So we have talked about how one important strategy for healthy bones is to eat the right kind of foods. A diet full of processed foods will produce biochemical and metabolic conditions in your body that will decrease your bone density, so avoiding processed foods is definitely the first step in the right direction.
Your bones are constantly being rebuilt in a dynamic process involving the removal of old bone through osteoclasts and regeneration of new, healthy bone by osteoblasts. Load-bearing exercise works by stimulating the osteoblast cells which are responsible for the making and mineralization of new bone. Weight-bearing exercise is actually one of the most effective remedies against osteoporosis, because as you put more tension on your muscles it puts more pressure on your bones, which then respond by continuously creating fresh, new bone. Further, bone is a living tissue that requires regular physical activity in order to renew and rebuild itself, so you should make exercise a lifelong commitment, without it you will be at higher risk of osteoporosis and other chronic illness! In fact a US National Osteoporosis Risk Assessment found that people who regularly exercised had a significantly reduced risk of developing osteoporosis. Don’t forget to come in and get my best tips for strong and healthy bones.
By Dr Adam Wild
Chiropractor, Aligned Health & Wellbeing