Despite the image that comes to mind when we think of bones and their rigidity, they are in fact living tissue that evolves and changes over time. As children, our bones are more porous and as a result, more flexible than they are as we age. Though concerns about bone health often center around diseases that typically affect older adults, it is vital that we nurture and take care of our bones in our youth, so they can continue to evolve in healthy ways.
Vitamins Play a Significant Role in Bone Health
In addition to eating a diet that is rich in the vitamins and minerals needed for proper bone health, avoiding alcohol and smoking are key to maintaining skeletal strength. While alcohol interferes with the absorption of calcium, smoking increases your chances of suffering fractures, developing bone cancer, and decreasing your bone density. Weight training and resistance exercises are critical to bone health as well, because they strengthen the muscles, all of which are attached to bone, stimulate bone growth, and increase bone density.
Maintaining your bone health is dependent on many factors including how you conduct yourself throughout the course of your life. Your behaviors will either enhance or diminish your health and only you can determine how to proceed in this vain. In summary, your convictions to your personal welfare will significantly guide your lifestyle and as such, whether or not you are mindful of your bone health or choose to dangerously ignore it. If you would like to discuss your bone health and the options available to you through Body Systems Wellness care plans, contact Dr. Shahen Kurestian, DC at his office in Glendale, California.