Your bones are very important for you. They protect your organs, provide structure, and they store calcium.
Your bones are important to you, so how can you help them stay healthy?
Osteoporosis is when your bones become so brittle that the person has a higher risk of getting a fracture.
You could take calcium. Calcium increases bone density and it helps prevent fractures. Another factor is physical activity. If you do not have much physical activity, you have a higher chance of getting osteoporosis. You need vitamin D to help your bones absorb calcium. Caffeine does not help absorb calcium. It does the opposite. Smoking decreases bone mass.
You can start taking care of your bones at any age. It is never too late to start, but it is especially important to take care of your bones when you are growing/younger because your bones are building their mass.
Where can you get a big amount of calcium?
- Dairy products
- Greens (kale)
- Fortified Soy Milk and Orange Juice
These are just examples.
If you can’t eat enough calcium in your food, then you can always buy a good quality supplement.