Are digestive problems destroying your bones?
January 07, 2013
Volume 3 | Issue 02
In recent issues, I've shown you how poor digestion and severe digestive disorders can cause heart problems, breast cancer, and now researchers are finding that they can cause bone loss.
The discovery came when researchers looked at the bone health of a group of people who have Crohn's disease. Why Crohn's disease?
Patients with Crohn's are particularly vulnerable to the development of osteoporosis. This is largely because of the drugs they have to take to treat their disease. They often suffer loss of bone mass and an increased number of bone fractures due to treatment with corticosteroids. Due to their irritated and inflamed bowel, they usually have poor nutrition, including calcium and vitamin D deficiencies (which also contribute to weakened bones). It all adds up to disaster when it comes to bone health.
In the study, researchers divided participants with osteoporosis into two groups. One group took the drugs along with the nutrients. The other took only the nutrients. What the researchers found surprised the medical establishment. They discovered that the nutritional approach is more effective alone than when you add the drug.
The participants who took the drugs saw no improvement in stopping bone loss. But those who took only calcium and vitamin D saw their bone mineral density (BMD) improve 3-4% per year! Not only did the drugs not work, they actually hindered the nutrients' ability to heal.
If you suffer from digestive problems, it's time to start treating your bones. Don't wait until you have a fracture to take action on this issue. I strongly encourage you to be concerned about your own potential loss of bone. The wisest approach is to start calcium and vitamin D therapy immediately to reverse developing osteoporosis or osteopenia. I've told you in past issues that you'll need to take between 4,000 and 6,000 IU of vitamin D3 to maximize your blood levels.
But don't stop with calcium and vitamin D. You also need to take magnesium and several other bone-building nutrients. In fact, when digestive problems are at the root of your bone loss, you need to address the cause with digestive enzymes and probiotics. Then add a powerful bone supplement, like Ultimate Bone Support. As you can read here
, this supplement actually pulls minerals into your bones. It makes the vitamin D, magnesium, and calcium work even better.
Your insider for better health,
Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.
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