Like metal scaffolding that holds an apartment building together, your bones serve as an internal framework that supports your body. They serve to protect organs, store minerals, aid mobility and provide strength necessary for daily activities. As we age, weakening of bones becomes more of an issue as fractures increase due to weakening. Luckily, there are steps you can take to both treat bone weakening and increase overall wellbeing.
Strong bones can be attained through healthy lifestyle habits that begin in childhood. These include eating a diet rich in calcium and vitamin D, engaging in regular physical activity such as walking, jogging or dancing and weight-bearing activities such as yoga or tai chi which improve balance and flexibility – these all play an integral part in maintaining strong bones.
As we age, our bones become increasingly less dense or brittle, leading to osteoporosis. This thinning increases your risk of breaking bones in hips, spine and wrists; certain foods, medicines and illnesses may also negatively impact bone health; however a balanced diet and exercise regime can help slow this loss and prevent osteoporosis by providing essential calcium, vitamin D and protein that build and repair bones; you should also consume foods rich in potassium phosphorus and magnesium to achieve maximum bone strength.