If you are a woman in your 40s or 50s, then you may understand that you are at risk of developing certain medical problems as you age. Osteoporosis is one of these issues and you should start now if you want to prevent the bone ailment. There are a number of easy health tips that you can do to keep osteoporosis at bay, so keep reading to find out.
Quit Smoking Now
Smoking is extremely bad for your health. You probably already know this, but you may not know that smoking can lead to osteoporosis. The direct link to osteoporosis and smoking is not immediately clear. In fact, the side effect of smoking that include respiratory issues and decreased appetite may be the actual cause for the bone problem. Specifically, if you are a smoker, then you may not exercise as much due to the fact that you seem to lose your breath fairly quickly. A lack of exercise can cause the bones to weaken.
When you do not have an appetite, then it is likely that you will eat less. If you do not eat properly, then your bones do not receive the nutrients and vitamins they need to remain strong.
Regardless of the exact reason, smoking does lead to weak bones. Smoking specifically causes bone loss and leads to limited bone regrowth.
Eat More Protein
Most people understand that calcium must be consumed if you want strong bones. While this is true, you need quite a few other nutrients if you want to keep your bones as strong as possible. Vitamin D, magnesium, vitamin C, vitamin A, and phosphorous are all needed to keep bones healthy. You also need to consume a good deal of protein.
Protein is the building block of all the cells in your body. This includes the ones that make up your bones. Not only does protein help build bone, but it also is needed to create the fibrous tissues that make up your muscles, ligaments, and tendons. These tissues are the ones that support the bones when you move. Without support, bone loss develops.
Most people do consume a good deal of protein, unless they follow vegan or vegetarian diets. If this describes you and your diet, then make sure to eat more protein rich foods like soy, beans, quinoa, hummus, buckwheat, chia, and nuts. Peanut butter is also a good protein source and many vegan-friendly milk substitutes contain protein.
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