The Role of Bones
Our bodies are made up of approximately 206 bones. The bones form a part of the skeletal system which consists of bones, cartilage, and the membranes that line the bones. Each bone is an organ that includes nervous tissue, epithelial tissue (within the blood vessels), and connective tissue (blood, bone, cartilage, adipose, and fibrous connective tissue).
Functions of the bones
Bones have many functions, including the following:
- Bones allow the body to move by acting as levers and points of attachment for muscles.
- Production of red blood cell occurs in the red marrow found within the cavity of certain bones.
- Bones provide a framework for the attachment of muscles and other tissues.
- Bones protect our internal organs from injury, eg. rib cage protecting the heart and lungs and skull protecting the brain.
- Bones stores calcium and phosphorus, essential minerals for various cellular activities throughout the body.
- Lipids, such as fats, stored in adipose cells of the yellow marrow serve as an energy reservoir.
What can adversely affect our bones
Our bones can be impacted by a number of things including poor nutrition, accidents or injuries. Some of the more common problems that impact the bones include:
- Broken bones
- Brittle bones
- Bone misalignment
What can we do to improve bone health?
We can improve bone health through movement and also nutrients from our diet (foods and herbs).
Herbs used to improve bone health
Some herbs used to improve bone health include:
- Dandelion Root – rich in calcium, which is necessary for bone health and growth. Improve bone density, enhance liver and kidney funcions
- Ginger root – anti-inflammatory, helps to promote bone density
- Bladderwrack / Kelp /Seamoss – rich in minerals
- Arnica – brings down swelling and reduce pains associated with injuries
- Burdock Root – contains nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, manganese, and potassium which are essential for the bone health
- Oatstraw – heals osteoporosis, mends bones and strengthens teeth
- Red Raspberry Leaves – rich in calcium, easily absorbed
- Alfalfa – helps build strong bones, help prevent iron deficiency
- Horsetail – helps to repair bones and collagen
- Chickweed – rich in minerals including calcium, magnesium, iron, manganese, silica and selenium
- Nettle Leaves – rich in calcium and also boron, which helps to protect bones
- White Oak Bark – rich in calcium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium and manganese
- Mullein – helps broken bones to set and heal
- Comfrey – helps bones rejoin and heal
- Chaste Tree Berry – treatment of loss of minerals and consequent reduction in bone mass
Did you know…
There are 26 bones in the human foot.
Dr Sebi’s recommendation
Dr Sebi noted that we should drink sea moss.
Note: Sea moss could be used in combination with bladderwrack – Dr Sebi’s Bromide Powder is a great option.
Main Formula 1
Other combinations in addition to the main formula listed above include:
- Horsetail Herb
- Dandelion root
- Nettle Leaves
- Ginger Root
- Red Raspberry
- Burdock Root
- Horsetail Herb
- Dandelion Leaf/Root
- Chickweed Herb
- Nettle Leaves
- Dandelion Leaf
- Sarsil Berry
Bone poultice is a formulation designed to encourage healing in damaged tissues. A poultice can help with conditions like arthritis, backache, broken bones, bruises, damage to cartilage, spinal disk problems, hernias, joint pain, torn or injured ligaments, sprains or other injuries.
How to make and use poultice:
1. Chop and mash herb leaves and/or root.
2. Combine with a bit of water or essential oil to make a paste.
3. Apply to the affected area and secure.
Note: Please watch above video on poultice.
Did you know…
The human hand, including the wrist, contains 54 bones.
Foods that negatively affects bone health
Some foods inhibit healing and affect calcium absorption in the body. These include:
- Animal fat
- Refined foods
- High sodium foods
- Sodas and similar drinks
- Processed foods
Foods you should eat for bone health
- Dark leafy green
- Sea moss / bladderwrack and other seaweeds
- Fresh fruits and herbs
Note: Magnesium is needed for calcium absorption, which one can get from eating fresh fruits such as avocados, apples and bananas.
Did you know…
Bones are made up of calcium, phosphorus, sodium, and other minerals, as well as the protein collagen.
Things that are antagonistic to calcium
Some things impair absorption of calcium:
- Corticosteroids such as prednisone.
- Excess sodium – it increases the amount of calcium that is excreted in the urine.
- Excess protein – it creates sulphate which increases the amount of calcium excreted in the urine.
- Foods high in oxalic acid such as spinach, chard, chocolate, and tea. Oxalate binds with calcium and increases the loss of calcium through faecal excretion.
- Phosphoric acid and phosphate, phosphorous, which is in cola and many processed foods, can interfere with calcium absorption.
- Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol can interfere with the calcium balance.
- Excessive intake of caffeine can increase urinary excretion as well as faecal excretion of calcium.
- Smoking, stress, and lack of exercise – these lifestyle factors contribute to the body not being able to absorb calcium as it should.
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