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  • Bone Health – What You Need to Know

    There are three stages of bone health.

    Stage 1 is during the first 25 years of life when you build the strongest, most dense bones and minimize any actions that may compromise bone building.

    Stage 2 is from 26 years of age to menopause, when you take steps to avoid the breakdown of bone.

    Stage 3 is during postmenopause, which is generally over 50 years of age, when you support both bone growth and limit bone loss.

    Osteoporosis is a chronic, progressive lifestyle disease that affects millions of Americans, particularly women. It is estimated that anywhere between 20%-50% of postmenopausal women are affected by low bone density.1

    When most people hear the word disease, they think of a virus or bacteria causing the condition. This is not the case with osteoporosis which is in fact a “lifestyle disease.” The major causes include old age, hereditary bone health, low body weight (<127 lbs), being a current smoker, and being on steroid therapy (e.g. Prednisone).2

    The list of less significant but important risk factors is long and includes suboptimal nutrition, like consuming the Standard American Diet, low hormone production, excess alcohol, and lack of exercise. Osteoporosis is often preventable by taking simple steps to build and support bone density.

    HORMONES

    Women lose about 50% of their trabecular bone and 30% of their cortical bone over the course of their lives, about half of which is lost during the first 10 years of menopause. 3 During those years, most women are eating the same foods, exercising the same way, and consuming the same amount of calcium, vitamin D, and other vital nutrients. The only major change is that the body’s production of hormones dramatically declines, emphasizing the correlation between hormones and bone density, and that the significant loss of hormones experienced postmenopause directly relates to the initial loss of bone density.

    For this reason, hormones are one of the most important, if not THE most important aspect of bone health, particularly growth hormone, estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Additionally, often forgotten in bone health protocols is thyroid hormone production, as hyperthyroidism or overproduction inhibits bone building and accelerates bone loss, increasing the risk for osteoporosis.4

    • Growth Hormone – key hormone in building both bone and muscle
    • Estrogen – Bone is a living tissue and it’s believed that on average, bone is completely replaced once every ten years. This continual process of the body replacing old bone with new bone is conducted by cells called osteoclasts that dissolve old bone, and osteoblast cells which build new bone. Estrogen is the hormone that controls the action of osteoclasts, thus slowing bone loss.
    • Progesterone and Testosterone – In this bone rebuilding process, osteoblast cells are responsible for the building of new bone. Progesterone and testosterone both increase the action of osteoblasts, increasing the rate of new bone building.
    • Thyroid Hormones – When the thyroid gland is overactive, it puts the body at risk for low bone mineral density. Those with low thyroid function given prescription medication for thyroid hormone can also be at risk for osteopenia and osteoporosis when the dose is too high. Too much circulating thyroid hormones, known as thyrotoxicosis, causes bones to age faster.

    Hormone Therapies & Herbal Alternatives: Traditionally, doctors have used Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT,) which has clearly demonstrated bone density improvements.5 However, concern about the slightly increased risk of breast cancer and stroke and the controversy that remains about the use of HRT has resulted in many women choosing not to take hormones. In order to receive long-term benefits of slowing bone loss and reducing the risk of fractures, hormone therapy of any kind would need to be taken under the current guidelines of using the “appropriate dose, duration, regimen, and route of administration” as determined by the healthcare provider.5 Once HRT is stopped, the woman will lose bone again, as if she is newly menopausal. This has led many integrative practitioners to consider other alternatives.

    However, to date, there has been no clinical evidence that products containing black cohosh, red clover, or soy have any effect on hormones in post-menopausal women, although soy research does show a small benefit to bone density. More recently, published clinical research on a concentrated herbal preparation called Maca-GO has been the first to demonstrate statistically significant effects on hormones in postmenopausal women and improve bone density.6,7 Instead of introducing hormones into the body, Maca-GO supports the body’s own production of hormones through the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis allowing women to use this long-term.

    DIET AND NUTRITION

    The average American adult falls short in consuming the key vitamins and minerals the body requires to properly function. The Standard American Diet is full of processed foods, sugar, and additives and depleted of quality fats, protein, and carbohydrates, leaving the body struggling to properly regenerate bones and regulate hormones.

    Women require each of the following vitamins and minerals for bone health. These are the building blocks for bone, while hormones support the building process. Both are required.

    (The amounts listed below per day are averages. Individual needs may vary.)

    Vitamin/Mineral Amount per day Source
    Calcium 500-1200mg Organic green leafy vegetables, sardines, molasses, dairy, supplementation
    Magnesium 500mg Organic green leafy vegetables, wheat bran, brewer’s yeast, supplementation
    Zinc 15mg Oysters, grass-fed red meat, organic chicken, fish, wheat germ, supplementation
    Copper 2mg Liver, oysters, nuts, chocolate, seeds, shellfish, supplementation
    Manganese 2mg Pineapple, raspberries, beans, tomatoes, green leafy vegetables, supplementation
    Vitamin D 1000-2000IU 15-20 minutes of sun, wild fish – sardines, mackerel, and salmon, supplementation
    Vitamin K 90-120mcg Chlorophyll, broccoli, cabbage, kelp, olive oil, supplementation
    Vitamin B12 400-800mcg Grass-fed red meat, shellfish, liver, cheese, spirulina, kelp, supplementation

    LIFESTYLE & ENVIRONMENT

    Osteoporosis is a lifestyle disease and the environment we put ourselves in can have a significant impact on our health, positive or negative. These modifiable factors can be improved over time by working on them individually or in conjunction with one another.

