Calcium Alone Will Not Build Strong Bones
So How Do We Remineralize Our Bones?
We remineralize our bones with plant and water based minerals derived from the CORRECT SOURCES which will move calcium into the bone cell itself, as long as we are absorbing and assimiliating them from our food or supplements.
Eliminating or reducing excess caffeine, alcohol and smoking will also help keep the bones stronger.
I am 54 years myself, my husband 59 with family and friends in the same age group, facing the bone health issue. The question is what can we do to maintain and/or increase our bone density, as well as repair our bones.
If we already have bone loss, then we might want to supplement with the proper minerals that have been lost.
I have not found one product alone to contain all that is needed to keep the bones strong or reverse osteoporosis, but have been able to improve my bone density, so I share.
Red Desert clay along with magnesium are the first steps we have chosen to take. This specific clay has been researched by NASA (Benjamin Ershoff, PhD) as a successful solution to move calcium into the bones to help reverse osteoporosis a condition experienced by astronauts working in a zero gravity environment. The clay contains 55% naturally occuring silica which is essential to support the movement of calcium into the bone cell. Red Desert® clay will also remove many, many toxins.
Calcium and Magnesium Magnesium is needed to break calcium down for assimilation and absorption. Natural Calm powder is a good choice for this and will also improve constipation or sluggish bowel situations. However, Mother Earth magnesium is fantastic for those who need magnesium but do not want the laxative effect of the powdered magnesium.
America has the highest calcium supplementation, and yet also has the highest rate of bone loss and calcium deficiencies.
Only take calcium if you are taking Adequate Magnesium to Break the Calcium Down for Assimilation.
Something else to consider is that calcium and magnesium sometimes compete for absorption so we take them separately. We use Mother Earth brand taking 1 tsp calcium by itself then wait at least 5 minutes or longer and take 1/2 tsp Mother Earth magnesium. This works quite well and can be done multiple times per day.
We also take 5000IU's of Vitamin D on the days when we do not receive adequate sunlight. Some people will need much more Vitamin D than this depending on where a person lives or individual situations.
Proper Digestion I include specific digestive enzymes with my meals to fully break down the protein, carbohydrates and fats for proper absorption of vitamins and minerals as bones generally lose minerals with age. For those of us who grew up eating an animal based diet, we likely have depleted the digestive enzymes we were born with before we reach thirty years of age. Therefore most food (unless it is raw plants) moves through the digestive system incompletely digested. Devigest contains specific potent enzymes which will break down food particles to tiny, tiny particle size for assimilation and absorption.
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Do I love my coffee and sodas more than my bones? I do love my coffee, but I stayed away from it for years (yes, even decaf) while I was healing my body. I still have coffee occasionally and truly enjoy it when I do !
When taking in lots of caffeine and phosphoric acid from sodas this can leach calcium into the urine - depleting bones. (When I gave up daily coffee consumption I noticed I was not waking up frequently at night to use the bathroom). Caffeine also depletes the Vitamin B's and puts stress on the adrenals. I now use Gunpowder Green tea from Mountain Rose Herbs, which has less caffeine and contains phytochemical compounds which are antioxidants.
High sugar consumption can also deplete minerals from the body.
More Solutions to Obtain Plenty of Minerals
Celtic Salt contains 72 essential minerals well utilized by the body.
One teaspoon of this salt can be added to a glass of water. Stir until the crystals dissolve and drink. I personally used this solution regularly to stop my sugar cravings - which were due to mineral deficiencies and the salt, along with Red Desert Clay helped reverse this.
What Is Bone Loss?
Bone Loss is a skeletal disease often not diagnosed until a fractured hip, wrist or other bone occurs. It is considered a silent disease for this condition is created over many years. Peak bone mass is reached by both men and women in their late 20s and early 30s. As the year's progress, heavy metal toxins bio-accumulate in the joints...read our article on DETOX TOXINS to understand how this happens. These heavy metal toxins eat away at our joints - HOWEVER, the heavy metals can be removed with Red Desert calcium montmorillonite clay as well as Natural Liquid Zeolite.... more about these below.
