I regularly see osteopenia or osteoporosis in my female postmenopausal patients with autoimmune disease. I even see low bone density in female patients in their 30s. Most of them have had poor gut health their entire life, compromising their ability to absorb minerals like calcium and magnesium. Some patients are aware of their gut problems because of symptoms like bloating and irritable bowel syndrome, but leaky gut is present in the majority of autoimmune disease and won’t always cause symptoms, but it does compromise nutrient absorption. Malabsorption of nutrients can weaken your skeleton, as well as weakening your immune system and aggravating any health problem you may have. The majority of my patients eat well and try to take good care of their health, yet when tested, most have nutrient deficiencies.
Calcium, magnesium, boron, vitamins D and K are all important for bone health and they are found in Calcium Complete tablets. It’s also important to remember that your bones are made of protein. They are primarily made of collagen, with added minerals. If you don’t consume enough protein, or absorb it adequately, your bones can suffer. An interesting 12 week study was conducted on 107 healthy women and 29 healthy men. They weren’t placed on a vegan diet, but they were asked to replace some of the animal protein in their diet with plant protein like legumes, nuts, seeds and grains. After just 12 weeks all of them experienced a deterioration in bone health. I believe the human body simply can’t utilise the protein present in plant foods nearly as well as that in animal foods.
When you consume protein in your diet, you use the majority of it for structural purposes, including collagen formation. You digest the protein from food and then your body requires vitamin C, zinc, silica and biotin in order to produce collagen. These nutrients are found in Collagen Food powder.
If you have any autoimmune disease, please be mindful of your bone health. Osteoporosis takes decades to develop. It is never too early to monitor the strength of your bones and take action if necessary. For more information about autoimmune disease see our book Healing Autoimmune Disease: A plan to help your immune system and reduce inflammation.