Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Guest Post: Naturopathic Remedy for Osteoporosis

Naturopathic Remedy for Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is the weakening and thinning of bones that occurs over time due to a poor diet, lack of exercise and aging in general. Prevention is worth a pound of cure when it comes to bone loss, but once osteoporosis has been detected the progression can be stopped and in some cases bone mass re-built. Turn brittle bones into better bones with this naturopathic remedy for osteoporosis.

Exercise is Key
Weight bearing exercise is key for both the prevention of and/or progression brittle bone disease. Weight bearing does not mean you have to lift heavy dumb bells every day, but you will need to go for a 30 minute walk at least 3 times per week. Walking causes your bones to lift your body weight and keeps bones strong. Yoga, tai chi, jogging, tennis, aerobics or any other exercise that gets you up and on your feet is a weight bearing exercise and will help remedy osteoporosis naturally.

Calcium is essential for building and maintaining strong bones. Bones are always in the process of tearing themselves down and re-building, and readily available calcium is needed for that re-building process. Milk and other dairy products are rich in calcium and should be a part of a naturopathic remedy for osteoporosis. Lactose intolerant people can obtain calcium from whole grains, beans, dark green leafy vegetables and almonds. Natural calcium supplements will also provide the needed bone nutrient. Nicotine, carbonated beverages, foods high in sugar or salt and red meat hinder the absorption of calcium.

Vitamin D
As much as the body needs calcium and as frequently as you make it available to the body, it can not be absorbed and put to use without vitamin D. The body can not store vitamin D either, so a daily dose is needed to keep bones strong and healthy. Being exposed to sunlight for 10-15 minutes each day (sitting near a window, on a park bench or walking in the sunshine with face and arms exposed is sufficient), consuming dairy products fortified with vitamin D or taking a daily supplement is all that’s needed.

Magnesium is needed by the body for many things, including building strong bones to stave off osteoporosis. Magnesium is also one of the minerals many people are deficient in, and low levels of magnesium means low bone density which translates into brittle bones. Magnesium is naturally found in a lot of the same foods that are rich in calcium - grains, dark leafy green vegetables and beans along with fish, beef, chicken and pork. Natural magnesium supplements are also available to help remedy osteoporosis.

Herbs, Acupuncture and More
The naturopathic remedy for osteoporosis treats the whole person and starts with diet and exercise, then builds upon that foundation to halt bone loss and re-build bone. The remedy pathway may include herbs, acupuncture, massage, hydrotherapy and other therapies that are designed to stimulate bone re-growth and strengthen bone tissue. Naturopathic medicine is a natural health care system that is designed specifically for each patient’s needs and uses no chemicals or drugs to treat ailments.

Author Pam Johnson is a nurse in the orthopedic department of her hospital. She also enjoys blogging and is a contributing writer for

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