Friday, November 25, 2011

Healthy Bones by Robert D. Franklin

It's just about every day that we hear something new or discovered on osteoporosis and how neglecting our bone health can bring us serious consequences, such as deformity and pain. We must know our current state to best protect bone quality as well as ensure that we age as slowly as possible.

There are a few tests that will give us a good indication of our bones’ current condition, one being the DEXA test. This is an x-ray of your hip and lower spine which will give you a T-score. Your doctor can then devise a plan to maintain your current state or to improve your bone health.

The Japanese women have the lowest incidence of osteoporosis and fracture in the world, as well as the naturally beautiful skin, fewer wrinkles, and are almost never obese. Some credit this to vitamin K2. Vitamin K2 is usually made naturally in our bodies, however, aging bodies make less of it. To slow the aging process, supplementation is suggested.

Some herbals such as horsetail stimulates the growth of connective tissue. Oat straw reduces stress which is good for bone health also.

When bones are subjected to resistance such as weights which actually stresses the bone tissue, in a good way, it causes new bone tissue to grow. If weight resistance exercise is just not part of your routine, then jogging, cycling and aerobics are good for bone and overall health also.

Osteoporosis is not an inevitable part of aging. While women over 50 account for a large number of cases, osteoporosis can affect any age group, particularly asthma sufferers who can be more susceptible.

Weak bones can lead to serious injury and even death so good bone health is vitally important to maintain an active and pain free life. With a diet of fresh vegetables, fruits, moderate amounts of dairy and protein, plenty of vitamin K2 and exercise, your risk should be minimized.

Get into the habit of practicing good bone health as soon as possible, feel great, fool that aging process and look younger.