by Dr. Pamela Frank, BSc, ND
Healthy, strong, resilient bones require considerably more care than just loading up on calcium. Many factors contribute to healthy bones just as many factors contribute to osteoporosis.
Here’s my recipe to maintain healthy bones:
- Take 30 minutes per day outdoors (for vitamin D production)
- Add half an hour of weight bearing exercise like walking, jogging or weight lifting (to stimulate bone growth)
- Mix in a liberal amount of daily stress reduction techniques – yoga, tai chi, stretching, breathing exercises, meditation, walking (stress pulls minerals out of your bones, avoid it as much as possible)
- Serve with a healthy diet including lots of leafy green vegetables (kale, collard greens, Swiss chard, rapini, spinach, baby romaine and spring mix salad) for a full range of bone building minerals, plus these have vitamin K that helps keep all those wonderful minerals IN the bones and teeth.
- Garnish with well prepared bone broth.
If osteoporosis is already a concern, you will require more aggressive naturopathic treatment to reverse the condition, then these tips can be used to maintain healthy bones.