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Bones Alive!

Here's an interesting fact. Your bones are alive and just like any other cell or tissue in your body, they need to be fed too! Bones that grow well will make you taller and stronger. Healthy bones will also be able to support your body so that you can be as active as you wish.

Bone Food

Your bones are hard and dense because they're packed with minerals like calcium and phosphorus. To keep your bones dense, you have to feed them with a regular supply of calcium. You also need vitamin D, which builds bones and helps them absorb calcium better.

But as long as you're eating right, you don't have to take calcium or vitamin D tablets. Just get your calcium from milk, cheese, grain products, ikan bilis, soy beans and certain vegetables, and your vitamin D from the sun!

Too Much Calcium & Vitamin D

If you take calcium or vitamin D supplements, you could get poisoning. Vitamin D poisoning shows symptoms like loss of appetite and nausea, and may lead to excessive thirst, weakness, nervousness and high blood pressure. Calcium poisoning may cause permanent damage to your kidneys.

Achy-Breaky Bones

Broken bones and aching pain are what you may suffer later in life if you don't take good care of your bones now.

You see, your bones can only absorb minerals until you're about 30. After that, your bones have to depend on the calcium and phosphorus that you've stored up over the years. If they don't have enough calcium, they'll snap or fracture easily. This is a disease called osteoporosis. It's a scary disease, because your bones might break for no reason, or after just a minor fall.

The way to strengthen your bones is to eat high-calcium foods (eg milk, cheese and yoghurt), exercise regularly and not smoke. And do so when you are young, not waiting until you are 50 years old to start worrying about osteoporosis.

What's the fuss about osteoporosis?

  • It can strike you at any age, although usually at a later age.
  • Both women and men are at risk, although women are at a higher risk.
  • Fair-skinned Asian & Caucasian women with small builds are at higher risk


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