Our bones not only support us and allow us to move, but they also they protect our brains, hearts and other organs from injury. Our bones garner strength from storing minerals such as calcium and phosphorus. Bones store and release these minerals into the blood for other uses by our bodies. Vitamin D drives the calcium into our bones. When we don’t consume the right nutrients, and don’t get enough of the right kinds of exercise, our bones can become weak and even break. Osteoporosis, or severe weakening of the bones, can occur from a lifetime of low calcium and vitamin D intake.
There are many things we can do to support bone health and prevent osteoporosis, starting with eating foods rich in calcium and vitamin D and getting plenty of exercise. It is never too late to start taking care of our bones.