Did you know that the human body has 206 bones as well as tendons, ligaments, and cartilage that help to connect them? Arthritis is one of the more common diseases associated with the skeletal system, and it consists of a group of more than 100 inflammatory diseases that can cause damage to joints. This week you will learn ways that you can take care of your skeletal system so that is can stay strong and healthy as our bones and joints provide a foundation of protection for our internal organs.

The skeletal system is made up of bones and connective tissue and it supports the body as well provides protection. Here are some ways to keep this body system strong:

Tip #1: Try Magnesium 

Magnesium assures the strength and firmness of bones and makes teeth harder. Since magnesium participates in an astonishing array of biochemical reactions, it’s no surprise that it’s essential for healthy bones and teeth. Most notably, adequate magnesium is essential for absorption and metabolism of calcium.

Tip #2: Enjoy Calcium Rich Foods  

We all know that calcium is an important part of maintaining healthy bones, but there are more ways to get calcium in your diet than just dairy products. Some plant-based sources of calcium include broccoli, kale, almonds, Brazil nuts, and oranges.

Tip #3: Enjoy Vitamin D Rich Foods              

Vitamin D helps with the absorption of calcium, so it’s important to add some vitamin D rich foods into your diet. Things like eggs and fatty fish are good sources. You can also get outside to get some sunshine each day to help soak up some vitamin D!

For this week’s challenge, I challenge you to take care of your skeletal system by following some of these tips:

  • Get out in the sun for a short period of time each day to get some extra vitamin D
  • Enjoy some plant-based sources of calcium each day: Try broccoli, kale, and almonds this week
  • Try to get 30 minutes of weight-bearing exercise at least twice per week. This will help to build your muscle strength which can help build bone density and thus prevent osteoporosis. Things like squats and planks are great easy to do exercises that don’t require the use of weights.
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