Habits That Will Keep Your Bones Healthy As You Age

If there is one thing that pretty much everyone needs to be careful about as we advance in age, it’s the health of our bones and musculoskeletal systems.

You are probably aware of the many dangers that osteoporosis can pose to us as we age into senior citizen status, but did you know that almost half of all women and one fourth of all men, regardless of previous life and health circumstances, will end up fracturing a bone after age fifty because of osteoporosis?

I learned this shocking true fact from a very informative and truly eye opening article I recently came across that is by the Arthritis Foundation. Fortunately, there are things that people can do at any age to prevent the dangers and damages that osteoporosis can bring. While people of all ages should take these notes into consideration when evaluating their overall bone health, it is especially important for people of younger ages to start enacting these healthy habits now, so that their bones remain strong later on in life.

Surely you have heard the old adage, “drink your milk”, haven’t you? Since dairy products are so chock full of calcium, which is a nutrient that is essential to building strong bones, you will really want to pack in as much milk, cheese, and yogurt into your diet as you can. If you are lactose intolerant, or just can’t stand the taste of these foods, there are plenty of others that can provide you with calcium. Spinach is one great source of calcium, as are some types of fermented foods. Also make sure that you are spending plenty of time in the sun, since vitamin D is important for absorbing this calcium and keeping your bones strong. Getting regular exercise is also a great way to keep your body fit and strong from head to toe, inside and out. Even making simple changes such as choosing to take the stairs instead of the elevator atwork can really benefit you and your bones.

As for what you should be avoiding, it should come as no surprise that alcohol and nicotine are detrimental to the health of your bone structure. These substances can actually interfere with the body’s ability to process and absorb the vitamins and hormones that are necessary to absorbing calcium, so do your body a favor and keep these habits in moderation, if you can’t cut them entirely. 

Finally, getting regular chiropractic adjustments has been shown to effectively improve overall bone health. Walk into your nearest The Joint clinic today to start on your path to total health and wellness on your terms.

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