Why is healthy bone mass important?
You need strong bones. Until you are about 30, your bone mass will normally increase. However, after that it will start to slowly decrease. That does not have to be as bad as it sounds.
If you take good care of your bones they will likely remain dense enough to avoid any issues. If they deteriorate too quickly, or if you had low bone mass to begin with, you are at risk. Bone issues aren’t noticeable until it is too late.
It is therefore smart to keep track of your bone mass and check if you are doing well. It is important to keep your bones as strong as possible. Luckily, there are plenty of things you can do to keep your bones healthy and dense.
Nutrients that contribute to good bone mass
A good diet is a big factor contributing to healthy bones. The following nutrients play important roles:
Things to reduce or avoid
If you are getting the nutrients above, you are definitely on the right track. However, some things can affect your bone mass negatively. Keep in mind to not overdo it on the following:
How do I find out my bone mass?
There is no way to know your bone mass without measuring. To do this at home, you can use a Tanita Body Composition Monitor. Tanita Body Composition Monitors send a very small electric current through your body, and how the current moves through your body provides the monitor with data about your body composition.
Since bones, fat, muscle and other tissue all conduct electricity at a different rate, the scale can then calculate the different measurements that make up your body composition, including your bone mass. The data you receive can be interpreted to assess your health and guide you towards areas of your health you should improve upon.