Dr. Mao explains which healing foods help to prevent osteopenia and osteoporosis.
Let's talk about osteoporosis. Now the stage before osteoporosis, you might hear your doctor say is osteopenia, which means that when you go for your, your bone density test, which is a DEXA scan of your hips, as well as your spine. If the results you get when compared to the average, which is the standard deviation, what you will get is anything that is minus up to two and a half is considered osteopenia. Anything above two and a half, then it’s considered osteoporosis, meaning that you are losing bone much more rapidly than your contemporary.
Now this is a much more common and serious problem for women than it is for men, although men also get osteoporosis, but for men, the osteoporosis, the timing of it is later, perhaps in someone’s late 50s, 60s, or even 70s, whereas women, as soon as menopause or perimenopause begins, you’ve got this issue of losing bones, plus women through childbirth, all right. The pregnancy, each time you get pregnant, half your calcium goes away because it goes to the baby.
So you got to work extra hard to rebuild your calcium. So the osteoporosis, the causes of osteoporosis are really due to several reasons and not just as simple as calcium. We know that’s a big factor, but hormonal factor is also key, and that’s why there are natural things that you need to do to help stimulate your hormonal production, ranging from acupuncture to eating a lot of beans, which I got right here. So we’ll talk about that in a minute.
And then making sure, of course, you’re eating lot of trace minerals. You’re eating mineral-rich vegetables and calcium-rich nuts and seeds, and we’re going to talk about that in a moment. So, and then you’ve got to put weight on your bones because that’s how your body is going to put calcium into your bones. If you lie on your bed or sit all day, your body wouldn’t know where to put the calcium because there is no demand. So you’ve got to demand the body to put the calcium where you’re putting the pressure, to right to the hips, the spine, and wherever you are prone to losing calcium.
Let's look what we got here. Let's start with this sheet. No, this is not for writing. This is not for gift wrapping. This just happens to be a sheet of seaweed. The Japanese, or for this particular product is called nori. Nori is also used to wrap sushi, so for most of you who have eaten sushi, that’s what that black paper that’s on the outside of the rice is. This is nori.
Nori basically are sea vegetables that are harvested and then pounded down and then dried into sheets like this, and they are cut. Easiest way to eat seaweed. You can use this, by the way, too, as a wrap. So for example, some of you who are on a low-carb diet, you go, gee, I don’t want to use the tortilla wraps because even that’s got calories, oh my goodness.
Well ladies, look, a little tortilla wrap is not going to hurt you, but let's say you don’t want to use that. Hey, how about this? How about a seaweed wrap? It’s perfect. Put your sandwich in this, wrap it in seaweed, it’s very tasty. Also seaweed has over a hundred trace minerals, ranging from boron to strontium and other type of minerals, fabulous.
Now if you don’t like this, there’s many other kinds. There’s iziki, wakame, kombu. There’s arame, there’s many different types of seaweeds, but they’re all the same. Why? They are just vegetables from the sea, and they are more potent, they are more nourishing, because the, the minerals are richer in the ocean than they are on land because what happened to land? Well, we just simply depleted the nutrients in the soil.
Anyway, so that’s seaweed. So make sure you get trace minerals from the seaweed. Now black beans and other beans, filled with vital estrogen, the plant lignans are a fabulous source of vital estrogen. These are plant source of estrogen that will help you because low estrogen means less calcium in the bones, as simple as that. So you’ve got to make sure to eat a lot of beans.
All right, let's look at the other things. I have got here some nuts and seeds. We got sesame seeds, comes in a variety of black or white sesame seeds. We got walnuts and also other nuts are applied as well because all the nuts have not just essential fatty acids but calcium, all right. Almonds, for example, and sesame seeds have inordinate amount of calcium which is fabulous, but they call contain different minerals, all right.
So in summary, eat more beans, nuts and seeds, explore vegetables from the sea, but also leafy green vegetables because they also have a lot of minerals. So make sure you eat a big variety, and you exercise on a regular basis and maintain healthy hormones, and in this way you can really work on preventing osteoporosis or help reverse, if you have osteoporosis or osteopenia, you can help yourself reverse this trend.
About Maoshing Ni Ph.D., D.O.M., L.Ac., A.B.A.A.H.P.:
Dr. Mao, as he prefers to be called, is a 38th generation doctor of Chinese medicine, a Licensed Acupuncturist, a Diplomat of Chinese Herbology, and a Diplomat in Anti-Aging.
For over 20 years, Dr. Mao has been in general practice at Los Angeles, California’s Tao of Wellness, an acclaimed center for nutrition, Chinese medicine, and acupuncture, with special interest in immune, hormonal, and aging-related conditions. He is also the founder and Chancellor of the Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Los Angeles that is considered the premiere school for Chinese medicine outside of China.