How's your trust fund? I mean...your trust fund in your bones
Posted on 14 February 2012
It's Valentine's Day. Time to love up your bones. What's that? You're asking "why?" "Why" is not a spiritual question. "How?" is a spiritual question. But I digress. When I first learned that women reach peak bone mass at age 30 to 35, I thought: Help! It's like a trust fund that peaks too early and ruins the kid. Later I thought: Maximize the contributions to the trust fund of bone! More calcium! More Vitamin D3! More running! Weight training, twice per week, for at least 20 minutes! More yoga! (Note: this was in my 30s when I was more amenable to working harder, and adding more and more stuff to my To-Do list). Then I turned 40, became wiser and thought: Crazypants! How can that be? Why would the female body peak at such a young age with bone density, and then begin a steady decline for 60+ years? Weird. And after much research and immersion in the data of bone, I now believe bone loss is a problem of hormone imbalance and nutritional neglect. Certainly, osteoporosis is a problem of hormonal imbalance, plus a few immune issues thrown in for good measure. Put another way, bone loss is a message from the body that something needs to shift. Perhaps what and how you eat. Perhaps the high cortisol you're sporting lately. Perhaps the lack of movement in your life. Perhaps your supplement regimen. If you want to know all about it, listen in for my conversation with my bone homegirl, Irma Jennings.