What Causes Bones to Degrade?

Did you know that we begin to lose bone mass in our mid-thirties? And that men and children are also at risk? Fortunately healthy bones can be built 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

Mind your gut

Nobody’s perfect, and even some of the healthiest foods out there have a flaw: anti-nutrients. Anti-nutrients are compounds that can block the absorption of important bone-building minerals. Nuts, seeds, grains, and legumes are the biggest offenders, but by sprouting, or better yet fermenting these foods – you unlock their nutrient potential. Additionally, maintaining a proper colon pH by consuming probiotic rich-foods or a probiotic supplement will aid in mineral absorption.

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 phytonutrient-rich vegetables and fruits provides your body with alkalizing minerals, helping your bones stay strong and healthy.