My scan revealed that I've lost two inches in height since my last test, which completely shocked me. In the past, I've taken supplements in an attempt to (at least) keep my bones at the level they were at. Yet, when I heard that I am a full two inches shorter, I knew it was time to become regimented about my bone health. I already live with a permanent lower back injury, and slight scoliosis - now I can see that osteoporosis is a real possibility. I know that we aren't given more than we can handle, but I wonder how I will tolerate any additional back issues.....?
So, it's time to get serious with my bone health!
Orange Naturals Naturopathic Tinctures
Orange Naturals Tinctures are liquid medicine made from a herb soaked in alcohol and water (alcohol pulls out medicinal ingredients and preserves the tincture). Tinctures are absorbed directly into the blood stream, and bypass the digestive system. The absorption rate is 98%, as compared to tablets which have only a 5 - 18% absorption rate.
Tinctures are the perfect way for me to boost my bone health. I've found bypassing my digestive system is the only way to go when it comes to medications - IBD causes my system to be hyper and most meds move through pretty quickly.
Boosting Bone Health Smoothie Recipe
2 Scoops Orange Naturals ND Shake Mix for Women
1/2 cup Milk
1/2 cup Vanilla Yogurt (or your favourite flavour choice)
1/2 cup Sliced Strawberries (I had frozen, so that's what I used)
1 Sliced Banana
1/4 cup Coconut Milk
1 drop of Orange Naturals Devil's Claw Tincture
Combine all ingredients until pureed. Pour into a chilled glass and serve immediately. This smoothie contains calcium, from the yogurt, milk and from the ND Shake Mix.
*Orange Naturals Devil's Claw is used to help relieve joint pain associated with osteoarthritis.*
*Orange Naturals ND Shake Mix for Women is a nutrient dense blend of plant protein, greens, and superfruits - it supports women's blood sugar, bone and urinary health.*
*Orange Naturals ND Shake Mix 250mg of calcium per 2 scoops.*
My children's bone health is also quite important to me. I am predisposed to osteoporosis, and I figure my children are as well. (My decreased bone density is due to over-use of steroids.) So, alternately, I could prepare this same smoothie for my children, by simply interchanging Orange Naturals ND Shake for Woman, for Orange Naturals ND Shake for Kids. Then, replace Orange Naturals Devil's Claw with Orange Naturals D3 Drops.
You may of caught Orange Naturals on Canadian talk show Steven and Chris (who I love) earlier this month. Check out the smoothie creations featured on the show. And, be sure to visit Orange Naturals blog, where you'll find great articles geared towards children and the whole family.
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Disclosure: I am part of the Orange Naturals Mom Ambassador Program and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.