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Easy Tips For Healthy Bones

Aug 17, 2007
The skeleton is what holds the body up. Our bones are vitally important to the proper and useful functioning of our bodies. When our bones are harmed, things get dicey. Especially as we age, it is important to keep our bones healthy in order to avoid osteoporosis, or "brittle bones." When the bones are brittle, then they are more prone to breaking. In the older population, this means that a fall can seriously damage a bone. Hip fractures and other such breakages are common from falls that just a few years ago would have hardly raised a bruise. But in order for one to have healthy bones as one ages, it is important to lay a solid foundation while young.

In order teach kids the importance of taking good care of themselves, a good example must be set, and they should be encouraged to enjoy the foods and activities that will help them keep their bones strong. Starting out with good habits at a young age makes it easier to continue the good habits at an older age. And starting out young will ensure that one has a healthy foundation to build upon. This is especially important when it comes to building healthy bones.

One of the things that is most detrimental to healthy bones is soda. If, instead of drinking healthier things, one drinks soda, then that lowers the amount of nutrients one is taking in. Sugary sports drinks are not much better. Three servings of dairy, or a dairy equivalent for the lactose intolerant and the vegan, are good ways to get necessary nutrients. Teaching children to enjoy drinking things like milk, water, and natural fruit juice will help them develop healthier habits and make healthier choices. If you have children, and you show them by example the importance of eating and drinking healthier, they will see that it is something worthwhile. And you will be all the healthier for it as well!

But developing strong, healthy bones, and then keeping them that way as you get older, is not just about what you eat. Exercise is an important part of the healthy bones equation. It does not have to be all out high impact exercises everyday, but it should be something that gets you moving and active. Using your body will keep it in use, and help the bones maintain their ability to hold your body. If you go outside for your exercise, you can receive added benefits. Not only is the fresh air invigorating, but also the exposure to the sun can help you create Vitamin D. Even when you are wearing sunscreen. 15 minutes a day in the sun is enough for you to get the Vitamin D you need to help your bones better absorb the nutrients that keep them strong.

While keeping your bones healthy can begin at any age and do some good, it is best to start living healthy at a younger age. Then you will have the strength in your bones to enjoy life as you progress through it.
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