Fight Osteoporosis with Calcium and Vitamin D
- Our bones support us and allow us to move. They protect our brain, heart, and other organs from injury. Our bones also store minerals such as calcium and phosphorous, which help keep our bones strong, and release them into the body when we need them for other uses. Vitamin D is needed to drive the calcium into the bones.
There are many things we can do to support bone health and prevent osteoporosis. Eating foods rich in calcium and vitamin D, getting plenty of exercise, and having good health habits help keep our bones healthy.
But if we don’t eat right and don’t get enough of the right kinds of exercise, our bones can become weak and even break. Broken bones (called fractures) can be painful and sometimes need surgery to heal. Osteoporosis can also occur from a lifetime of low calcium and vitamin D intake.
But the good news is that it is never too late to take care of your bones. The Everything shake contains 50% of your daily need for calcium and 40% for vitamin D ( http://www.niams.nih.gov/health_info/bone/bone_health/bone_health_for_life.asp).