Thursday, October 13, 2011

Dem Bones, Dem Bones, Dem Dry Bones

A problem many of us older females have is osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, arthritis, degenerative disc disease, and other bone related disabilities. Maybe if we had been vegan since childhood, or never had any injuries that involved the bones or joints, we wouldn't have this problem, but at least our diets and exercise habits NOW can help ease the pain and discomfort and possibly stop any further damage.

Dr. Fuhrman has a web page and even a video out concerning osteoporosis called Osteoporosis Protection for Life:

and osteoporosis is one of Dr. McDougall's Hot Topics, too.

  • Some important things to remember:
  • Avoid dairy.
  • Avoid high protein foods.
  • Get proper amounts of high impact exercise.
  • Make sure your Vitamin D level is within the normal range and supplement with extra time in the sun or vitamins as necessary.

And here is Dr. McDougall's advice:

"Bone loss is reversible by fixing the cause. Everyone, and especially people with osteoporosis and a lesser condition, osteopenia, should eat a low-acid starch-based diet (with some restriction on grains and legumes, which are slightly acidic) and exercise.  Focus on a diet plentiful in sweet potatoes, potatoes, winter squashes, with the addition of fruits and green and yellow vegetables."

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