The Importance of Bone Health

Dec 11, 2011   //   by Sage Pet Foods   //   Blog  //  4 Comments

Bone HealthHealthy bones are resilient. They’re hard to break. They last a lifetime.

When we look at many of the bone diseases we find that the primary cause (other than infectious causes) is really nutritional deficiencies, or a combination of diet and sedentary lifestyle. Diversity is the key to overall health. Seasonal foods provide nutritional diversity. Running, jumping, agility, tracking, Frisbee, swimming, other dog playmates, new interesting natural environments, going off the path in your off leash park are all ways to keep activities fresh, challenging and fun.

Muscle responds to exercise, becoming more toned, more active and larger and bones also respond to the right type of exercise, weight bearing. Agility provides excellent controlled opportunity for strong bone formation. Like micro tears in muscle when exercised, repairing and coming back stronger, healthy bones respond the same. Bones strengthen through exercise, and the supporting muscles build and strengthen to support the frame.

Far more then just calcium and phosphorus, bones are more an orchestra of boron, magnesium, selenium, lysine, vitamin D, vitamin C, copper, zinc and vitamin K2. They all assist absorption, support, building and repair. In human studies, bones rebuild themselves every seven years, so there is no need for life long bone disease. When diet does not supply all the minerals required for whole body health, hormonal changes, drug interaction or genetic deficiencies, the body will leach minerals from the bones to make up for the deficiency.

How do you ensure the body is absorbing the nutritional foods you are supplying it? Provide a diverse array of probiotics. Nutrients are absorbed in the intestines, where the micro-biota ( formerly micro-flora) enzymatically cleave (completely separate) the nutrients from the foodstuff, making the nutrients bio-available, and fully absorb-able. Nutrients separated from fiber, fats, and bacteria are then utilized by the body through the blood stream to fuel the body where needed. Bones have their own blood supply, constantly delivering fresh nutrients and clearing away exhausted cellular debris.

Health conditions that require drug therapy can also play a role in bone mineral loss. According to Dr. J.E. Williams, steroids, usually given to knock down the immune system to manage inflammation, is one of the main drugs that can cause severe bone loss. During the SARS epidemic in China, individuals with life threatening lung infections received massive doses of cortisone, causing a meltdown of the bones. The bones can literally fall apart in the body.

Anti-seizure medicines, cancer, and chemotherapeutic drugs, cyclosporines, thyroid hormones (particularly Synthroid), and bone health drugs (like Fosamax), have dramatic changes in bone density, often cause side effects like stomach pain and constant nausea. According to Dr. J. E. Williams they build the wrong kind of bone. After time, it produces a more brittle bone not the resilient bone you want. For unknown reasons this problem is found most often by a dentist where the jaw is targeted and bones cells die. These are only a few examples.

So what does it all mean?

You have two goals. First should be a nutrient plan for prevention. Second, if bone loss is a reality, partner with a holistic minded physician or veterinarian who knows bone health, who can work with you and will help you overcome the problem with regular evaluation and changes in lifestyle and nutraceutical supplementation.

References: The Complete Bone Health Solution, natural ways to improve your bone health.

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