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Let’s start with the bad news. The International Osteoporosis Foundation states that “Worldwide, osteoporosis causes more than 8.9 million fractures annually, resulting in an osteoporotic fracture every 3 seconds.” In addition, “Osteoporosis is estimated to affect 200 million women worldwide – approximately one-tenth of women aged 60, one-fifth of women aged 70, two-fifths of women aged 80 and two-thirds of women aged 90.”
You can prevent and slow down the disease through nutritional changes.
You should avoid eating foods that force your body to extract calcium and other bone-building vitamins, minerals and hormones from the bones to neutralize acidity caused by these foods. As well as, foods that create an imbalance in your gut leading to malabsorption of minerals. These foods may look like the familiar culprits in all sort of diseases:
Ok, so those are the food don’ts, how about the food do’s?
Here are some recommendations for what you can do to help build your bones and prevent further bone loss:
In addition to adjusting your diet, you can further support your bones by taking a few supplements. Take a high-quality Vitamin D/Vitamin K supplement. Vitamin K helps your body use the Vitamin D. Many people are already on Calcium supplements, but may not be on a Magnesium supplement which is equally important for bone health. Approximately 80% of the U.S. population tested has been shown to be deficient in magnesium.
It is important to work with a nutritional counselor when selecting the right vitamins for you. Andrea Trank is available through FYZICAL’s Metro Office to assist patients. You can email her at ATrank@FyzicalSWFL.com.