Due to the lack of minerals in the food supply, or in the food choices we make, lack of physical activity, hormone levels dropping, excess caffeine, sugar and alcohol, along with the SADD (Standard American Daily Diet) - over the years, our body's become depleted of the vital mineral supply needed, and demineralization of the bones takes place. Bones become weak, brittle and the joints become inflammed. (This can also occur in periodontal disease, causing decay.)
Bone density measurements can be performed to determine if there is a decrease in
bone density. The best treatment is prevention (as well as stopping the progression) and awareness of what causes
bone loss. The likelihood of brittle bones occurring can be reduced significantly.
OSTEO-PENIA Pre bone loss means thin bones, decreased calcification or bone density. It generally is the term used prior to a more serious diagnosis.
CALICIFICATION is a build-up of insoluble calcium deposits in different parts of the body. These deposits are most noticeable in and around the joints, arteries, kidneys, gall bladder, heart valves, and can be deposited anywhere in the body and are easily observed in CT scans.
STONES in CERTAIN ORGANS - If you have had stones, most of the time these are calcium deposits (not always, but usually). Absorable Magnesium Powder can assist in dissolving calcium deposits.
Understanding Magnesium Deficiency in Bone Density
Magnesium is essential for calcium absorption, working towards dissolving calcium deposits and many, many other body functions.
Magnesium deficiency can be corrected.
Advertising over the years has conditioned us to believe that the healthy growth of our bones and our children's bones is dependent upon receiving calcium from processed cow's milk. These commercials are there to sell a product. For example…
… if one drinks a glass of pasteurized milk (which is about 8 parts calcium to 1 part magnesium), the body, in order to assimilate the calcium, will have to make up the magnesium imbalance from its own magnesium supply!...which most people are depleted in...so it pulls calcium from our bones! Further…
…the casein in the milk protein (used to manufacture white glue) can only be digested by calves, which have 3 stomachs, and have the enzyme to separate the calcium from the casein. The calcium from cows milk passes through the human digestive tract unavailable to us, and is very acidic to our body.
Calcium is an important essential nutrient, but it must be guarded and controlled,
and balanced by adequate magnesium if it is not to cause damage to the cells
and the body as a whole."
Mildred S. Seelig, M.D.
CALCIUM - The high consumption of calcium ingestion combined with low magnesium levels is a major
factor in bone loss.
Many people are unaware that the calcium they are taking is being stored in the soft tissue, organs and joints, also called calcium deposits, simply because there is inadequate magnesium to break down calcium. This is what happens when consuming dairy and over the years.
Magnesium is essential for proper absorption of calcium. Once magnesium reserves are restored...we begin to feel more relaxed, bowel function improves (often constipation disappears), energy is restored, we sleep better and the heart, adrenals and nervous system functions begin to improve. The body systems begin to balance again. Adequate magnesium dissolved in water will assist calcium to assimilate and absorb quickly into the body, and handle excess calcium…gradually dissolving calcium deposits.
Calcium is now added to many products i.e. cereals, crackers, juice, antacids etc. However, NONE of theses products contain magnesium to balance the additional calcium OR contain magnesium in a form easily absorbed by the body. Without the magnesium, the calcium actually depletes any magnesium reserves and deposits itself into the soft tissue, joints, kidneys, arteries etc.
It is more helpful to obtain calcium and magnesium from natural sources. Be alert to foods which say: Fortified with Calcium or Vitamin D. These are often not compatable with what the body can utilize.
Eating calcium rich, raw vegetables or juicing them is the easiest way to put calcium into our bodies, and then supplementing with water soluble magnesium to properly break down the calcium and to dissolve calcium deposits. However if you are deficient, you may want to take additional supplements depending on your condition. (More about this below under "Solutions.")
The water soluble magnesium will relax the muscles and have a beautiful effect on the digestion and elimination processes of the body. Constipation often disappears, as does muscle cramps, spasms, blood sugar fluctuations etc.
