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Why is bone density important?

Our bones are our bodily support, give our bodies shape, and protect our internal organs. Our bone marrow helps produce red blood cells and they also act as storage for important minerals like calcium. 

When we're born we have 270 bones! By the time we reach the age of 25 we have only 206 bones in the human body (which is still a lot!). 

These are just some of the reasons we should be paying attention to our bone health, and our bone density. 

What is bone density?

Bone density is the amount of bone mineral in bone tissue. Bone density measurement is used in medicine to detect osteoporosis and fracture risk.  

Why is bone density important?

Fractures of the legs and pelvis due to falls are a significant public health problem, especially in elderly women. Building your bone density can help prevent fractures like this that can lead to big medical problems.⁣

How do you build your bone density?

 Here are some natural ways to do so:⁣
 -Eat your veggies. Vitamin C stimulates the production of bone-forming cells.⁣
 -Practice strength training and weight-bearing exercise. Workouts like this promote the formation of new bones.⁣ 
-Eat enough protein. %50 of bone is made of protein.⁣
 -Have high calcium foods throughout the day. ⁣
 -Get plenty of vitamins D and K.⁣
 -Avoid low-calorie diets.⁣
 -Eat foods that are high in magnesium, zinc, and omega-3's.⁣

Start your good bone-forming habits now so you won't have to worry about it in the future!

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