Bone deformation (osteomalacia in adults, rickets in children) is usually caused by the improper bonding of calcium, which in turn may be caused by a Vitamin D deficiency, resulting in decalcification.
Vitamin D is essential for the bonding of calcium to bones. If you suspect you lack Vitamin D, eat a lot of fish liver and fish like sardines, herring, and salmon.
And remember- your best natural source of Vitamin D is exposure to sunlight, which stimulates pro-vitamins present in your skin.
A lack of calcium can also be the indirect result of certain health problems:
– prolonged diarrhoea
– chronic kidney insufficiency
– bone metastasis and treatments for convulsions or leukemia
Taking calcium supplements can help fight these disorders, as well as prevent a deficiency.
If you suspect you lack calcium eat a lot of dairy products and spend some time in the sun, eating fish to absorb more Vitamin D, which will improve your rate of calcium absorption.
If you tend to eat a lot of grains, be careful – too much of a good thing can be harmful! Fibre containing phytic acid can have a harmful effect: absorbing more than 30 grams (1 ounce) of this kind of fibre results in decalcification, and can be a cause of bone deformation in the long term. You can reduce your intake of grains, or compensate for the extra fibre by eating more dairy products, almonds, hazelnuts, dried fruit, dried beans and mollusks, and drinking mineral water rich in calcium.
Persons who are Vitamin D deficient can develop rickets and other bone diseases. However, bone disease is especially common among elderly persons.
Vitamin D is not commonly found in food. Main sources include:
– fish oil and the flesh of some fish (sardines, herring, salmon);
– eggs and milk (smaller amounts).
Your best source of Vitamin D is sunlight, which bonds provitamins already present in your skin.
If the pains you feel in your bones are not caused by a serious bone disease like osteomyelitis or Paget’s disease, a simple Vitamin C deficiency could be the cause. Vitamin C plays an essential role in a great many organic functions. It cannot be stored by your body, so you need to ingest a sufficient amount on a daily basis. Vitamin C is also fairly fragile (destroyed by heat and exposure to light). Persons who eat few fruits and vegetables run a much greater risk of developing a deficiency.
Eat at least some of the following foods a few times a week:
– fresh fruit, especially citrus fruit and kiwis, and gooseberries;
– fresh vegetables, especially cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, green pepper, potatoes and parsley.