TEACHING YOU TO HEAL

We do not suffer from pharmaceutical deficiencies, but from a lack of the building blocks that our bodies require to function.
My goal is to help you understand how to listen to your body's language of symptoms, and empower you with the insight to restore your body to vibrant health.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Feed Your Bones for Strength 

Why do countries with the highest calcium intake (US, Canada, Scandinavia) have the Highest Rates of Osteoporosis?

    Because it’s all about Balance!

  • There are more than 12 main minerals in bone, with trace amounts of 70 others.
  • The body can only utilize the amount of calcium that is balanced with other minerals, the chief one being magnesium.
  • Oversupplementation of calcium results in mineral imbalances, causing deficiencies in other minerals--especially of magnesium. 
  • Magnesium protects the body, keeping calcium in suspension.  

Imbalance created by focusing on calcium causes hazardous calcium deposition in soft tissues, vessels, organs, causing:
  • Cellulite, scar tissues, bone spurs
  • Obesity, diabetes, heart disease and stroke
  • Kidney and Gallstones
  • Increase in plaque, tartar, and gum disease

It is very important to balance calcium with other minerals.
Calcium in excess of magnesium will result in negative consequences.
The other trace minerals are crucial to creation of bone strength and quality


The Nutrients Your Bones Need for Ideal Health

Minerals:

   1. Food-derived Calcium
               BUT much less than previously recommended.
  • Food-derived calcium is better utilized and stays in suspension better than the inorganic forms of calcium.
  • Manipulated forms of calcium, such as pasteurized dairy products, are less soluble in the body, and tend to precipitate out in areas such as arteries and soft tissues
  • Examples  of organic, better utilized calcium sources include 
    • raw milk cheeses
    • leafy green veggies 
    • white of citrus skin 
    • carob  
    • wheatgrass
    • seafood
    • chocolate if organic, cold pressed, and >70% cocoa

   2. Trace Minerals
  • Silica, Selenium, Boron, Zinc, and many other trace minerals are also needed.  
  • Don’t focus on just taking individual supplement forms alone, as this may imbalance the minerals, creating functional mineral deficiencies. 
Instead, use unrefined salt:
Himalayan Salt, Redmond’s REALsalt, or Grey Celtic sea salt

  • These have about 80 trace minerals in similar proportions to what we humans need.  
  • If there is an individual trace mineral deficiency, this can be added as well, in low strength, so as to avoid creating other deficiencies.  

Dr. Robert Thompson, author of The Calcium Lie II (second edition), has found that intake of 3 grams of unrefined salt daily works well at building bone density. 

This translates to 1/2 tsp of unrefined salt, divided into 2 quarts of clean water daily. 
  • His patients who follow this recommendation increase their bone density 15% in 2 years.  
  • Their bone density continues to increase as long as they continue to follow this, and
  • Their bones remain strong, even as they age.  

Fat Soluble Nutrients - need to be eaten with fat for absorption

Essential Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Specifically, DHA and EPA.  
  • We cannot make them ourselves, and must get them from other sources.  
  • DHA enhances mineral content in bone.  
  • Plant sources of Omega 3 fatty acids generally are ALA fatty acid, such as found in flax seed.  It is a precursor for EPA, but conversion is slow and limited.  
        Krill Oil, or Cold processed fish oil contain both of these important nutrients. 
  • Make sure the fish oil contains an antioxidant, and has been cleansed of mercury.  
  • Krill oil is at the beginning of the food chain, and less likely to be contaminated. 
 Vitamins D3, A, and K2
  • Combined, they increase the osteocalcin produced and help incorporate calcium into the osteocalcin.  This increases both bone density and strength. 
  • Vitamin D increases the protein responsible for clearing calcium from  arteries and soft tissues.
  • Vitamin A instructs the kidneys to excrete the excess calcium. 


Water Soluble Nutrients
 Cruciferous Vegetables

  • Examples are Kale, Broccoli, Cauliflower and Brussel sprouts.  
  • These are rich in sulfur
  • Sulfur bonds cross-link the collagen fibers strengthening bones, as well as muscles, ligaments, and tendons.
  • It is this cross-linking of collagen fibers that give bones their strength, and ability to resist multi-directional forces. 
Vitamin C 

  • A cofactor vital for collagen formation and cross-linking.  
  • While strengthening your bones with this vitamin, you will also strengthen your muscles, tendons, ligaments, jelly in your eyeball, and your heart muscle.
 B vitamins
  • Deficiencies in individual B vitamins contribute to osteoporosis, through lack of the vitamin B cofactors needed for collagen and bone formation.
  • Complete B vitamin supplementation is needed. 
  • While certain B vitamins have specific effects, a balance is needed to prevent deficiencies through imbalance of the levels.  
  • Testing of B6, B12, and folic acid levels is advised in the presence of low bone density. 
Exercise

Healthy bones require a minimum of 4 hours daily of weightbearing activities. 

Bones respond to stress or lack thereof.  Since we are all mineral deficient, the body will prioritize minerals to where they are needed.  If there isn’t as much stress on the bones, the minerals will go elsewhere.

  • A Rebounder or Whole body vibration machine work well, giving vertical micro-stress to stimulate bone growth.  
  • Simply wearing a pedometer increases activity levels.
  • Note: excessive exercise can suppress female hormones, lowering bone density.  

Hormone Support - get these levels tested if your bone density is low

Testosterone 
  • Low levels reduce bone density. 
  • Needed by women as well as men, in a much lower dosage.  
  • Never in pharmaceutical form, which has serious side effects.  
  • Muscle wasting is a sign of decreased testosterone levels, in addition to the libido issues. 
  • There are ways to increase this without hormone administration.  I do this.
Progesterone 
  • More effective than Estrogen at increasing bone density.  
  • This is one of the reasons I use a few drops of progesterone-raising essential oil over my carotids nightly.  
DHEA
  • Called the "Fountain of Youth" hormone 
  • Increases bone density
  • Decrease in joint soreness and other well being issues
  • Increased by topical application of Magnesium