Did you know that the adult human body has 206 bones? Perhaps even more important, did you know that in general we begin to lose bone mass around the age of 40 (some medical sources say it’s more like 35 for women)?
If you choose a plant-based diet, it’s important to be very proactive about making sure you get these two key nutrients: vitamin D and calcium.
If you’ve ever broken a bone, you know how painful it can be as well as how taxing the recovery can be. But if you suffer from stress fractures, you might want to consider cryotherapy.
Learning what nutrients you need and the amounts can be overwhelming and confusing. To give you some basics, there are six essential nutrients you need to stay healthy. These nutrients are water, carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals. In addition, there are 16 essential minerals and 13 essential vitamins we all need for our bodies to function properly and stay healthy.
Did you know that your entire skeleton is replaced about every 10 years? According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), what happens is that over the course of your life your body continues to both reabsorb old bone and create new bone.
Jamaican track superstar Usain Bolt is arguably the fastest man in the world. But perhaps what is even more impressive is that Bolt was able to earn this title with a major physical setback.
As a child, I was always told I needed calcium for strong bones. So, I drank lots of milk and made sure to eat foods rich in this mineral. As an adult, I took calcium supplements. I figured I was doing what I was supposed to be doing from a nutritional standpoint in order to protect my bones.
Over the past few years, I’ve learned so much about minerals and how critical they are in order to live your healthiest and happiest life. Copper, chromium, phosphorus and molybdenum are examples of important minerals we need, but I think at times we get intimidated by their names and possible associations. Pennies, for example, used to be mainly made of copper, and today they are made of zinc, another necessary mineral!
By now, there should be no dispute that magnesium is an extremely important mineral for optimal health. Every organ in the body, especially the heart, muscles and kidneys, needs magnesium. It is required for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body and is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body. Around 50-60 percent of all the magnesium in the body is found in the skeleton, about 27 percent is found in muscle, 6-7 percent is found in other cells, and less than 1 percent is found outside of cells. It is required for healthy teeth and bones, activating enzymes and energy production.
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