A recent HealthDay article emphasized the importance of safeguarding one's bones, beginning at an early age.
Osteoporosis is the weakening of the bones that can occur as people age. The National Osteoporosis Foundation reports that over 10 million osteoporosis sufferers are women, but it can also occur in men.
What are some of the important wellness tips essential for bone health?
Weight-Bearing Exercise - Weight-Bearing Exercise is critical to keep the bones healthy and strong. Walking, for example, is an easy way to keep bones strong. Yoga promotes better posture, which in turn, lessens the risk of falls that can fracture bones.
Diet - A diet rich in foods with Calcium, like low-fat dairy and yogurt is one way to keep bones healthy. Vitamin D assists with Calcium absorption and dairy products with Vitamin D added are best. Other ways to get Vitamin D? Salmon, sun exposure (the sun generates Vitamin D in the body naturally, which is often called the "sunshine vitamin") and of course supplements. Magnesium, Potassium, and Vitamins C and K round out a diet that helps to keep bones strong. Leafy greens, peppers and fruits are among the best food choices for those vitamins and minerals.
Limit or Eliminate - Limit salt, caffeine and alcohol intake, which can sap the body of Calcium and weaken bones. Soft drinks should be avoided altogether. Smoking is another habit that takes Calcium from the bones.
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