Antacids are not effective in preventing Osteoporosis

Did you know that osteoporosis— which causes progressive bone deterioration— strikes men as well as women? The National Osteoporosis Foundation estimates that osteoporosis-related fractures (particularly those of the hips, wrists, or spine) affects one in two women and one in four men older than 50. Preventing osteoporosis starts in childhood, many decades before bone loss becomes problematic. No matter what age you are, there are simple steps you can take to prevent future bone loss with the help of your doctor.

Regular exercise that includes resistance or weight-bearing exercises such as walking, jogging, aerobics, tennis, yoga and/or weight training helps keep bones strong. If possible, exercise outside, which will increase sunlight exposure and up the body's production of vitamin-D, an important nutrient for bone health. Using lightweights will accelerate the absorption process. Caution is advised when starting a weight training program, however, so consult with your doctor of chiropractic before beginning.

Most adults don't get the daily 1,000 mg of calcium needed to support healthy bones. Children's needs are even greater. The National Institutes of Health recommends 800-1,200 mg/day for children under ten and 1,200-1,500 mg/day for 11- to 24-year-olds. Dairy, leafy green vegetables (such as broccoli, kale, or collard greens), tofu, salmon, and nuts and seeds (such as almonds and sesame seeds) are good sources of calcium.

A high-quality supplement can also help you reach that goal. Calcium citrate or malate is more absorbable than the common calcium carbonate— the form of calcium found in antacids. Take note: Antacids are ineffective calcium supplements because, in order to absorb calcium, the digestive system actually needs an acidic environment (which antacids neutralize, of course). Adequate amounts of vitamin D (400 IU/day), vitamin K (10 mg/day), and magnesium (600 mg/day), as well as copper, zinc, and manganese also support healthy bones. Do not take your calcium supplement with a multi-vitamin. They need to be taken at different times of the day to allow proper and maximum absorption. However, be sure to consult your physician before adding supplements to your diet.

Limit your intake of high-protein, fatty foods and carbonated, caffeinated, and alcoholic beverages, which can deplete calcium stores and hinder calcium uptake. Steer clear of aluminum cookware. Don't smoke.

So if you follow these steps you can assist your body with its natural and normal absorption process. An initial bone density test can assist your doctor in you're proper dietary calcium intake needed.

1. Exercise

2. Weight training

3. Proper Calcium supplement and dosage

4. Avoid bone depleting habits

5. Get regular checkups