Healthy Bones

It’s Osteoporosis Month so I thought I would share some statistics that you might find shocking, I know I did.  I have always thought of osteoporosis as something that you worry about after the age of 55 or 60. Wrong!  We begin losing bone density after 30 years of age unless we are consistently taking care of them.

Americans consume more dairy products than most populations in the world but have the highest rate of hip fractures.  Animal protein actually causes an acidic environment in the body.  In its effort to stay alkaline, the body then pulls the calcium out of our bones and then excretes it.  Plant protein (especially leafy greens and shiitake mushrooms) is a better way to get calcium.

Keeping physically active and engaging in light weight training are two of the best things you can do for your bones.  Weight training doesn’t have to take place in a gym and you don’t even need to buy a pair of dumbbells.  Using your own body weight for planks, push-ups, yoga, and Pilates will do the trick.  Of course, light weights will work great as well.  Do as many reps as it takes to feel the burn, just 10 minutes 3 times per week.

Peace and greens,

Melissa

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s