2 Easy Ways To Keep Your Bones Strong

According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation there are fifty-four million Americans who have or are at risk of developing osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis is a disease of bone loss. It is often called a silent disease because you can’t feel your bones getting weaker. Breaking a bone is often the first sign that you have osteoporosis. And when it is serious enough you can break a bone from a minor fall or from running into a piece of furniture.

Although there are a few uncontrollable factors that put us at risk for osteoporosis (such as age, menopause, and family history), there are many factors that we can control to reverse and eliminate that risk. In other words, we don’t have to just hope that we don’t become one of the many millions who have this disease. There are things we can do to prevent it from happening.

One interesting new development in the study of osteoporosis is that for years it was thought that daily intake of calcium would help keep bones strong. But scientists have now learned that magnesium may be the key mineral that makes this possible. Without magnesium the enzymes that absorb calcium into our bones simply can’t work.

New studies also show that over half of our population does not have enough magnesium in their diets. A good source of magnesium rich foods include fish and green leafy vegetables — not a meal most Americans eat regularly, but one that we should.

There is a long list of foods rich in magnesium that taste good and are easily found at our local supermarkets. Here are just a few of these foods:

– Green leafy vegetables like spinach, kale, chard

– Fish like tuna, mackerel, pollock

– Beans like white beans, garbanzo, black-eye peas, kidney beans

– Nuts and seeds like almonds, peanuts, walnuts, pumpkin, and sesame seeds

– Bananas

– Dark Chocolate

The other way that we have to fight off osteoporosis is through exercise. Two types of exercise that specifically help build and maintain bone density are weight bearing and muscle strengthening exercises.

Learning how to incorporate specific exercises into your workout routine and adding magnesium rich foods to your diet can greatly improve your chances of having strong, healthy bones that will support you your whole life long!

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Chris Horton

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