I know, I know.
You have been told for years that more calcium is needed to prevent bone density loss especially in cases such as osteoporosis due to menopause. What you have NOT been told is that calcium cannot do its job without adequate magnesium, which is required for absorption. Magnesium is also necessary in company with the thyroid gland in producing calcitonin, which is a hormone that preserves bone density. The enzyme phosphatase (which forms calcium crystals) also requires magnesium (as do over 300 other enzymes in your body.)
I am not going to join the anti-calcium lobby, or the doctors who are calling for an end to calcium supplements (Google ‘The Calcium Lie’ if you are interested.) But simply taking calcium without also upping your magnesium levels will result in a DROP in your magnesium levels. And as many of you know, your magnesium levels cannot be checked with a blood test. A drop in your magnesium levels will cause all sorts of difficulties (Look up ‘magnesium deficiency’ in Google). For the purpose I am writing of here, many medical studies are suggesting that for the prevention of bone loss, your magnesium levels and not calcium are the primary factor. (See Dr Lam below.) In fact many studies indicate that calcium without magnesium may do you more harm than good, with calcium increasing the risk factor of heart problems.
What CAN you do to avoid or even reverse low density bone structure?
Obviously keep your magnesium levels up, and I am talking about the transdermal magnesium, not the stuff that dissolves in the stomach. Also, like most of our human attributes, there is a strong ‘use it or lose it’ associated with bone strength. Weights are, in my humble opinion, one of the best ways to go…and you don’t need to join a gym or become a weightlifter to use them.
If you do yoga, then the upper-body supporting poses such as plank position can be extremely beneficial. As for avoiding falls, which are the main cause of fractures…that’s a difficult one. As we age, we lose the ‘range of motion’ of our joints and neurologically, we perpetuate these losses of movement with our eyes. (For a solution to that one-see my previous blog.) Balance is one of the last things we discover before learning to walk…and one of the first things we lose as we age. This is not unavoidable. In my next blog I will make a video to help you find your balance again. If enough of you are interested of course?
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Hang in there J