When you’re young, bone health isn’t at the top of your list of worries. However, as you age your body isn’t producing new bone faster than your old bone is breaking down. According to Mayo Clinic (http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/bone-health/art-20045060), the majority of people reach their bone health peak around 30 years old. Yikes! This can be scary news, but there are ways to boost your bone health and we’re here to tell you how!
Calcium, calcium, calcium! A lack of calcium results in the thinning of bones, low bone density, early bone less, and increases your risk of fractures! Make sure to care for your bones and snack on calcium rich foods/drinks. Oranges, broccoli, beans, sesame seeds are all great sources of calcium!
Hit the gym! Exercise is essential for bone health. If you’re regularly exercising, your bones will continually grow stronger and your bone density will increase. A few great exercises are running, jumping rope, and stair climbing.
Put your coffee down. An excess of caffeine can prevent your bones from absorbing calcium. According to Time (http://healthland.time.com/2012/10/09/10-ways-to-build-healthy-bones-and-keep-them-strong/), drinking two cups of coffee each day accelerates bone loss!
Vitamin D is a must! Make sure you’re getting your daily dose of sun exposure and be sure to snack on vitamin D rich foods. A great source of vitamin D rich foods are tuna, orange juice, cheese, egg yolks, and more.
Put down that cigarette! A health must, avoid drinking and smoking. These activities are negative on your overall health, but also decrease your bone mass. Cut your losses and steer clear from these unhealthy habits!
Increasing your bone health is that easy! Keep these simple tips in mind and your bones will be happier than ever. Add a few mindful snacks, exercise, avoid unhealthy habits, and get a little bit of sun (not too much).