Bone loss is NOT restricted to women… it just hits men a little later. As you age, more aspects of your health come to light as being at risk. And each demands more attention than we’d like to offer. Unfortunately, ignoring the situation puts your entire future and the quality of that life in jeopardy.
Did you know that most people don’t know they have severe bone loss until they break a bone?
Studies show that 50% of postmenopausal women and 25% of men over 50 will suffer from an osteoporosis-related bone break.1 The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism states that older folks with broken bones face a higher risk of death. Incredibly, that risk remains high for 10 years after a break.2
Recovery from a break with impaired bone metabolism, especially as you get older, is long and complicated and might never heal properly. This could have a significant impact on your state of mind and your physical quality of life.
Health conditions, inflammation, medications, digestive issues, and more can make it difficult to absorb all the vital nutrients your body needs to remain strong and resilient. And that could further multiply your risk for bone fractures.
Falling isn’t the only way to break a bone. It’s a scary thought, but even raising your arms to grab something off a shelf in your kitchen cupboard could result in a nerve-shattering crack! Bending and twisting to pick something up, and of course, breaking your hip in a fall is the ultimate fear.
Trigger Threat #1
Your bones are in a constant mode of remodeling. Bone Loss Trigger #1 is a mechanism called resorption conducted by osteoclasts. There are two types of bone cells:
- Osteoblasts – produce bone cells that improve strength and density
- Osteoclasts – break down bone cells and absorb its components
When you’re young, your osteoblasts and osteoclasts are in sync, replacing old bone with new. As you get older, osteoclasts cells break down bone faster than the osteoblasts can replace it with new. So each year, your bone density (strength) drops.
Women can lose 40% of their spongy inner bone and 10% of their hard, outer bone within the first 10 years after menopause. Men have more bone, so osteoporosis and fractures usually rear their ugly head around age 70. However, fractures aren’t your only risk.
Bone density loss can make bones bend, destroying your posture and cause stooped shoulders, rounded backs, and bowed legs. Compensating for these changes applies stress to your joints and can lead to muscle pain, pinched nerves, and mobility issues.
One key to halting this downward slide of bone loss is to:
- Block the osteoclasts from doing their job.
- Deliver cellular fuel to osteoblasts to produce dense, strong bone cells.
This is done with wholesome nutrients straight from Ma Nature’s garden. Zinc, Copper, and Vitamin K are your 3 heroes that help block your osteoclast cells from breaking down bone, leaving more density intact.
But there’s another hidden trigger of bone loss no one talks about… nutrient deficiency. Getting older also comes with inflammation, health issues, food sensitivities, medications, and time has accumulated a toxic load. These put a heavy toll on your body’s systems. The “technical” term is “your body gets clogged up and slows down.” Eating the right foods and absorbing them can become problematic and can lead to… theft!
STOP Bone Loss Triggers #2, #3, + #4
Vitamins C, D, K, Calcium, Zinc, Copper, and Potassium are crucial for bone formation. The best sources are always from fresh food, but that’s not always possible. For example, Calcium is mostly found in dairy, leafy greens, beans, and legumes. These foods can be difficult to digest for older folks. About 50% of people don’t get enough Calcium from foods.3 4 In fact, some nutrients, including Calcium, Vitamins D, B6, and B12, need to be increased as you age.5 That’s why premium quality nutraceuticals can provide life-saving nutrition.
Bone Loss Trigger #2: Calcium is mostly used for and stored in bone and teeth but is also used to carry messages between the brain and your entire body through nerves. So if you’re not getting enough Calcium absorption through your diet, your body will embezzle it from your bones.
Bone Loss Trigger #3: About 60% of your body’s Magnesium is stored in your bones. Magnesium is involved in more than 600 biochemical reactions. If your body is deficient, it’ll steal Magnesium from your bones. Magnesium plays an important role in Calcium levels for healthy bone mineralization and the cartilage that supports your skeletal structure.
Bone Loss Trigger #4: The same goes for this trace mineral as about 25-40% of your body’s Manganese is locked in your bones. If your body is short on Manganese elsewhere, it’ll harvest it from your bones. Manganese supports the enzymes in bone formation, but it’s also involved in scavenging free radicals, immunity, glucose, cholesterol, and carbohydrate metabolism, to name a few.
This extra loss accelerates bone loss.
The Bottom Line
Remember, your bones are in a constant state of flux. Adding more of the nutrient-rich foods and high-quality natural supplements to your diet, as discussed above… provides your body with the ideal raw fuel it requires to reverse the loss and ignite building stronger bone. Resilient bones equals straight posture, less joint stress, better agility and mobility, and lower risk of falls and breaks.
Don’t forget to get some exercise. Sunshine and physical activity are two critical aspects to remaining healthy with strong bones. Studies show that jumping and the contact force or “jarring” effect of walking and running helps initiate bone formation.6 Staying active and healthy ensures your independence and the freedom to live your golden years with vitality, and enthusiasm!