Osteoporosis is on the increase in the world, but particularly in the western world. With increased knowledge about health care and better diets than in past decades, how is this possible?

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It really comes down to diet. There is a saying that you are what you eat. Women are traditionally the primary food providers in a family. With women now going to work, often full time, convenience food is becoming more common.

Most people are aware convenience food aren’t healthy, but they are, well, convenient.

But there is absolutely no need to fall for the fast food, the supermarket packets, the frozen food, the tinned food, to bring together a meal quickly. These are all ‘dead’ foods, most having been processed so much there are few nutrients left.

You can create a quick meal which is also nutritious. It’s just knowing what you need. And how to do it.

Most people don’t eat nearly enough fresh fruit and vegetables. This should be the key to every healthy diet, not just when you’re trying to prevent or reverse osteoporosis. Make fresh fruit and vegetables at least 75% of your diet.

Try to eat as much of it raw as possible. Cooking destroys enzymes and enzymes are essential to good health.

Buy appetising and exciting produce. Don’t just purchase the normal, if it doesn’t excite you. Make eating a pleasure. Don’t stint on this side of your grocery bill.

If you are on a budget, you will be far healthier to spend the bulk of it on fresh fruit and vegetables than on meat, dairy or convenience foods.

Green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, kale, bok choi, silver beet, etc are very high in digestible calcium, in natural balance. These can be quite a dull vegetable to eat, especially raw. But if you have a powerful blender, you can include them in delicious smoothies.

For example, blend bananas, raspberries and baby spinach. I love pears with silver beet and kale with berries. The proportion should be about half in half to start with. Vary the ingredients and quantities to suit your palate, but make sure there is plenty of green leafy vegetables. This is one of the best and most delicious answers to preventing and reversing osteoporosis.

How’s that for a quick, easy and above all, nutritious breakfast? I challenge you to try that one on your kids, too.

This alone will do you far more good than any isolated or synthetic mineral supplement on the market. You evolved to gain your nutrients from food. Isolated and synthetic supplements are made in the laboratory. They are not in natural balance and at best are quickly eliminated (expensive poo). At worst they hang up in parts of your body where they have the potential of causing damage.

Damage such as kidney stones. Some of the supplements have even been found to cause osteoporosis.

Supplementing your diet is certainly a sound idea, in today’s stressful world. You just need to be aware that there are supplements and supplements.

Blue green algae is known as a super food. This means that it has all the macro nutrients and many of the micro nutrients, all in natural balance. So it can be absorbed by your body easily.

Blue green algae can also de-toxify your body, an important support in our chemical and radiation laden world. Perhaps the purest blue green algae comes from Lake Klamath in the US.

And don’t forget the sun. Sun exposure is good for the bones and the scare tactics used in the last decade or so have not done people’s health any good. Just be sensible about it.

Madeleine Innocent

You know how often people struggle with their health? They want to know WHY they suffer with health issues, often serious, and all their GP can offer is drugs and surgery? They feel helpless and at the mercy of another. Well, what I do is to help you pinpoint WHY you’re getting sick and implement a strategy that takes you to a feeling of empowerment, of being in control of your life. A strategy that restores your health and allows you to enjoy life.

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