Our body is constantly losing and replacing the calcium in our bones. It is estimated that we produce a new femur (the large leg bone) every seven years! Osteoporosis is the condition where the body is losing more bone matrix than it is replacing. This
happens more often to women, and can start as early as 28 years old. The loss really speeds up after menopause.
To turn this “losing process” around, you can:
- Exercise using weights or other type of resistance. The more strain we put on our skeletal structure, the more bone it will build.
- Supplement with 800-1,200 mg of calcium per day. Good sources: calcium gluconate, lactate, citrate, chelated calcium. Bad sources: oyster shell, coral calcium, Tums, calcium carbonate. The best forms will also have magnesium, boron and
- Vitamin D3 – Very, Very Important! Check your levels when you have a blood test. Recent research has shown a level of 60-80ng/ml to be optimal. That level may also reduce your risk of heart attack and cancer. A daily dosage for most adults would be 2,000-4,000 IU per day.