Strong Bones: Strengthening Your Framework
Strengthening your body’s foundation is much like choosing a well-built house. Your bones provide structure to your body, protect your organs, anchor your muscles and store calcium (used for more than just bones). Using the foundation of the house as a symbol of your body, a well-built house will serve you for the long-term, whereas weakened bone mass (the structure to your home) can cause a breakdown in the foundation,
leading to osteoporosis, osteopenia, bone fractures, etc. We often do not think about our bone mass and how strong or weak it is until we are into our senior years, but what is happening to your bones starts many years earlier. Your body begins to build bone mass right from birth up to the age of 30 (approximately). It is estimated that by the age of 30 you have reached your peak bone mass, which means the bone mass you have built up to this point is the foundation that will carry you through your life. After the age of 30, your bone mass begins to decline slowly, and you tend to lose more bone mass than you gain. Many risk factors determine the rate of which this happens besides just ageing, such as the amount of calcium in your diet (a diet low in calcium contributes to bone loss), your physical activity (weight bearing and physical activities help to strengthen bone mass. Use of tobacco and alcohol (excessive) can contribute to bone loss (leaches minerals from the body). Women tend to have less bone mass than men and are more at risk due to hormone fluctuations from teen to adult (PMS & menopause). Eating disorders and being too thin can weaken bones and muscle, thyroid disorders and medications can increase bone loss, as well as long term use of some medicines.
Bridging the Gap for those at Risk of Bone Loss
The good news is that an early understanding of the time frame on building bone mass can help you and your growing children to develop stronger bones at a younger age and maintain bone density throughout your life’s timeline. Recognizing those lifestyle factors and how they put you at risk may also help you to offset the bone loss and move into your senior years with a stronger foundation. Take stock of your diet and that of your children and teens to ensure they are consuming foods that are high in calcium and supporting vitamins and minerals (Magnesium, Vitamin D, Boron, Vitamin K), such as
hormone-free dairy, fresh wild caught salmon, dark leafy greens and soy foods. If you are not able to consume calcium-rich foods daily, consider supplementation to bridge the gaps in your nutritional intake. There are many different calcium products on the market, we will review these differences in another Daily Health Tip, but one of the newer “Bone Building Products” is PURICA® IonicBone™ Vegan Bone-building Formula. It contains a Vegan source of Calcium from natural calcified Atlantic Seaweed (CAS®, which has 32% more elemental calcium than other organic calcium sources). Purica Ionic Bone also contains K2VITAL® a unique form of Vitamin K2 (extracted from flower extracts), which ensures calcium reaches the bone and helps reduce the risk of arterial calcification. They have also added Magnesium and vitamin D (vegan from lichen), which are both critical for bone health. Your body needs vitamin D to pull calcium from your foods and supplements into your bones. Another unique feature of this ionic calcium supplement is that it is a powdered, great tasting effervescent drink.
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