Osteoporosis prevention since childhood and with healthy eating habits

How can it be that osteoporosis is increasing, mostly in young people, if we are including great quantities of dairy products in our diet?

We are in the dairy product era.

Milk, yogurt, cheese, butter, whipped cream, ice cream…

Our children are over nourished, mostly with milk, yogurt and ice cream.

The media, and mainly TV, is constantly bombing us with ads about the importance of dairy products in our diet, in order to prevent osteoporosis.

They make us feel guilty if we suffer osteoporosis; they threaten us with getting the disease if we don’t take dairy products galore.

Famous people, very influential in all of us, encourage us to consume yogurts each day.

It’s curious, I just heard on the news that osteoporosis has increased in a 40% during the last few years.

There wasn’t so much osteoporosis in the forties.

But, the most disturbing news is that it is increasing in young people.

cowsHow can osteoporosis be increasing so considerably in this era if we eat lots of dairy products?

The explanation is easy:

Osteoporosis is a problem of calcium loss, not of calcium deficiency.

We must ask ourselves the following:

Why do we lose calcium or why don’t we assimilate it?

What must worry us about calcium is its loss, we must avoid that.

The idea that we have to take great quantities of calcium, and if possible animal milk, in order to have strong and hard bones, is just a myth.

In some cases, calcium deficiency can be the cause of osteoporosis, but it can’t really be the main or the only cause.  If this were so, osteoporosis would not exist in developed countries, we are great consumers of dairy products, so in theory, that makes us great consumers of calcium.

Calcium loss is much more related to protein excess in our diet.

We don’t get nourishment from what we eat; we actually get nourished from whatever our body is able to assimilate.

We only profit from 10 to 20 % of the calcium we consume.

Why those who drink bigger quantities of milk are the ones suffering more decalcification?

vegCalcium doesn’t only intervene in the construction and maintenance of our bones and our teeth; in fact, it also intervenes in several metabolic functions.

The relation calcium/phosphorous must be two parts of calcium to one part of phosphorous, but this doesn’t happen with cow’s milk, so it favors our organs’ malfunction, especially our kidneys.

Besides, cow’s milk has high contents of proteins, 34 g per liter, and that causes blood acidification.

To counteract that acidification, our body takes the calcium it needs from food, but if it is not enough, it takes it from our bones producing decalcification.

It does the same with magnesium, affecting muscles, and contractures appear.

The more dairy products we consume, the more acidification we suffer, and the more calcium our body will need to neutralize that acidification. Our bones will be affected and they will become weaker each day.

Cow’s milk is difficult to be digested by human beings.  Casein, the main protein found in milk, makes calcium absorption difficult. Cow’s milk is meant for a calf, to help it grow quickly, it is not meant to be for humans.

Cow’s milk caseins get stuck to our bowels, preventing the absorption of nutrients like calcium or iron, causing anemia, chronic fatigue and muscle pain.

Dairy products intake ends up with our body’s calcium.

An excess of toxics and toxins decalcify our body.

Dairy product intake is related to many disorders and diseases:

  • Digestive disorders, abdominal pain, gastro duodenal ulcer, bowel hemorrhage, constipation, irritable bowel.
  • Anemia, due to the difficulty to absorb iron produced by caseins.
  • Breathing problems, due to the increased mucus caused by caseins, throat, ear or nose infections, bronchitis, asthma, sinusitis.
  • Coronary disorders, fats found in milk are saturated fats, and they contribute in the increase of our cholesterol and triglycerides.
  • Diabetes, caused by immune allergic reaction in our pancreatic cells, which are in charge of producing insulin.
  • Weight gain
  • Allergies to milks proteins, mostly caseins
  • Autoimmune diseases and cancer, due to the great effort our body must do in order to neutralize the proteins found in milk.

Foods that provide assimilable calcium to our body:

Spinach, seeds, cocoa, fish, whole grain cereals, sesame, almonds, sunflower seeds, dry figs, tea of three years, marine algae, pollen, broccoli, brewer’s yeast.

Can we prevent osteoporosis?

fruitsWe certainly can prevent osteoporosis, but we must do it since childhood, educating our children to follow correct nutritional habits.

  • Avoiding dairy products
  • Avoiding refined sugar, mainly
  • Doing exercise
  • Sunbathing, with care, to obtain vitamin D
  • Eating vegetables, legumes, fruits, whole grain cereals, white meat, fish, eggs, vegetal milk…in fact, simply following a Mediterranean diet.

Finally, in order to prevent osteoporosis we must control our animal protein intake and we must eliminate dairy products and sugar from our diet.

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About the Author:

Maribel Ortells - Nutritionist

Nutritionist specialized in autoimmune diseases, author and lecturer

Maribel Ortells Badenes




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