Most of us hope to have strong bones well into old age. Luckily, there are natural ways to preserve our bone health. It can be discouraging to think that as we get older our bones may end up deteriorating. The following tips are helpful ways to keep your bones as healthy as possible and slow down any bone loss that may come with older age. Check this out:
1. Eat Your Fruits and Veggies
We need to eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables to keep our bones strong; think six to nine servings. You should try to lower the amount of sugar and alcohol you’re taking in by drinking more water and avoiding highly processed, boxed foods. Make sure to get your calcium in. Calcium is especially found in vegetables like broccoli, kale and brussel sprouts.
2. Cut Down On Salt
Sodium is associated with increasing the loss of calcium through our urine. We should consume at most one tablespoon of salt per day. And if we are over the age of 51 or have high blood pressure then we should eat less than 1,500 milligrams of sodium a day.
3. Don’t Drink Too Much Caffeine
Be careful not to drink more than two cups of coffee a day because coffee’s acid content doesn’t mesh well with your bones. Caffeine makes it harder for our bodies to absorb calcium. Nobody really needs more than 2 cups of coffee per day anyway. Make the healthier choice for your bone and overall health.
4. Practice Tai Chi
Tai Chi is a type of ancient Chinese exercise that incorporates slow moving martial arts movements with relaxation and meditation. Research has found that practicing Tai Chi helps to slow down bone loss. I took tai chi in college and found that it decreased my stress levels and helped to keep me in shape. It wasn’t difficult and I learned a lot about how my body operates. Getting more in tune with the ways our bodies work can have internal and external benefits.
Remember to consult your physician or chiropractor before taking any health advice.
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