    • Smoking cessation
    • Manage stress
    • Engage in meditation for 10 mins or more each day
    • Get quality sleep – 7-9 hours per night
    • Consume adequate protein
    • Increase intake of green leafy vegetables
    • Walk in the sun 15 to 20 minutes a day
    • Mineralize water with Original Himalayan Crystal Salt Sole therapy
    • Keep alcohol consumption to no more than one drink per day
    • Avoid carbonated beverages including soda
    • Reduce coffee and tea intake
    • Reduce or avoid the consumption of processed foods, refined flour, and refined sugar
    • Minimize corticosteroid and other pharmaceutical use

    EXERCISE & MOVEMENT

    Everyone has heard the saying “move it or lose it.” Our society is more sedentary and thus our muscles, bones, and joints have suffered the consequences. Engaging in regular exercise is necessary for all aspects of health, including bone health.

    • Maintain healthy body weight, BMI, and body fat percentage.
    • Walk or exercise for 30 minutes each day
    • Include weight-bearing exercise 3 days per week
    • Work with a personal trainer for a customized fitness protocol
    • Get regular massages

     

     

     

     

     

    These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

    References

    1. Looker A, Orewoll E, Johnston C, et al. Prevalence of low femoral bone density in older U.S. adults from NHANES III. J Bone Miner Res. 1997;12:1761-1768.
    2. Silverman S. Selecting patients for osteoporosis therapy. Curr Osteoporosis Rep. 2006;4:91-95.
    3. Finkelstein JS, Brockwell SE, Mehta V, et al. Bone Mineral Density Changes during the Menopause Transition in a Multiethnic Cohort of Women. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2008;93(3):861-868. Accessed from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2266953/
    4. Vestergaard P, Mosekilde L. Fractures in patients with hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism: a nationwide follow-up study in 16,249 patients. Thyroid. 2002;12(5):411-9.
    5. The North American Menopause Society. The 2017 hormone therapy position statement of The North American Menopause Society. Menopause. 2017;24(7):728-753. Accessed from https://www.menopause.org/docs/default-source/2017/nams-2017-hormone-therapy-position-statement.pdf
    6. Meissner HO, et al. Hormone-balancing Effect of Maca-GO (Lepidium peruvianum Chacon): (I) Biochemical and Pharmacodynamic Study on Maca-GO using Clinical Laboratory Model on Ovariectomized Rats. Int J Biomed Sci. 2006;2(3):260-272.
    7. Meissner HO. Short and Long-Term Physiological Responses of Male and Female Rats to Two Dietary levels of Maca-GO (Lepidium peruvianum Chacon). Int J Biomed Sci. 2006;2(1):15-29.

     

  • How to Make Sole

    The easiest, fastest way to hydrate and energize your cells and body is with a Sole

    When Original Himalayan Crystal Stones are dissolved in spring water, the solution created is called “SOLE” (so-lay).

    Now, don’t be alarmed! You’re not drinking a huge glass of salt water!

    Rather, all you do is add one teaspoon of the Sole to 8 ounces of pure, filtered water in the morning.

    It’s easy to make Sole

    1. Fill a wide-mouth glass jar half way up with Original Himalayan Crystal Stones.
    2. Add water to the jar with the Stones in it.
    3. Let it sit for 24 hours allowing for the water to become fully saturated with Original Himalayan Crystal Salt.
    4. The water in your jar has now transformed into Sole.
    5. Keep the jar covered to avoid evaporation and dust. Don’t use metallic lids.
    6. No special storage is needed. Simply keep the Sole jar on your kitchen counter for convenience and as a perpetual reminder!
    7. Original Himalayan Crystal Stones should always be visible in the jar. Add new Stones before they have fully dissolved. Add new water as needed, and let sit for 24 hours each time to ensure complete saturation before next use.

    Choose the Sole Drinking Option that Works Best for Your Lifestyle

    Option #1

    Add 1 teaspoon of Sole to an 8-ounce glass of your preferred drinking water.

    Drink each morning on an empty stomach and then wait 30 minutes before eating.

    Option #2

    Add 1 teaspoon of Sole to 1 quart of your preferred drinking water and drink it throughout the day.

    If, with either Option, the cleansing effect is too intense for you, simply reduce the amount of Sole to a couple of drops.

    Sole is safe for children just reduce the amount of Sole added to their water to half a teaspoon.

    It’s also safe for your pets! Use the same amount as you would for children.

