Too many times I hear people tell me they take calcium. And every time I tell them to stop. To increase calcium without considering the ratio of that calcium to the other minerals in the body, is dangerous. And really, it is just plain bad. Calcification of soft tissue, ligaments and heart tissue are becoming more common problems as more and more people are hearing that they are deficient in calcium because their bone density is low, yet they never test to determine deficiency.
The method that I have used for years to see the true balance of our minerals, is to perform a hair mineral analysis. This test is a simple way to not only see how we are excreting minerals, but also how to determine if we are toxic in specific minerals (Arsenic, Aluminum, Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, Uranium).
The example shows how high Calcium is in this individual. This is indicative of a patient taking a calcium horse pill on a daily basis. Excreting calcium at high levels in the hair, would suggest that the patient is also excreting that volume of calcium into other tissues. Sadly, the bones don’t get it that way.
Bones are stronger, not because of the presence of minerals. But rather the demand of the minerals present. More than anything else, bone density will respond to demand.
Lift weights, bone density increases. Put pressure on the bone, and the bone density increases. So we leave this as a “WORKOUT for BONE HEALTH” discussion. But before we do, please inquire at our office about testing your hair for mineral analysis.
So lets simply target the shoulders and arms, and legs and hips with our workout. Making sure we drive mineral density into these areas to strengthen our muscles, and our bones!
Push-ups, and Squats
You can alter either to accommodate your ability.
Your workout is going to be 12 minutes long, and you are going to simply do:
3 Push-ups, then 3 Squats
6 Push-ups, then 6 Squats
9 Push-ups, then 9 Squats
12 of each, then 15 of each.
Once you hit 15, you will take a 90 second rest, then you will start back over at the beginning.
If you are not working out at all right now, then you should probably stop at the 15. Worry about getting back into it next time. Put this workout on a weekly rotation with other activities, and you will be amazed at how much stronger you get, and over a year, how much bone density you develop!
Be well and Be blessed! - Dr. E