Basics of Healthy, Dense Bones

We adults have 206 bones in our bodies. Our bones form the framework for our bodies. They are critically important to our health and well-being. Bones are alive as anyone who has broken one knows only too well. They bleed, produce pain, and are able to repair just as any other living part of your body. They also need proper nutrition in order to function properly. Osteoporosis literally means porous bones and is reaching epidemic proportions in our country, despite the fact that we pop calcium supplements like candy and over-consume dairy products. If you think drugs like Boniva and Actonel are the answer. Think again.

The latest research published in the New England Journal of Medicine shows that drugs like Fosamax are associated with an increased risk of esophageal cancer and osteonecrosis (bone death). These medications are widely used to treat osteoporosis or osteopenia. Studies performed in the US, Europe and Japan on these types of drugs (Actonel, Boniva, and Didronel) are shown to increase this type of cancer, as well as bone destruction. Surprisingly (?) the pharmaceutical company that manufactures them does not believe that this type of risk exists, but there are multiple independent studies through excellent research facilities that confirm this.

While both men and women suffer from osteoporosis, it occurs more dramatically in women (at least 1.2 million American women over age 45 suffer bone fractures each year.) Keeping bones and joints healthy is critical to overall health. It all begins in childhood. One of the most important things you can do to help your children grow strong, healthy bones is to eliminate excess phosphorous from their diets. Are you surprised? Did you think I would suggest making them drink more milk? The best and most important thing you can do is eliminate carbonated soft drinks from their (and your!) diet. Excess phosphorous keeps your body from absorbing calcium, counteracts any calcium you get through supplements or food and causes bones to become brittle and weak. Besides sodas, processed foods, caffeine, excessive consumption of protein and sugar all work against your bones absorbing the necessary calcium they require. A diet high in sodium also increases the amount of calcium excreted in the urine. One way to combat the problem is by taking in more potassium from food or supplements. Of course, there is more to bone health than calcium, sodium and potassium: heredity, lack of exercise, hormone levels and inadequate vitamins D and K can also weaken bones.

Keeping your body in as alkaline state as possible is also key. That, as well, is accomplished with a balanced diet, stress management and adequate hydration. Getting back to the basics is always the key.

Ann Musico is a certified Biblical health coach and independent nutritional consultant. She has developed a “3-D Living Program” to assist her coaching clients in achieving vibrant health and wholeness – spirit, soul and body. Visit her website at to learn more about the “3-D Living Program” as well as the coaching packages she offers. Subscribe for her free monthly newsletter and weekly email messages. Health is more than just the absence of illness. Let Ann show you how to create a life of passion and purpose, wholeness and harmony.