    Some people also squeeze a little lemon or lime into the water to add flavor!

    When water and Original Himalayan Crystal Stones for Sole combine, the two individual ions of sodium and chloride, plus the additional ions from the other 82 minerals which are found in the salt’s crystalline structure, are released into the water creating a solution of concentrated mineral energy.

    When you add Sole to your 8 ounces of water and drink, these ions – or electrical charges – are immediately absorbed, charging your body with energy.

    The Sole also improves the structure of the 8 ounces of water you add it to. So that when you drink that water your body absorbs up to double the amount of water into your cells.

    As a side note, did you know it is estimated that our body is lucky to absorb up to 20% of most US tap waters and that waters completely devoid of any minerals are extremely hard for our cells to absorb. That is why people who drink large amounts of poorly structured or mineral-less waters can still be dehydrated!

    Like everything in life quality is often more important than quantity – and water is no different.

    Clinical Studies Confirm Original Himalayan Crystal Salt® Boosts Health and Wellness in Every Cell

    1. The first clinical study was conducted at the University of Graz, Austria in 2001, and is detailed in the book, Water & Salt, The Essence of Life.Participants who drank water mixed with our Original Himalayan Crystal Salt® Sole enjoyed significant positive changes in respiratory, circulatory, organ, connective tissue, and nervous system functions.Patients also reported increases in quality of sleep, energy, and concentration levels, brain activity, weight loss, enhanced consciousness, and noticeable hair and nail growth.
    2. The second study was conducted in 2007, by Fenestra Research Labs in Las Vegas, Nevada, to test the body’s reaction to the ingestion of common sea salt versus the ingestion of Original Himalayan Crystal Salt. The purpose of this study was to evaluate Original Himalayan Crystal Salt as a safe and effective all-natural mineral supplement.A double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study involved 70 participants over 30-days.Participants were randomly divided into two groups. One group was given Original Himalayan Crystal Salt in the form of Sole, and the other was given sea salt, also in the form of sole. Neither group was allowed to take any other drink, vitamin, supplements or food for 30 minutes after drinking the Sole.An Optimal Wellness Analysis was performed on all participants prior to the start of the study, at 14-days and again at 30-days.

      The Optimal Wellness Analyzer is an analytical system that applies cutting-edge science to evaluate health at the cellular level. An analysis of mineralization, hydration, and oxygenation was conducted.

      At the start of this study, all 70 participants were in the red (danger) zone, indicating at least 35% away from normal Wellness numbers in Mineralization, Oxidative Stress Indicators, and Hydration.

    At the end of the study, those who drank the Original Himalayan Crystal Salt Sole came very close to the range of normal health… while those who drank Sole made from common sea salt were at least 35% away from a normal range of wellness!

    Original Himalayan Crystal Salt was shown to be a highly effective product for the normalizing of mineralization in the human body. This was demonstrated by:

    • Helping to stabilize pH for a healthier acid-alkaline balance
    • Helping to stabilize oxidative stress
    • Hydration indicators showed an average of ten percent increase

    Plus, Original Himalayan Crystal Salt has not demonstrated any adverse side effects.

     

    Give Your Body the Same Minerals That Sparked and Sustained Life Millions of Years Ago

    Only Original Himalayan Crystal Stones:

    • Includes the 84 minerals considered essential nutrients for life and energy
    • Floods your body with electrolytes which can improve conductivity and stimulate circulation*
    • Improve hydration into your cells*
    • Helps balance acid-alkaline imbalances*
    • Helps normalize blood pressure*
    • Supports detoxification and helps cleanse the intestines*
    • Supports a properly functioning metabolism*

    Concerned about Daily Sodium? Sole is Safe

    The American Heart Association recommends no more than 2,300mg per day for most adults.

    You’ll be happy to know that 1 teaspoon of Sole has only 478mg of sodium.

    But did you know that 1 teaspoon of regular table salt has 2,300mg? That’s your entire limit! Please, never take a teaspoon of regular salt and stir it into a glass of water. It’s definitely not the same as a teaspoon of Sole!

    Not only is the sodium content dangerously high, it’s also missing the 82 additional minerals that make Sole from Original Himalayan Crystal Stones so beneficial and health-positive.

     

    Extracted and Cleaned According to Time-Honored Tradition to Preserve the Original Vibration, Energy, and 84 Minerals

    The Crystal Stones are extracted from the mine by hand according to time-honored tradition without the use of mechanical devices or explosives.

    Next, it is cleaned, hand-sorted, and hand-packed locally near the Himalayas. This natural method ensures that the original vibration, the inherent energy, and ALL 84 minerals remain in perfect crystalline form essential for optimal bioavailability.

    Symphony Natural Health’s exclusive partnership with the true source of Original Himalayan Crystal Salt® results in the creation and support of local industry and the export of finished goods. Honoring the local community this way results in an investment in the community that is 5-times bigger than that from other companies who export salt as a commodity.

     

    *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
    **Individual results may vary.

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