As we say goodbye to April, we welcome the month of May with open arms!
One important topic we’re going to focus on this month is Bone Health. There are so many things we can do to optimize and maintain strong, healthy bones!
As we age, both men and women lose bone density; this is normal and a natural result of aging. However, the ratio differs greatly between sexes, once a woman reaches menopause. Postmenopausal women are six times more likely to develop osteoporosis as opposed to men, due to the loss of ovarian hormones, such as estrogen, that help bones reabsorb calcium.
Calcium is an incredible mineral and, thanks to calcium, 99 percent in our bodies is what make up our bones and teeth. Although the optimum time to build up calcium stores is when we’re young, it’s never too late to try new strategies to increase calcium absorption! The bioavailability, or amount available for us to absorb and use internally, is actually influenced by other food sources. Vitamin D and lactose improve absorption, a diet low in protein will reduce absorption. And for those who are lactose-intolerant, the good news is that dairy isn’t your only source of calcium.
Below are easy snack ideas that will feed your bones and have you feeling strong, healthy, and happy!