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How to keep your bones healthy and strong

How important is Calcium and strong bones and what is the missing link?


Are you worried that your bones aren’t as strong as they can be?

Are you concerned about getting Osteoporosis or Osteoarthritis?


Let’s start with the basics here, what is Osteoporosis?

In simple terms, Osteoporosis is a disease that causes bones to weaken

to the point where they can break easily. This one is a sneaky disease

because it can sneak up on you and you may not notice until you break a

bone. After our mid 30's, this balance is shifted and we begin to gradually

lose more bone than we replace. 


What is Osteoarthritis?

Osteoarthritis is a disease of the joints. Aging typically causes some

damage to the cartilage and I would also argue posture and poor body

mechanics too. As your cartilage gets thinner, the underlying bone gets

injured.  This can cause pain, limited movement and stiffness of the

joints, which is the most common.



 At least 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men will break a bone due

to osteoporosis in their lifetime (Canadian facts)


 Fragility fractures represent 80% of all fractures in menopausal

women over the age of 50


 Fractures from osteoporosis are more common than heart attack,

stroke and breast cancer combined


What’s one thing you can do right now to lessen your chances of getting

Osteoarthritis? EXERCISE. C’mon you knew I was going to say that one right?

Working with a trained health professional is key here because just any exercise

isn’t the right exercise and you want to really focus on strengthening the right

areas of your body properly.


Although Exercise is important so is the foundation of the bones themselves.


You may have heard me talk about the importance of Magnesium before but when

it comes to the health of your bones it’s pretty darn important.

Although you can get some magnesium from food, the majority of us do not meet

the basic minimum or recommended daily intake requirements. Magnesium

deficiency can cause a whole gamut of health concerns.


Now when it comes to Calcium we have been told a lot of different things. I want

to provide you with some straight up facts about Calcium and how to keep your

bones good and strong as you get older.


One of the most common marketing techniques to sell your food as healthy is

promoting its calcium content.

 

Yes, calcium is very important for our health it is the main component of our

bones, but that’s pretty much the only part of the story we’ve been told…

 

Did you know our body only absorbs about half of the calcium we ingest? That’s

right, only half.

Calcium is the main component of our bones, but it is not the only one. Bones

with just calcium are weak and actually very fragile.


 A healthy bone structure and the absorption of calcium depend on an element

that not many people are talking about and that is:

 

MAGNESIUM

 

Magnesium is a co-factor for the enzymes that convert the calcium we get

through food into one that our body can assimilate and make it a part of our body

structures. 

 

Without magnesium (as well as vitamin D, which is really important too), all the

calcium we consume will leave our body and not stay and do the work we need it

to do.

 

A whopping 60% of the magnesium in our body is stored in our bones. 

 

To make a simple reference for you, imagine calcium being the bricks that

construct the bones and magnesium being the cement. 

 

Calcium is the “bulk” that composes most of the bone cells, but magnesium is

what makes them strong and durable.


Hopefully that helps give you a big picture of the importance of calcium and

Magnesium in bone health.

If you don’t have any magnesium or Vitamin D on hand pick some up in our store

today and you’ll have it shipped to you within a few days.


When it comes to Magnesium there are two types you can purchase,

Magnesium Citrate and Magnesium Glycinate.

Knowing the difference is important so you can help manage your Parkinson’s

symptoms that much better.

Magnesium Citrate- is most helpful for constipation

Magnesium Glycinate- most helpful for anxiety, calming effect(helpful for sleep),

chronic stress and inflammatory conditions.


Our bones deserve some love too! Don’t forget to take good care of them.


Cheers,

Christine

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