HEALTHY BONES WEIGH MORE!
More than 99 percent of the body’s calcium is stored in the bones and teeth. However, bones are not just made out of calcium. “Think of bones as tubes that are made of, and filled with, protein and hardened by calcium. The body contains specialized cells for breaking down and forming bone. The osteoclast cells break down and eliminate old bone. The osteoblast cells lay down new bone matrix, which is made up of collagen.
Collagen, a protein, is the ‘backbone’ of bone. After the bone matrix is laid down, hormones direct calcium to be laid down on top of protein. This new bone matrix is now calcified. The calcified bone matrix is mature bone.” The Schwarzbein Principle, p.180
“In prepuberty, your bones are just beginning to fill in with collagen. When your sex hormones turn on, the collagen is calcified, which results in more solid, heavier bones.
Throughout your teen years, bones continue to fill in as a result of good nutrition, normal hormone development and the passage of time. If you bones become denser, your weight must go up. No one tells girls or young women that they are supposed to weight more every decade as their hollow bones fill up. Teenage girls who do not understand that they should weigh more begin to diet to lose the few extra pounds they have gained. Too often, those extra pounds are bones.” The Schwarzbein Principle, p.180
WHY ARE THIN WOMEN MORE AT RISK FOR OSTEOPOROSIS?
The body’s fat stores help to make estrogen, which is necessary for the transport of calcium from the blood into the bones. Low body fat = low estrogen =low calcium.
Eating a low-fat, high-carbohydrate die or a low calorie diet results in no muscle tone and hollow bones. The fashion industry and our culture rewards women who are super thin – but to be super thin puts your health in grave danger. Osteoporosis claims more lives per year than breast cancer. Some women are so afraid of gaining weight they deprive their bodies of proteins and fats, so they never reach peak sex hormone levels and thus never develop good peak bone-mass. Their bodies use what little protein they ingest for immediate survival, rather than for storage. Bone thinning occurs on low-fat, low-protein and/or low-calorie diets because protein deprivation leads to both decreased collagen formation and increased collagen utilization by the body. (Collagen, a protein, is the “backbone” of bone.)
WHY ARE WOMEN MORE AT RISK FOR BONE LOSS AS THEY AGE?
For women, bone loss accelerates during and after menopause to about 5 % for five to seven years, and then returns to 1 – 2 % per year. Simply put, women could lose up to 35 % of their bone mass during their menopausal years alone. Additionally, one in three women past the age of 50 will suffer a vertebral fracture because her bones are brittle.
Shrinking height is also a revealing sign of osteoporosis.
IRONICALLY, OSTEOPOROSIS IS MOST COMMON IN COUNTRIES WITH THE HIGHEST CONSUMPTION OF DAIRY PRODUCTS
Dairy products are a good source of calcium, but ingesting lots of pasteurized milk, yogurt etc. will not always keep your calcium stores high – especially because many women consume no-fat or 2% dairy products. The presence of fat in milk aids the body in absorbing the calcium in the milk – the optimal way to get calcium from a dairy product is to have “whole” milk and yogurt – and organic and raw milk is even better.
The calcium found in collards and kale is absorbed nearly twice as well as the calcium in milk!
STRESS LEACHES MINERALS AND NUTRIENTS FROM OUR BODIES
Chronic stress creates high levels of epinephrine (produced by the adrenal glands), which increases calcium loss in the urine.
CALCIUM DEFICIENCY AND MALABSORPTION CAUSES STONES
Calcium deposits of any kind – kidney stones, gallstones, bone spurs may be caused by consuming inorganic calcium supplements. When inorganic calcium (calcium made from rocks and shells) isn’t absorbed into the blood and bones, it has to go somewhere – it is either excreted through the kidneys, or gets “stuck” somewhere, causing stones and spurs to form. If we are deficient in usable calcium, our body pulls calcium from our bones. When calcium is pulled from the bones, it is released through the kidneys, resulting in kidney stones forming before the calcium is excreted. Our gall bladder stores bile from our pancreas and liver. In a healthy body, the bile pH is 7.1 to 8.6 (alkaline). If we have mineral deficiencies, our gall bile becomes more acidic and painful gallstones begin to form.
ONE OF CALCIUM’S MAIN JOBS IS TO NEUTRALIZE ACIDIC BLOOD
Drinking alcohol and coffee, smoking, taking prescription drugs, consuming a lot of sugar, drinking soft drinks, and eating excessive protein (over 92 grams a day) and too low protein (less than 40 grams a day), feeling chronically stressed and sleep deprived depletes our body of minerals and nutrients and acidifies our blood over time.
Eating approximately 60 grams of protein a day, whole grains, leafy greens, fruits and vegetables and drinking pure water, exercising, relaxing, keeping mentally and emotionally positive, and getting adequate sleep keeps our blood alkaline.
The goal shouldn’t be to load up on calcium supplements, but to alter your eating and lifestyle habits. Then your blood will change from an acid condition to an alkaline state.
When your blood is alkaline your body can use available calcium to build healthy cells, bones and teeth. If your blood remains acid, most of the calcium you take will be used to buffer your acidic blood.
CALCIUM DOES MORE THAN PREVENT OSTEOPOROSIS
- Can reduce risk of colorectal polyps
- Can reduce risk of kidney stone formation
- Lowers blood pressure
- Helps improve insulin use
- Lowers cancer risk
- Relieve depression
- Helps with insomnia
- Lowers histamine levels (helps allergy sufferers)
- Reduces or eliminates PMS
- Prevents tooth decay
- Reduces the risk of heart attacks
CALCIUM CAN EASE ASTHMA AND ALLERGIES
Excessive histamine in the body causes allergic reactions. The calcium ion is a histamine releasing agent. “For asthma, 1,000 mg. of calcium should be given daily along with 1,000 units Vitamin D to aid intestinal absorption. Calcium can relax the muscles surrounding the bronchial tubes while altering the permeability of the cell walls, allowing the nutrients to get in.” (Breathing Easy, by Lendon Smith MD, Feed Your Kids Right,
1979, Dell Publishing Co. Inc.)
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