Osteoporosis is characterized by excessive fragility of the skeleton due to decreased bone mass and a change in the "architecture" of the bones. The phase preceding osteoporosis is called osteopenia.
Osteoporosis is a common disease in women following menopause, as their bone mass decreases due to age and a lack of estrogen. It affects men less often and, rarely, children.
From a naturopathic perspective, several factors can help prevent bone loss. The most important factor is nutrition. The second is exercise.
Eat a diet that leaves behind alkaline ash (see section on Acidosis). Avoid simple sugars, caffeine, soft drinks and too much meat.
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- Resistance training exercises is key to maintaining bone mass.