Sunshine and your Bones! May is Osteoporosis Awareness Month May 14 2015
Bone density is seasonal!
Osteoporosis, The ‘Silent Epidemic’ The bone disease osteoporosis is becoming so common in western countries as to be termed a ‘silent epidemic’. More women die as a result of hip fractures than cancer of the cervix, ovary and womb combined. Bone density is at its lowest during the winter, more hip fractures occur in the winter months than at other times of the year, and hip fractures become more common with increasing latitude. —Excerpts published from the SunLightenment.com
Bone strength begins when you do, early sun exposure can be key.
As far as osteoporosis is concerned the conventional view is that the best way to prevent it in later life is to build up high bone mass during childhood and adolescence by taking regular exercise and getting plenty of vitamin D and calcium. Then, if calcium has been absorbed to a sufficient degree, the loss of bone mass associated with ageing starts from a level that is less likely to drop below the ‘fracture threshold’, at which point the risk of breaking bones increases. In practice, this means either getting out in the sun or taking oral supplements such as cod-liver oil, and engaging in strenuous activities during childhood. Yet parents are currently being actively discouraged from exposing infants to sunlight, and are being advised to put sunscreen on their children whenever they go outside in the summer months. This may prevent sunburn, but not bone disorders in later life. —Excerpts published from the SunLightenment.com
Osteoporosis is reversible, according to Vivian Goldschmidt, MA of SaveOurBones.com
“I discovered ignored scientific studies proving that bone loss can be reversed easily. Much to my amazement, I quickly began to realize that the way mainstream medicine treats this condition is all wrong.
But here’s the most important thing I uncovered from all my research: bone loss is not inevitable, and no miracle drug will stop it without harmful side-effects. We can take control of our bone health and by following a simple plan we can successfully improve our bone density.
I took all the scientific data I compiled, including hundreds of journal studies and medical research papers, and devised my own personal bone health action plan. I immediately began to follow through with my plan and was thrilled when I got back my second bone density results less than a year later.
My bone density score improved by 20% without ever taking any drugs!”
You can find out more about her program and get a free kit at http://saveourbones.com/
Weight-baring exercise, calcium and sunlight: all three necessary to reduce osteoporosis risks and help rejuvenate brittle bones!
An important white paper published by the Medical Journal of Australia states;
The main finding is there are three key things that we all need to consider to optimize our bone health: ensuring we get adequate calcium, vitamin D and exercise. Each one alone is not sufficient if we want to prevent fractures in later life,” said one of the authors of the paper, Professor Robin Daly, Chair of Exercise and Ageing at Deakin University’s School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences.
It is never too late to take action to reduce your osteoporosis risk, the authors said, adding that calcium and exercise needs will change throughout life. The paper urged people to:
- Consume three to five serves of calcium-rich foods daily (such as dairy or calcium-fortified foods).
- Get enough vitamin D from sunlight. Fair people should get around 6 minutes a day (during summer) or up to 40 minutes a day (during winter) of sun, avoiding peak UV times. Dark-skinned people should aim for up to 42 minutes during summer and up to four hours during winter. People who cannot get adequate sun exposure should consider vitamin D supplements.
- Partake in regular weight-bearing sports or exercise for at least half an hour three to five days a week and do muscle-strengthening exercises on at least two days per week. 1
SunFriend is the worlds first wearable tech that tracks how much real-time sun you are getting.
By using a SunFriend, you can set your skin tone level and then watch as the LED’s light up as you accumulate your sun. Once you have had enough sun, it will flash! SunFriend recommends that you do as many activities as you can outdoors this spring and summer and do it healthfully and safely by wearing your SunFriend.