Building Strong Bones with Diet, Exercise and Bone Guardian

greensAs we age, our bone density decreases and diseases such as osteoporosis can occur. The best way to avoid this, or decrease the chance of this disease, is by making sure your bones are strong now. Exercise, diet and supplementation are all important for building strong bones and maintaining bone health.

Many studies have shown the value of calcium along with other minerals  and vitamins in supporting bone health. The best way to get calcium and other supportive nutrients is a combination of diet and supplements. This has shown to be a more effective way of protecting bone mass than diet alone or supplementation alone.

So first thing, make sure that you are eating healthfully. Make sure that your diet contains foods that are rich in calcium, magnesium, vitamin D and zinc. Although dairy is most people’s go-to for bone health, there are many other options for getting your calcium and other bone-supportive nutrients. Continue reading “Building Strong Bones with Diet, Exercise and Bone Guardian”

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Boost Bone Health with Synergistic Calcium and Vitamin D

Bone GuardianA couple of months ago, we wrote a blog about the powerful antioxidant potential when you combined ellagic acid and quercetin. This week’s dynamic duo is calcium and vitamin D for bone health. For many, this vitamin and mineral combo is well known to help prevent osteoporosis, but sometimes a reminder is a good idea.

Vitamin D is the main regulator of bone-building calcium absorption. Without it, your bones won’t get the full benefit of the calcium you consume. According to betterbones.com, without enough vitamin D the body absorbs 65% less calcium. The benefits of calcium and vitamin D extend beyond osteoporosis. Research out of Harvard Medical School found that premenopausal women with the highest intakes of vitamin D and calcium had a 30% lower risk of developing breast cancer!

So how can you ensure that you are getting enough? Sun, diet and supplementation. Getting 10 to 15 minutes of strong, direct sunlight on exposed skin should fill your stores of vitamin D for the day, but the reality is that many of us don’t get that for one reason or another.
Eating sustainably harvested wild Alaskan sockeye salmon can also provide you with vitamin D – and if you eat the bones that are in the canned salmon, you also get 20% of your calcium intake. For a quick lunch that is high in vitamin D and calcium and is great for your bones, combine plain yogurt with salmon, add some spices and serve on a bed of lettuce!  Continue reading “Boost Bone Health with Synergistic Calcium and Vitamin D”

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3 Steps to Bone Health

Establishing strong bones should start young. Did you know that 90% of peak bone mass is reached by the age of 18 in girls and 20 in boys? So it would make sense that we do the most we can to increase bone density in our younger years, as opposed to just trying to prevent it when we are older.

Bone is living tissue that changes constantly, with bits of old bone being removed and replaced by new bone. At about the age of 30, the amount of bone being made starts to decrease, increasing the risk of osteopenia and osteoporosis.

There are many factors that affect peak bone mass. Some like gender and race cannot be changed. However, there are three factors that you can do something about.

1. Diet/Nutrition: Maintaining a healthy diet that combines calcium-rich foods is important to building and maintaining bone density. Dairy (organic is best), dark leafy greens, almonds and salmon are rich calcium sources and should be incorporated into your diet to achieve the recommended 1000mg of calcium per day. If you have a hard time achieving that with food, supplementing with a calcium product like Pathway Bone Guardian is an important factor to consider. Continue reading “3 Steps to Bone Health”

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Calcium Confusion – Keeping Bones Strong

Calcium can be very confusing. Hopefully I can clear up some of the confusion and we can get you on the road to strong bone health. The goal is to make sure that you get at least 1200 mg of calcium, 600 mg of magnesium and 1000 IU of Vitamin D.

As we age, our bone density decreases and diseases such as osteoporosis can occur. The best way to avoid this, or decrease the chance of this disease, is by making sure your bones are strong now. Exercise, Diet and Supplementation are all important in maintaining bone health. Continue reading “Calcium Confusion – Keeping Bones Strong”

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