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Bone Health Primarily Affects Women

Did you know Bone Health primarily affects women?  This is because of the physiological, nutritional, and hormonal differences between males and females.  Bone Mass - the amount of mineral in the bone - generally peaks between the ages of thirty and thirty-five.   A number of factors are known to influence an individuals risk of bone loss. The first, and probably the most important, is the peak bone mass achieved in adulthood, the larger and denser the bones are to begin with, the less debilitating bone loss is likely to be. 

Other major risk factors in women are:*
  • Postmenopausal
  • White or Asian
  • Premature menopause
  • Positive family history
  • Short stature and small bones
  • Leanness
  • Low calcium intake
  • Inactivity
  • Nulliparity (never pregnant)
  • Gastric or small-bowel resection
  • Long-term glucocorticosteriod therapy
  • Long-term use of anticonvulsants
  • Hyperparathyroidism
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Smoking
  • Heavy alcohol use
Dietary and Lifestyle Recommendations*
  • Consume a diet that focuses on whole, unprocessed foods and natural organic foods (whole grains, legumes, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds)
  • Eliminate alcohol, caffeine, and sugar
  • Do not drink soft drinks
  • Drink at least 48 ounces of water daily
  • Get Regular exercise
  • Perform a relaxation exercise (deep breathing, meditation, prayer, visualization, etc.) 10 to 15 minutes each day
  • Walk!
EXERCISE IS A VITAL FACTOR.  When bone density gets regular weight-bearing exercise (such as walking), the body responds by depositing more mineral in the bones, especially the bones of the legs, hips and spine.  Conversely, a lack of regular exercise accelerates the loss of bone mass.

Supplement Protocol*

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*Encyclopedia of Nutritional Supplements, Michael T. Murray, N.D.

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