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Nutritional therapy for osteoporosis

A new study has found that when postmenopausal women discontinue hormone replacement therapy, their bone mineral density drops and their risk of a hip fracture climbs.

Among nearly 81,000 postmenopausal women followed for six and a half years, stopping hormone therapy was linked with an overall 55 percent increased risk of hip fracture.

The jump in chances of a fracture was apparent as soon as 24 months after women stopped hormone therapy, says Dr. Roksana Karim, from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, in the journal Menopause.

Millions of postmenopausal women stopped taking hormone therapy after findings from the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) in 2002 suggested it raised the risk of heart disease and some cancers.

However, there are other more natural ways to increase bone density without having to resort to taking drugs.

The main cause of loss of bone density is when the alkaline-forming minerals, normally used to build and strengthen bones, are used by the body instead to rebalance the Ph when acid-forming foods threaten to upset that balance.

Rebalancing pH levels essential

Bone is a living tissue. The body is continually breaking down old bone and replacing it with new bone tissue. The body uses "osteoporosis vitamins and minerals" such as calcium, magnesium, and vitamin D to build new bone.

These same "osteoporosis vitamins and minerals" are also used by the body to keep the body alkaline. When we eat acid forming foods or are under stress, the body automatically "dumps" these alkaline minerals from our bones, teeth, tissue and muscle to raise the pH levels in the bloodstream.

The more "osteoporosis vitamins and minerals" it takes to alkalise the pH levels in the bloodstream, the weaker bones become and the less bone tissue your body is able to produce.

The way to avoid having the body leech alkaline-forming minerals from the bones is to eat fewer acid-producing foods and more alkaline-producing ones.

For instance, post-menopausal women should increase consumption of foods the following foods:

Good foods to balance pH

Baked whole wheat chips and tortillas
Bean and, chickpea dishes and dips (great source of boron to help increase calcium absorption)
Broccoli, 200 mg/cal/cup
Calcium fortified orange juice (2 cups per day recommended)
Carrots, lightly cooked
Chicken (free range)
Defatted soy flour (at least 1/3 of a cup per day recommended)
Dried fruits, unsweetened, especially apricots, dates, prunes
Fat free skimmed milk
Fresh fruits (good source of boron to aid in calcium absorption)
Grape juice
Grapefruit, especially pink
Grapes, especially red grapes
Green leafy vegetables, collard greens 355 mg/cal/cup, Bok choy 250 mg/cal/cup,
Homemade yogurt with extra dry milk added to increase the magnesium and calcium content
Honey (as substitute for sugar)
Low fat tomato sauces and pasta
Mineral water
Oatmeal, shredded wheat, other whole grain low-no sugar added cereals
Peanuts, walnuts, almonds in moderation
Pumpkin, canned or cooked
Salad dressings and dips with non-fat sour cream, yogurt
Salmon and other fish, including the skin and fat
Sesame seeds
Sweet potatoes
Tofu with calcium sulfate
Tomato salsas
Turkey (free range)

Foods which upset pH balance

Alcohol (it inhibits calcium absorption)
Caffeine (increases rate of calcium loss through the urine)
Carbonated drinks
Food with high butter fat and other animal fats
Hot dogs, hamburgers
Hydrogenated oils such as margarine
More than one cup of coffee or other caffeine beverages a day
Red meats (Increases calcium loss)
Soft drinks

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