do to make a big difference!
We read the stats about bones in papers
You’d agree with me that osteoporosis is a global disease and estimated to affect 200 million people globally. While 55% of people older than 50 are at an increased risk for fracture due to low bone mass.1 The truth is, regardless of age, everyone needs to keep their bones healthy. Children continue to build bone mass as they grow but bone mineral density actually peaks between the ages of 20 and 30. Up to age 30, the body makes new bone faster than it breaks down old bone, so bone mass increases.2 After that, more bone is actually lost than formed, as healthy bone formation slows down. Bone density therefore decreases and the existing bones weaken and become more susceptible to fracture.3
Why your bones are important?
The importance of bone health can’t be overstated. Imagine a house with all the wiring, plumbing, lighting, heating, air conditioning and so on. When one small thing goes wrong, it can cost a small fortune to fix it. But if the overall foundation and structure of the house stays intact, you have something to work with. If the structure of the house collapses, every thing else goes with it. The human body is similar to that house. We need all our systems working smoothly in order to enjoy healthy body which lets us to lead an active lifestyle. If we have poor digestion or a faulty circulatory system, we get sick and can’t function properly. When our skeletal system is brittle and weak, the risk is high for bone fractures – osteoporosis and eventually, we become bent over at 90 degree angle. By the way, how many elderly do you see in your neighbourhood? Or may not even be able to walk or stand. Simply and irreversibly, we depend on our bones to stand strong.
Calcium is the key
Scientists have known for years that the key to building and maintaining strong bones is calcium. The USDA recommends 1000 mg per day of calcium for both men and women ages 19-50.4 People who consume a diet low in key bone-building nutrients, particularly women older than 30, teenagers and the elderly, are especially at risk for osteoporosis. However, eating more dairy may not be the answer you were hoping for. Read more here.
Calcium alone is not enough though…
Studies show that taking calcium supplements may not be enough for optimum bone health, because the body finds calcium difficult to absorb. Less than 20% of the calcium we take in through food or supplements gets absorbed through the body’s digestive system.5 If it’s not absorbed and utilized, it simply cannot do its job of strengthening and building our bones. Period!
What supplement to take?
Bone health becomes more challenging and critical as we grow older and life spans lengthen. So what supplement should I take to do the job? The market is flooded with a huge selection.
A rule of thumb:
- Avoid supermarkets own branded supplements. Why? They are cheap and poor quality. You always get what you pay for!
- Has the company been on the market long?
- Is it a whole food supplement or made in a lab?
There are two supplements which my husband and I have been taking for years and are proven to work. Why do I know? We both had a scan done and saw a difference. We even saw scans of old people who had very critical bone mass to a point that they were house bound and afraid to go out in a worry to have a fall. How bad is that??!! The difference is measurable in just 3 months. If your medication is not doing what you were hoping for and your bones show on the scan only negligible improvement, book a free 20 min consultation with me and let’s discuss your options. Looking forward to hearing from you soon. Remember, if you haven’t seen much of a difference in a few years, the chances are it’s not going to get better with what you are currently taking. An educational webinar available upon request.
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