Have you ever heard tall people don’t get osteoporosis? What about that tall people don’t shrink?
As I near 30, I am starting to doubt those things I heard as a child. Bone density myths are among them. My mom was almost 5’10, when she started shrinking a few years ago. I am 6’2. I’ve often joked about being perfectly fine with shrinking, so I can find pants more easily. The reality is shrinking is a sign of serious issues: bone density loss and osteoporosis.
Causes of osteoporosis
Osteoporosis or the loss of tissue from bones, typically affects women post-menopause and men after age 65. There are several causes of osteoporosis, which include:
- use of corticosteroids (medication for asthma, arthritis, allergies, and Lupus)
- use of caffeine products
Obviously, some of these things can be avoided, while others cannot. Smoking and drinking or taking products that contain caffeine can usually be avoided pretty easily. For folks like my mom, who must take corticosteriods and will hopefully continue to get older, it’s important to take measures to prevent osteoporosis.
Like many diseases, osteoporosis can be prevented through diet. Eating foods high in calcium and fluoride can help to build strong bones and teeth up to age 30. Eating foods high in manganese helps to build bone mass throughout life.
Calcium, fluoride, and manganese can all be obtained from eating simple foods, drinking water, and practicing good oral hygiene. However, rooibos tea provides all of these minerals AND can increase bone density by ten times.
Benefits of Rooibos Tea
Rooibos tea (pronounced Roy boss) or Red Bush tea, is an herbal drink from a plant native to South Africa. It is a part of the legume (Fabaceae) family, yet lacks any type of bean-like flavor. Instead, when brewed properly at 180oF, it has a rather earthy flavor with notes of vanilla. It can be used in any tea blend in place of black tea to produce a caffeine-free recipe. Personally, I prefer it alone and unsweetened.
Honestly, I won’t say rooibos is my favorite tea. However, with everyone in my family shrinking, I think it’s well worth me trying to avoid losing inches. Plus, rooibos is packed with polyphenols to ward off other diseases and viruses, so it is well worth my sips.
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Rooibos can be used to treat:
Osteoporosis/Bone density loss, Swelling, Arthritis, Stress, Tension, Hypertension (high blood pressure), Joint pain, Colic, High Cholesterol, Type II Diabetes (high blood sugar), Acne, Sunburn, Stomach Cramps, Eczema, Hay Fever, and Asthma
Rooibos can be used to prevent:
Cancer, Viruses, Heart attack, Atherosclerosis (clogged arteries), Arthritis, Osteoporosis, Joint pain, Stroke, High cholesterol, Type II Diabetes (high blood sugar), Diarrhea, and Premature aging
*Warning: Rooibos tea can interfere with treatment for hormone-sensitive cancers like breast cancer. Be sure to consult with your doctor before drinking rooibos if you are a breast cancer patient.