Why it’s so important to look after your bone health
The month of May marks National Osteoporosis month to help raise awareness of the importance of good bone health. Our bones are something many of us take for granted. They’re strong, dependable, and always there literally supporting us.
But if we neglect our bone health, we’re at risk of serious health problems later in life, when we can suffer weak, brittle bones and osteoporosis.
What is osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis is a condition that causes bone loss, causing the bones to weaken and become fragile and more likely to break if we suffer trips and falls. It’s a slow-moving condition, slowly developing over several years and is often only diagnosed when we break a bone after a fall or a heavy impact – that is, it’s often diagnosed too late when the condition has already set in.
Aside from a greater risk of broken bones and the life-altering results of that, we can develop an uncomfortable stoop as osteoporosis affects the bones of the spine.
What causes osteoporosis?
Normal healthy bones go through a daily process of removing old bone tissue (this is carried out by cells called osteoclasts). Osteoblasts then help to form new tissue to replace the old. Weak bones and osteoporosis are caused when the osteoclasts continue to remove old bone at the same rate, but the osteoblasts slow down, resulting in a net loss of bone density.
Bone loss is a common consequence of aging. Just like developing wrinkles and perhaps finding at more difficult to lose the middle-age spread, it’s normal for us to lose some of our bone density as an adult.
However, some people lose bone density quicker than others. After menopause, women tend to lose bone density more quickly and certain medications can cause bone loss, including high strength steroids and anti-estrogen medicines taken after certain types of breast cancer.
Other risk factors include having a family history of weak bones or osteoporosis, not exercising regularly, smoking, drinking alcohol to excess, having a low BMI, and having or having previously had an eating disorder.
A bone density scan helps to diagnose osteoporosis, but it can also reveal a condition called osteopenia that can develop as a precursor to osteoporosis. This is a condition where you have a lower bone density than is normal for your age but not enough to be diagnosed as osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis can be treated with bone-strengthening medications, that are taken on a long-term basis. They can cause side-effects such as problems swallowing, stomach pain, hot flushes, leg cramps, nausea, and vomiting.
Looking after your bone health as an adult is crucial to help prevent developing weak bones and osteoporosis. Here are some top tips for keeping your bones strong:
- Practice regular exercise
- Eat a healthy diet rich in calcium by consuming dairy products, green leafy vegetables, and soy products
- Take a 10mcg vitamin D supplements daily
- Make healthy life choices around smoking and drinking alcohol
Supplementing for ultimate bone support!
As you can see, inadequate bone health can have quite the effect if left unchecked. Unfortunately, it is so difficult to know if you are affected by low bone density until an incident occurs. But as women are at a higher risk for low bone density, it is a good idea to take preventative measures for bone health as you age.
Nature Restore BoneBoost capsules contain bone health supporting calcium, zinc, copper, vitamin D3, and vitamin K, which are all essential micronutrients for strong bones.
But not only have we added these crucial vitamins and minerals, but we’ve also added our proprietary BoneBoost Blend – a blend of Cuscuta chinensis extract, Epimedium extract, and Polygonum cuspidatum extract.
This unique herbal blend has shown an ability to help reduce bone loss, support healthy bone density, and improve osteoblastic bone formation.
When will you start taking yours?!