Friday, May 12, 2017

Are You Being Good to Your Bones?

Mother’s Day marks the first day of National Women’s Health Week, an observance led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health. The goal: to empower women to make their health a priority. Experts suggest that women pay particular attention to their bone health. After all, one in three women suffer from osteoporosis, according to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, and addiction can sure do damage to your bones. 

Did You Know?
  • Abusing drugs and alcohol can prevent your body from absorbing vitamin D, which plays a critical role in calcium absorption necessary for bone health.
  • Certain abused substances, including alcohol and opioids, are study-proven to reduce bone density, upping your risk for the bone thinning disease osteoporosis. 
  • Clinical depression, which often co-occurs with a substance abuse disorder, is also associated with an increased risk of osteoporosis.
Doing the work to get (and stay) sober is the perfect start toward safeguarding your bones – so, if you’re already in recovery, give yourself a pat on the back! In addition, you might want to add some of these bone-boosting tips to your healthy to-dos to prevent osteoporosis:
  • Know your family health history. In 50 percent of osteoporosis cases, genetics plays a role. 
  • Schedule a bone density screening. The tricky part of this “silent disease” is that you won’t know you have until you get tested (or you break a bone).
  • Eat to beat osteoarthritis. Some bone-friendly foods to add to your diet: Sardines, canned salmon (with the bones), almonds, dark green, leafy vegetables, milk, yogurt, cheese, calcium-fortified juices and breakfast cereals.
  • Stop smoking. