Jul 16, 2013

Healthy Bones

Healthy bones are essential for a happy and healthy future.
From our forties bones gradually naturally lose their density. 1 in 2 women and 1 in 5 men over the age of 50 in the UK will break a bone, mainly due to osteoporosis. This literally means “porous bones” and occurs when the mesh-like structure within the bones becomes fragile and breaks occur with minor falls and injuries.

So what can we do to help ourselves?

  • Healthy diet – eat a varied diet rich in calcium: dairy products (low fat varieties are just as good), tofu and spinach are all good.
  • Calcium absorption can be affected by caffeine and salt and avoid excessive amounts of meat and cheese as this can increase the acidity in your body.
  • Vitamin D – we get 90% from the sun but good sources include oily fish, cereals and margarine.
  • Stop smoking – you are more likely to develop osteoporosis.
  • Be active – bones are stronger when you do at least 5 hours of weight bearing exercise a week such as walking, running, golf or tennis.
  • Maintain a healthy weight – carrying too much weight puts a strain on your joints. Crash dieting can also increase the risk of osteoporosis.
Tips provided by Nicki Lake, Chartered Physiotherapist at St Judes Clinic

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