Osteoporosis is when small holes or weakened areas are formed in the bone that can lead to fractures, pain, and a Dowager’s hump. It is generally seen in older women over the age of 50.
The disease often develops unnoticed over many years, with no symptoms or discomfort until a fracture occurs and 44 million american’s currently have osteoporosis.
The main causes of osteoporosis include:
- Hormonal imbalances
- Long-term use of certain medications
- Steroid use
- Low vitamin D levels
- Emotional stress
- Nutritional deficiencies
The good news is there are osteoporosis natural treatments that are highly effective and an osteoporosis diet that can boost bone density.
The Osteoporosis Diet Foods To Include
Raw cultured dairy – Kefir, amasai, yogurt, and raw cheese contain calcium, magnesium, vitamin K, phosphorus, and vitamin D rich foods all of which are vital for building strong bones.
Wild-caught fish – Osteoporosis may be related to chronic inflammation. Omega-3 fats help reduce inflammation.
Sea vegetables – These vegetables are high in critical minerals for bone formation and calcium. Try to include nori, wakame, agar, or kombu in your diet.
Green leafy vegetables – Bones need Vitamin K and calcium to stay strong and green leafy vegetables are full of these.
Alkaline foods – Osteoporosis may be related to an acidic body environment, so eat plenty of fruits and vegetables in order to promote a more alkaline environment.
Foods That Cause Osteoporosis
Alcohol – Increases inflammation that can lead to more calcium being leached from bones.
Sweetened beverages – The high phosphorus content found in soda can remove calcium from bones. Sugar also increases inflammation.
Sugar – Increases inflammation which can make osteoporosis worse.
Processed, red meat – A high intake of sodium and red meat may result in bone loss.
Caffeine – Excessive caffeine intake can result in bone loss.
Top 5 Osteoporosis Natural Supplements
#1 Magnesium (500 mg daily)
Magnesium is required for proper calcium metabolism.
#2 Calcium (1000 mg daily)
Choose calcium citrate which is best absorbed.
#3 Vitamin D3 (5,000IU daily)
Vitamin D helps improve calcium absorption.
#4 Vitamin K2 (100 mcg daily)
Needed to form a protein critical for bone formation. Take a high quality vitamin K2 supplant or eat more vitamin k rich foods.
#5 Strontium (680 mg daily)
Can help improve bone density.
Osteoporosis Natural Treatments
Two other vital things to consider to improve bone density are weight training exercise and getting plenty of sunshine.
Weight train 3x a week for 30 minutes and get 20 minutes of sunshine on our skin daily.
Also, standing on vibration platforms 5-20 minutes daily may improve bone density.
Essential Oils for Osteoporosis
Putting essential oils topically on bones may increase bone density. Essential oils such as cypress, fir, and helichrysum aid in bone repair. Apply oils topically 3x daily to area and also consider healing therapies such as aroma-touch.
If you feel like you could use some more in depth information on essential oils, Dr. Josh Axe is hosting a free webinar going over, in great detail, uses and tips for using essential oils. Click below to learn more.