Osteoporosis is a very common and dangerous illness. Although it is mostly common with post menstrual woman, it is becoming more common with man. Another alarming fact is that more teenagers are being diagnosed with osteoporosis each year, a disease that was known to be the part of the misfortune of old age. The new wave of cures and medication can not seem to overcome the disease, let alone prevent it, and so the number of people who are suffering from this allegedly uncured situation is growing constantly.
Modern medicine has lost a great deal of knowledge and ability when it chose to ignore the effects our nutrition has on our body. The result is that usually only in the stage of an already diagnosed disease that the patient is told to change his diet. Sometimes, he is not told to do so even in this stage. Understanding nutrition and its power has the potential of keeping us healthy and without osteoporosis.
How To Prevent osteoporosis:
In order to prevent osteoporosis we must first understand what it is:
The lost of critical amounts of bone tissue that leads the bone to a state of extreme fragility. The main cause of osteoporosis is the lack of, and the inability to absorb calcium.
By understanding this definition we already know two things we must do to maximize our health potential when it comes to osteoporosis. The first thing we need to do is to make sure we have enough calcium in our diet. The second thing we must do is make sure we are maximizing our absorption capacity.
By adding these vegetables to our daily nutrition, we will maximize the availability of calcium to our body:
Artichoke, asparagus, kale, mustard leafs, soy beans, sweet potato, beet greens, Bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, swiss chard, collard greens and pickled cucumbers.
These vegetables are very rich in calcium. Adding a daily portion of a couple of these vegetables to our diet, will give us with an answer to the first of the two needs, by providing us with sufficient amounts of calcium.
The second part of the equation is the absorption of calcium into our body. There are a few major factors that influence our absorption rates. The most critical factor here is the presence of vitamin D. This vitamin is known as the "sun vitamin", as our body is capable of manufacturing it as a result of sun exposure. As long as there is nothing wrong with this mechanism, fifteen minutes of sun exposure a day should supply us with the right amount of vitamin D to absorb the calcium we have added to our diet. If there is something wrong with our vitamin d producing mechanism, we can add some vitamin D rich foods to our diet. Products such as goat milk, yogurt and mushrooms are rich in this vitamin, but I recommend to eat only little of these, and to do so only if really needed. The reasons to avoid these foods are many and complicated, and at times, eating these might cause more harm than good.
Avoiding Calcium Absorption Inhibitors:
Another part in this grand equation is the absorption prohibitory factor. If we are to carry on consuming materials that stops calcium from being absorbed into the system, we will have a very hard time winning the battle against osteoporosis. Habits such as alcohol consumption, cigarettes smoking and marijuana consumption put us in risk when it comes to absorption. On this black list you will also find caffeine, soft drinks, sugar, sweeteners and meat.
I recommend you to follow these guidelines to avoid osteoporosis, as it is harder to heal then prevent. Another thing you should add to your list of things to do is some sports. Bones grow and thicken in direct relevance to the pressure they receive. Climbing stairs, walking and running are only a few of the activities you should do on a regular basis to encourage your bones to stay strong and healthy.