Are you past the age of 40 and have noticed that you have to adjust the rear view mirror in the car now more often or that you seem to be sitting lower in the car when you drive?
If you measure your height and find that you have indeed lost an inch or two in height, it’s time to see your doctor – one of two things may be the cause:
1. Poor Posture: Daily Habits Matter!
Slumping and standing or sitting incorrectly. These are common positions that force your shoulders to round forward, close down the chest area and shut down your total lung capacity, and make you feel like the world is taking a toll on you.
2. Osteoporosis: Poor Diet, Lack Of Exercise, And Poor Posture!
This is a bone disease where the bones did not receive enough calcium and minerals and have started to collapse and fracture. It’s a common health affliction that affects both men and women in their later years.
But don’t let the disease fool you – it can also occur in women who had a hysterectomy at an early age.
How Does Poor Posture Contribute To Shrinking In Height?
The way that poor posture decreases your height is that when you slump forward, your back starts making an angle less than 90 degrees to your legs.
Now think about this in an extreme situation first. If you slumped so far down that your head rested on your thighs, what would your height be?
It would be equal to the height measured from your feet to a little above your waist. That’s a decrease of probably close to 24 inches in most people!
Now let’s say that you slumped forward about half the way down to the position where your head rested on your thighs. What would your height be? You would probably lose about 12 inches in height!
Cut that distance is half again, where your body is now at about a quarter of the 90 degree angle that it should be at, and you lost 6 inches!
Wow! That’s a lot of loss in height just from slouching! You can see now that sitting up straight and standing up straight – and improving your posture – is the key to standing tall in life!
But What About Osteoporosis? I Can’t Help It If I Have This Disease!
You can certainly prevent osteoporosis and reverse it. Thousands of people already have. You’ll learn about that later.
Osteoporosis, or porous bones, makes you susceptible to your vertebrae fracturing. Once they fracture, they collapse.
What Happens To The Vertebrae When Osteoporosis Occurs
A good strong vertebrae is wedge-shaped. But with a fracture, that wedge will either:
- collapse in on itself to look like a pancake
- collapse on only one side.
When either one of these occur, the problems begin.
When it collapses like a pancake, now the muscles, tendons, and ligaments are in a state of stress. They must compensate but don’t know how to do it quickly.
There’s a lot of pain with a fractured vertebrae. Simultaneously, you lose at least ½ inch in height just from the vertebral collapse.
When the vertebrae collapses on only one side, then there’s a new angle in your spine that didn’t exist before. In a healthy spine, the vertebrae are stacked on top of each other like blocks stacked on top of blocks.
Of course, in a spine, there are some additional curves, but for the most part, the vertebrae are stacked in a line.
What would happen if you took a hammer and knocked out the edge of one of the middle cement blocks that were stacked on top of each other with no mortar?
The blocks on top would start to collapse and fall. If Humpty Dumpty was sitting on top of the blocks, he would fall down.
Something similar happens with your spine. When a vertebral body collapses into a wedge, the others lose their support as well.
When this happens, you can’t improve your posture even if you wanted to and committed to osteoporosis exercises daily. Certainly the osteoporosis exercises would help the rest of your bones, but not particularly the fractured one.
And of course, your height suffers just like in the case where you were slumping at your desk.
It’s not a pretty sight – until the medical doctors do expensive and painful back surgery and insert a fake wedge into the area of your vertebrae to hold up the rest of the spine.
In cases where the vertebrae collapses unevenly, surgery is the answer. But it’s not the whole answer.
Unless you want more vertebrae to collapse, you must do your part to build up the rest of the bones in your vertebral column and in your entire skeleton.
In osteoporosis, many vitamins and minerals are lacking, not just calcium!
Here’s a list of just some of the nutrients you will need:
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin C
Warning: Doctors Don’t Tell You This!
And that’s just the start! If you are eating three meals a day right now, you can’t possibly eat another three to supply an extra portion of the vitamins and minerals you need to recalcify a skeleton. You must take supplements.
What the medical doctors don’t tell you is that you need all the nutrients, not just calcium and vitamin D. If you don’t have all of them, the process of re-calcification won’t occur as it should and there will be problems healing.
One Key Missing Element For Osteoporosis
Many people with osteoporosis lack strontium, a mineral needed for good bone health. This type of strontium isn’t the same as the radioactive strontium you hear about on the news because a nuclear reactor melted down.
There’s a difference between radioactive strontium and non-radioactive strontium. Radioactive strontium destroys the bones whereas non-radioactive strontium builds the bones.
That’s why smart health practitioners advise strontium for osteoporosis if a person is low in it. And research studies show that strontium for osteoporosis can be very helpful!
There are close to 500 research studies on strontium for osteoporosis in the medical literature of the National Health Institutes online database called Pub Med.
The reason why adding strontium for osteoporosis works is that it inhibits the bone cells that break down the bone from working so the bone building cells can finally do their work.
In some cases, the war between the bone building and bone breakdown cells has been occurring for over a year, resulting in people suffering because their bones won’t heal.
Strontium for osteoporosis can work – if a person needs the element.
Don’t Forget Posture Improvement Exercises!
You may want to take a good look at the ebook, Perfect Posture Program. It will give you great insight into how to exercise to improve your posture.