Joint and Bone Health: Low Bone Density? Try Ayurveda

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How to Improve bone density through Ayurveda

As we age the wear and tear of our muscles, ligaments and joints can reach breaking or tearing points. Even before the breakpoints there are several occurrences which can cause discomfort to the person. This can manifest in the form of simple aches and pains, to crippling agony. In addition poor lifestyle habits like excessive drinking, and smoking can lead to the the degradation of bones in our body. Which can directly lead to disorders like osteoporosis.

What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a disorder where the bone density levels drop from the norm in a human. In this condition bones are at a heightened risk of breaking, because of its brittle nature. This can be especially serious while people get older, as broken bones can lead to further complications.

Causes of Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis can be develop gradually. It can be caused by several medical conditions some of which are listed below:

Autoimmune Disorders

  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)

  • Lupus

  • Multiple sclerosis

  • Ankylosing spondylitis

Digestive and Gastrointestinal Disorders

  • Celiac disease

  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

  • Weight loss surgery

Medical Procedures

  • Gastrectomy

  • Gastrointestinal bypass procedures

Cancer

  • Breast cancer

  • Prostate cancer

Hematologic/Blood Disorders

  • Leukemia and lymphoma

  • Multiple myeloma

  • Sickle cell disease

Neurological/Nervous System Disorders

  • Stroke

  • Parkinson’s disease

  • multiple sclerosis (MS)

  • Spinal cord injuries

Blood and bone marrow disorders

  • Thalassemia

Mental Illness

  • Depression

  • Eating disorders

Endocrine/Hormonal Disorders

  • Diabetes

  • Hyperparathyroidism

  • Hyperthyroidism

  • Cushing’s syndrome

  • Thyrotoxicosis

  • Irregular periods

  • Premature menopause

  • Low levels of testosterone and estrogen in men

Other Diseases and Conditions

  • AIDS/HIV

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including emphysema

  • Female athlete triad (includes loss of menstrual periods, an eating disorder and excessive exercise)

  • Chronic kidney disease

  • Liver disease, including biliary cirrhosis

  • Organ transplants

  • Polio and post-polio syndrome

  • Poor diet, including malnutrition

  • Scoliosis

  • Weight loss

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Osteoporosis related bone breaks usually occur at the hip, wrist or spine. These breaks will not heal properly leading to often, constant or severe, pain. Osteoporosis may cause malformations, or shortenings in the spine as well.

How to Improve Bone Density through Ayurveda

Food for healthy bones is crucial. Changing what you put into your body will fundamentally affect how your body regenerates and produces bone tissue. Consuming foods rich in minerals and vitamins for strong bones are paramount to maintain bone health, and even prevent degenerative disorders. Consume foods that are high sources of calcium like milk, ghee, bread (fortified flour), soybeans or soy products etc. Green veg like broccoli and okra is also great for your bones, full of vitamins and minerals.

Tips for Improving Bone Health

In Ayurveda there are staples such as sesame oil, not only used for Chinese cuisine , but applying the oil to your skin reveals some of the hidden benefits of sesame oil. Sesame oil when massaged onto the skin for about 15 mins absorbs deeply into the tissue. This can directly help strengthen bones. Often yogis use sesame oil daily to ensure strength, and proper blood flow to their limbs. You can find sesame oil from our shop.

Wear and tear is natural, but how you deal with stemming ageing is up to you and your life choices. Stay healthy, and live strong.


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