American Bone Health reference in an online article, Latinos and Osteoporosis, the following: the bone health crisis is particularly critical among Latinos because in California, hip fractures have doubled since 1983, while remaining unchanged or declining in other ethnic groups (Zigmond, 2004). Now, don’t be fooled and think that only Latinos and California are the only ones that suffer this health crisis. Take it as a sign. If you settle in this country and do not consume or take enough calcium you may be at risk of Osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis (porous bones) is a progressive disease that debilitates the bones gradually until it begins to lose its form and ultimately changes a person’s posture. It also makes an individual very vulnerable to bone fractures. It causes the bones to crack and compress and may lead to kyphosis (hunchback). 

There are 3 types of Osteoporosis: 

Type I. Estrogen deficiency - Men and women are different hormonally, therefore; this type of osteoporosis is affected by an imbalance or low levels of estrogen. 

Type II. Senile Osteoporosis- This is basically the deficiency of vitamin D. Your body may have a good amount of calcium but it’s not being absorbed because there is no or not enough vitamin D. 

Type III. Secondary Osteoporosis - Men, women, and children are affected in this category. This has to do with a wide variety of diseases such as cancer, chronic renal failure, hyperthyroidism, poor nutrition and many more that affect the body. Also, the use of drugs can cause Osteoporosis. 

Another factor that can cause osteoporosis is acidity. Dr. M. Ted Morter states in his book Your Health, Your Choice “Osteoporosis develops when your calcium has gone off to play hero and bail you out of the mess caused by your dietary habits”. In other words, the more you drink caffeine, sodas, energy drinks, and/or if you consume fried, processed foods and anything acidic it may cause Osteoporosis. This is because your body will use the calcium in your bones to replenish the lost nutrients in your kidneys, per say, due to too much acidity. 

For your bone health Natura-Genics® has made a few supplements that you can take so that you don’t look like the hunchback of Notre dame. Osteo Complex™ contains Microcrystalline Hydroxyapatite Complex (MCHC) combined with minerals and herbs rich in vegetal calcium to help strengthen bones. You may combine it with Vitamin D3 which helps maintain blood levels of calcium and increases the absorption of calcium from foods while reducing calcium loss in the urine. You may also include from Natura-Genics® single herbs Organic Horsetail which also aids in the absorption of calcium. In order to achieve optimum health you have to discipline yourself by eating healthy (living foods), exercising regularly, drinking plenty of water, resting, as well as taking the recommended supplements. 

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