It’s really easy to take our bones for granted. I know I did until my mom was diagnosed with osteoporosis this year. That made me take a deeper look at how I was taking care of my own bones and what I needed to change.
Bones are actually living, growing parts of our body. And what we eat plays a huge part in how strong they are as we age. It’s important to get the right balance of calcium, vitamin D and other micronutrients to keep them strong and keep our bone mineral density high. Supplements can be helpful, but I always recommend getting your nutrients from food (preferably plants!) first. Plants aren’t just targeted at one nutrient like supplements are. They contain tons of phytochemicals that your body needs to build healthy bones – all in one tasty package.
Nutrition isn’t the only thing you can do. I’ve included a checklist with other tips for strong bones along with some tasty suggestions for meals to help you get the recommended amount of calcium (and bone building nutrients) every day.