• Health 06.09.2012

    It’s not always necessary to wait for an illness to manifest to start taking preventative action. Some diseases we can’t avoid, but others we can prevent. One of the most prolonged diseases is osteoporosis.

    Steps

    1. Familiarize yourself with the benefits of calcium. This nutrient is very important; without it the body cannot make strong bones. Osteoporosis is the consequence of decalcification of the bones.
    2. Use the nutritional information to learn what inhibits the accumulation of calcium in your body. Learn a little about what you should eat and about the calcium-rich foods available where you live.
    3. Increase your intake of calcium-rich foods. Contrary to popular belief, calcium does not exist solely in milk. This should come as a relief to those with lactose intolerance. You can find calcium in certain fruit, like figs, raisins, and dates. Oatmeal and wheat also have a significant amount of calcium.
    4. Educate yourself about who has the highest probability of developing osteoporosis.  Women have four times the likelihood of getting it, compared to men.  Many medications can impede the absorption of the calcium your bones need.
    5. Exercise. Exercise appears to facilitate the absorption of calcium while improving circulation.
    6. Avoid consuming calcium disproportionately to magnesium. Too much magnesium can inhibit the absorption of calcium. Too little magnesium can lead to a condition called hypomagnesemia. You will find magnesium in dried fruits, sprouts, and lentils.

    Tips

    Get to know the benefits of magnesium. Magnesium relaxes and expands the blood vessels. It is a natural relaxant. It will help you prevent stroke and combat fatigue. It might even help you manage stressful situations. It also aids in regulating blood sugar.

    • If possible, try to drink natural, unpasteurized milk.
    • Avoid taking medications that block the action of stomach acids, because they impede the absorption of minerals such as calcium.
    • If you can’t get the necessary quantity of calcium or magnesium, take them in quality nutritional supplements.
    • If you have young children, give them, if you can, milk from cows or other animals fed naturally.
    • Don’t substitute or attempt to supplement calcium with soy milk.
    • If your doctor has recommended calcium supplements, ask about a diet that will help you to absorb this additional calcium. Without an appropriate diet, you run the risk that the calcium will deposit itself where it shouldn’t.
    • Ask your doctor for a bone density check, especially if you’re over 45 years old.

    Warnings

    • Consult a professional. This page is for information only.
    • Know the risks of calcium. Taken in excess, it can create kidney problems.
    • If calcium accumulates in your joints, it can cause rheumatoid arthritis.
    • If calcium accumulates in your blood, it could cause cardiovascular problems.
    • If it accumulates in your muscles it can cause muscle tightness and fibromyalgia.
    • If you drink unpasteurized milk, boil it to eliminate all the germs. You should take the maximum precautions with this milk since it hasn’t been sterilized yet.

    Article provided by wikiHow, a wiki building the world’s largest, highest quality how-to manual. Please edit this article and find author credits at the original wikiHow article on How to Prevent Osteoporosis. Content on wikiHow can be shared under a Creative Commons License.

    Posted by admin @ 11:23 pm

    Tags: , ,

  • 13 Responses

    • thank you for that imformation,.. I am on two calcium tabs a day ,,.tet the dr did not make me aware of the risks,,. but yet im still marginaly low in calcium,,. i am on embrial for rhuemothoid arthritis,,. which depresses the imune system,,. I am also on inhalers for the lung as there is scaring there from childhood which leaves me open to chest infections

    • A highly useful article, particularly for the 50+ age group.Till a decade ago, no such dissemination of health information or internet facility was not available to the extent that it is today.Today’s generation is lucky in that they have access to information on health and well-being and the alternatives that they can find out to several problems of their health.

    • Just been studying all about magnesium and its ratio to calcium. It used to be 1-1 now its 15-1 calcium to magnesium. Unfortunately this is the reason why we have massive heart disease rates in the western world. As too much calcium in our diets and not enough magnesium leads too calcification of the arteries. Magnesium controls the amount of calcium used in the body and discharges what we dont need. Magnesium is absent from our soils due to the heavy use of pesticides used since the secound world war. We need to educate ourselves with the importance of minerals and trace elements. All very interesting

    • Did you read that if calcium accumulates in your muscles, it can cause muscle tightness and fibromyalgia??

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *