Build Better Bones by Avoiding These 7 Bone Saboteurs

Your bones are not inert calcium repositories. They are dynamic, living tissue, and they respond to a variety of health factors.

That’s why eating more calcium will not give you better bones. And that’s why the strategy for preventing osteoporosis goes way beyond calcium, and way beyond dairy. The strategy is to look at all of the hidden health factors that affect bone health.

Yes, healthy bones need vitamin D, weight-bearing exercise, and estrogen. But there’s so much more to the story. The first step is to avoid the things that are bad for bones.

7 Bone Saboteurs

  1. Gluten. Gluten sensitivity damages bone remodeling cells (osteoclasts) and impairs the absorption of minerals. Every single case of osteoporosis should be screened for celiac disease.
  2. Stomach medication (proton pump inhibitors or PPIs) prevent the absorption of calcium and magnesium and cause osteoporosis.
  3. Anti-depressant medication. Excess serotonin suppresses bone-building cells (osteoblasts), which is why antidepressants are even worse for bones than steroid medication.
  4. Contraceptive injection Depo-Provera causes significant—possibly irreversible—bone loss.
  5. Diabetes or pre-diabetes (insulin resistance). Excess insulin causes bone remodeling cells to be replaced with fat cells. That’s why some scientists call osteoporosis “obesity of bone.”
  6. Smoking. Cigarette toxins deplete the body of estrogen and inhibit the bone-building osteoblast cells.
  7. Too much calcium. According to a report in the British Medical Journal, there’s no reason to take or eat more than  700 mg of calcium per day. In fact, too much calcium worsens bone health because too much calcium suppresses bone turnover.

Yours in health,

Lara Briden

3 thoughts on “Build Better Bones by Avoiding These 7 Bone Saboteurs”

  1. Good afternoon,
    I am 48 years old and 6 years ago I had an colorectal cancer. After two operations, several treatments of chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and an early menopause, today I am suffering a lot with osteoporosis. I have a vitamin D deficiency, gave my exam: 30.2ng / mL.
    My doctor prescribed drops of Me 3 (cholecalciferol; Vigantol; 0.5 mg / mL x 2 daily) and (Cholecalciferol + Calcium carbonate, Calcium D._2x per day.
    And told me to take one once a year (Aclasta) intravenously. I am very scared of this medicine, all my medical history.
    I need to know more about this product, (Aclasta). There is scientific data on this medicine. Help me please. Excuse my English. I am Portuguese.
    Isabel Cruz

  2. Is Spelt an alternative to Wheat and is the gluten content in spelt low. Is it suitable if you want to choose gluten free.

    • Spelt has gluten, but it is a different gluten than wheat gluten so some people can tolerate it. Unfortunately, it is not easy to know if you can tolerate or not. For anyone with significant health problems, it is probably best to begin with total gluten elimination.

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