3 Easy Tips For Better Bone HealthIn a recent study conducted by the National Osteoporosis Foundation, it was projected that half of all Americans over age 50 would have osteoporosis by the year 2020. Osteoporosis is a condition that makes the bones in your body weak and brittle, and as such, more prone to breaking.
There’s good news though. No matter how old you are, there are a few simple things you can do, starting today, to strengthen your bones and improve your overall level of health. Here are three:

1. Get plenty of Vitamin D – Most Americans suffer from a vitamin D deficiency, which hurts your bones because vitamin D is essential for helping your body absorb calcium, which improves bone health. Fortunately, this is a very simple fix for this: go outside! Your body is actually a solar powered vitamin D factory, so the more time you spend in the sun, the more vitamin D your body will naturally produce.

2. Eat Your Greens – Dark leafy greens are loaded with calcium and other vitamins and minerals your body needs in order to stay healthy. If you’re not eating these on a regular basis (especially kale and spinach) you’re hurting your health, so grab a salad and a fork and eat up!

3. Talk a Walk – While an apple a day might help keep the doctor away, a walk every day will help even more. Not only does it improve your overall level of health and increase your muscle mass, studies have shown that moderate exercise, performed regularly, also improves bone health.

As an added bonus, if you walk in the woods, you’ll lower your cortisol levels, which will reduce stress. Recent studies in Japan have shown that as little as fifteen minutes a day spent walking in nature is sufficient to see notable stress-related benefits, making a daily walk through the woods a win, all the way around.

You don’t have to resign yourself to getting osteoporosis as you get older. You can take charge of your health and do something about it, starting today!