What Causes Bones to Degrade?

When we think of osteoporosis, many of us think of a bone loss disease that mainly affects elderly women. But did you know that we begin to lose bone mass in our mid-thirties? And that men and children are also at risk? Fortunately, many cases of osteoporosis are entirely preventable, and can be reversed or improved by implementing simple, natural lifestyle strategies.

Bones are living things, and need to be actively nourished and taken care of.
- Dr. Jason Marr, Naturopathic Doctor

Lifestyle Tips for Healthier Bones

More than calcium

While ensuring that we get enough calcium in our diet is critical to bone health, it is also essential to pay attention to other nutrients that help to facilitate its absorption and utilization, like vitamin C, magnesium, boron, zinc, lysine, vitamin D3 and B6. No nutrient in the body works alone, and ensuring we have a proper balance is imperative to promoting calcium uptake and overall bone health.

Add some weight-bearing exercise

Did you know that your bones are living, and are constantly in the process of breaking down and rebuilding? Exercise is a great way to encourage your bones to rebuild themselves and become stronger. The best kind? Weight-bearing exercises, like weight lifting, or any exercise where your bones are working against gravity, like walking, climbing stairs, hiking or dancing.

Boost alkalinity

Our bones are our body’s main reservoir of alkaline minerals, like calcium and magnesium, which our body calls upon to help maintain proper blood pH. When our diet is too acidic (as is those that are more centered around meat, grains and dairy) our body needs to draw on our bones to help buffer the acid, thus leaching our bones of the very minerals they need to stay strong. Going green, as in eating more green veggies provides your body with alkalizing minerals, helping your bones stay strong and healthy.