20% of men and almost 50% of women will probably damage a bone as they grow older due to lack of care of the skeletal system, how can you avoid that? Here are some tips to help strengthen your bones;
- Slow down – Max advises: “Stress can rot your bones faster than a can of fizzy drink so try to reduce it from the moment you wake. “The ‘fight or flight’ hormone cortisol breaks down amino acids inside collagen for emergency energy. Collagen is the matrix upon which bones are built. This interferes with the formation and spread of bone-building cells, decreasing bone building and lowering bone density. It also causes magnesium – an important bone builder – to drain out of the body.” Use a natural daylight alarm and have a few minutes taking deep breaths and thinking positive thoughts before you get up from bed,” said Max.
- Drink Water – try water with a squeeze of lemon juice and a pinch of cayenne pepper to increase hydrochloric acid in the stomach. This aids digestion and helps absorb nutrients needed for building bone strength. Drink water while outdoors to boost your levels of vitamin D from spring sunlight – an essential nutrient for bone strength and fracture resistance. While outside, plan weekend gardening tasks. Pulling weeds and digging soil are great back strengtheners.
- Drink natural juice or smoothie – State off your day with natural juice of smoothies like Farm Pride Mango juice or Blend your favourite Farmpride yoghurt with some raspberries/strawberries, bananas and watermelon, yummy.
- Exercise – Is there a healthy list where exercise is not on the list, the advantages of exercise are without limit, stretch your muscles a bit to help strengthen your bones.