Love Your Bones

16-Apr-2018 10:11

Every time you sit, walk, speak, hold, hug you use your bones and muscles. Without them, you can't even think of a single physical activity. They not only provide the structural framework for a human body but also, protect various organs, produce red and white blood cells and store minerals. Thus prove to be the most vital part of the body.

Since bones are so important, you need to take care of them and keep them strong. But, the question arises, ‘how to take care of them?’. Before we answer this question, let’s analyse their composition first.

What are bones made up of?

Bones are lightweight tissues yet, strong and hard, type of dense connective tissues.These dense connective tissues are mainly composed of collagen. Collagen is a protein that provides a soft framework. To this soft framework, strength is added through calcium phosphate. Thus, collagen and calcium together make up a bone tissue.

What affects bone health and how to keep it healthy?

There are various factors like amount of calcium, age, physical activities, hormone level and many more that influence the bone health.

  • A low calcium diet means a lower bone density and consequently increased risk of fractures and osteoporosis. So it is very important that you involve calcium-rich food to your diet.

  • Liquor and tobacco intake also weakens the bones. Hence, if you are a consumer of these, you have to quit them for a healthy skeletal structure.

  • Size also matters for your bone health. For a good health of your bone, it is important that you maintain your BMI  between 18 to 25.

  • No one can deny the importance of physical exercises for a human body. People who are lethargic and inactive are at higher risk of weakened bones. So, to strengthen them, you have to opt for work out.

So, if you want to keep your skeleton strong for years to come,  just follow these steps and live with healthy bones.

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