Preventing osteopenia

Preventing osteopenia is possible.  If you want to build and keep strong bones throughout your life span here are some tips about what you can do.

First, we need to acknowledge that Osteopenia and Osteoporosis are NOT normal parts of aging.  There are many parts of the world where people enjoy strong bones well into old age.  True it is common to experience some
slow down in bone building after our sex hormones lessen. This is true for both women and men. But for those
who have built solid bones during their peak bone building years, bones do not become thin (osteopenic) until they
are well into their eighties or nineties.


Second we need to know what sorts of things are good for Preventing Osteopenia. And here there are
two main activities: eating an alkaline diet and weight bearing physical activity.

Let us look at eating first.  If you want strong bones you need to eat a highly alkaline diet.  Why? Our bodies are  highly complex and interacting. Our body chemistry needs to keep in perfect balance. That means our body fluids need to be in homeostasis....  an acid - alkaline balance is most important.

Researchers have shown that modern diets, especially modern Western diets, have increased the net acid load
of the body (as compared with the diet of early human beings). One result of this is that the body needs
to access alkaline substances to keep the acid/alkaline balance. Bones and teeth are highly alkaline and so the
body removes calcium and other alkaline substances from bones or teeth in order to bring an acidic system back
into balance.  This is one of the major causes of Osteopenia and Osteoporosis in modern societies.

So if you are interested in preventing Osteopenia, one of the most important things you can do is make sure you are eating sufficient alkaline foods. ( There is a link to Alkaline foods at the end of this page. )

Weight bearing activities.

One of the things that stimulates bone growth is putting stress (weight) on our bones.  When we experience
weight bearing activities, our osteoblasts (the cells that build new bone) are stimulated. This stimulation leads
to new bone building and our bones become thicker, stronger.

Without weight bearing activities, there is nothing to stimulate bone growth or thickening. That is why sitting or lying around for much of the day is a prescription for Osteopenia or Osteoporosis. 

Early human beings worked hard. They walked for miles each day. They bent down and reached up to get  food. They ran from danger, carried fire wood, climbed trees.
Manual labor is good for bone building.  If you are interested in Preventing Osteopenia or Osteoporosis, you need
to do the bone building things that our ancestors did.

Walk as often as you can.  Use shopping bags in the supermarket instead of putting your purchases in a cart. Beat the dust from your rugs; wash clothes by hand.  Play ball;  jump rope, chop wood.  If you live a life of ease, if you allow machines to do most of your work, your bones will not be stimulated to build bone.....and you will develop thin
bones (osteopenia)

Eat well and work hard and you will be doing what is necessary to build bone.  Of course you will need to avoid
the other things that cause bone loss.  Read: Causes of  bone loss  and avoiding those things.  You can do that.

Now if you ever get thin bones (Osteopenia or Osteoporosis) do check out the Natural Treatments: Preventing Osteopenia and Osteoporosis.