Taking a closer look at bone health

2022-10-11T21:15:05+00:00February 8th, 2018|Aging, All, Diet, Minerals, Nutrition|0 Comments

Bones are what hold us together – without healthy bones, many of the regular movements we make on a daily basis, such as sitting, walking, and lying down, would be difficult.

Bone tissue is very dynamic because our bodies constantly remodel it by dissolving and replacing minerals to keep our bones healthy. When bones are dissolving and losing minerals faster than they can be replaced, conditions like osteoporosis can occur.  This can make the bones hollow, porous and very susceptible to fractures.

However, there are ways to help maintain optimal bone health. And it all starts with understanding which nutrients our bones love.

Prevention starts early

The prevention of osteoporosis begins in childhood and adolescence. The goal is to gain as much bone density as possible by the age of 20 – 30 and then to maintain that density for the rest of adulthood. A well-rounded diet full of bone-supporting nutrients along with balanced pH levels within the body can help in providing the building blocks for healthy bones.

Vitamin K for directing calcium

You may have heard that calcium and vitamin D3 are needed for supporting bone health. Additionally, magnesium, boron, zinc, vitamin K1 and K2 are equally important in proper bone maintenance. These nutrients ensure that calcium is directed to the bones and not deposited elsewhere in the body, such as the heart.

CanPrev’s Osteo Prolong and Vitamin D3 + K2 are formulated with these nutrients in absorbable forms. They work together synergistically to help maintain bone health as well as muscle, teeth and skin health.

CanPrev Osteo Prolong bottleCanPrev Vitamin D3 + K2 bottle

Balancing pH levels

Another factor that contributes to maintaining optimal bone health, is the pH balance in the body. Although it may not be common knowledge, it’s important to keep our pH levels between 7.0-7.4.

If pH levels are between 0.0 to 6.9, the body is undergoing an acidic state. This can be caused by smoking, stress, a nutrient-poor diet, and pharmaceuticals. In this case, our bodies will draw nutrients from the bones to balance pH levels. Specifically, it will be looking for alkaline nutrients like calcium, potassium and magnesium, the very nutrients we want to stay in our bones!

Taking precautionary measures to maintain a balanced pH within the body can help make sure these nutrients don’t leave our bones. If you’re looking to reduce acidity within your body, try CanPrev’s pH Pro. This formula contains sodium bicarbonate, spirulina, magnesium bicarbonate and potassium, all the alkaline nutrients your body needs to decrease acidity and keep those precious nutrients in the bones. Each bottle of CanPrev pH Pro includes pH test strips so you can check your pH levels and track your progress.

CanPrev pH Pro bottle

Lifestyle habits that impact bone health

Just as there are nutrients that support the bones, there are foods that can get in the way of maintaining healthy bones, too.

In adulthood, multiple factors that deplete bone minerals can start to add up. This can include:

  • Physical inactivity
  • Smoking
  • Stress
  • Alcohol
  • Increased intake of salt, caffeine, and sugar
  • Hormonal changes in women

Beverages such as soft drinks and energy drinks contain both phosphoric acid and caffeine, which increase the amount of calcium lost from the bones. For every 100mg of caffeine ingested, approximately 6 mg of calcium can be lost. About 2 cups or 16 oz of coffee contains 320 mg of caffeine, which can leach around 20 mg of calcium from your body.

Additionally, processed foods tend to be very high in salt. Every 2.3g of salt consumed results in the loss of about 40 mg of calcium through urine.

Bone health for moms to be

Creating a new life within you takes a lot of energy. While it can be a beautiful journey, it can also leave women depleted of many nutrients, including calcium. This is because forming the baby’s skeletal frame and teeth requires high levels of calcium. If you’re pregnant and looking to increase your calcium levels, try taking CanPrev’s Prenatal Multi. This formula contains therapeutic doses of 24 vitamins and minerals, including calcium and vitamin D3, to support the nutritional needs of both mom and baby.

CanPrev Prenatal Multi bottle

Supporting bone health is one of the most important parts of your overall health. Making changes to your lifestyle by limiting foods that can be damaging your bones and increasing your intake of bone-supporting nutrients, can help keep your bones healthy and strong.

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