Our bones, like the rest of our body, are living and growing. It takes a lifetime of weight-bearing exercise and a lifetime of consuming healthy nutrients to build our bones and maintain healthy bone mass. A lot has been learned about preventing bone loss by studying astronauts who under the effect of weightlessness experience bone and muscle loss similar to the loss experienced by debilitated and bedridden patients.
NASA reports that higher intake of omega-3 fatty acids and eating more fish helped reduce bone loss. While getting the right nutrients may counteract some of the damage caused by inactivity, weight bearing exercise is extremely important.
A very recent article in the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons reports that while it has long been believed that getting older causes our body to deteriorate, research is finding that a sedentary lifestyle is more to blame. And that appropriate physical training along with nutrition can minimize or delay the effects of aging.
PubMed tells us that higher intakes of specific minerals and vitamins such as calcium, magnesium, vitamin D, vitamin C, and vitamin K, may reduce or even prevent bone loss for older men and women.
The Melaleuca Wellness Guide recommends taking the Vitality Pack with Oligofructose Complex and CellWise to ensure the intake of adequate vitamins, minerals, and trace nutrients. In addition Vitality Coldwater Omega-3 contains the research-recommended amounts of omega-3 fatty acids.
Protein is essential for building and maintaining bone and muscle mass. The ingredients in ProFlex 20 Protein Shakes provide powerful stabilizers of collagen structures which are the major protein structure in bone.
Growing older does not have to include debilitating bone loss. Osteoporosis is a preventable disease and fitness can be improved even as we age.
~ Richard M Barry
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Bone Loss Testimonials
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One year ago, I fractured my femur just below the hip when I did not swing out wide enough on a rope swing and slammed into a BIG fir tree. The doctor who repaired the fracture said from my x-rays that my bones were stronger than most women in their 60's. Then after the surgery he told my husband that my bones were even stronger than he had thought. I am a total vegan. I take the Vitality Pack every day along with a few other Melaleuca supplements. I believe the Vitality Pack has a lot to do with my bone density, but there is another factor that is equally important. I get my weight bearing exercise. I average 80,000-120,000 steps a week. I have had many in the medical profession tell me that we need to take at least 10,000 steps a day. I am not overweight. I eat a balanced diet. I take my Vitality Pack very faithfully, and I get my weight bearing exercise!
Thirty-two years ago, in my thirties, a routine exploratory surgery ended up with my going into unexpected surgical menopause. Without natural estrogen production a woman tends to lose bone mass at a faster rate and sure enough, a few years later an x-ray taken for something else showed suspicion that I was losing bone mass too quickly. A bone scan confirmed osteopenia, or having less bone than desirable for my age. Later I became a Melaleuca Customer and took the Vitality 6. My yearly bone scan showed stable bone mass with no recommendations other than "keep doing what you have been doing." Through this time I had a friend who was in similar circumstances and age and her yearly bone scan continued to show each year additional bone loss. Later she became a customer and I learned that the bone scan following her taking the supplements had showed improvement.