Our bone health becomes crucial to living a high-quality life as we age. Poor bone health can make moving painful and complicate ordinary tasks. But with careful lifestyle adjustments, you can help your bones function their best.
Here are a few things you can do to help your bones stay strong and healthy for years to come.
Many believe they must slow down their physical activity levels as they age. However, a lack of exercise can do more harm to your bones than good. Studies suggest being inactive weakens the bones. Unhealthy bones can increase the risk of osteoporosis, making you susceptible to fractures.
But, staying active can help keep your bones strong.
Walking, stair-climbing and weight-bearing exercises can help fight off bone loss.
Maintain Your Calcium
Calcium is an essential nutrient for your bone health. It’s responsible for helping your body build and maintain strong bones. Calcium also plays a vital role in how well your muscles, heart, and nerves function.
Adding calcium-rich foods to your diet can help you get enough as the body cannot produce calcium on its own. Some foods to consider are
- Dark, green, leafy vegetables
- Canned Salmon
For some, a calcium supplement may be necessary if you can’t get an adequate amount from your diet.
If you have diet restrictions, a professional can help determine the best options for your needs.
Watch Your Vitamin D Levels
Another key to having healthy bones is to get plenty of vitamin d. Your body uses vitamin d to absorb calcium in your diet. Oily fish such as salmon, tuna, and trout are excellent sources of vitamin d. Also, sunlight helps your body produce vitamin d. Spending more time outside can help you get more of what your body needs.
But, if you’re concerned about your vitamin d levels, talk with a medical professional. Sound medical advice can help you find the best supplement for your needs.
The Vascular Institute of Virginia can help you with your bone health. If you have questions about having healthy bones, schedule a consultation. Call one of our three offices today at 703-763-5224.