Bones allow us to move and they protect our important organs from injury. Most people don’t tend to think about their bone health unless something is amiss, but the reality is that there are various conditions that can affect anyone, including children.
If we don’t eat right or don’t get the right kinds of exercise, we put our bones at risk of becoming weak, leading to long-lasting health issues. Over six million Australians suffer from musculoskeletal conditions such as scoliosis, sciatica, osteoporosis, rickets, and poor healing fractures.
Thankfully, protecting your bone health is easier than you might think.
Including plenty of calcium in your diet helps keep your bones strong. Calcium can be found in dairy products, almonds, broccoli, kale, sardines, and soy products.
The body requires vitamin D in order to absorb calcium. Great sources include oily fish, egg yolks, fortified milk, and going out in the sun (just a few minutes in the early-morning to late-afternoon sun is adequate).
Getting out and getting active may improve your bone health, especially weight-bearing exercises such as walking, jogging, tennis, and climbing stairs.