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Them Bones, Them Bones, Them Strong Bones

Posted in Health @ Apr 8th 2013 7:54am - By Exclusively You

It’s fair to say everybody at some stage of their life has had an issue with bone health. Whether it’s breaks or fractures, or more serious conditions like osteoarthritis and osteoporosis, bone health is very important to our overall wellbeing. Bones support our bodies and help us to move – they are essential in our everyday lives and we need to look after them so that they can do their job properly!

So what can we do to help our bones to remain healthy and strong?

1.    One of the most significant things you can do is regular weight bearing exercise, such as Pilates, walking, and weight training. Numerous studies have shown that these activities are most efficient at maintaining and increasing both bone strength and density. They can be particularly beneficial in cases of osteoarthritis and osteoporosis, and are most vital to continue as we age.

2.    Regular visits to an osteopath (specialists in bone health) may also be beneficial- particularly for maintaining alignment, balance and injury prevention or rehabilitation.

3.    Be aware that calcium blood levels via tests are not a good indicator of bone calcium levels. The body will always keep calcium blood levels healthy, even if it means robbing the bones of calcium!

4.    Bone density tests via your G.P. are a more effective way of assessing your bone health if you have any concerns.

5.    Avoiding soft drinks that contain phosphoric acid is a lesser known tip, however it is very important. Phosporic acid can rob the bones of calcium so is best avoided.

6.    Calcium is a massive factor in bone health! Some great sources of calcium include leafy green vegetables such as spinach, bok choy and kale.  Don’t think just dairy, greens have very high calcium absorption.  Be aware that the need for calcium is different in everyone, based on a variety of health factors including gender, age and lifestyle.

7.    Regular massage and gentle stretching can also be very beneficial.

8.    Treat your body, mind and soul as a whole! The healthier you are overall the less chance of disease in the first place!


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