We know that emotional and physical health are important and how the two are inextricably linked. Diet should and must play a pivotal role also, so that we stay well, not only for now, but for a future life not yet lived.
It’s a fact that as we age, we will be more prone to conditions such as Osteoporosis and Arthritis, but the link and connection I potentially have because of Cerebral Palsy, doesn’t mean other people will be less affected by it in their lives too.
Although Osteoporosis tends to happen around the time of the menopause, women begin to lose bone density from around the age of 35. By the time we reach 50 we have been robbed of up to 25 percent of our skeleton. Osteoporosis is more prevalent in women after the menopause and increases our risk of bone fractures. The statistics show that one in three women and one in twelve men will have Osteoporosis by the time they reach 70 years of age.
Supporting ourselves in terms of diet and hormonal health through and after the menopause is the key to prevention. Animal protein foods are acid forming so rob the bones of calcium and is the key link to the condition, as is consuming insufficient amounts of plant foods, such as fruit and vegetables.
It’s easily assumed that milk helps build bone density and yet today some studies suggest that the more milk we drink the more, we will be prone to higher bone fractures. This is because although milk contains calcium, it also contains protein, which is acid forming.
Scientists believe that consuming dairy foods and animal proteins over a long period of time, can contribute to the ‘silent disease’ known as Osteoporosis.
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