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The Way To Healthier Bones

Bones are the support system of the entire body so it’s crucial to keep them healthy and strong and to start taking care of them at an early age to avoid bones problems later on.

Our bodies are building up those bones until about age 30, when they typically reach peak bone mass - which varies from person to person. Bones are constantly being broken down and rebuilt in tiny amounts. Before reaching peak bone mass, the body is creating new bone faster, but after age 30, the bone building balance naturally shifts and more bone is lost than gained.

Learn from your family history:

Family history is a key indicator of bone health. Those with a parent or sibling who has or had osteoporosis are more likely to develop it.

Calcium:

This mineral is essential for the proper development of teeth and bones. Not to mention it’s a huge helper in proper muscle function, nerve signaling, hormone secretion, and blood pressure. The key might be to help the body absorb calcium by pairing calcium-rich foods with those high in vitamin D.

Vitamin D:

Where there’s calcium, there must be vitamin D: The two work together to help the body absorb the bone-boosting calcium. Boost vitamin D consumption by munching on shrimp, fortified foods like cereal and orange juice, sardines, eggs (in the yolks), and tuna, or opt for a vitamin D supplement.

Exercise:

 

Regular exercise is key to keep a number of health issues at bay, and bone health is no exception. In fact, living a sedentary lifestyle is considered a risk factor for osteoporosis. Running, walking, jumping rope, skiing, and stair climbing keep bones strongest