Why Bone Health is Important
Your bones do more than support you and allow you to move. They protect your brain and other organs from injuries. Now that you know how much your bones play a role in keeping all of your organs intact, here's what you can do to ensure your bones are kept strong and healthy for years to come!
Risk Factors That Can Decrease Bone Health
It's difficult to tell how our lifestyle is impacting our bones. Here are some risk factors that can harm bone health:
- A low-calcium diet.
- Lack of physical activity.
- Smoking and use of other tobacco products.
- Gender - women are at a higher risk of developing osteoporosis than men.
- Age - bones become thinner and weaker as we age.
- Going through menopause - lower estrogen levels can contribute to bone loss.
- Certain medical conditions that affect the way your body absorbs calcium such as anorexia, bulimia, Crohn's disease, and celiac disease.
Lifestyle Changes to Keep Your Bones Healthy
Your diet and exercise routine have an impact on the health of your bones. Here are some daily habits to adopt for better bone health:
- Exercise regularly and incorporate weights into your exercise regimen to strengthen bones.
- Avoid processed foods.
- Limit saturated fats.
- Quit smoking.
Additionally, your bones need calcium, as well as vitamins C, D, and K. Eat these foods that are fortified with bone boosting properties:
- Low-fat dairy milk and cheeses.
- Salmon, sardines, mackerel, and tuna.
- Kale, Brussel sprouts, and broccoli.
- Oranges and pineapples.
Contact Parrish Healthcare Today
Taking care of your bones now can have a positive and long-lasting impact on your bone health as you age. For more information about increasing your bone health, contact us today at 321-268-6111. We offer many services through the Parrish Health and Fitness Center. Whether you're interested in fitness classes or nutritional counseling, we've got you covered!