Fight Osteoporosis with Non-Dairy Foods High in Calcium

HealthyHow is Osteoporosis related to Menopause and how can we prevent its occurring?  Osteoporosis is the weakening of bones, causing a greater risk of sudden fractures.  The relationship between Menopause and Osteoporosis is the sudden change in hormone levels and infrequent periods can contribute to the loss of bone mass.   When our body loses more bone mass than it produces, we develop the disease Osteoporosis.

How can we be sure to maintain strong bone health?  Learn from our experts the do’s and don’ts of naturally treating Osteoporosis.

Maintaining Strong Bones without Dairy

Dairy, although rich in calcium, may not be the best way to maintain bone health. We need to understand that there are many components that are in play in building and maintaining strong bones. Here are some reasons why dairy may not be your best answer:

  • There are more fractures in regions that consume milk products (US, Great Britain, Canada, Northern Europe), than in those that don’t (traditional Africa, China).
  • The extensive Nurses Study at Harvard, which followed 78,000 nurses for more than 12 years, found that those who drink two or more glasses of milk per day have twice the risk of hip fracture than those who drink a glass a week or less.
  • Dairy causes blood pH to become acidic. When the body needs to balance blood pH, it will draw calcium from the bones, further reducing bone density.
  • Calcium in dairy may not be the most bio-available, meaning that the body may not be able to utilize all the ingested amount.
  • Many people are lactose intolerant, meaning they lack the enzymes to digest the sugar found in dairy. This makes dairy not a viable source of calcium for these people.

Ling Wong, Holistic Nutrition and Wellness Coach, Thoughts For Foods Holistic Health

Non-Dairy Foods High In Calcium

So, if you’re avoiding dairy, what are some other alternative food choices that are high in calcium and promote strong bone health?  Here is a brief list of 10 non-dairy foods that are naturally high in calcium.

Sesame Seeds
Spinach
Kale
Almonds
Oranges
Broccoli
Flax Seeds
Blackstrap Molasses
Collard Greens
Papaya

 

Natural Ways to Treat Osteoporosis

My favorite nutritional supplements for treating osteoporosis are Strontium Citrate and Vitamin K. I find these therapeutic natural agents quite effective. Discuss with your physician the proper dosage. Avoid Vitamin K if you are taking blood thinners.

Gregg Schneider, DDS, Nutritional Dentist, Dr. Gregg Schneider

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