Archive for the ‘Bone Health’ Category

Is Your Diet Nutrient Rich?

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

Our bodies make millions of new cells every day: heart cells, brain cells, bone and blood cells. Every time a cell dies it should be replaced. If you do not have the right amount of nutrients to construct a new cell you will either make an incomplete cell or none at all. The outcome is bad in either case, so we really need to keep all nutrients on board at all times. This is why we suggest a multiple vitamin and mineral supplement. This helps ensure we stay on top of our nutrient reserve.

Supplements
The word supplement means to add more – to make up for a deficiency. Vitamin and mineral supplements should be taken in addition to a healthy diet. They make up for the deficiency we face due to the poor nutrient density in our foods. Supplements also help make up the difference when our diet is less than perfect.

The simplest way to help support your nutrition is to take a general multi-vitamin and mineral supplement that provides a broad range of nutrients at standard nutritional levels. However, please remember the following points:

  1. Some supplements contain very high doses of certain nutrients. When you take nutrients in extremely high doses, you are no longer in the world of nutritional supplementation and have passed into the riskier world of “megadose” treatment.
  2. Calcium and magnesium are very bulky minerals, and few multi-vitamin/mineral supplements provide the daily requirement. These minerals generally must be taken in the form of additional pills. Note: It isn’t possible for your body to absorb a day’s worth of calcium in a single dose. At least two doses are necessary.

Common nutritional deficiencies:

Calcium Helps with bone density, muscle contraction and digestion
Chromium Helps with blood sugar control
Magnesium Helps protect against high blood pressure, kidney stones and migraine headaches
Vitamin C Helps with detoxification, immune system health and connective tissue
Vitamin D Involved in bone and skin health and helps protect against diabetes and obesity
Zinc Helps protect against acne, ADD/ADHD, the common cold and macular degeneration

Very few of us are so deficient in these nutrients as to show symptoms of obvious malnutrition. However, subtle deficiencies may increase the risk for a variety of conditions. For example, insufficient intake of calcium and Vitamin D may increase your chances of developing osteoporosis, and inadequate folate and Vitamin B-6 may speed the development of heart disease.

Besides vitamins and minerals, intake of essential omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids is often inadequate.

A plan for everyone
Finally, keep in mind that food contains many substances other than vitamins and minerals that may enhance your health.

Supplements won’t overcome bad dietary choices. We simply must commit ourselves to eating more fruits and vegetables. However, the reality of life is that we don’t always attend to our diet perfectly. So, appropriate nutrient supplementation can help make up for the deficiency we face because of poor nutrient density in our foods and an imperfect diet.

 

Take Charge of Your Health

  • Eat the appropriate amount of fruits/vegetables daily:
    • Children: 5 servings
    • Women: 7 servings
    • Men: 9 servings
  • Focus on organic whenever possible
  • Eat high quality protein daily (34 to 71 grams)
  • Eat Omega-3 fats every day (flax, walnuts & some fish)
  • Take a balanced multiple vitamin/mineral supplement
  • Take an EFA supplement like OmegaPrime
  • Take Vitamin B-12 every morning
  • Take Vitamin C every morning and at bedtime

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You Should Be Concerned About Osteoporosis!

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

The National Osteoporosis Foundation tells us that ten million people in North America have Osteoporosis, and eighty percent of them are women. As they age, one in two women and one in four men over the age of 50 will have an Osteoporosis-related fracture, and one in four people will die within a year of having a hip fracture from Osteoporosis. The death rate is twice as high for men as for women.

One in four people will become complete invalids following Osteoporosis related fractures. Only one-third of the people suffering an Osteoporosis-related hip fracture will heal and return to a normal life.

Men as well as women can be at risk for osteoporosis. The good news is that you can add back more than 5% of new, healthy bone mass every year you follow these steps — no matter how old you are or how thin your bones have become. You can turn back the clock on Osteoporosis with proper lifestyle choices and intense nutrition. Read the Osteoporosis article to learn how.

What is The “Right” Calcium For Your Bones?

Saturday, May 10th, 2008

A Harvard study of over 12,000 women found that those who consumed the recommended amount of calcium from a milk source had twice the risk of hip fractures than women who primarily got their calcium from non-milk sources. One form of calcium is far superior to all other supplements at building strong bones!

Do you know the second best-selling nutritional supplement in America is calcium. Do you know what it really does? Do you know the best sources?

Osteoporosis is a very serious disease; more women die of osteoporosis-related fractures than from breast cancer! A diet high in calcium helps prevent osteoporosis if the calcium is absorbed and if there are enough other necessary nutrients (such as Vitamin D) to transport this calcium to the bones. The single greatest use for calcium is treating osteoporosis. Osteoporosis results from a high loss of bone density; your bones become so thin that they may break with the simple act of sneezing or stepping off a curb.

The debate about calcium quality begins with its source. Is calcium from stone, oyster shell or eggshell as good as calcium from fruits and vegetables? Is calcium from milk and beef equivalent to calcium from nuts and fish? What’s the answer? – It depends! Certain forms of calcium are good for certain purposes.

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You’ll also want to read, “Critical Informaton About Your Bone Health

Vitamin D – Are You Deficient?

Sunday, April 20th, 2008

You may not be aware that vitamin D deficiency among our adult population is a real problem. This is one of the most prevalent deficiencies in our culture. Most people don’t understand this.

People become deficient in Vitamin D primarily for cultural or environmental reasons. For instance, in cultures where women are totally clothed, including veils, people are almost universally deficient in Vitamin D. Likewise, submariners who spend extended time submerged become deficient. Neither group gets much direct sunlight.

Vitamin D deficiency among North Americans also includes a lack of exposure to sunlight and insufficient consumption of cold-water fish, such as wild salmon, mackerel and sardines. These are good food sources of Vitamin D as well as calcium and Omega-3 fatty acids.

You can take a quick self-test to determine if you might be vitamin D deficient. With your thumb, press on your sternum (breastbone). Is it tender or painful? Now, press on the tibia (shin bone) of both your legs. Are they sore or tender? If the answer is “yes” to both of these tests then there’s a 93 percent chance you’re deficient in Vitamin D.