If it seems daunting to make lifestyle changes to keep your body in tip-top shape, you are not alone. Glendale MRI Institute wants to make it easier for you to prevent bone loss in 5 simple steps. Your bones are your body’s framework and keeping your framework healthy leads to better overall health. Here’s what you can do:
1. Eat calcium rich foods. Milk is not the only source of calcium available in the supermarket. Other foods, such as dark leafy vegetables, almonds, cheeses, and tofu are all excellent sources of calcium. So whip up a spinach salad with cheese, almond slices, and tofu crumbles, and you’ve got your calcium requirements covered. You can get online and find 10 calcium-rich recipes and other delicious recipes with calcium.
2. Get in the sun. Experts frequently tell us to stay out of the sun. While it is true to practice sun-safety by using sunscreen and cover-ups, the sun has a benefit for our bones too good to pass up. Vitamin D helps our bones absorb calcium. Make those foods work harder for you by giving yourself a sun-drenched boost of vitamin D. Who knew a day at the beach could be good for your bones?
3. Exercise, exercise, exercise. We hear this word everywhere in the context of weight-loss and heart health, but what about a preventative for bone loss? That’s right, getting yourself moving and shaking is a bone-builder and bone-loss preventive. So get moving, but don’t forget to lift some weights. Add weight lifting to your exercise routine for an added boost for your bones.
4. Kick those habits. Give yourself a well-deserved gift of a healthy body by omitting alcohol and cigarettes from your body. Smoking significantly impacts bone density, especially in women. Keeping your alcohol consumption under two drinks per day will help your bones stay strong.
5. Regular check-ups with your physician. Visiting your doctor as often as he or she recommends will be one line of defense against bone loss. During regular check-ups, your doctor is your guide through the process of keeping your bones strong for years to come. Keep track of any health changes and keep your doctor updated.
If you have the need for bone density scanning, Glendale MRI has the technology with a human touch. Contact us with any questions or to schedule an appointment with our highly skilled physicians and staff.