Bones, joints, and muscles
Get hip to bone health
(ARA) - It's that time of year again … time to warm up with the weather
and make good on promises to take better care of ourselves. Yet, we often end up
asking ourselves the same age-old question—where to begin? One of the
easiest first steps to improving and preserving wellness starts with the very
skeleton of our being—our bones.
Building bone mass is just as important as maintaining bone mass and density,
especially since the threat of osteoporosis is no longer
limited to age. Osteoporosis is almost always a completely
preventable disease; however, few of us know enough about the risk factors to
begin protecting ourselves and our loved ones.
The widespread lack of knowledge about bone health is evident from a survey
conducted by Opinion Research Corporation in 2006, for GTC Nutrition. This survey
found that most Americans underestimate the percentage of young women who are not
getting enough calcium during the peak bone-building years. Studies show 90 percent
of girls ages 12 to 19 are not getting enough calcium, and more than two-thirds
of all respondents to the survey weren't aware of the extent of this shortfall,
including 66 percent of the respondents with children in their households.
Additionally, more than half (55 percent) of the 1,031 survey respondents were
unaware that the body absorbs only about 30 percent of the calcium consumed through
diet. With osteoporosis on the rise and more than 40
million Americans estimated to suffer from low bone mass by 2010, according to
the National Osteoporosis Foundation, now is the time for the whole family to get
hip to bone health.
Although these survey findings are concerning, they underscore the opportunity
we have to increase our overall health and well-being by learning more about bone
health and the factors that influence it, including calcium absorption. Building
strong and healthy bones requires not only consuming a diet rich in calcium but
also taking steps to ensure that sufficient calcium is absorbed.
In recent years, food companies have responded by offering "better for you"
calcium-enriched food, beverage and supplement alternatives, which may also be
enhanced with the novel, all-natural ingredient NutraFlora prebiotic fiber. As a
prebiotic, NutraFlora is rapidly gaining awareness for its abilities to significantly
improve calcium absorption.
Food products that contain NutraFlora, including baked goods, nutrition bars
and dairy products, such as Horizon Organic yogurt lines, now line the shelves
at most grocery stores. You can recognize many of them by the NutraFlora seal, a
green leaf. Taking action to improve your bones through dietary habits is an
important first step on the path to building and maintaining strong bones.
Just as crucial to taking in and absorbing adequate amounts of calcium is the
need to exercise regularly. There is no better time of year than the present to
get outdoors and build your bones. Whether you decide to increase your bone
health by pounding the pavement or lifting weights, your body will thank you
for years to come. To learn more about the risks associated with
osteoporosis or the benefits of prebiotic fiber visit
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