Bone Health is becoming a key health concern due to the statistics related to Osteoporosis and other bone health conditions. Based on a lot of on-going research on this issue for my work as a fitness coach and wellness consultant, below are a few points that I thought all might want to know about Bone Health.
Our bones are responsible for much more than just our physical structure. They are also a ‘bank’ of mineral reserves which the body uses for many metabolic processes; and are also a factory for our red and white blood cells.
Just like any other ‘bank’, there are deposits and withdrawals. Deposits are when we assimilate bio-available minerals with the help of a ‘potentiator’ which helps to convert and absorb each mineral. Bio-available means the minerals are in a form which the ‘bank’ can accept or convert. This is similar to a local bank only accepting certain currency. A potentiator acts similar to a catalyst or an enzyme; it enables the assimilation process to take place. As we age, our body’s production of this key substance for calcium is reduced. This is similar to a bank having less and less tellers available for transactions.
Withdrawals occur anytime the body needs minerals for metabolic processes or to keep the body’s blood pH in an acceptable range. If we get too acidic; from our nutritional, environmental or lifestyle choices, the body needs to make a withdrawal from our bones to neutralize the acidic condition. As is the same with our own back accounts, significant problems begin to emerge when withdrawals are greater than deposits over an extended period.
In addition the body needs healthy physical stress to build bone. Our bones are constantly being cleaned and rebuilt by two opposing processes in the body. Bone loss might be described as the bone cleaning process doing its job and the bone building process getting inhibited by not having enough raw material (bio-available minerals) or not enough tools (potentiators) or not enough workers (physical stress). A simple form of physical stress is the effect of gravity on our body. Postural alignment is critical to making sure weight-bearing activities are healthy physical stress. If your posture is out of alignment, there are at least two potential negative effects. First, if your posture is out of alignment you will rely more on your muscles to oppose gravity and less on your skeleton. This reduces the effective healthy physical stress on your bones resulting in less bone building. Second, if your posture is out of alignment you might also build bone or calcification in ways that are not beneficial. A heel spur is an example of this. The body is simply building where there is physical stress caused by a heel strike. Another potential negative effect is an increase in stress and strain on joints, tendons, and ligaments.
In my work as a Fitness Coach and ChiWalking/ChiRunning Instructor, we first establish postural alignment based on the body’s design. This is the key to efficiently opposing gravity with the strongest part of our body, our skeleton. We then work to move that posture efficiently through space. The result is positive bone building stimulus when we are sitting, standing, walking, and running.
In my work as a Wellness Consultant; I recommend whole food nutrition, whole food supplementation and environmental resources based on some simple principles of nature, my own experience, and on research/study results. A few options I can recommend for bone health:
- Minerals: Green leafy vegetables chewed thoroughly or blended, supplements like *Kenzen™ Calcium Plus from Nikken®, and other supplements that help to pH balance the body.
- Potentiator: *OsteoDenx™ from Nikken®, see the links below for more information on the efficacy of this product.
- Healthy Physical Stress: ChiWalking®, ChiRunning®, other exercise which promotes postural/functional alignment.
*Full Disclosure: I am a Nikken® Independent Distributor. I became involved with Nikken after having experienced significant health benefits using many of their products – and I want you to know what I know. For more information, please see my Nikken® website at http://www.nikken.com/echifitness; and select Lifestyle Solutions to the right, then Nutrition, then Skeletal System.
Additional Resources/Notes on OsteoDenx:
- Online Presentation: http://ntouch.nikken.com/player.php?slideshowID=3678
- Ingredient: The ‘potentiator’ ingredient is also known as R-ELF or ELS. Only the Nikken OsteoDenx product will provide this key ingredient.
- Significant Benefits from Research Study Conclusion, “R-ELF supplementation demonstrated a statistically significant reduction in bone resorption and increase in osteoblastic bone formation, to restore the balance of bone turnover within a short period.” The abstract from the peer-reviewed and published research study in Osteoporosis International Journal is located here: http://www.springerlink.com/content/e518483l54728k41
- Creator: The creator is Dr. Nairan Naidu is nominated for the Nobel Prize; see his bio here: http://www.nterminus.com/nterminus/html/naidu.html. The creator’s website informational page for bone health is here: http://www.nterminus.com/nterminus/html/osteoRep.html
David Stretanski is a holistic fitness coach, Certified ChiRunning®/ChiWalking® Instructor and Nikken® Independent Wellness Consultant. For more information on David, please see his About, Contact page or his website at http://www.eChiFitness.com.
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