Simple Solutions for A Strong Skeleton
Take your vitamins:
Calcium is essential to strong bones, and it’s found in yogurt, cheese, milk, spinach, and other foods, as well as in nutritional supplements.
It works best when combined with vitamin D, which you can get from shrimp, fortified orange juice, cereal, egg yolks, and tuna, as well as in supplement form. Vitamin K, in addition, assists your body in producing the proteins necessary for healthy bones.
Physical fitness is a major component of good health, and weight-bearing exercises, like walking, running, climbing stairs, and lifting weights, can do a good job of keeping your bones healthier and stronger as you age, as well as reducing the risk of osteoporosis.
Limit cigarettes, coffee, and alcohol:
All three have negative effects on bone mass.
Black tea fights bone loss:
When Camellia sinensis leaves are fermented into black tea, their catechins turn into healthy compounds called theaflavins. Like catechins, theaflavins may limit the number of bone-removing cells so you lose less bone.
If you're an older woman, you may want to take note. Postmenopausal women, in particular, have shown a positive association between tea drinking and higher bone density.
- FC&A Staff Writer