Osteoporosis is a disease that involve in an accelerating decline in the bones density, and as a result causing easy bone fractures. Generally for women, the density of bone is steadily grows until the age of 30. This is the age for women to get the strongest bones. After the age of 30, the density of the bone starts to decrease slowly and gradually. The decrease accelerates after menopause.
In this condition the bones become porous and full of holes. The bones in your body are transforming and reviving throughout entire life. However, the condition starting getting deteriorates when the reviving rate does not keep up with the breakdown pace. There are over 14,000 women die every year after breaking a bone as result of osteoporosis – more than the number who die of breast cancer. One third of women with age of over 50 have osteoporosis as opposed to one in nine men. This is partly due to the fact that when they reach this age women go through the menopause leading to a fall in the hormone estrogen, which can help to protect against the disease.
Causes Could Be:
– Insufficient calcium in the diet
– Sedentary lifestyle
– Thin build
– Use of corticosteroids or thyroid hormones
– Early menopause – alcohol and tobacco.
Progressive low bone density may cause bones to collapse and deformities. Vertebrae are more prone to fracture in osteoporosis causing back pain. Even minor strain or fall may cause fractures.
You chances of developing osteoporosis are higher if:
• You have a family history of osteoporosis
• You suffer from an eating disorder such as anorexia
• You have irregular periods
• You’re taking some pharmaceutical drugs, including steroids
• You don’t take enough exercise, or conversely exercise too much
• You’ve been through early menopause or hysterectomy
• You have a heavy alcohol, fizzy drink and caffeine intake
• You smoke cigarettes
Ayurvedic Preventive Measures
High acid foods can remove calcium from the bone, so it is important to eat more alkaline foods, such as fruit and vegetables. The most acidic foods are red meat, cheese, caffeine and sugar.
• It’s important to cut down on caffeine, which decreases the absorption of calcium and increases its excretion through the urine, as do salt and sugar.
• Aerated drinks are very high in phosphors, which encourages the body to believe it needs more calcium, which it takes from bones. They also contain caffeine and sugar.
• Eat more fruit and vegetables – preferably organic, but not spinach or rhubarb – as they block calcium absorption.
• Stock up on is flavones found in lentils, chickpeas, kidney beans, garlic, sunflower, pumpkin and sesame seeds.
• Other bone – strengthening foods include whole grains, such as rice, oats, barley and wheat and sprouting vegetables like alfalfa.
• It’s important to ensure a good intake of calcium, magnesium and essential fatty acids such as fish oils or flaxseed oil (linseed) on top of taking a multivitamin. You take vitamin D, calcium and fish oils it will help your body’s uptake of calcium.”
Yoga As An Ayurveda Complementary Therapies
Yoga is known to benefit health in a variety of ways, yoga is excellent for developing balance – if someone can stand on one leg they are far less likely to fall over! it improves flexibility, keeps the body supple and encourages people to breathe properly. Most people breathe in a shallow way and do not get enough oxygen to the cells of the whole body.
Combine lifestyle advice with herbal medicine and nutrition. Naturopaths suggest vitex agnus castus to regulate hormones and help the body to produce progesterone, which is needed to prevent osteoporosis. Women who are at risk need to supplement with magnesium as so many are deficient in it, as well as boron, which has an effect on the metabolism of estrogen.”