Effective Solutions For Building Bones
Take magnesium in a form that can be completely dissolved in water, so it will absorbed fast. Magnesium is vital towards breaking down the calcium so it can be utilized by the body and to dissolve calcium deposits as well as maintain daily magnesium levels. This will also benefit those who have constipation or sluggish bowels.
If you have loose bowels, consider Mother Earth magnesium which does not have the laxative effect.
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2. Edible premium Red Desert® clay
Remineralize the bones with highly absorbable calcium, magnesium, silica, phosphorus, boron etc.
We also use the Red Desert®
Edible clay, which will not only remineralize bones, but detoxify heavy metals. This edible clay powder is very high in silica (55%) includes boron and 60 essential minerals all naturally occurring the way Mother nature deposited them in the ground.
Read about Red Desert®Edible clay here...
3. STEM CELL NUTRITION - repairs damaged tissue
This is a natural botanical (we cannot use the product name, due to FDA regs) which triggers the release of 3 to 4 million stem cells from OUR bone marrow into circulation in less than one hour.
We take 2 capsules 1 to 2 times a day for a maintenance dosage and anti-aging of the body. Your stem cells migrate and attach to any cells, tissue, cartilage, bone, muscle, organ...anywhere in the body needing repair. Once they attach, they multiply 2 to 3000 times becoming that tissue. Amazing product.
More info on Stem Cell Nutrition...
2 tsp two times a day - builds connective tissue & collagen, works as an anti-inflammatory, increases flexibility etc. Some people have increased gas when adding MSM to their regime - so you may want to start with 1/4 tsp 2x a day and increase a little each week.
5. CHONDROITIN AND GLUCOSAMINE WITH MSM
Many people with joint inflammation receive excellent relief from pain using CHONDROITIN AND GLUCOSAMINE - and we have included MSM as well. Double blind studies have confirmed great results which include being almost totally free of side affects. Glucosamine/Chondroitin can take up to 8 weeks to show results…yet well worth the wait if you are needing pain relief. Our Joint Health Formula includes Glucosamine/Chondroitin/MSM.
6. REMOVE HEAVY METALS FROM JOINTS
Heavy metals bio-accumulate and can eat away at joints. If you were to have a heavy metals challenge test taken, you may be surprised to find the results showing high levels of mercury, lead, aluminum, arsenic and other metals that do not belong in the body.
Natural liquid zeolite and the Red Desert®
Clay removes heavy metals, chemicals, pesticides and many other poisons from the body and joints.
For more info...
7. EAT A HIGH QUALITY DIET and EXERCISE
Eating a high quality diet means switching from the SADD (standard american daily diet) to foods that nourish the body. Animal products i.e. fish, chicken and beef etc. three times a day is very hard on the liver and digestive system, creating a build up of uric acid in the joints (Gout) and creates an overall acidic condition in the body. If you are going to eat these foods, cut them down to a very small portion of your meal. Replacing 80% of the animals products with raw vegetables and other alkaline foods will do many things for the body - provide minerals and vitamins, but also lower blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar, not to mention help you lose weight.
I personally do not like vegetables all that much, but I am wise enough to know their value, so I do eat some. Yet, what I have found to be the most helpful is juicing them. The vitamins and minerals are in the juice not the pulp. So twice a week I purchase an abundance of fresh, raw organic greens and make 4 dark green juices each week. These green drinks are very beneficial in many ways and I end up with 4 times more vitamins and minerals than I would get trying to eat them whole.
What We Put in Our Juices...
On days when I cannot get the greens I need, I use Nutrex spirulina tablets and PHion green powders or capsules to add to my daily regime. These are available on our shopping cart under Acid/Alkaline products....
8. GET OUT IN THE SUN - VITAMIN D3 DEFICIENCY
Due to the fear of skin cancer, we now have a Vitamin D deficiency in our country. Twenty minutes of direct sunlight every day (35 to 40 minutes if you are are dark skinned person) will allow the sun to deliver a hormone to your skin, which the body converts in to Vitamin D. You can also obtain Vitamin D from our Osteo Formula and from Cod Liver Oil - although fish oil can be high in mercury so be aware and perhaps use Norweigan Cod Liver Oil.
