What Makes My Bones Happy and Healthy?
What are bones?
They are a living and constantly growing tissue. Bones are made up of mainly two things:
Collagen – A protein that provides a soft framework.
Calcium – A mineral that provides strength and hardness.
The two combined makes bone structure strong and flexible enough to hold up under pressure. Our bones have plenty of roles in the body – it provides structure, protects our soft organs, anchors muscles, and stores calcium. It is important to build strong bones during your childhood and pre-teen years, however, you can still take the necessary steps during adulthood to strengthen and maintain healthy bones as well.
Mayo Clinic talks about how bone health is important.
Bones are constantly changing, new bones are created and old bones are worn out. The younger you are, the faster your body makes new bones, and the faster your bone mass increases. Generally, people tend to reach the highest point of their bone mass around age 30. Moving forward, bone remodelling will resume, however, you start to lose a little more bone mass than you gain.
If you do not create enough bone mass, you might develop osteoporosis. It is a disease that causes weak and brittle bones. Hence, the more bone mass you create, the more healthier bones you have “saved up” in your body, and you’ll have a lesser chance of developing osteoporosis as you get older.