What does it take to have strong and healthy bones?
Ultimately – excellent lifestyle and nutrition. In an ideal world we would all be extremely active through our growing years which is the time that bone is laid down for the future. Good nutrition and avoiding bone disorders, does not equal drinking loads of milk – in fact some studies have shown higher rates of hip fracture (a measure of severeity of osteoporosis in a population) in countries with the highest milk intakes. Good nutrition is more than taking calcium supplements or consuming a high-calcium diet. One problem with such strategies is that they can lead to stone formation in the gall bladder or kidneys, calcification on the artery walls (leading to cardiovascular disease) or the formation of bone spurs.
A wide range of problems can interfere with and adversely affect bone health, bone development and healing.
A variety of tests are available that can identify and track problems and progress.
The tests we most commonly use or recommend are:
- Osteoporosis markers – Urinary Telopeptides (measures bone-breakdown) – has a number of advantages over bone density scans.
- Salivary hormone testing – more accurate than blood tests for assessing hormonal imbalances
- Hair mineral testing – provides very comprehensive report on your mineral status.
- QRA™ – in-clinic assessment that allows precision nutrient interventions.
- Body acidity testing. An overly acidic body tends to break down bone and have more difficulty remineralising bone. System acidity is most conveniently measured by urine testing. Your practitioner will give you goals and guidelines to reduce your system’s acidity.
You can be sure that the approach taken to you and your bone condition will be individualised for you – hence we do not make any broad recommendations.
What Kind of Bone Issues Can We Help?
In our clinic we offer nutritional therapy for the following:
Normal Bone Structure
Bones, microscopically, are a matrix made up of a mix of calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and boron plus many other factors including collagen.
A complication of severe osteoporosis is a broken hip. Early intervention with individualised nutritional therapy can avoid the need for hip replacement surgery.
Also known as degenerative joint disease, osteoarthritis occurswhen the cartilage (smooth connective tissue that linesthe ends of the bones where they meet) breaks down. This breakdown leads to pain, stiffness and swelling