Three key recommendations:
1. Find a doctor you can work with comfortably:
- Make sure to have him or her check your vitamin D [25(OH)D] blood level intermittently. It should be maintained between 40 and 80 ng/ml.
- Get a laboratory bone resorption test – either NTx, CTx, or DPD. These are blood and urine tests that can help you and your doctor determine if you are actively losing an excessive amount of bone. OsteoStim is a perfect balance of antioxidants, medicinal herbs and other compounds to help limit excess bone remodeling and reduce bone loss. Follow-up bone resorption tests should show improved results.
- Make sure your digestive system is healthy. If you have loose or foul smelling stools, oily stools, bad breath, constipation, bloating, belching, or excessive gas this could be a sign that your gastrointestinal tract is unhealthy. You may have a digestive issue that is contributing to your bone loss through reduced nutrient absorption and the production of chronic systemic inflammation. Taking probiotics helps promote gastrointestinal health and reduce systemic inflammation.
- Check your urine pH first thing in the morning. If it isn’t above 6.6 your body may be too acidic – a condition that can increase bone loss. Eating more green vegetables and reducing your intake of acidic foods such as cheese, red meat, sugar, coffee, and sodas will help increase your pH which shows you are in a more alkaline, bone healthy environmental state. OsteoMineralWhey helps to alkalinize the body. One heaping tablespoon in warm water twice daily (or more if you wish) will help raise body pH, reduce calcium loss through the urine, and limit osteoclastic activity. This goat whey product is packed with important minerals and has an alkalinizing influence on the body.
- Have your doctor test you for celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. Your doctor may also recommend other tests that could be very important in the management of your bone and overall health.
- Review your current food preferences to see if you could benefit from changes in your diet, besides eating more green vegetables and less sugar, caffeine, cheese and red meat.
- Review your current exercise regimen and get advice from your doctor about short and long term strategies that might work for you.
2. Eat a healthy diet and supplement your nutritional needs:
- Eat green veggies! Lots of them!
- Limit excessive intake of sugar, caffeine, cheese, and red meat.
- OsteoSustain: Take 3/day for general bone health.
- OsteoMineralBoost: For those individuals who may need more minerals because they have osteopenia or osteoporosis take 1 to 2 capsules/day.
- OsteoStim: This supplement provides effective doses of antioxidants, medicinal herbs, and vitamins specifically designed to normalize bone remodeling and reduce bone loss. If you have osteopenia or osteoporosis, OsteoStim, 3/day, is a must.
- OsteoMineralWhey: This powder drink is absolutely invigorating. It is made from goat milk and contains over 20 naturally occurring minerals and electrolytes such as potassium, magnesium, and calcium. It is alkalinizing and soothing to the digestive tract. A pleasant, healthy, addition to anyone’s day, especially if they have bone loss.
3. Get regular exercise. *
- Exercise can be like a heaping spoonful of good medicine. A consistent regimen of weight-bearing exercise will improve bone health, increase muscle strength and coordination, and reduce your fracture risk. Being active not only helps sweep the cobwebs away by improving circulation and reducing systemic inflammation, it also sends the final spark that ignites bone renewal.
- To signal bone formation, you should engage in two primary types of exercise on a regular basis (at least 15 to 30 minutes, three or four days a week)
- Weight-bearing exercise: Weight-bearing exercise includes walking, jogging, hiking, tai chi, dancing, aerobics, yard work, tennis, stair-climbing, bowling—anything that has your body moving against the resistance of gravity helps to stimulate bone formation.
- Strength or resistance training: Strength training involves moving your body against some form of resistance. This can include the use of free weights (dumbbells), weight machines, elastic resistance bands, or simply resisting your own weight, such as with abdominal crunches, wall push-ups, or squats. The great thing about exercise, even resistance training, is that it doesn’t require fancy equipment. You can lift soup cans in you kitchen and receive great benefit. The main thing is to get into an exercise routine and stick to it.
- By improving your muscle strength and coordination you will prevent falls, which are the leading cause of hip fractures. So get out there and do something. Exercise makes you feel better. Have fun.
* Caution: It only makes sense to consult with your doctor before beginning an exercise program, especially if you are over forty or have any cardiovascular risks, such as high blood pressure or elevated cholesterol. He or she may want to set certain limits for you regarding the level of exertion, the amount of weight-bearing exercise you can handle, and the best type of exercise you should do for your body. For example, bending forward or lifting weights overhead can put a heavy load on your spinal vertebrae. If your bone density is extremely low, this can overload your spine and cause a compression fracture.