Osteoporosis is more than just calcium deficiency

The health authorities highlighted recently that statistically women are living more years than men but in poorer health. This is due to post-menopausal conditions such as osteoporosis (do you realize more women are seen on wheelchairs or electric scooters?).

The media constantly gives us the impression that calcium intake is all that is required to prevent osteoporosis. Of course, calcium is a mineral required for our bones and it is found in many plant food – carrots (a glass of carrot juice has higher calcium content than milk), almonds, chestnuts, sesame, pumpkin seeds, green vegetables, broccoli, tofu, and certain herbs such as nettle and dandelion leaf (in Phytocel tea).

Bone density is a measurement for osteoporosis. However, high bone density does not equate to bone strength. We can find this out through a saliva test.

As mentioned, osteoporosis is mainly found in postmenopausal women and this can be largely prevented by correcting estrogen and other hormones deficiency

When we reach perimenopause (generally around the 40s) or andropause (for men), the kidney/adrenal glands (the organs that handle your stress) will take over the work of the hormonal system. It is nature’s way of telling us that it is time to slow down.

Hormone depletion also explains why we sleep less as we age.

However, many of us still need to continue to work and exposed to a stressful environment. Hormones will be depleted (worsened by drugs such as statins for cholesterol) if we don’t know how to manage our stress.

Lifestyle changes are necessary. However, many times stresses are not within our control.

Phytotherapy offers a good solution to support the adrenal gland (no drugs can perform this function), preventing hormone depletion and thus osteoporosis and aging.

In addition to exercise (walking is the best) and stress management:

First of all, you need to improve digestion via good eating habits and bitter elixir such as Phyto-nzyme Digestion is key to absorption of nutrients including calcium.

Eat a diet high in healthy fats such as avocados and eggs. Healthy fats are required for the adrenals. Supplement with healthy plant oils such as Phyto-EFA. 

Eat a diet high in calcium (calcium supplements are controversial). The tea Phytocel provides calcium, magnesium, potassium etc., and regulates the thyroid and sugar balance.

If necessary, take a collagen supplement such as Fishkol (it is available in my clinic). Phytolec promotes collagen synthesis.

Finally, support your adrenal with herbs such as Eleuthero. I give this to all my patients to balance thyroid, stress, and hormonal balance.

 

 

 

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About sliew

I am a practicing Medical herbalist and doctor of naturopathy from Singapore.
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