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==== ==== This is an excerpt from "BONE PAIN AND HIP FRACTURES", by Kerri Ryan. To find out more click here ==== ==== HOW BONES WORK Bones are made up of millions of cells that are continually dying and being replaced 24 hours a day. As blood flows through them, it will either deposit new minerals that will rebuild the bone, or it will help itself to those that are already stored there. If there is too little protein in the diet, or not enough of the nutrients that utilize protein, bone repair will come to a screeching halt . If there is not enough Vitamin C, the body will also not be able to produce the connective tissues that help to form the foundational building blocks within the bone. A lack of vitamin E will provide the foundation for calcium deposits to begin elsewhere in the body. There are millions of cells within each bone that will come together to form this tissue, that will eventually develop into a cartilage type material, that will in turn evolve into the hard matrix of the bone. Whenever this process is interrupted because of a lack of any one of these nutrients, this will contribute to slow or non-existent bone repair . When these cells die and are not replaced, these areas within the bone become decalcified, leaving bones weak and frail. At this point, minerals that show up to be deposited in them have no place to settle down, so they will simply keep moving through the bone and are left to roam around freely in the blood, settling down anywhere they can .This is why we will often see those with osteoporosis burdened with painful calcium deposit elsewhere in the body. The problem with calcium deposits is not because they have too much calcium; it is because they dont have enough of the other elements that allow calcium to be deposited in the bones where it belongs. However, once the right combination of vitamins and minerals are eaten, bone repair will immediately start over, and begin to restore the bone on a daily basis as long as the missing nutrients are maintained. It wont happen overnight, but by being consistent with the diet, osteoporosis can be reversed in almost every case. Bone degeneration has nothing to do with age, other than it can take a lifetime to make people aware that they actually have this whole scenario going on inside them. DETECTING CALCIUM LOSS There is some calcium lost in the urine and feces every day, so this is not a true test of whether or not someone has osteoporosis. Because the body continually takes calcium out of the bones to supply for primary body functions, blood calcium levels remain about the same 24 hours a day. This is why it can be difficult to recognize calcium deficiencies in the first place; you cant get accurate measures from a blood test. Only when bone calcium is significantly depleted, and osteoporosis is well established, do people usually take notice. Nevertheless, when the conditions are right, and the right diet is eaten, calcium and other nutrients will start to be stored in the long bones, and will continue to be stored in the long bones, just waiting until they are needed. As long as the diet supplies enough nutrition to provide for function and storage, these extra elements will be stored in the bones rebuilding them, and transforming them back into their younger, stronger, more natural self.

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This is an excerpt from "BONE PAIN AND HIP FRACTURES", by Kerri Ryan. To find out more click here ==== ====

How Bones Work