Do you keep your bones healthy? We hear about dry bones, porous bones, bone density … and the list goes on. Or you can remember singing that song connecting one bone to the other.
We should not take our bones for granted. Our bodies tend to deteriorate as we get older, but much of this can be prevented to some degree with proper care.
One common condition which depicts unhealthy bones is osteoporosis. It is a condition where bones become so porous that it is unable to sustain the body in a normal way.
Most people are affected after the age of 30, but especially over 50 when the bone-building process slows down. Women, in particular, suffer because they usually have less bone mass than men.
Take a look at how the body is made up and understand how important it is to keep your bones healthy.
Bones .. the Mainframe of the Body.
We could not maintain a posture or do most of the activities we are capable of without the skeletal system which the bones make up… the mainframe of our bodies.
Let’s take a look at how essential these 206 bones are in supporting other organs and systems …
- Protection: The skeleton forms a frame around the organs of our bodies protecting them from easily being injured. The rib cage, for example, encloses the lungs.
- Movement: Muscles are attached to bones allowing the body to move by contracting and relaxing.
- Creation: Red and white blood cells, which are essential for the overall functioning of our bodies, are produced from marrow (the spongy substance found inside the bones).
- Rebuilding: For a period of time, bone continues to rebuild itself, replacing the old with new.
- Stability: Bones are strong and help to keep us stable.
Bones that are unhealthy, result in major breakdowns, pain, and discomfort.
5 Ways Bones Become Unhealthy.
Bones become unhealthy due to illness, a diet insufficient in bone-building nutrients, and bad habits. Some of these which could eventually lead to osteoporosis are …
- Illnesses such as type 1 diabetes may reduce bone density.
- Some medications, including those used to treat rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis, have an effect on the cells which build bones.
- A diet deficient in calcium and vitamin D prevents bones from getting the nourishment they need to be healthy.
- Bad habits such as smoking have a negative effect on your bones.
- Lack of exercise weakens the body.
These are only a few of the many ways your bone health can become compromised.
Healthy Bones, Healthy You!
The overall health of our bodies has a lot to do with our personal habits. If our bones are not healthy, the body in general is not experiencing optimal health.
The first recommendation you will be given if you are having issues with your bones is to take calcium. This is done by including or increasing foods rich in calcium in your diet. An alternative is to take dietary supplements.
Foods rich in calcium include whole grains, beans, nuts, dairy products, and a wide range of fruits and vegetables. Green leafy vegetables are especially recommended.
Calcium needs the aid of vitamin D to be properly absorbed into the body. Again, this is achieved by foods or supplements. Foods in this category include milk, oranges, and fish such as sardines and tuna.
One great source of vitamin D is natural sunlight!
Be sure to consult with your medical doctor before taking any form of supplements. This is critical if you are taking medications as some may not go well with what you are already taking.
Exercise must never be underestimated. Our bodies were made to move and exercise is one way to build strong bones or reduce their loss over time.
Return the Favor … Nourish Your Bones.
Considering how essential your bones are, it makes sense that you return the favor and show them some love.
One way to start is by finding out the density of your bones by getting a test done to determine this. The sooner you start the better, but it is more critical as you get older.
Create a regimen for your overall health, ensuring your bone health is not overlooked. If you are not already knowledgeable about good nutrition, habits, and exercise, seek help from someone close to you or a professional.
Do yourself and your bones a favor by taking the necessary steps to live an optimal life … one where you are mentally alert, emotionally stable, and physically fit.
What steps are you taking or intend to take in order to keep your bones healthy? What steps are you taking for your overall health? Please share with our readers.
Bones from Head to Feet!
Regardless of how bones become unhealthy, steps must be taken to increase the likelihood of living a healthier life.
Every bone in your body has a specific purpose, and collectively, the skeletal system is vital in protecting, causing movement, and ensuring stability.
The essentials are good nutrition, avoidance of unhealthy habits, and exercising. A consistent regimen will be very helpful. Education is key in knowing where to start.
Bear in mind that it may be necessary to supplement our diet if we are not getting adequate nourishment from the foods we eat. Seek a medical doctor’s advice before starting.
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Here’s to your bone health!
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