Children didn’t break bones as easily back in the days as they do today. The elderly weren’t as susceptible to falls and hard to heal bone fractures either. As with everything in our health and nutrition, over time, the skeletal system had to suffer too, and was forced to adapt and deal with whatever was available to draw nutrients from…Not much I’m afraid these days. The general consensus in the medical field is to load on calcium early on, since this is the most important element to consider if you want strong bones.
Well, many people developed osteoporosis while heavily supplementing with calcium!
How To Correctly Assess Calcium Metabolism.
The answer will be different biochemically speaking for different people, different metabolic types and different imbalances. But as a general rule, bone fractures are related to calcium metabolism inefficiency, specifically as pertains to mineral balance and pH. Good calcium metabolism requires: sufficient calcium levels, sufficient calcium metabolism synergistic factors (primarily magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, vitamin C , E and B6), sufficient sympathetic strength/tone and sufficient pH acidity (an over-alkaline pH will cause calcium to precipitate out of solution and be deposited.)
So good calcium metabolism requires sufficient levels of calcium, but beyond the quantitative presence of calcium, the availability of synergistic factors must also be present for proper qualitative calcium utilization. Any one or all of the above factors can be involved. The proper Metabolic Typing interpretation of a hair tissue mineral analysis can be useful in targeting the causal factors. With different causes for calcium deficiency and different metabolisms, we will also have different treatments and nutritional supplementation. In the Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis it’s essential to distinguish between the four possible types of mineral imbalances:
- Quantitative Excess – high in cells, high in tissues (this is an actual or absolute excess)
- Qualitative Insufficiency – high in tissues, low in cells (this is a qualitative deficiency where enough is present in the tissues but it’s not being used at the cellular (proper) level; either necessary co-factors are missing for proper utilization so the body is building up tissue levels, trying to get it into the cells or the mineral is falling out of (being lost from) the cells into the tissues)
- Qualitative Excessive Utilization – low in tissues, high in cells (mineral is being used up so rapidly at the cell level that the body can’t keep up with the tissue levels)
- Quantitative Deficiency – low in tissues, low in cells (this is an actual or absolute deficiency
Other Aspects To Consider When Dealing With Bone Fractures And Calcium Deficiency
- It all starts with eating the right diet for your metabolism AND taking the right supplements for your metabolic type. This will ensure a proper autonomic nervous system balance, cellular energy production, calcium metabolism efficiency, bone metabolism efficiency, and pH balance. The wrong diet will inhibit repair and healing.
- Balance your hormones naturally, efficiently and safely. Addressing estrogen vs. progesterone imbalances is critical in bone growth.
- With acute pains due to bone fractures consider homeopathy. Symphytum (Comfrey/Boneset) can be of a great help; consult with a knowledgeable homeopath about the best homeopathic treatments for you.
- When having a bone fracture, using a strong tea made from 1 part Comfrey and 1 part Horsetail, drunk several times per day, has shown to improve the condition and speed up healing for many people.
- Consume daily about 12 oz of home made bone broth soup: rich in glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate and other glycosaminoglycans, all of which are highly desired for repair of tendons, ligaments and connective tissues.
- VitaminK2 has a definite role in bone health. There are at least two vitamin K-dependent proteins that fulfill important functions in skeletal metabolism: matrix Gla protein (MGP) and osteocalcin. Researchers from the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands showed that over the course of 40 days, vitamin K2was three times more effective than vitamin K1 at raising the percentage of activated osteocalcin. Large amounts of vitamin K2 are readily absorbed from animal foods like meats, poultry, chicken liver, hard cheeses, eggs and butter.
Remember that bone fractures are actually not the problem! The problem lies in a multitude of imbalances, which need to be corrected in order to achieve the right balance on a biochemical level. When that is achieved, the nutrients and minerals involved will keep your bones strong and free from fractures.
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