Fun, fulfilling, adventurous lives– it’s what most of us strive for. Whether you are a weekend warrior, a leisure hiker, or an avid cyclist, there is one thing you really need to live your desired lifestyle and that’s a healthy body. As we age this task seems to get just a little more difficult.
Healthy aging, it’s what we aspire and require, especially when it comes to our bones and joints. After all, the old saying holds true, “You only have one body, you better take care of it!” For some reason, this old saying doesn’t really resonate until you get a little older and realize you are not invincible. The truth is our daily actions add up and have a tremendous impact on our health. The key here is persistent and consistent positive choices. That’s right, bone and joint health is a lifelong commitment.
Bone and joint health begins in early childhood as our bodies are developing. The adolescent years bring growth spurts that increase the occurrence of fractures. Riding bikes, playing on the jungle gym, and biffing it from time to time are all part of being a kid. And for many, these adventures result in an injury or two that can range from a small scrape to a broken or fractured bone.
While we can’t avoid the accidents, and sometimes can’t avoid a twisted ankle or fractured bone here or there, we can turn to prevention. We’re talking about proper diet, nutrition and exercise to support our joints and bones.
This begins with maintaining a healthy weight. Carrying around extra weight can increase stress and tension that can affect bone development. It also wears down on our knees and hips. It’s no secret that proper diet, nutrition, and exercise will help us maintain a healthy weight, but what do they do for our joint health besides that?
Diet and nutrition go hand in hand. We want to get the most nutritional value from the foods we consume. And, the best way to achieve this is by turning to high-quality foods. This includes incorporating a variety of fresh (locally grown if possible) whole foods in your diet on a daily basis. Maintaining a diet that is filled with nutrient-rich foods will maximize the nutrition necessary for healthy bones and joints.
Calcium: A diet rich in calcium is critical for bone health. We all know that dairy products are rich in calcium. However, they are not the only way to add this beneficial nutrient to your diet. You can also turn to wild-caught salmon and avocado for a nice dose of calcium. Other foods such as almonds and kale are rich in calcium and antioxidants that are necessary for bone and joint health.
Vitamin D: Bring on the sunshine! Your body requires Vitamin D to absorb calcium, and we all know how important calcium is for our bone health. As a child, you require vitamin D to develop strong bones, and as an adult, you require it to maintain healthy bones. Lack of this vitamin could result in low bone density.
Sometimes diet alone isn’t enough. That’s where food based supplements come in, ensuring your body is getting what it needs.
Food-based supplements are a great way to add nutrients to our bodies that we are not getting enough of through diet alone. In addition to calcium and vitamin D, it is beneficial to supplement Glucosamine and Chondroitin, two key ingredients found in New Earth’s key joint supporting supplement, Flex. Both of these ingredients are naturally found in healthy cartilage. Glucosamine is a precursor to glycosaminoglycans, which are components of joint cartilage. Glucosamine continues to be studied by the science community for potential benefits to joints and cartilage. Chondroitin is the subject of extensive research due to its potential benefits to the joint and cartilage systems.
Healthy bones and joints are not the results of diet alone. Exercise is a key component of the formula.
Regular exercise is a key component in maintaining our overall bone and joint health. The ticket here is mixing up the types of exercises you do. Exercises that benefit the bones don’t necessarily benefit the joints. For maximum benefits mix up weight-based exercises with aerobic exercises. This will reduce the wear and tear that repetitive exercises bring and allow you to experience all of the wonderful benefits that exercise provides.
As with any aspect of health, maintaining healthy bones and joints is multifaceted. At the end of the day, it’s about implementing the habits we know to be beneficial for longevity in general while also focusing on a few key nutrients. We call this living the #NewEarthLife!