Can Your Bones Last a Lifetime: The Nutritional Causes of Bone Loss

From the March 2005 edition of Dr. Fuhrman's Healthy Times:

Low intake of calcium is not the main factor resulting in osteoporosis. In spite of the world’s highest intake of calcium, American women have one of the highest hip fracture rates in the world. This is not merely due to inactivity and lack of hard physical labor. It is also due to factors that accelerate the loss of calcium in the urine. Controlling the factors that work together to leach calcium from the bones and increase calcium in the urine (by reducing and eliminating them) is much more important than taking extra calcium. Osteoporosis is so prevalent because the vast majority of Americans eat a diet that is low in vegetables and high in animal products, sugar, salt, and caffeine.

In order to adequately protect your bone stores of calcium, animal protein consumption must be limited to 15 ounces per week or less, and salt consumption should be under 1200mg per day. Caffeine, refined sweets, and vitamin A supplements should be eliminated.

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