Get enough dietary calcium
(HealthDay News) -- Working to build up bone strength will benefit you later in life, especially into your senior years when bone density naturally decreases.
The Harvard School of Public Health offers these suggestions for building stronger, healthier bones:
- Eat a variety of calcium-rich foods, including more than just dairy. Broccoli and leafy green vegetables, tofu and beans are rich sources of calcium.
- Get plenty of vitamin D, and take a supplement if you're not getting enough from natural sunlight and food sources.
- Exercise regularly, engaging in weight-bearing exercises such as jogging or walking.
- Watch your intake of vitamin A, as it can weaken bones.