Fighting Osteoporosis through Bone Feeding
Osteoporosis is the abnormal loss of bony tissue resulting in fragile porous bones attributable to a lack of calcium; most common in postmenopausal women.
Despite what you might think, osteoporosis is not an old woman’s disease –it’s something you should be trying to prevent from as early as your twenties. And don’t think that means popping the odd calcium supplement.

Osteoporosis, which literally means ‘porous bones,’ affects one woman in three over the age of 50. Though it takes effect most dramatically from your forties onwards, the decrease in bone density can start as early as your mid-twenties. Many experts now believe an entire generation is at risk of having low bone density due to inadequate diet and lack of exercise. A recent study suggested that girls as young as 16 years are developing bone fractures because they drink so many drinks (the phosphoric acid in fizzy drinks leaches calcium from bones).

Drinking more than 3 cups of coffee a day, increases your risk of developing osteoporosis by as much as 82%

So what can you do about it?
Well, osteoporosis is not only preventable but naturally treatable. All it really involves is eating the right foods –and no, that doesn’t mean eating more dairy produce.

In fact, our problem is that we eat too much animal protein such as cheese and fish –food that is normally seen as good source of calcium. Let’s back up a bit. One of calcium’s roles in the body is to act as neutralizer. When you eat too much acidic food, your body whips the calcium –which is alkaline –from your bones to restore the body’s pH. Therefore, a diet that is highly acidic, say high in meat could a real reason for bone-crumble. So even if you eat a calcium rich diet and take calcium supplements, you could be losing more calcium than you are gaining. Alkaline fruit and vegetables on the other hand, help calcium locked in the bones. 

That’s why the traditional Bantu of Africa, with their low-calcium, low-acidic diet, have virtually no osteoporosis, and the Inuit, who consume vast amounts of calcium but also lots of animal protein, have an exceptionally high incidence of osteoporosis. Perhaps that will convince any of you on the Atkins diet to give it the heave-ho! The changes you’d need to make to your diet aren’t radical: you’d basically be reducing the size of your portion of animal protein and upping your intake of the vegetable part of the meal. Try to eat at least one portion daily of leafy green vegetable such as broccoli, cabbage and kale (not spinach, as it blocks calcium absorption). 

And don’t forget some daily weight-bearing exercise too –another excellent bone-builder.

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