Osteoporosis - causes and how to fight it
Two forms of calcium
There are two forms of calcium in our food products. Good, organic calcium that is easily absorbed into our bones is found in vegetables, fruits (especially the peel), freshly squeezed juices, eggs, bran, wheat and oat sprouts, nuts, honey, and fresh cow or goat milk. Bad, non-organic, hard to absorb form of calcium is contained in all refined products, bread, pasteurized or cooked milk and their products, boiled water; all products processed in temperatures over 212F/100C (cooked, fried, etc.), and synthetically produced calcium formulas. If our diet consists mainly of refined food products, pasteurized or boiled milk, crunchy bread, cooked or fried products, and if the water we use is usually boiled (this is true for most people), it is obvious why our bones are so often affected by osteoporosis.
The causes of calcium deficiency
Among the different elements in our body, the amount of calcium is the fifth after the four basic elements: carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, and nitrogen. On the average, there is about 2.6lb (1.2kg) of calcium in a human body and 99% of this amount is contained in the bones.
Besides supporting our body (keeping in the vertical position), the bone tissue has the function of storing calcium and phosphorus, so that the body can have an emergency supply of these elements when it does not get an adequate amount from the food we eat. The level of calcium in blood is at a constant level – even in the last stages of osteoporosis the blood can maintain 99.9% of the required level by taking calcium from the bones. If our blood has to take calcium from the bones day after day, the bone mass starts diminishing.
It is known that products such as meat, cheese, sugar, and animal fats produce large amounts of harmful acids (lactic, oxalic, uric, and other) when they are digested. Calcium salts are used to neutralize these acids and protect our body from poisoning. The more of these products we eat the less calcium is left in our bones.
One of the main causes of calcium deficiency is high consumption of sugar and products containing sugar. It is a synthetic product and its digestion results in many poisonous acids in our body. Huge amounts of mineral salts containing mostly calcium are needed to neutralize these acids. Where are they taken from? They are taken from our bones and teeth, where they are present in the highest concentration. Considering the fact that we develop a taste for sweets from early childhood and even adults consume every day hundreds of times more sugar than the safe amount, it is obvious why children suffer from tooth decay, adults from gum disease, and the bones of the elderly are as porous as Swiss cheese (osteoporosis).
In conclusion, one of the main causes of osteoporosis is excessive liking for sweets passed down from generation to generation. I often hear parents say: “How can I refuse my child a candy. Childhood should be sweet.” I would advise parents to think more about providing a healthy and happy childhood for their offspring. When the children grow old, pleasures of their sweet childhood may cost them years of suffering from bone and spine pains.
Another cause of osteoporosis is lack of physical exercise. I have covered the topic of exercise before. I can only add here that the less time we spend being physically active the higher our risk of becoming ill with osteoporosis.
The most likely factors contributing to the risk of osteoporosis, based on the observation of patients, (including those who got cured) are the following:
- Deficiency in vitamins D and C
- Diet rich in thermally processed products
- Using mainly boiled water
- Not enough fruits, vegetables, and their freshly squeezed juices in the diet
- Eating fruits and vegetables without peel
- Improperly prepared meals (long cooking and frying)
- Lack of exercise
- High consumption of milk
- High consumption of bread and other flour-based products
- High consumption of sugar and sweets
- High consumption of animal fats
- Taking large amounts of synthetic vitamins
- Eating refined products containing insoluble (non-organic) calcium: pre-cooked grains, pasta, ready-made soups and other
If you honestly considered all of the above points, you would probably have to put a checkmark next to each of them. This would mean you are sure to become ill with osteoporosis or you are ill already without knowing about it.
What you have to do now is to eliminate all these factors from your lifestyle. If you already need a therapy, the most effective ones are:
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Osteoporosis - abnormal loss of bony tissue resulting in fragile porous bones attributable to a lack of calcium; most common in postmenopausal women