There are all sorts of tips out there in the health field for improving your diet, slimming down your body and toning your body. But these aren’t the only areas of health which should receive attention. Your bones literally make up the structure of your body, and yet so many people neglect this aspect of their health. The scary fact is that many dietary choices out there today can actually reduce bone health quite quickly, leading to many dangerous conditions such as osteoporosis – and since bones are related to teeth, these same bad health choices can affect your teeth as well. So read on to learn more about how you can keep your bones healthy for years to come.
Know your family’s history
It’s probably not the first thing you ask your grandparents at the dinner table, but being aware of your family’s history of bone density can be a great indicator of where you stand, and how much you should be paying attention to your own bone density.
Calcium is the key vitamin for healthy bones and teeth. When you go for a dental checkup, your dentist will agree that when you’re getting enough calcium your teeth are strong, and this is also a great indicator of your bone health. So how can you increase calcium in your diet? Ideally, you want to do this through the food you consume. Dairy products and dark leafy greens are great choices. You can also get your calcium through supplements – just make sure your calcium supplement comes with Vitamin D as this helps your body absorb the calcium.
You might not immediately associate exercise with bone health, but the two are very related. People who live sedentary lifestyles in front of the television are far more likely to develop osteoporosis than those who move regularly. Even just 30 minutes of walking per day has been shown to make a huge difference in bone health. Strength training is also ideal for maintaining healthy bones. Combine the two by going out for some light cardio and following it up with some light free weights.
This goes for both caffeine and alcohol. Too much caffeine may boost your energy levels, but it can actually interfere with the way your body naturally absorbs calcium. And drinking too much coffee will stain your teeth as well! As for alcohol, overconsumption leads to bone loss because the alcohol can interfere with Vitamin D absorption (which is what helps your body absorb calcium.)
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