Protecting your Bone Health is an essential part of achieving Optimal Health and Wellness as you Age

Protecting your Bone Health is an essential part of achieving Optimal Health and Wellness as you Age

Protecting your bone health is an essential part of achieving optimal health and wellness as you age.  Your bones provide skeletal support for your body and it’s important to keep them healthy.  Here are some ways you can better support bone health and why it’s important.

Why Is Bone Health Important?

Did you know your bones constantly change?  They break down and rebuild like other tissues in the body.  Maintaining health goes beyond eating the right foods as a child or a teenager.  Bone health is especially important as an adult since your bone tissue breaks down as cellular health declines.  Strong bones help protect against bone diseases such as osteoporosis. 

That is why supporting skeleton health is essential for your overall health and wellness.

How Can I Better Support My Bones?

Supporting bone health is helpful at any age and can reduce the risk of bone loss and breakdown.  Here are a few things you can do to better support skeleton health.  

Practice Strength Training

Strength training and other forms of exercise aren’t just for athletes.  Building bone strength will help protect against osteoporosis and other degenerative bone issues.  Studies show that lifting weights can help build stronger bones and decrease inflammation in the body. 

Lifting weights a few times a week and building strength is a good place to start for bone health.

Add More Protein In Your Diet

Including healthy protein in your diet is essential for bone health.  Protein supports strong bones and is necessary to maintain bone density in both men and women.  Not enough protein can lead to bone loss and the body ages.

Increase Vegetables

Many people don’t realize that several vegetables contain high amounts of calcium, iron, and protein.  Some of these vegetables are:

  1. Broccoli
  2. Seaweed
  3. Butterbur
  4. Spinach

These are essential nutrients that support bone health.  You don’t have to consume a lot of meat to get adequate protein and other minerals in your diet.

Dark green vegetables are also high in antioxidants that support cellular health and therefore support bone health.  These vegetables can increase your bone density and support better bone mass.

Support With Calcium

Supplements, including calcium, can also improve bone health.  Calcium is an essential mineral that bones need for strong support.  If bones do not have enough calcium, they will break down and leave the body susceptible to injury and disease.

While it’s best to get calcium from food, getting enough is not always possible.  Taking supplements can help support your diet and your bone health.

Adding Other Supplements

In addition to calcium, Vitamin D and Vitamin K are essential for bone health.  Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium and Vitamin K is essential in preventing bone loss.  You can get these from supplements or from a variety of foods including:

  • Eggs
  • Liver
  • Fermented cheese
  • Soybeans

Getting out in the sunlight will also help the body absorb Vitamin D so take a walk in nature, do light yoga or sone other enjoyable outdoor hobby.

Include More Omega Fatty Acids

Research shows that omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids slow down the aging process and protect against bone loss.  They reduce inflammation in the body and keep bones healthy.  While these fatty acids are high in fresh-water fish you can also find them in nutritional supplements.

Living A Healthy Lifestyle Can Support Bone Health

Doing the things you love and making good lifestyle choices can also support overall bone health.  Getting plenty of rest, avoiding alcohol, and reducing stress are important things to support a healthy lifestyle and your bone health.

Get In Touch With Us Today

If you’re looking for a healthcare alternative, get in touch with us today.  We are located at 6321 Executive Blvd, Rockville, MD 20852, in the Executive office park.  We will schedule a consultation with Dr. Leo and help you reclaim control of your health.

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Dr. L. J. Leo

Dr. Leo began his education at the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia, where he earned his doctorate in osteopathy. He completed his internal medicine residency through the U.S. Army and had the honor of serving multiple overseas tours before retirement.

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