No one wants to have brittle bones. As my mother aged, her bones were so fragile that for her to reach into the cupboard to get a piece of china put her at risk of fracturing a vertebra. My sister-in-law has bones so weakened that her medical provider is injecting something like superglue to hold her spine together. It is terrible to lose bone strength that severely! How can we prevent it?
· Stay physically active. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, go for walks, jogs, bicycle rides. Swim, do yoga or aerobics every couple of days and don’t be afraid to buy barbells to use once in a while. Play a sport or join a social group that incorporates exercise. The possibilities are endless, and they can be fun. You’ll feel better, and your bones will be much healthier for the effort.
· Eat a variety of whole plant foods, and avoid animal foods, including dairy. Plenty of calcium is available in a wide range of plant foods, including beans and leafy vegetables. As long as you stay away from refined carbohydrates, like sugary cereals, candies, plain pastas and white breads, you should have no problem with calcium deficiency.
· Keep your salt intake to a minimum. Avoid highly processed and packaged foods, which contain excess salt. There is some evidence that excessive salt intake can be a problem.