Omitting Symptoms of Osteoporosis
By Brandi Goodman
National Osteoporosis Month arrives in May. Use the month to learn how to keep your bones healthy and strong so you can omit the symptoms associated with osteoporosis. Prevention matters when it comes to keeping your body as healthy and well as possible.
Consume Calcium-Rich Foods
Calcium is vital for healthy bones. Vitamin D is also essential. Foods rich in these nutrients are best to include in the daily diet so you can maintain your overall health and keep your bones and joints as strong as possible. Drinking low-fat milk, snacking on low-fat cheese, and eating nuts, broccoli, yogurt, kale, and eggs can all prove beneficial.
You want to get as much exercise as possible so you can build strength. A strong and flexible body is more likely to avoid injuries and falls that are often associated with osteoporosis. You can start out slow if you need, building up your endurance level over time. Just 30 minutes per day is all that's needed to keep your body in shape.
Wear Supportive Shoes
The shoes you wear can either prevent falls or cause them. You don't want to wear high heels or shoes that are either too large or too small. This can cause you to trip more often. Even a minor fall can lead to a big break if your bones are already fragile. Supportive and comfortable shoes that fit well are the best to keep you safe.
Fall-Proof Your Home
Fall-proofing the home will help to ensure your safety as well. Grab bars in the bathroom are especially important since the floor there is typically more slippery than other areas of the house. You should also remove any rugs that are easy to trip over and keep all wires tucked away. It is also important to ensure handrails are available on the stairs. You may consider keeping your bedroom downstairs if possible so you do not have to go to a higher level as often, if at all.
A few changes to your routine, home, and menu can make a big difference in how osteoporosis affects you. Omit the symptoms, or at least reduce them significantly, by keeping your body as healthy and strong as possible primarily through diet and exercise. You can combine this with regular chiropractic care from The Joint Chiropractic for potentially pain-free days.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in American Fork, Utah.