Everyone has been told, currently and for decades, that consuming dairy foods is the single most important thing they can do for building strong bones. However, America consumes the most dairy and is among the top five countries in the world with the most hip fractures. Shocking but it’s true according to a 2010 report from the International Osteoporosis Foundation.
The numbers are a staggering, nearly 44 million people in the U.S. suffer with osteoporosis or low bone mass. More specifically, it negatively effects about one in two Americans over the age of 50.
Most people acknowledge that osteoporosis is a severe problem but only 20% believe they are at risk. Basically, what that means is most people are in denial that they will be the one out of the two people with the disease. It’s not healthy to live in fear of having an undetected disease, but it’s fool hearty not to be proactive in preventing a disease that affects so many.
The old, outdated, but still used protocol is to drink plenty of milk and eat dairy products. Some sources have included that weight bearing exercises are also essential. The more recent research, says to add a vitamin D3 supplement.
The truth is there are many other factors that are essential in building strong bones and preventing bone loss. What basic science shows us is that bones are built with not only calcium and vitamin D3, but the bodies bone building process also utilizes vitamin K, magnesium, phosphorus, boron, potassium, vitamin B and C, and few other minerals. Even macronutrients including fats and protein are essential for bone health.
One other essential factor is making sure the body’s pH balance is between 7.2 and 7.4, which more on the alkaline side.
The best way to be one of the 45% over 50 who is not affected by bone loss is to eat a diet more on the alkaline side, which means that more than half of daily food consumption should include fruits and vegetables. A daily salad or a green smoothie will provide some raw produce. The other way to way to ensure that the body is getting enough nutrients is to supplement, however, some studies show some supplements cause disease and are better off in the trash. Research is necessary in choosing the right supplements.