One of the leading contributors to osteoporosis in the U.S. is carbonated soft drinks containing phosphorous. Research has shown a direct link between too much phosphorous and calcium loss. If you’re guzzling down a couple of fizzy soft drinks a day, you’re most likely creating bone loss.
High Protein Diet
Another source of excessive phosphorous in the U.S. is eating too much meat. The average American gets more than enough protein, so for most of us it can only help to cut down on our meat consumption. A recent trend among those who love food but don’t love the consequences of too much fat and protein is to use meat as a garnish or flavoring in a meal, rather than as a major portion. Fill up on vegetables and complex carbohydrates (whole grains, potatoes, rice, corn, beans), and use meat to enrich your meals. Beans are an excellent and nutritious source of protein and contain many important vitamins and minerals.
Coffee, Alcohol, and Cigarette Smoking
Use coffee and alcohol in moderation. It’s never too late to reap the benefits of quitting cigarettes. Each of these substances creates a negative calcium balance in the body. Cigarette smoking is a significant risk factor for osteoporosis. Twice as many women with osteoporosis smoke as compared with women who do not have osteoporosis.
Don’t take antacids with aluminum and don’t use aluminum cooking pots. It has been shown that small amounts of aluminum-containing antacids increase the urinary and fecal excretion of calcium, inhibit absorption of fluoride, and inhibit absorption of phosphorus, creating a negative calcium balance. The calcium is excreted instead of being utilized.
Diuretics are medicines that cause water loss in the body. Along with the water you lose minerals, most notably calcium, magnesium and potassium. They are commonly used in conventional medicine to treat high blood pressure, swelling of the lower legs, and congestive heart disease. People who use diuretics have a higher risk of fracture. If you need to use a diuretic, try a gentle herbal one such as dandelion root in a tincture, capsule or tea.
What’s so bad about fluoride? You probably think it just builds good teeth. There is good, solid scientific evidence that fluoridated drinking water increases your risk of hip fractures by 20-40%. So much fluoride has been put into our water and toothpaste over the past 30 years that levels in our water, food and drink are very high. While eating a normal diet the average person exceeds the recommended dose. There is also evidence that ingesting high levels of fluoride can cause abnormal bone growth. Please avoid fluoride, in all forms including toothpastes and mouthwashes.
It is not easy to get rid of fluoride in tap water. Distillation and reverse osmosis are the only two reliable methods for removing fluoride. Other water filters may work at eliminating fluoride for a short period of time, but fluoride binds so strongly and quickly to filter materials such as charcoal, that the binding sites become fully occupied after a short time.
High Dose Cortisone
A well known risk for osteoporosis is long term treatment with the synthetic cortisones such as Prednisone. Since the cortisones (or more properly, glucocorticoids) are closely related to progesterone in their molecular structure, while progesterone gives bones the message to grow, the cortisones give bones the message to stop growing. If you must be on a cortisone, talk to your doctor about using a low dose natural cortisone called hydrocortisone rather than the synthetic cortisones. You can refer him or her to the book Safe Uses of Cortisol by William Jefferies.
OSTEOPOROSIS PREVENTION AND REVERSAL – In a Nutshell
Weight bearing exercise at least one hour three times a week or 20 minutes daily.
Avoid antacids, and hydrochloric acid (H2) blockers such as Tagamet, Zantac and Pepcid.
Avoid prescription drugs that cause bone loss, such as diuretics and synthetic cortisones.
If you are over the age of 50, avoid fluoride in toothpastes, mouthwash and tap water. If you live in a fluoridated community and are at a high risk for osteoporosis, invest in a water filter that eliminates fluoride