Magnesium Sustained Release
Omega 3 Fish Oil 1500mg
Opti CoQ10 150mg
Organic Magnesium Ultra
Skin, Hair & Nails
Turmeric 15800 Complex
Thursday, 4 February 2016
Considering our bones are the architectural building blocks of our entire body, most of us know very little about them. We’ve put together a crash-course in bone know-how, including how best to look after them. To start off, here’s some basic general knowledge…
In children: Most of the body’s bone mass is attained during childhood and adolescence. During this time, our bones are sculpted in a process called modelling. Old bone is broken down as new bone forms, growing in size and shifting in placement. Nutrition is vital during the stage of bone mass development. Most of the calcium in our body can be found within the skeletal system, but if our calcium intake is insufficient, our body will steal what calcium reserves we have, to be used elsewhere. This can affect overall bone density, making bones weaker and more at risk of breaking. Vitamin D is also really important, as a deficiency could result in rickets, distorting the bones and often resulting in bowed legs. In women: By age 20, the average woman will have acquired 90% of her skeletal mass. The hormone, oestrogen protects against bone loss, ensuring that new bone is formed at a similar rate as old bone is broken down. Unfortunately, later in life when menopause takes place, oestrogen levels drop and bone loss is accelerated, affecting the density and strength of the skeleton. As a result, women aged over 50 have a higher risk of osteoporosis. In men: Likewise in men, testosterone helps to prevent bone loss, so as testosterone levels drop with age, bone density can too. Mens’ risk of osteoporosis is increased from age 70 onwards.
Diet: Calcium is everything when it comes to bone health; what most people don’t know is that there is a three-step process to ensure your body gets the most of this essential nutrient.
Exercise: Just as muscles respond well to exercise, so do bones. Weight bearing exercise such as walking, jogging and resistance training is best for making bones stronger (denser) and building muscle mass, which is necessary to support the structure of bones. We can’t prevent ageing, but we can slow down its affects on our bodies. With the right diet and exercise in place, you can lower your risk of osteoporosis.
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