We all know it is wise to start saving for retirement when you are young.
But did you know that the same goes for your bone health?
Building strong bones when you are still young can be the best defense against osteoporosis later.
Bone Building Tips
Throughout life, your body breaks down and removes old bone tissue and replaces it with new tissue.
During childhood and teen years, your body makes more bone than it takes away.
But starting in your 20s, this production drops off.
That is why it’s important to build your bones when you are young – so they are more likely to be strong when you are older.
This may help you avoid osteoporosis – a condition in which weakened bones lead to a higher risk of fractures.
To help build and protect your bones:
Get Your Calcium and Vitamin D
Calcium-rich foods include milk, yogurt, cheese, broccoli and kale.
Some foods – such as certain juices and cereals – are also fortified with calcium.
Vitamin D is also needed for the body to absorb calcium.
Your body produces Vitamin D when your skin is exposed to sunlight.
However, sunlight increases your risk of skin cancer.
So it may be wise to get vitamin D from supplements or foods.
Be sure to check the nutrition facts label.
Talk with your doctor about what amount is right for you and how you should get it.
Do Weight Bearing Exercise
It helps strengthen your bones.
Good choices include walking, jogging, stair climbing or hiking.
Don’t Smoke and Limit Alcohol Use
Smoking and excessive drinking raise your risk of osteoporosis.
Talk With Your Doctor
Depending on your age and risk factors, your doctor may suggest bone density testing.
Medication to prevent or treat osteoporosis is available, if needed.
What do you do on a daily basis to build your bones?
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