Osteoporosis, defined as thin and porous bones, can occur in one of three ways. First is the vertebrae, which can collapse just from the weight of the body or from minimal lifting. This is where you will see a person shrink in height and may form a hunch back. Second is the Colles’ fracture where the bones of the wrist and forearm are weak. And thirdly is the hip, where, if broken, many will not recover from complications of the fracture.

Osteoporosis did not appear to be a common condition until after World War I. Why? There is a possible relationship between what we consider modern civilization and the increase of osteoporosis; our lifestyle – diet and exercise – as well as the environment. It seems to occur together with endocrine conditions such as diabetes, thyroid issues, adrenal issues; arthritis and lung conditions; certain prescription drugs such as corticosteroids, anticoagulants, antacids, chemo medications; excessive alcohol intake; cigarettes; sugar; processed, refined grains and foods; caffeine; high phosphorus intake from excess protein and carbonated drinks.

Our bone tissue has diverse nutritional and hormonal needs. They are made up of much more than just calcium. Magnesium promotes normal bone mineralization; silicon, manganese and Vitamin C promtoes the formation of cartilage; Vitamin K attracts calcium; Vitamin D helps absorb calcium; zinc and copper are involved with repairing; estrogen inhibits bone resorption while progesterone promotes bone formation.

Our typical western diet includes more refined products and sugars that are depleted of vitamins and minerals which is very different from the diet of our ancestors. We are also becoming more sedentary as many of us do our work sitting down. At the same time, we are living longer and so we are dealing with more health challenges, including metabolic changes of menopause and andropause, plus environmental issues such as pollution.

How you live and what you eat does have a major influence on your health. A theme is beginning to show in medicine that our modern diet of too much sugar, fat, refined and processed foods, alcohol and caffeine is involved in the creation of our diseases. Hippocrates said many years ago, "Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food.”

Begin by cleaning up the diet. Reduce your consumption of "junk food” – the processed, packaged, sugary, food. Increase your intake of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes seeds and nuts. Eliminate soft drinks. Drink less juice, coffee and tea. Drink more water. Add liquid chlorophyll with mint to your water for great taste, a gentle cleanser, and a blood builder.

For additional, high quality nutrients that allow your food to be your medicine, eat more fresh fruits and vegetables and eat more of them raw and/or juiced.

Add in your trace minerals as they are needed for the proper composition of body fluids, the formation of blood and bone, enabling the body to perform its functions, including energy production, growth, and healing.

A good quality Calcium and Magnesium in a whole food or herbal form provides more minereals traditionally used for broken bones, osteoporosis and calcium deficiency.

The Chinese believe the kidneys work with the structure of the body, including our bones. I can attest to working on the kidneys when I fell down 12 concrete stairs, broke my collar bone and had major bruising. I used supplements, designed to rejuvenate and strengthen bones, kidneys, connective tissues and sexual organs, resulting in less pain and faster healing.

Robin Reid is a Natural Nutritionist and Health Consultant, 10 years of service. Visit www.bluerosehealth.com