Bone strength usually lands pretty low on the list of people’s concerns, especially when they are of a younger age. Drinking milk and getting out in the sun is usually the extent that people go to in order to ensure their bones are in top form. Well, this may not be enough. There are roughly 34 million people suffering from early signs of bone loss in this country.
Bones are more important than many people may realize. Not only do they protect the organs and help anchor the muscles, they also help by manufacturing blood cells and storing calcium and phosphorus.
Bones are unique in that they are able to regenerate. This means that they are in a constant cycle of breaking down and building back up again; in fact, the body receives a new skeleton about every ten years. However, somewhere around the age of 40, the bones break down faster than they have the ability to rebuild. A decrease in bone density means an increase in the likelihood of osteoporosis and other age-related bone illnesses. Here are some easy steps to take on the journey to fortifying and strengthening your bones.
Calcium & Vitamin D
Calcium and vitamin D both work to help make bones stronger; however, they actually work much better at this task when consumed together. Calcium actually requires vitamin D in order to be fully absorbed into the bones. Whether you take a vitamin D supplement, or just get your fair share of sunshine, getting both together ups the odds of their effectiveness.
Have a Brew
Mass alcohol consumption can actually decrease bone strength. However, a single 12-ounce bottle of beer each day can actually improve overall bone mass. The bone power hidden in beer is found in the high levels of silicon and phytoestrogens.
It seems counterproductive, but jumping can help signal impulses to the bones that they need to gain strength. In doing so, the bones become stronger over time. Bone density is improved with a consistent regimen of light jumping. Sparking the regenerative properties of the bones is as simple as hopping up and down.
Consult your primary care physician or chiropractor for any medical related advice.