The Right Natural Remedies for Them Bones!

They are so important to us and yet they are so frequently overlooked. We take them for granted and assume they will just carry on with all their might and strength, supporting us through the hard times and the easy.

Yes. I am talking about our bones!

Our bones form the structural underpinning of our whole physiology. Without healthy bones our bodies begin to experience breaks and injuries which in turn weaken our system and lead us into a catch 22 of degenerating health.

Consider this case study:

2011: Jan is a 65 year old woman of average health. She has lived life without an overt interest in her health and she has done little exercise. She has however watched her weight and is not overweight. Jan is perhaps a little healthier than some of her 60-something friends, but is still in the average health bracket when compared to many of her peers. She does little exercise and she is fairly sedentary.

2012:  4 months ago at the beginning of 2012, Jan fell over in her bathroom. She broke her hip and was left lying on her bathroom floor for 16 hours before anyone found her. Luckily she could reach the tap and therefore had access to hydrating fluids. When she had tests at the hospital, she was told that she was osteoporotic. This means that over time her bone density has decreased and she has lost the healthy microarchitecture of her skeletal system. [1]

In fact, many elderly women over their lifetime can lose approximately 1/3 of their cortical bone mass and up to half of the bone mass of the skeleton. The regenerative ability of the bones in the body is severely compromised. This can happen most clearly in the first five years after menopause. It is also why the body can shrink and people tend to become shorter as they age.

Women like Jan may need to seek the assistance of a nutritionist or a naturopath or a natural health practitioner. They may need to have a bone density scan and also receive specific advice and guidance on developing a calcium rich diet that also contains vitamin K and vitamin D.

According to the Garvan Institute, certain weight bearing exercises such as running or weights may also help to prevent the degeneration of bone density. The problem is so severe that “osteoporotic problems cost the Australian community an estimated $1 billion per year in direct costs.”[2]

So seek advice about your bone density and your bone health. Visit your preferred health practitioner and remember to exercise, and eat a balanced diet that is high in calcium, vitamin D and Vitamin K.  If you are already experiencing bone density problems, you may also need to speak with a dietician about tailoring your diet to your specific needs as soon as possible.


[1] http://www.garvan.org.au/research/our-work/osteoporosis?gclid=COOurvWNl68CFUuCpAodTWh6zA

[2] Ibid.