HOW TO FUTURE PROOF YOUR BONES

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Due to a number of lifestyle factors, anyone of any age can be at risk of bone loss. Find out if you are and what you can do about it for healthy strong bones, now and in the future.

Risk factor: Your fingernails are becoming brittle

If you notice your nails are thin and paper-like, your bones could be trying to tell you something. Brittle nails that are unrelated to your environment can be an indicator of a calcium deficiency and as we know, calcium is one of the most important building blocks of the human skeleton.


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Did you know that calcium alone can’t build strong, healthy bones? Calcium needs vitamin D to make sure that the human body efficiently absorbs as much of it as possible. Both vital nutrients are included in the Bone Strength + Joint Health SUPER BOOSTERS, along with active Vegan Glucosamine Sulfate to further support bone and joint health. Vitamin D often can’t be readily obtained from diet and sunlight exposure can be dangerous, so supplementing can be a great way to support your calcium absorption and protect your precious bones and joints.

Simply mix one vial into cold water, taking one vial a day for seven consecutive days.


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Risk factor: Your dentist says your gums are receding

Your dentist will likely be the one to point this out to you, as gum receding is very subtle and gradual over time and won’t be easily noticeable in the bathroom mirror each day. Our gums recede when we lose bone mass or as our jawbone loses strength, and because our jaw is an anchor to our teeth, when it weakens, we can experience teeth problems. Preventative measures such as brushing, flossing and rinsing regularly will also help ensure that you minimise the risk of any tooth decay-related bone issues too.

Risk factor: You’re not very active

If you spend a lot of your time at a computer (as many office workers do), you’re at a higher risk for developing osteoporosis. This risk factor can be counteracted by staying active and ensuring to get plenty of physical activity, but if you’re not exercising often then you may be putting yourself at further risk. Studies show that exercise helps to build strong bones and strong muscles, by developing the muscles around your bones and joints that then take the load off your bones. Exercise physiologists says that weight-bearing and resistance exercises will give you the best bang for your buck. Next time you’re on your lunch break, try doing some light stretches or go for a walk around the block – not only will it clear your mind, you’ll be building strong bones too.


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It’s not just slogging it out at the gym that counts – even incidental exercise such as walking an extra block from your car to your office adds up and contributes to your daily movement quota. Where possible, try to spot opportunities to get extra movement in. Take the stairs instead of the lift, park a little bit further away and do some stretches each time you walk to the restroom during the day. Experts say that just 30 accumulative minutes a day of movement that achieves a moderate heart rate is all that it takes to notice a marked difference to your health.

If you’re looking for some inspo for a new workout, look to  Elle Macpherson, who loves to find creative ways to stay fit and mixes up her exercise regimen to keep herself on her toes. 

“Now in my 50s, I don't over-work in the gym,” she says. “I now listen to what my body needs. I do an hour of exercise I really enjoy every day. It might be paddle boarding, hiking or even water-skiing. At the moment, I'm really into boxing or taking spin classes with girlfriends.”


 

Risk factor: You struggle to open jars

This might sound silly and of course, we all struggle to open a particularly difficult jar from time to time, but if you notice that your grip is weakening, it might be a sign of more than just needing to stop skipping arm day at the gym. A gradually reducing grip is another early warning sign that your bones may be losing mass or becoming more brittle, and research has shown that there is a strong link between the strength of your grip and the density of the bones in your hip, spine and pelvis – which are largely responsible for bearing most of your body weight.

Risk factor: You’ve got aches, cramps and pains that can’t be explained

Many of us accept developing recurring aches and pains as an inevitable side effect of getting older, or put them down to sleeping in a strange position, poor posture at work or going too hard at the gym. But if your chronic aches and pains don’t go away and seem to be there regardless of your activity, they could be a sign of your bones crying out for help. Bone pain can be a symptom of inadequate Vitamin D, and muscle pain can be a sign of a magnesium deficiency. If you get frequent leg cramps at night in bed, experts say that this can be a sign that your calcium, magnesium and potassium levels are out of whack and if this occurs over a long period of time, bone loss can occur.


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Not sure where to get more potassium, magnesium and calcium? SUPER ELIXIR Greens contains 45 premium wholefood ingredients including the likes of Alfalfa, which is naturally high in many essential vitamins and minerals including all B vitamins, biotin, calcium for bone strength, folic acid, iron, magnesium to aid cramps and potassium to aid proper nerve function.

It also contains spinach, which contains 30 milligrams of calcium per cup! Calcium is crucial in maintaining bone health and dental health throughout our lives. In our infant days, calcium is required for proper bone and tooth growth; during growth spurts in adolescence and helping to maintain bone density as we get older. Calcium forms 2% of total body weight in a human adult with it not only being found in our bones but also in the circulatory system where it can help prevent life threatening haemorrhages.

Simply mix 2 teaspoons of SUPER ELIXIR Greens with water or your favourite plant based milk, add in fresh ingredients to your preference, blitz in a high speed blender and enjoy.


 

Risk factor: You’ve got a small frame

Now this one can’t exactly be helped and a big part of it is down to genetics, but if you have a small frame, you’re more at risk to develop osteoporosis as you have less bone mass to lose. It simply means that you need to be diligent about protecting your bones and joints by staying healthy and active.