The integrity of spinal or skeletal structure is dependent on many factors including diet and stress. When someone is stressed, their cortisone level is increased, cannibalizing nutrients, especially calcium. Calcium levels are also decreased when stressful situations cause an acid pH in the body. Regular strength training with weights, bands, or machines is beneficial, as it applies stress to spinal structure with the result of bone growth. Soda consumption with phosphoric acid is also a cause of osteoporosis. Women who are menopausal and take thyroid medication tend to have osteoporosis as a side effect.
I encourage our patients to exercise regularly and to avoid soda and sugar. Green foods like kale, asparagus, and collard greens increase calcium, as do almonds and sesame seeds.