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To What Degree Does Exercise Strengthen Bones or Slow Age-Related Bone Loss?

A new analysis in Fightaging.org reports that studies on the real effects of exercise on age-related bone loss are slow in coming and do not consider recent advances in technologies for measuring bone loss. While the internet site concludes that this supports possible pharmacological intervention to augment exercise, I believe there are other, better ways of staving off aging problems and protecting your bones.

Since every healthy body begins with a good diet along with exercise, one of the best strategies for healthy bones is to eat the right kinds of foods. A diet full of processed foods will produce biochemical and metabolic conditions in your body that will decrease your bone density, so avoiding processed foods is definitely the first step in the right direction.

Eating high-quality, organic, biodynamic, locally-grown food will naturally increase your bone density and decrease your risk of developing osteoporosis. Along with your foods, your omega-3 fat content also has a major role in building healthy bone. I recommend krill oil, as I believe it’s a superior source of omega-3s.

Other nutrients, including calcium, vitamin D and K2 and magnesium, are also critical for strong bones—as is exercise, especially weight-bearing exercises. Then, adding a good exercise program that’s gentle enough even for the disabled and elderly, who may not be able to engage in exercises like leaping, hopping, sprinting or weight lifting, and you’ll be on your way to a strong body, strong bones and a healthy life in your golden years.
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