Thursday, May 10, 2012

Healthy bones

Every woman I know is concerned about osteoporosis. Scary stories equate osteoporosis with a broken hook, curve your spine, wheelchair and death - the phenomena that we want to avoid. What can we do?Should I take extra calcium? Hormone? Can we rely on our green allies?

Wise Woman Tradition believes that simple lifestyle choices, including (but not limited to) the regular use of nourishing herbal extracts, medicinal herbal vinegars, yogurt, and seaweed, are sufficient to preserve bone and prevent fractures. Also, it is considered that these lifestyles bring multiple health benefits, including reducing heart disease and breast cancer, with no problems and risks associated with taking hormones. As for the artificial additives, as we shall see, they are more harm than good.

Forget about osteoporosis

First, we must free ourselves from the idea that osteoporosis is important. The Wise Woman Tradition, we focus on the patient, not the problem. There are no diseases and no cures for diseases. If you focus on osteoporosis, we can not see the whole ┼żenu.Zapravo, narrowly focusing attention on the prevention of osteoporosis increases the incidence of breast cancer. Women in post-menopausal women with the highest bone mass, are most likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer. Women who take estrogen replacement to prevent osteoporosis, even if only for five years, increase the risk of breast cancer by 20% if taken for hormone replacement, the risk increases by 40%.

This risk could be justified if we found between bone density and their fracture, but no such relationship exists. When I caught the night last year (2000) with Susan Brown, director of OICH, asked her to send me to any research that shows a clear link between osteoporosis and broken bones. She smiled. '' None.'''' In a recent study'','' continued the researchers measured the bone density of people over 65 who have had broken bones. 25% of them had high bone density, and 50% had an average density''. Note that those with a high density of both hips is often broke and those with osteoporosis.

Become an elastic

If osteoporosis is not a problem, what is? In a word: inflexibility. Elastic bone is bent, stiff bones are broken. This applies even if the flexible bone thin, and if the stiff bone thick. Imagine a piece of dead trees. Although it may be thick, brittle and easily broken. Imagine a green pine twig, even if small, it is almost impossible to break it. Elastic bone, regardless of whether they are fat or thin, are more likely to bend than break.

Flexibility is synonymous with health in the Wise Woman Tradition. Achieved by diet and strengthening.Flexibility is achieved by feeding bone and bone strengthening the muscles around them. Strengthening is as important as the food, but because we are herbalists, let's focus on the benefits that plants provide nutrients for women who want to have a strong, flexible bones.

We feed our bones

Age does not weaken bones. Poor nutrition makes bones weak. Of which are made of bone? Like all tissues, they contain protein. They are rich in minerals, not only calcium but also potassium, manganese, magnesium, silicon dioxide, iron, zinc, selenium, boron, phosphorus, sulfur, chromium, and others. And to take advantage of these minerals, it is the presence of vitamin D, a food must contain high-quality fats.

Bone proteins needed

I've heard, and no doubt you are that animal protein leak of calcium from the bones. This is only partially true. All proteins, whether from meat, peas, soybeans, grains or vegetables, uses calcium in digestion.Protein from soy is especially detrimental to bone health, soy is not only a natural lack of calcium, but also directly affects the proportion of calcium in bones.

The traditional diet combined protein and calcium (eg, seaweed and tofu, tortillas made from corn ground on limestone with beans, melted cheese on a hamburger). Protein-rich plants such as nettle, oats, red clover, comfrey leaves and also provide plenty of calcium, as well as yogurt, cheese and milk (which provide the healthy fats needed for neutralizing minerals). Limiting protein and bone health limits.

Costumes needed high-quality fat

Hormones are the kinds of fats, cholesterol is a precursor to many of them. Problems with bones in post-menopausal women, in my opinion, does not occur due to lack of estrogen, but the lack of fat. If the diet lacks high-quality fats, hormones will be produced in inadequate amounts. A vitamin D, vitamin a similar hormone, will not be sufficiently utilized. Then, the absorption of minerals depends on the fat. Diet low in fat, in my opinion, very difficult to build healthy bones.

Bone minerals are needed

Bones need calcium, and they were the last to receive it, so our food should be very rich in this mineral.But, focusing on calcium, to the exclusion of other minerals leads to broken bones, for calcium is brittle and inflexible. Imagine a piece of chalk, calcium carbonate, and how easily it breaks. The survey, more than six long years, which included 10 000 white woman older than 65 years, found that'' the use of calcium supplements linked with increased risk of fractures of the spine and hips''. Other minerals found in bones provide their elasticity. When you take calcium from plants and foods (which contain a multitude of minerals), foster healthy bones.

Obtaining minerals

From a Wise Woman, the perfect way to maintain healthy bones, which are flexible and resistant to breakage, is the use of herbs and foods rich in minerals. Because minerals are hard and not compressed, we must consume them in large quantities to feel the change in our health. Like taking a teaspoon of carrot funny, so is taking mineral-rich herbs in capsule or tincture form. Because minerals are rock-like, we need to break the cell walls to reach out to them. Raw, fresh food does not provide the minerals our bodies. To get the minerals we need heat, time and large amounts of plant material. I prefer to minerals dissolved in water or vinegar.

To make a nourishing herbal infusions, it is necessary to pour a ¼ l of boiling water over one ounce (30g) of dried herb in a jar, close tightly and leave overnight. In the morning drain fluid rich in minerals and drink it - with ice or heated, with honey or milk, mixed with black tea, flavored with mint, mixed with rum, whatever you want. You can drink a whole quarter in one day, but be sure to drink it within two days.

My favorite nourishing herbal extracts are made from oats (Avena sativa), nettle (Urtica dioica), red clover (Trifolium pratense) or comfrey leaves (Symphytum uplandica x). I sometimes add a little aromatic herbs such as mint (Mentha pipperata), lemon balm (Melissa off), bergamot (Monarda didyma) to change the flavor.

To extract minerals from fruits and vegetables, cook them for long, as long as they do not change color and texture, which is evidence that cell walls are broken. Kale cooked for an hour delivers far more mineral to your bones than lightly steamed kale. Fresh juices contain virtually no minerals. Cooking increases our availability of nutrients, especially minerals.

Plants were'' warehouse'' minerals

It's hard to eat a cup of cooked vegetables, even for najmotivisanije women. But drinking nourishing herbal infusions, eating seaweeds, and using medicinal herbal vinegars is easy. They are delicious, fun to prepare and use, and add a big nutritional plus with virtually no calories. Nourishing herbs and garden weeds are far richer in minerals than ordinary foodstuffs. Not only are nourishing herbs exceptional sources of minerals, their minerals are better at preventing bone breaks than supplements.

The ability of plants to fight against osteoporosis may be more complex than their mineral wealth, however, it appears that the body is willing to use the minerals in green plants, which proved to be an ideal tool for maintaining healthy bones. Dr. Campbell, professor of nutritional biochemistry at Cornell University, has conducted extensive research in rural China, where they found information on the lowest rate of bone fractures in middle-aged and older women. He said:'' What people are closer to the food-based crops and leafy vegetables, lower rates of many diseases, including osteoporosis''.


My own experience in helping women regain and maintain bone density and elasticity, led me to believe that changes in lifestyle very well succeed with motivated women who want to avoid the risk and cost of long-term use of pills. Nourishing plant extracts, mineral-rich herbal vinegars, yogurt, and seaweed, combined with a special focus on strengthening the muscles, undoubtedly increase bone density and creates flexible, healthy bones and women.

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