Start Looking After Your Bone Health
This is one area of your health that some people often neglect. We look after our stomachs, kidneys, liver and even our muscles, but we often forget the importance of having healthy bones. Our bones are the structure and frame of our body, so when these aren’t healthy, it can led to a multitude of issues including premature arthritis and brittle bones that can be very detrimental. Looking after our bones is not as difficult as you might think. Let’s take a little look at what you can do today to start taking care of your body.
Vitamins are going to be a vital part in keeping your bones healthy. Often calcium and vitamin D come up in conversation when talking about bone health and these are true. If you have had any previous issues with your bones or have had orthopedic surgery, you may want to look at starting to supplement your diet. Vitamin D is important and it is found naturally in the sun. It is broken down in our system and works to boost your immune system and help your bones. Of course if you spend a lot of time in the sun, make sure that you’re protecting your skin from the rays and avoid any kind of sunburn. Vitamin D can be absorbed through foods also including kale, nuts, spinach, fish and egg yolks. Calcium is another great supplement and can be found in food also. Usually it’s found within dairy products but if you avoid dairy, it can also be found in tofu, beans, bread and soya. Further vitamins that are good for your bone health include Omega three oils, vitamin D3 and magnesium which all provide sustenance for your skeletal system.
Building up your strength will greatly help. This doesn’t involve going crazy in your local gym but strength building and muscle building will help protect the bones and help build a stronger musculoskeletal system. Gentle exercise may include swimming, in warmer waters, which helps your entire body. Jogging, running may be positive but also you must ensure you’re not overworking your joints as jogging puts a lot of strain on your knees and joints in the body. Cycling can be a very good way to build up your leg muscles but again must not be overworked to avoid strains in the thigh muscles. Maintaining a healthy routine, and mixing enough exercise with rest is going to be one of the best things that you can do for your bone health. As you get older, the density in your bones diminishes, therefore it’s so important to keep on top of your health now, to ensure the older version of yourself thanks you!
So, take time to look after yourself, eat well, sleep well and above all be sure to seek any guidance from your general medical practitioner if you have any concerning issues to do with pain, abnormalities or fears about your bone health. Often getting to problems sooner will help them be resolved with a better outcome, so be vigilant.