You’ve probably heard that women are prone to losing bone during menopause. For the most part, nature has provided healthy women with ample bone mass to accommodate this perimenopausal and menopausal bone loss, but some women can end up with dramatically less bone mass than when they began the transition.
Our bones naturally break down and rebuild themselves on a daily basis, and until women reach the age of 30, the building of bone outweighs breakdown. Shortly after peak bone mass is reached — somewhere around our 29th birthday — we begin to lose bone density. This loss seems to accelerate in many women during the menopause transition. And for many years, the medical and research community blamed estrogen. But as it turns out, estrogen is not the only factor responsible for bone health during the menopause transition. Neither is calcium for that matter. The truth is, finding one definitive cause for thinning bone during menopause is unrealistic. Bone Mineral Density loss during menopause depends on a combination of factors.
The good news is that in most cases, accelerated bone loss slows down within five to seven years after your last period. So the window of time we are most concerned about is the few years before and the few years after your last period. There is also a lot you can do to preserve your bone density — or even increase it — during this time.
Let’s take a look at how you can keep your bones strong and healthy through menopause so you can give yourself the best possible foundation for the second half of your life!
#1: Make nutrition your first priority
There are at least 20 key nutrients that are required for optimal bone health. To customize your nutrients go to www.mygenewize.com/lifestyles a balanced diet containing a range of vegetables and fruit, whole grains, seeds and nuts, and lean protein will also help support the body’s acid-alkaline balance. For a Customized program to balance your pH go to www.thelifestylechanger.com
Many of us in the US are suffering from chronic low-grade metabolic acidosis because of our diets. Foods like excess animal protein, refined grains, excess sugar, sodas, and preservatives can cause the pH in our blood and tissues to become slightly more acidic than is optimal. And when this happens the bones release their alkalizing mineral compounds into the blood to “rescue” our all-critical ph balance. This happens at the expense of bone mineral density and maintaining the living bone protein matrix. Eating a more alkalizing diet and less acidifying foods can prevent your body from drawing on mineral reserves stored in your bones to offset a highly acidifying diet. For a Customized Program to balance your pH go to www.thelifestylechanger.com
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