Osteoporosis affects such a major percentage of the population, especially women, which is why it’s immensely important to tackle the disease early on. If you fail to look out for yourself now, the disease can cause a major disruption in your quality of life at an older age. Like most things in life, taking a proactive approach is key to your long term health. Here are a few tips that will help you avoid osteoporosis.
Rid your life of excessive alcohol. We’ve all been told that drinking in excess isn’t good for our weight, our skin, or even our mental health. However, we seldom hear about the direct effect that alcohol has on our bone health. Because our bones need calcium to grow and maintain strength, alcohol turns into its number one enemy. When we consume alcohol, our bodies seek out all of our nutrients to recover from the toxins that alcohol provides, and instead of going directly to the bones, calcium is leached away. In turn, our bones are stripped of these much-needed nutrients. During adolescence and young adulthood, we are particularly susceptible to alcohol’s negative impact on our growing bones
Exercise regularly. Did you notice that the word ‘regularly’ is in there? That’s because an active lifestyle is important to adopt as a way of life. Much in the same way that you brush your teeth every day, you need to set aside a little time to work on building your body. After all, it’s the only one you’ve got, right? Instead of engaging in an on-again, off-again relationship with exercise, it’s best both long term and short term to commit to both weight-bearing and muscle strengthening exercises. By upping your muscle strength, you are building up the density of your bones, which will help you recover from potential injuries must faster.
Avoid a diet that’s too restrictive. A surefire way to get osteoporosis is to restrict your body from the nutrients it needs to function. People who suffer with disorders such as anorexia are often victims of osteoporosis. This is due to the simple fact that they restrict their bodies from nutrient-rich food that aids in promoting bone health. Restricting yourself too much will do your body no good and could leave you with a few broken bones or fractures. When a female’s body weight is too low, it can cause the production of estrogen to stop, which will ultimately lead to more bone density loss.
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