School of Ayurvedic Diet & Digestion
But bones also heal, regenerate and continue carrying out their essential functions. They aren't solid like stones. They are always changing, even in adulthood, as they adapt to the daily strain they are put under. Bones are alive, growing and always changing. Sometimes they change for the worse, as cells called osteoclasts break down bone tissue. Sometimes the change for the better, as cells called osteoblasts build up bone tissue.
Bones are hidden from view. They seem sturdy at first glance. So, the news that your have osteopenia or osteoarthirtis can come as a great surprise. You may wonder, what can you do to help your bones, and get relief from these conditions naturally? Fortunately, Ayurveda contains a wealth of information to help you rebuild and strengthen your bones and joints.
Bone health is incredibly important to longevity and healthy aging. The first step to natural bone health is self assessment. Although the bones are hidden beneath the surface of your body, with Ayurveda you can learn how to assess the strength of your bones, so you can monitor progress between doctor's visits. Ayurveda does this by examining secondary tissues (upadhatus) and waste products (malas). If your hair, teeth and nails are strong, this indicates strong bones. However, scant hair, weak teeth and brittle nails can indicate weak or deficient bone tissue (asthi dhatu). If you have white spots on your nails, that could mean mineral malabsorption - that your bones are getting depleted.
Analysis of the tongue can also reveal the health of the bones, in particular, the level of mineral absorption. Chronic malabsorption displays as scalloped teeth marks along each side of the tongue. Through a comprehensive review, the health of a person's bones, and the root cause of any disorder, can be understood and amended at its source.
Physical trauma, such as that experienced in contact sports like football or rugby, can break or wound the bones. Trauma like this can create a weak spot (khavaigunya) where digestive toxins are more likely to lodge. However, light exercise and moderate stress on the bones actually strengthens them. Improper exercise, like consistent running on pavements, or no exercise at all, will decrease bone density. If a person is overweight, this will also add excess pressure on the joints and the bones.
The climate can fuel an aggravation, particularly in the joints. Cold weather can increase cracking and pain in the joints, while hot, humid weather is more likely to aggravate rheumatoid arthritis. Women going through menopause are also more likely to experience weaker bones, as their bones lose density as a result of decreased estrogen, a hormone that protects and maintains bone health.
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