By Kennedy Shelley
It is staggering how many people are afflicted with brittle and weak bones.
People 50 and older: It afflicts 30% of women and 16% of men.
Over 80: It afflicts 77% of women and nearly half of men.
It leads to bones being brittle, prone to fractures and general weakening. Osteoporosis is one of those conditions that doesn’t have to be a “normal part of aging.”
But don’t think you can just take a calcium supplement and make your bones stronger. Actually, more calcium is not the answer at all.
Osteoporosis is actually a sign of accelerated aging increasing your risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and declining mental activity.
When you start developing this condition, your aging is advancing quickly, and it happens before most know it has begun.
The problem is senescent cells can stop replicating which results in the release of dangerous aging signaling molecules which accelerates the process.
In other words, the same inflammatory responses that affect your heart, also make your bones weaker.
These senescent cells were thought to be set, and a normal part of aging, but researchers proved that this doesn’t have to be an inevitability.
Keeping your bones strong depends on a solid strategy using multiple techniques.
But keeping your calcium in your bones and out of your arteries and staying strong in later life can make it all worthwhile.
It doesn’t take much to have a great time in the golden years but putting off action does create problems.
BONES NEED MAINTENANCE
Your bones are like every other part of your body. They need constant remodeling and upkeep.
Osteoblasts are the cells that rebuild your bones. Your bone is constantly breaking down and rebuilding. The secret to staying strong is to keep building.
The opposite cell that destroys bones are osteoblasts. These increase with inflammation.
An autoinflammatory diet, such as low carb or Keto will keep the osteoclasts from working as quickly.
But that’s only half of the story, you also need to stimulate the osteoblasts too.
Nutrition is certainly important, but also you need to keep stressing the bones to stimulate osteoblasts.
That means walking, running and weight-bearing exercises.
This seems to help keep the calcium in the bone where it is needed. When bone is breaking down, calcium goes out via the bloodstream, which leads to more calcification of the arteries.
Long term inflammation is treated by the body as long term sickness and it reacts to help you heal from a cold, the system starts using body parts to help you heal.
This is a good short-term strategy, but when it is chronic, or long term, it is devastating.
Osteoclast like cells are often found in the calcification plaques in the arteries.
Vitamin K2 helps the body utilize and keep the calcium where it is supposed to be. (To find out more about this often underreported nutrient see this article in Freedom Health News)
So, you really don’t need more milk and calcium in your diet, you need to utilize what you already have and keep it where it is supposed to be.
Vitamin K2 and exercise will help, along with vitamin D and magnesium.
So, while it is tempting to think your bones need more calcium, that is really not the problem. There is ample evidence that more calcium will not do any good or might actually be harmful.
But there is plenty of evidence that keeping your bones strong helps in every aspect of your life.