Health & Wellness

Healthy Bones For A Young Life

By Tawnya Manion | February 14, 2013

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Strong bones play a major role in the health of the body . They give the physique its structure, safe guard the organs, keep the muscles in place, and store important minerals. If proper measures are not taken to keep the hard, whitish tissues robust they can become weak and fracture easily restricting mobility and the ability to walk.

The skeleton needs both calcium and vitamin D to make brawny bones and teeth. The more of this mineral and vitamin consumed the more efficient the framework of the body remolds itself. This in turn, builds a sturdy, healthy skeleton able to take on the demands of everyday movement.

The average physique needs around 1,000 mg of calcium and 400 IU of vitamin D a day. A diet low in these nutrients contributes to a decrease in bone density, premature bone loss, and an escalated risk of fractures. There exists a number of different factors that can affect durability of the skeleton. However, if you make  healthy lifestyle choice that include the following tips the bones can resist fractures and decrease the risk of osteoporosis.

Eat foods high in calcium and vitamin D. Good sources of calcium include low-fat dairy products, green vegetables like kale, spinach, and broccoli, and fortified cereals and juices. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggest to ingest three servings a day of calcium-rich sustenances. Vitamin D is only found in a few foods. These sources include fatty fish and fortified orange juice. An easier way to get the daily amount of vitamin D is to soak up some sun rays. Sunlight contributes to the synthesize of vitamin D because modified cholesterol molecules in the skin convert the sun’s rays to vitamin D.

Do weight-bearing/strength training exercises. Physical activity such as walking, jogging, climbing stairs, and lifting light weights forces the skeleton to become stronger in order to handle the stress that  physical activity puts on the bone. A workout stimulates hard tissue formation and assists with balance which can help prevent falls.

Avoid smoking and excess alcohol intake. According to the Academy of Nutrition and  Dietetics, tobacco use and drinking more than two alcoholic beverages a day can increase the risk of osteoporosis. Conceivably because the two substances interfere with the bodies ability to absorb vitamins and minerals.

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