Nearly 10 million Americans have been diagnosed with osteoporosis. Another 34 million individuals are estimated to have low bone density and are headed on the path to osteoporosis. Bone health should be on the minds of both men and women. Although the disease is more prevalent among women, it affects men as well. What can you do to strengthen your skeleton?
Here are a few tips to strengthen your bones and keep you active:
- Optimize your vitamin D levels. Follow up with your physician to measure your 25-hydroxy vitamin D levels in order to assure that you’re within the optimal range. And on that note, get out and enjoy the sun! Natural sunlight is a great way to soak up vitamin D naturally.
- Add these supplements to support bone health: vitamin K2, Calcium, Magnesium and Strontium.
- Your hormones play an integral role in both the building of new bone and the removal of old bone. Evaluate the status of your DHEA, progesterone, estrogen and testosterone levels by checking to see if you have any of the symptoms of hormonal imbalance.
- Eat 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables daily. Green leafy vegetables such as spinach and collard greens are especially good for maintaining healthy bones.
- Add weight bearing exercise to your fitness regimen.
- Don’t forget to avoid soft drinks or carbonated beverages that actually weaken bone.
Before you turn to potentially harmful drugs such as Fosamax, look for alternatives that work with your body’s natural pathways instead.