Recently I read where researchers at Yale University looked at 34 published studies in 16 countries and found that the countries with the highest rate of osteoporosis in the world today – the United States, Sweden and Finland – are those in which their citizens consume the most meat, milk and other animal foods.
We all grew up drinking milk daily and many of us still drink it on a regular basis today thinking we are doing our bodies a favor. Think about this: no other mammal drinks milk from its mother after it is weaned, and no other species drinks the milk of another species. Cows make milk to feed calves. It was not designed for human consumption. Drinking milk is a relatively recent phenomenon.
In order to help us combat osteoporosis and increase bone density and strength, here are a few things we can all do for ourselves.
- Get adequate vitamin D by getting outdoors regularly or by getting it in the form of a supplement or by eating Vitamin D-fortified foods. Vitamin D helps promote calcium absorption. We all love the outdoors, so use a good sunscreen.
- Stop eating animal protein or take serious steps to reduce the amount we eat. I personally chose the latter. I’m not ready to give it up entirely. Animal protein causes severe bone deterioration. Great reason to slow consumption down.
- Reduce the amount of salt in our diets because it leaches calcium out of our bones while we’re really trying to absorb what calcium we are getting. Salt is the culprit of so many health challenges we face today. We now salt nothing, but use a lot of pepper.
- Limit alcohol consumption. Alcohol is toxic to the cells that form bones and slows down the amount of calcium being absorbed. Another culprit of so many health challenges today.
- Do not smoke. It is bad for you and those around you.
- Exercise regularly. It is good for you and those around you.
The more we find out about osteoporosis, the better overall health we’ll all have. After all, our bones form the skeleton that lets us stand upright, and go walking, running, climbing, swimming and RVing. We owe it to ourselves to pay attention to the guidelines listed above that will most assuredly help improve the health of our skeleton. Just take it one day at a time. It makes it easier that way. It all begins with awareness.