We’ve Got a Bone to Pick with You!

By on 06/08/2017

bone healthOk, no we don’t actually have a bone to pick with you, we really just want to talk about your bones, and why keeping them healthy is so important, regardless of age!

It’s important to stay mindful of bone health (which is determined by your bone density) because, without it, you are at risk for some serious health complications like arthritis, osteopenia or osteoporosis. We may not often think about it, but bones do so much for our body. They provide support, but also protect the brain, heart and other organs from injury. And that’s not all…

We may not often think about it, but bones do so much for our body. They provide support, but also protect the brain, heart and other organs from injury. And that’s not all…

Did you know that our bones also store calcium and phosphorous and can release them into your blood supply if you are running low?

Your bones have your back, literally and figuratively, so be good to them!

Warning Signs of Poor Bone Health

Warning signs go beyond the obvious and include:

  • Leg cramps, bone pain and muscle cramps
  • Receding gum line (indicating bone loss in the jaw)
  • Height loss
  • Poor posture
  • Decreased grip strength
  • Low overall fitness ability
  • Weak and brittle fingernailsBone Density

How to Keep Bones Healthy

While you can’t prevent certain risk factors like age, gender or pre-existing health conditions, there is still plenty you can do to ensure your bones stay in great shape.

  • Quit smoking. Smoking decreases bone density and studies show smokers have a higher occurrence of bone fractures as a result.
  • Get outside and under the sun. Moderate exposure to the sun helps metabolize calcium and triggers your body to create more vitamin c.
  • Avoid too much sodium, caffeine and protein in your diet as these reduce the absorption of calcium which leads to bone weakness.
  • Eat a well-rounded diet and be sure to get enough vitamin c and calcium every day. If you need to supplement, then do it!foods for strong bones
  • Exercise! Working out doesn’t just strengthen your muscles, it also strengthens your bones.
  • Maintain a healthy body weight. Beeing too heavy or too thin put you at risk for osteoporosis.
  • Review your medications as some contribute to weak bones as a side-effect. One of the biggest offenders is corticosteroids. If you currently take these, you may need to also take a prescription strength supplement that helps combat these side effects and protect your bones.
  • Avoid carbonated beverages as they have been directly linked to loss of bone mass.

Once bone mass is lost, only a portion can be built back up so it’s important to stay ahead of the curve here. Living with osteoporosis or arthritis is a daily struggle with pain, weakness and loss of freedom as many activities (like bike riding or running) become unsafe. Simply by monitoring your diet, exercise and consumption of vitamin D and calcium, as well as avoiding the other risk factors we listed, you can make a huge difference in your bone density which will positively affect your health and lifestyle!

Don’t ignore our advice or we will actually have a bone to pick with you!

About modernhealthproject

Hi there! This is my little blog project where I am trying to learn more about health, wellness and living a balanced life, while also sharing a bit of my silly side as well. By "silly" I mean sarcastic. And by "a bit" I mean way too much. Sorry about that.♥ - Anna

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