Juicing For Osteoporosis
Juicing For Osteoporosis
Written by: Kat Gal
You think your bones are fine. Then there is a crack – and you find out you’ve had osteoporosis all along.
Did you know that many people don’t find out about their osteoporosis until the first fracture or break?
Let’s learn what osteoporosis is, what the symptoms are and how to prevent it.
Osteoporosis means “porous bones” and refers to the progressive decrease in your bone density (or porosity) that leads to weak, thin and fragile bones that fracture easily.
Your body is continuously rebuilding itself. Your bones are not different. Osteoblasts are bone cells that build new bones, while osteoclasts are bone cells that break down and get rid of old bones. They help the cycle of renewal.
As with everything, youngsters are at an advantage. Your body forms more bones until your young adult years, then it naturally starts to lose density after your 30s. If your bones lose too much density, they become too fragile, resulting in osteoporosis.
This doesn’t mean that you are doomed in your 30s. Your bones may not be increasing their density as they did in your teens and twenties, but with the help of a proper diet and lifestyle, you can keep them strong.
Magnesium, calcium and phosphorus can keep your bones strong. Vitamin D and C are also important. Vitamin D is necessary for the absorption of calcium and vitamin C helps to make collagen. Don’t forget about zinc either that can help form new bone cells.
Symptoms Of Osteoporosis
You may not notice any symptoms of osteoporosis at first. The first signs may be aching bones, pain and deformities. You may notice a loss of height. More obvious signs are frequent fractures even from minor accidents. In more serious cases, hip fractures are a major sign and result of osteoporosis that can lead to disability and loss of independence.
Causes Of Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis can have multiple causes, usually a combination of nutritional, lifestyle and hormonal factors plays a role.
You may think that it is all about the loss of calcium. It’s not true. Research has found that the lack of calcium is not the only answer and often not part of the answer. Diets high in protein, phosphorus, refined sugar, salt and acidic foods are correlated with osteoporosis. Diets lacking in various minerals, including magnesium, calcium and zinc and unbalanced pH in your body can also put you at risk.
A family history of osteoporosis, smoking, alcoholism, eating disorders, amenorrhea, small bones, low body mass, short stature, never having been pregnant (as a female) and leading a sedentary lifestyle are all risk factors.
In order to reduce or prevent osteoporosis, you need to pay attention to several important factors:
- Preserving adequate bone mass
- Preventing the loss of the protein matrix part of the bone
- Ensuring that the bone has all the proper nutrients it needs to repair and replace damaged bones
Plenty of calcium is essential, but it’s far from enough. Make sure you get enough magnesium, zinc silicon, boron, vitamin D, folic acid, B6, B12, vitamin C and vitamin K in your diet. Avoid refined sugar, processed foods, too much salt, too much protein and animal fats. Eat an alkaline-based, plant-based diet with lots of leafy greens, veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes and beans.
Exercise at least five times a week for at least 20-30 minutes a day. Include strength-training exercises to stimulate your bones.
Recommended Healing Foods To Prevent Osteoporosis
Eating greens, vegetables and fruits, you can’t go wrong. They can help you to get enough essential nutrients, minerals and vitamins into your system to keep you healthy and to reduce your risk of osteoporosis. Almost any fruits and vegetables that you take will provide you the variety of essential nutrients and minerals necessary for preventing osteoporosis.
Here are some suggestions of fruits and vegetables that have high calcium content:
Drinking green juices is an excellent idea to get a large amount of necessary nutrients into your system quickly in a simple yet delicious glass of refreshing drink.
Some Suggested Combos (measurement for one portion):
- 1 carrot + 2 green apples + 1 cup broccoli/cauliflower + a bunch of cilantro + a slice of lemon
- 1 carrot + 2 green apples +½ cucumber + 3-4 leaves kale or a bunch of spinach or 2 ribs celery + a slice of lemon
- 2 carrots + 2 green apples + 2 tomatoes
- 2 green apples + 1 guava + 1 pear + 2 ribs of celery
- 2 green apples + 1 pear + ½ cucumber
- ½ medium-sized pineapple + 2 ribs celery + a bunch of cilantro
Add a scoop of Organifi Green Juice to any of these juice combinations or if you are crunched with time just mix a scoop with water. Organifi Green Juice is abundant in necessary nutrients to keep your body healthy. It can cleanse your system, hydrate your cells, aid your digestion, balance your hormones and boost your mental health. It can keep you energized all day and along with a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle, keep your bones strong.
What steps are your making to protect your bones? What is your go-to green juice you rely on for daily nutrients? Share away in the comments below. We would love to hear from you.
And remember, we are in this together.
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Disclaimer: The techniques, strategies, and suggestions expressed here are intended to be used for educational purposes only. The author, Drew Canole, and the associated www.fitlife.tv are not rendering medical advice, nor to diagnose, prescribe, or treat any disease, condition, illness, or injury. It is imperative that before beginning any nutrition or exercise program you receive full medical clearance from a licensed physician. Drew Canole and Fitlife.tv claim no responsibility to any person or entity for any liability, loss, or damage caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly as a result of the use, application, or interpretation of the material presented here.
Kat Gál is a multi-passionate writer, world traveler, nomad, runner, and cat-person. She is a lifelong learner who lives outside of her comfort zones stretching her boundaries and discovering beauty around the world. She is a full-time freelance health & wellness writer, content creator, and also a Certified Holistic Health & Life Coach.
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