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					Osteoporosis is a disease that targets mostly post-menopausal women. The disease is
characterized by abnormal bone loss which causes bones to become brittle and
breakable. Osteopenia is the early stages of bone loss and tends to strike earlier on.
Learn the causes of bone loss and what steps you can take to prevent it naturally.
  Causes of Bone Loss
  Bone loss can be caused by a variety of factors, the most common being a deficiency
in calcium and vitamin D or an inability of the body to be able to properly absorb
these nutrients. Less common causes include a sedentary lifestyle, anorexia nervosa,
hyperthyroidism and kidney disease. Certain drugs such as cortisone, Depo-Provera,
Lupron and prednisone can also contribute to bone loss. Less common causes are
Whipple disease, acrodermatitis enteropathica, biliary atresia and pernicious anemia.
  Prevent Bone Loss Naturally
  Diet
  When investigating the cause of bone loss, it is important to determine the reason
nutrients are not being properly absorbed by the body. One of the most common
causes of malabsorption is hidden food intolerances. Those with hidden food
intolerances often experience abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, brain fog and
learning difficulties. To determine if a hidden food intolerance is causing your
malabsorption, try an elimination diet. Remove all wheat, gluten, corn, dairy, sugar,
citrus fruit, nuts, processed food and shellfish from your diet for one week then
reintroduce foods one day at a time to test for a reaction. If you're symptoms lessen on
the diet and become worse when certain foods are eaten, you've found the food or
foods you need to eliminate. A balanced diet rich in organic meats, fruits, vegetables
and whole grains are key to your overall health and well-being and can help prevent it
naturally.
  Supplements
  If your body is not properly absorbing both calcium and vitamin D, this can
contribute to the problem. A great way to prevent this loss naturally is to supplement
the diet with chelated magnesium and a high dose (1,000 - 2,000 IUs) of vitamin D
each day. If you have a serious medical condition, it is advisable to consult your
healthcare provider before adding supplements to your diet.
  Exercise
  Those who are experiencing bone loss can maintain bone density by performing
weight-bearing exercises such as running, lifting weights and climbing stairs.
  Vibration Platforms
  A vibration platform can be used in conjunction with weight-bearing exercise for
natural prevention. A vibration platform is a machine that gently works muscles by
causing 40-50 gentle muscle contractions per second. This can help prevent bone loss
naturally by increasing circulation, flexibility and muscle strength. Increased muscle
strength means the ability to bear more weight, thus increasing bone density!
  It's important to note that if you are pregnant or have conditions such as blood clots,
bone tumors, deep venous thrombosis or retinal detachment, you should not use a
vibration platform. Those with other serious medical conditions should consult their
health care provider before using this exercise method.
 To prevent loss of bone naturally, start following these steps early!
 Kari is the owner of Alternative Health Ideas which focuses on natural medicine and
ideas for common ailments and issues.

				
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