Building Strong Bones

Your bones are alive! Bone is living tissue that interweaves a mineral, inorganic matrix, and a non-mineral, organic matrix framework. A solid mineral base is of prime importance to bone health. Healthy bones are critical to your body’s mineral needs because they act as your body’s mineral reservoirs when it doesn’t get enough minerals from your food. Minerals and trace minerals are the building blocks of your cells, the basic elements your body needs for proper metabolism. Minerals are the bonding agents between the body and food. Without them, the body cannot absorb or utilize nutrients. Minerals regulate pH balance, transport body oxygen, and control electrolytic movement between cells, nerves and tissue. They play a key role in heart health, sugar and blood pressure regulation, and cancer prevention.  Even small mineral deficiencies imbalance your body by mobilizing needed elements out of the various body ‘reservoirs’ to compensate. Immediate effects of this process are irritability, nervousness, or depression.

A mineral-poor diet can mean osteoporosis, premature aging, hair loss, brittle nails, dry, cracked skin, forgetfulness, food allergies, back pain, P.M.S., poor motor coordination, joint deformity, difficult pregnancy, taste and smell loss, slow learning, poor attention span, and the inability to heal quickly. This is only a partial list. Minerals are important! Our bodies don’t make minerals. They must be taken in through food, drink or mineral baths. Unfortunately, today’s fruits and vegetables lack good mineral quality. Years of pesticides, non-organic fertilizers, and chemical sprays have leached them out of the soil. High stress lifestyles and habits inhibit mineral absorption.

Eating too much meat protein and too many preserved and over-refined foods, a lack of vitamin D from sunlight, and too little exercise, are involved in our lack of minerals. Excessive steroid and antibiotic use, tobacco, and too much alcohol, all contribute to mineral depletion and weakening of bone structure.  We begin to think about our bones as we age, but nearly 87% of teenage girls and 64% of teenage boys aren’t getting enough calcium, let alone other bone-building nutrients. Extending those nutrient deficiency numbers means over half of America’s future women, and one in eight men will develop osteoporosis fractures.

Mineral needs clearly increase as the body ages, requiring more digestive and enzyme help. Calcium is not even the main mineral for bone regeneration; silicon is.  Pay extra attention to your bone health. New French research shows a significant correlation with increased hip fractures and fluoride in drinking water. Most of America’s tap water (64%) is already fluoridated, with pending legislation on the books for the rest of our cities. If you have prematurely gray hair, it may be a sign you have decreased mineral bone mass.

To your best health,

Linda