Osteoporosis

The rise of osteoporosis cases, majorly in women past their menstrual age is a major cause of concern.

Osteoporosis is the weakening of the bones to the point that they can crack even from minor stress.

Osteoporosis is when your bones lose inner mass and become thin leading to fractures of bones.

Estrogen is the hormone in women that protects bones and it decreases sharply as women reach their menopause which eventually can cause bone loss. Hence an increased chance of developing osteoporosis increases as they reach menopause.


Risk Factors for Osteoporosis


  • Prolonged case of hormonal imbalances
  • Excessive use of medications such as steroids
  • Deficiency of calcium or vitamin D in diet
  • Lack of exercise
  • Thin and small body frame
  • Family history of osteoporosis
  • Smoking
  • alcohol consumption.

If you experience intense and sudden pain in a joint, its time you visit the Joint treatment at the AyurAvani campus in Trivandrum. The condition if left untreated can lead to more damage to the joint and severe pain.


What You Can Do?


The principal thing you can do to resist osteoporosis is to build strong bones and manage symptoms of osteoporosis by following perfect diet and lifestyle.

Some of the most points to prevent osteoporosis is to avoid smoking, alcohol and a sedentary lifestyle. As far as diet is concerned, an adequate quantity of calories as well as calcium and vitamin D, which are important in maintaining a proper bone formation and density.

  • Calcium Intake
    Women who haven’t reached their menopause should consume at least 1000 mg of calcium per day and Postmenopausal ladies should consume 1200 mg of calcium per day.

    The main dietary sources of calcium include milk and other dairy products, such as cottage cheese, yogurt, or hard cheese, and green vegetables, such as kale and broccoli.

  • Vitamin D
    Aged Men and women should consume Vitamin D well.

  • Protein Supplements
    Protein supplements are suggested to those on whom osteoporotic fracture have already befallen.

    Imbalances of hormones result in bone loss. Soy products help in balancing the oestrogen levels required for women suffering from osteoporosis. Include moderate amounts of high-quality proteins including lean meats, seafood, egg whites, and cheeses.

  • Fruits and Vegetables
    Great sources of potassium, manganese, vitamin B complex, vitamins C, E, K and have an alkalizing effect giving a beneficial influence on bone health.

    Fruits include citrus fruit, apples, pears, peaches, pineapples, bananas, etc

    Vegetables include fresh beans, dark green leafy vegetables, light green leafy vegetables, spinach, onion, garlic, turnips etc.

  • Exercise
    Exercise only moderately. Exercise can improve bone mass in premenopausal women and help to maintain bone density in postmenopausal women thus decreasing fracture risk.


What to Avoid?


Falling increases the risk of fractures in older adults suffering from osteoporosis. Taking care and measures to prevent falls will decrease the risk of fractures.

  • Salty Foods: Eating lots of salty food means increased sodium content causes your body to lose calcium and thus to bone loss. Avoid the amount of processed foods, canned foods and salt in your daily diet.
  • Alcohol: Drinking alcohol excessively can put you at an increased risk of fracture due to an elevated risk of falling and poor nutrition. It should be avoided.
  • Smoking: Smoking is known to accentuate bone loss hence quitting smoking is strongly recommended.

If you experience intense and sudden pain in a joint, its time you visit the Joint treatment at the AyurAvani campus in Trivandrum. The condition if left untreated can lead to more damage to the joint and severe pain.


Beneficial Herbs for Osteoporosis

Add the following to your osteoporisis diet and lifestyle scheme as the following herbs help in strengthening the bones and in the Ayurvedic treatment of osteoporosis.

Ashwagandha, Shatavari, Triphala, Gotu kola, Brahmi and Amalaki are recommended by Ayurveda for osteoporosis, and to maintain effective hormonal balance in the body. Take Ashwagandha with milk.

Tinospora orGuduchi, Ashwagandha or Indian ginseng, Pomegranate also showed antiosteoporosis and phyto estrogenic properties strengthening the bones.


Panchakarma (Ayurvedic Cleansing) for Osteoporosiss

According to Ayurvedic concepts and treatments, best purification treatments of the Vata dosha is Basti Chikilsa - medicated enema treatment.

Basti acts on the bone and bone marrow channels. Medicated milk enema concocted with herbs is used by Ayurvedic practitioners in India and is called Ksheerabasti. It is very effective for management of bone disorders (Asthivikaraas).


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