This post about improving bone health was sponsored by Nature Made® as a part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.
I’ve said in the past that I am not big on making New Year’s resolutions (except maybe for fun ones like these). That doesn’t mean that I don’t reflect on the previous year and how I might want to improve in the new one. This year I decided that we needed to save more money, and I needed to get healthier. Pretty broad statements, huh? Then I got routine blood work and my doctor told me that my Vitamin D level was low. He said that I needed to improve this for bone health.
Bone health? Who thinks about bone health? When I think about health, like many people, I think about weight. I think about healthy foods that I don’t like and exercise that I don’t feel like doing—but I don’t think about my bones. I should. I don’t want to get osteoporosis (when your bones become weak and brittle). And I don’t want to fall and break a hip when I get older! So this year I decided that one of my goals would be to improve my bone health. But how?
Ways to improve bone health
Like most people, I associate healthy bones with drinking milk. I know I need to get calcium because it is essential to bone health. How can you get calcium? Besides milk, there are many other foods that contain calcium. According to WebMD, here are the top 10 calcium-rich foods:
- Dark leafy greens
- Fortified cereals
- Fortified orange juice
- Fortified soymilk
- Enriched breads and grains
Make sure to check the labels of any fortified and enriched products to see how much calcium they truly provide.
Take vitamins. But which ones?
Well, calcium would be an obvious one! I get plenty of the calcium-rich foods listed above, so this isn’t a vitamin that I take. However, if your diet is lacking in those foods, you may want to take calcium pills.
Vitamin D and Magnesium
My doctor mentioned Vitamin D. Why? It turns out that Vitamin D aids in the absorption of calcium, and vitamin D supports bone, teeth, muscle and immune health.† The main way your body gets Vitamin D is when your skin is exposed to sunlight during certain times of the day and year. I guess that I haven’t been getting enough exposure since my levels tested low!
I went in search of Vitamin D at Walmart. Why Walmart? Well, I am always there and they have great prices! Have you ever been in the vitamin aisle before? Wow! There are so many different choices! Which brand? Oh, and wait, there is more than one Vitamin D? Ugh.
After reading labels, I bought Nature Made Vitamin D3. Nature Made is the #1 Pharmacist Recommended Letter Vitamin Brand* and Vitamin D3 is the body’s preferred form of vitamin D.† Boy, you learn so much by reading labels, huh?
With a little more research, I found Magnesium. Magnesium helps support nerve, muscle and heart function, healthy bones and teeth, and is essential in converting food into cellular energy † I added Nature Made Magnesium to the Vitamin D already in my Walmart cart!
According to the Mayo Clinic, exercise can “help you build strong bones and slow bone loss.” Higher impact exercises are better because they put stress on your bones which forces them to make new cells. Exercises, like running and lifting kettlebells, are great for bone health. “Strength training helps strengthen muscles and bones in your arms and upper spine, and weight-bearing exercises—such as walking, jogging, running, stair climbing, skipping rope, skiing, and impact-producing sports—affect mainly the bones in your legs, hips, and lower spine.”
How am I doing with improving my bone health?
I’ve only been at it for a couple months, but with the help of Nature Made I am getting on the right track! I struggle with the exercise (as usual); so I could use some help with motivation. I just found out that Nature Made may have a solution for this too—the Nature Made Daily Boost. They believe that every day is a new opportunity to do right by your body, so they came up with Daily Boosts to help you get on track.
How about you? Are you doing everything you can to improve your bone health? What about other wellness areas? You should definitely check out the Nature Made site and sign up to get access to the Daily Boosts. We can all improve our health together!Every day is a new day to do right by your body! What will you do today?Click To Tweet
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* Based on US News & World Report-Pharmacy Times Survey
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