When you decide to take charge of your bone health, you could feel as though you’re stepping out onto the “road less traveled.” And even with the best of intentions and dedication, it’s possible you could be making some mistakes.
That’s why I am writing this today – it’s healthy to stop and assess your progress, goals, and methods. To help you in that process, I want to make you aware of five common bone health mistakes that even well-intentioned people can make.
Let’s begin with a “spooky” tactic that the Medical Establishment employs, and not just on Halloween…
Falling for the Medical Establishment’s Scare Tactics
This is very easy to do, especially if you’ve just been given an osteoporosis diagnosis. You may feel afraid and uncertain, and find yourself vulnerable to pressure from your doctor, who may tell you all sorts of horror stories about what could happen to you if you refuse to take the medication.
Once you realize that osteoporosis is not a disease, though, you can easily shrug off the medical intimidation.
You see, osteoporosis is simply the body’s way of signaling an imbalance in your system. It’s not an inevitable part of aging.
An overindulgence of acidic foods, such as those that are prevalent in the American diet, can cause a build-up of acid in your body – especially if you’ve eaten that way for many years. This acidic environment requires neutralization, and the body’s mechanism for “buffering” kicks in. Part of that mechanism is to take alkalizing minerals from bone to neutralize the acidic environment, thereby causing decreased bone density.
The mainstream health media defines osteoporosis very differently. They see it as a disease that can be “treated” with drugs. But as I write in Chapter 1 of the Osteoporosis Reversal Program, osteoporosis is not a disease; it’s the body’s attempt to correct a state of imbalance.
Mainstream Medicine does not even have an answer for what causes osteoporosis, making the issue seem mysterious and scary. They capitalize on this “spook factor” by promising solutions in the form of drugs. In other words, they count on your fear of the unknown to convince you to take a pill to “fix” the problem.
Taking Osteoporosis Drugs
I often hear from members of the Save Our Bones community asking what I think about a particular osteoporosis drug. And my answer is, consistently, that taking any osteoporosis drug is a huge mistake! Here’s why.
Osteoporosis drugs present a host of potential side effects, and they actually harm your bones in the long run. Although there are many different osteoporosis drugs on the market, they all have essentially the same intent: to stop bone remodeling so your bones no longer shed bone cells.
As Savers know, the problem here is that shedding old bone cells is essential to bone strength and flexibility. Osteoporosis drugs effectively stop healthy bone remodeling, so the bones become thick, hard, and brittle…and ironically, more prone to fracture.
There are all kinds of reasons not to take osteoporosis drugs, but the bottom line is, they don’t work and can cause life-altering side effects. They are unnecessary at best and extremely harmful at worst.
Eating a pH-Imbalanced Diet
You won’t hear the Medical Establishment mentioning diet in connection to your bone health, unless they “prescribe” milk and dairy products as a calcium source. What they don’t realize is, the food you eat has an enormous impact on your bone health.
Backed by numerous studies, the Osteoporosis Reversal Program advocates a pH-balanced diet, which involves 80% alkalizing foods and 20% acid-forming foods. The typical American diet tends toward the opposite ratio, with mostly acid-forming foods like animal products (meat and dairy), sugar, and white bread, and very little alkalizing foods, mainly most vegetables, fruits, and some alkalizing grains and legumes.
In the Program, you’ll find charts that clearly show which foods are acidifying and which ones are alkalizing, and detailed scientific explanations of why pH matters and how it works in the body. Even with winter coming on, there are plenty of options for delicious, bone-healthy foods, as you’ll find in the chapter on Foundation Foods.
To make it even easier to enjoy tasty foods that nourish your bones, a Recipe Sampler and Action Sheets have been included with the Program. There is also a Weekly Progress Tracking Tool so you can stay on top of your progress.
A pH-balanced diet is the foundation on which you can build up strong, healthy bones, and the Osteoporosis Reversal Program makes it simple.
Ignoring Food Labels and Consuming Toxic Ingredients and Genetically-Modified Foods
If you eat prepared foods, chances are you haven’t looked carefully at the ingredients on the label. Even if you have taken a look, you may not be aware of the toxic ingredients lurking in your packaged food, because they often have names that sound either totally foreign or deceptively simple. For example, “enriched flour” sounds fine, but it’s actually devoid of nutrients, bleached with chemicals, and full of poisonous substances (like metallic iron) that provide the “enrichment.”
Like toxic food additives, genetically-modified foods (GMOs) are toxic for your bones. The biggest culprit here is soy – over half of the soybean crops in the US are genetically engineered, rendering them harmful to your bone health. While you’re looking at that packaged food label, you’ll very likely see some form of soy in the ingredient list, whether it’s soy lecithin, soybean oil, or some other form of this ubiquitous crop.
Corn and canola oil are also likely to be genetically engineered.
So make sure you read labels. Even better, prepare your own healthful, bone-building foods from fresh, whole ingredients, and help your body get rid of the toxins that have accumulated in your tissues.
Getting rid of poisons is a vital aspect of bone health. While the Osteoporosis Fresh Start Cleanse was developed with the idea of flushing toxic osteoporosis drugs from the body in 7 days, the Osteoporosis Fresh Start Cleanse has the added bonus of cleansing your system of all toxins, including those found in prepared foods and personal care products.
Not Exercising to Build Your Bones
Even if you’re doing everything you can with regard to diet, it’s still not enough if you really want to have strong bones that will not break easily. The fact is, many people neglect exercise even though it’s crucial for optimal bone health. But don’t let that discourage you!
Exercise does not have to be difficult to be effective at building bone. The key is to target your exercises so that they directly stimulate bone growth and resilience in key areas; it doesn’t mean you have to dedicate hours and hours to working out each day. In fact, exercises that effectively build bone can be done in just minutes a day, right where you are…even if you’re sitting at a desk, waiting in line, or cooking dinner.
The Densercise™ eBook System is also simple and easy to incorporate into your daily routine. It only takes 15 minutes a day, 3 days a week, and it provides specific exercises that target fracture-prone areas such as wrists, ankles, and hips. In addition, Densercise addresses the importance of good posture for overall bone strength and can prevent the Dowager’s Hump since it contains moves that focus on the upper back and shoulders.
Till next time,