The 3 Most Important Things You Can Do to Prevent Osteoporosis

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Osteoporosis is a condition in which bone density decreases, resulting in brittle bones that are very susceptible to fracture. Approximately 300,000 people a year fracture a hip from falling.  As a result, up to one-third of these people die within one year of the fracture.  If you want to keep your bones strong and reduce your risk of fracture, here is what you need to do:

1. Improve Your Gut Health by taking probiotics and eating fermented vegetables.  Eat whole foods (vegetables, fruit, grass-fed meat, poultry, fish, potatoes, nuts, etc.) and reduce or eliminate processed food, sugar and grain consumption.  Avoid genetically modified foods (GMOs).  They have been shown to cause gastrointestinal damage and can actually kill off your healthy gut bacteria.  

2. Ensure You Are Getting Enough Vitamin D, Calcium and Magnesium.  Recommended amounts can be found here

CB0255393. Perform Weight-bearing and Strength Training Exercise on a Consistent Basis.  Bones need resistance exercise on a daily basis to stay strong.

Also keep in mind that certain medications, including prednisone, thyroid drugs, cortisone, blood pressure diuretics (Lasix), laxatives, anti-depressants, anti-convulsants, heparin, and methotrexate can deplete the body of calcium and other bone strengthening minerals.

Finally, avoid smoking and all types of soda.  Consume caffeine, alcohol and salt in moderation as all of these substances can rob the body of calcium.