REBOUNDER – best exercise for the time available
Along with these, we need to add exercise to maintain bone density. Walking, dancing, going to the gym, whatever you enjoy will help strengthen the bones. For reasons of depression and chronic fatigue, I did little exercise for 20 years. Now I swim, do yoga and hike when I can. However, I get most of my exercise with a REBOUNDER.
The Rebounder is a mini high-quality trampoline which provides the best exercise for the time available, and is so convenient. Many days my schedule does not allow time to get out for exercise, so I gently bounce on the Rebounder for 10 to 20 minutes. I began using the Rebounder four years ago to increase oxygen into my lungs (part of my chronic fatigue problem), only to discover it offered my body many other benefits without having to leave my house.
The Rebounder provides more cellular benefit than almost any other form of exercise. It stimulates every cell in the body simultaneously. It will stimulate the immune system and is incredibly effective at cleansing toxins out of the cells. It will strengthen muscles, in a low impact way, reducing stress on the body, stimulates and clears the lymphatic system helping to detoxify the body…and much more.
Food – Calcium, Vitamin K and Minerals from High Quality Food and Supplementation
To get adequate calcium from food, we have found juicing vegetables to be very effective. Juicing also helps for detoxifying the body. Going organic will reduce the pesticides, herbicides and chemicals being introduced into the body
More Information on Juicing
The vitamins and minerals in vegetables are contained in the juice, not the pulp. Most of us are not going to eat carrots, heads of lettuce and kale, dandelion greens, beets, bunch of cilantro, cucumbers and so on every day. At least no one I know has that much time..! Yet….
….putting all of these vegetables into the juicer and drinking the juice within 30 minutes, will give you an excellent dose of vitamins and minerals. (Good idea to add flax oil, and put a touch of celtic salt on the tongue to better absorb the vitamins & minerals) We also use Nutrex Spirulina Powder in our vegetable juices for protein, beta-carotene and anti-oxidants etc.
When I was detoxing and healing my body, I juiced twice a day for 4 months straight, and ate raw vegetables. Tests showed vitamin and mineral levels increased to healthy levels. I haven't stopped juicing yet…although nowadays it's about 3 to 4 juices per week, and raw vegetables for snacks.
Cooking vegetables greatly reduces the vitamins and mineral content to a minimum….so, try eating them raw. Studies around the world have confirmed top quality fish oil or flax oil to be very useful as a dietary supplement to relieve tender joints and morning stiffness. I personally added MSM and magnesium powder to relieve the tenderness and stiffness in my joints along with the UDO's 3.6.9 oil.
Celtic Salt - There is NO comparison between this Mineral Rich Salt and iodized salt. Celtic Salt is totally unprocessed and dried by the sun and wind, retaining their vital trace elements.
We have been using Celtic Salt for years. We sometimes put tiny amounts on our tongue to dissolve, and use it in our food. We do not add it to cooked food until the food is served, for heating these salts destroys valuable minerals and trace elements. You can often find the Celtic Salt in the health food store in a bulk bin. Removing processed food from the diet and replacing with foods in their natural form is a huge plus. The closer a food is to nature, the higher the quality, the higher the vitamin and mineral content.
The solution to prevent or reduce bone loss is doing our best to be sure we are digesting and assimilating the minerals from our food - and of course eating REAL food, nutrient dense food which contains the vitamins and minerals we need to keep the densest bones possible as we age.
For more reading on bone loss….
Some of the products that we use and have found to be valuable in providing the body with what it needs can be found on our shopping cart…some can be purchased @ your local health food store.
To recap ~
Maryanne and Team
I-AM Perfectly Healthy is not intended to substitute for medical advice or treatment. It is recommended that you consult your holistic physician, MD, ND…or a holistic veterinarian for your pets. The information and products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or medical problems. This information is provided for education purposes only.