Although we often forget about our bones, they are the ones that give us structure, protect our organs, help us to move around, as well as support a countless number of daily activities that we often don’t even think about (like holding a water bottle or running to catch the bus…).
Did you know that bone is a living tissue? They have their own blood vessels and are constantly broken down and rebuilt. This means that your body needs to have certain nutrients available to do that, just as we would need materials to build or fix a building.
Since bones consist mostly of minerals, we need to make sure to eat those minerals to maintain our body supplies, especially while you are growing. Interestingly, we can also send “signals” to our bones by doing special types of physical activities, called weight-bearing and resistance exercise. If you do them regularly, your bones learn that they need to build themselves stronger and denser! How cool is that?
FOODS FOR BONES:
Milk, cheese, yogurt, kefir, soy/rice beverage or orange juice that are fortified with calcium (calcium added), dark green veggies such as spinach, broccoli, bok choy, and kale, almonds, white beans, canned fish with soft edible bones, tofu prepared with calcium sulfate
ACTIVITIES FOR BONES:
Walking, jogging, running, hiking, dancing, climbing, crawling, weightlifting, squats, skipping, ball games such as soccer, basketball, volleyball, and tennis, martial arts, gymnastics ……...you get the idea!