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  Katie Boyles   December 6, 2015   Health, Wellness, Bones, Broken Bones 0 Comments

5 things you didn’t know about your bones

Velocity Care describes interesting facts about the 206 bones in your body

Facts about your bonesDo you drink two glasses of milk per day? You may think that’s enough, but two glasses are only about half of the calcium your body needs to have strong bones. Without strong bones or any bones, your body would just be a blob. Bones provide a structure for the body and protect some of the most vital organs.

Velocity Care compiled a list of five interesting facts to help you have healthy bones:

 

  1. Sunlight gives your bones vitamin D. Your body makes vitamin D when it absorbs sunlight. Vitamin D is crucial for bone health. To raise your level of vitamin D, be active outdoors. You can also take vitamin D supplements. Eating healthy foods (such as the ones listed below) will help your bone health as well.
  2. You can build a lifetime of strong bones during adolescence. The best time to build bone health is between ages 18 and 19 years old. After we reach our 30s, our bodies just maintain bones. This makes adolescence an essential time to take vitamin D and calcium to ensure healthy bones and prevent osteoporosis in later years.
  3. Eating healthy directly strengthens your bones. You know junk food is bad for your body, but it also prevents calcium absorption for your bones. Try replacing a soda with a glass of milk for calcium. Other healthy foods that benefit your bones include: 
                                      Almonds
                           Broccoli 
                                      Yogurt                            Sardines 
                                      Cheese                           Salmon
                                      Spinach                          Eggs
  4. Weight-bearing exercises build strong bones. We all know that exercise builds muscles, but it also builds bone health. Studies have shown weight-bearing exercises can tug a bit on bone tissue, which fortifies the bones against breaks. If you want to strengthen your bones, try these activities: weightlifting, running, walking or jumping. Remember that weight-bearing exercises are beneficial to your bones even if you already have osteoporosis or low bone density. 
  5. If you are diagnosed with an illness, you should include bone health in treatment. Illnesses such as anorexia, gastrointestinal disorder or gluten intolerance disease make it difficult for your body to absorb calcium. Some prescribed medications that are used as treatments for these illnesses can also compromise bone health. Speak with a medical professional if you have concerns about your bone health and want to include your bones in your treatment plan. 

Eating healthy, giving your body the necessary vitamins and minerals, spending time outdoors and exercising are all ways to help ensure that you build and maintain strong bones throughout your lifetime.

Velocity Care is here to help you with your bone needs, especially if you fear a broken bone or a sprain due to unhealthy bones. Visit www.velocitycare.com/locations to find a clinic near you.

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