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Did you know that 81 percent of adult women do not get enough calcium from their diets, leaving their bodies to steal it from their bones? Here are the ABCDs of Bone Health.
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Friday, Nov 09th 2012
Essential Vitamins for Strong Bones
If you think weakness and brittle bones are an inevitable result of aging, think again. As women, we play many important roles in life, from caregivers to career women, and weak bones can cramp our style. However, it's possible to feel strong and agile at any age, especially if you take the right measures for maintaining healthy bones. Caltrate has introduced the "ABCDs of Bone Health," a simple guide on how to support bone and muscle health.
One way to build and maintain strong bones is to get ample calcium in your daily diet. This nutrient builds strong teeth and bones. Some foods high in calcium include yogurt, cheese, canned salmon or sardines with bones, collard greens, tofu, figs, broccoli, spinach and almonds.
However, the reality is that 81 percent of adult women do not get enough calcium from diet alone, leaving their bodies to steal it from their bones. This is why a calcium supplement can be helpful because it helps women get the recommended amounts of bone supporting nutrients we need.
But don't forget about calcium's necessary sidekick, vitamin D. As we age, our body's ability to absorb calcium diminishes, which is why we must have adequate levels of vitamin D, the so-called "sunshine" vitamin, to help our bodies to absorb calcium. Leading experts believe up to 77 percent of Americans have insufficient levels of vitamin D, thus increasing their risk for falls and fractures. The best source of vitamin D is sunlight, but it's nearly impossible to get enough in the fall and winter or if you're using sunscreen. That's why supplements are your best bet. Start with a supplement that has both calcium and vitamin D.
Shopping tip: Caltrate recently introduced a formula with double vitamin D to help maximize calcium absorption and help keep women’s bones, joints and muscles healthy. And, higher levels of vitamin D have beneficial effects on muscle strength and balance, helping to reduce the risk of falls. For additional information and product coupons, visit the Caltrate Facebook page or Caltrate.com.
And don't forget that as part of living a healthy lifestyle, staying active and exercising are other powerful tools to help maintain strength and agility as you age. Strength or resistance training—whether performed with hand-held weights, exercise bands, or more sophisticated machines—helps fight that muscle loss. Start with these three simple exercises.