Osteoporosis: More Than Lack of Calcium

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"Porous bones," known as osteoporosis, is afflicting greater numbers of women at a younger age each year. Current statistics from the Mayo Clinic state that 1 of every 4 women older than 45 years and 9 of 10 women over 75 years of age suffer from varying degrees of osteoporosis.

Often thought of as a process of bones becoming brittle, osteoporosis is actually the process of the bones becoming porous. In this porous state, the bones are "holish," lose mass and strength, and are unable to sustain weight.

Nutritionally speaking, osteoporosis is primarily caused by stress and changes on the endocrine system and accelerated by the lack of calcium, protein, vitamins, minerals and essential enzymes needed by the bones to stay "solid." Bellevue nutritionist Sam Zeiler addresses osteoporosis from the nutritional/dietary, lifestyle and environmental aspects. He sees the occurrence and effects of osteoporosis accelerated in many women today from our environment as well as our diet. Toxins in the air we breathe, water we drink, and food we eat all contribute to the onset and severity of osteoporosis.

"Our health is compromised by our environment," commented Zeiler, "and our bodies react to it." Chronologically, the body may be 50 years old, however, biologically it may exhibit characteristics of 60 years, he explained. Osteoporosis must be addressed by looking at the larger, broader picture and addressed early in life. There are many things women can do to reduce osteoporosis and its effects.

Zeiler suggests reducing coffee and alcohol intake, eliminating smoking, reduce refined sugar intake, limit protein consumption to 2-4 ounces (or 15-20% of daily calorie intake) per day, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, take in dietary calcium, and add a broad spectrum daily vitamin. Zeiler also advocates completely eliminating carbonated beverages from the diet. This includes carbonated waters. Surprisingly, they can collect the calcium ions and flush them out of the system. Physical exercise and sunshine (vitamin D) are also essential.

Individual plans for health and diet offer the greatest benefits. Zeiler explains "Specifically tailored, they are designed to make stronger what is strong and protect what is weak."

The Holistic Health Network.

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By Marian Brown

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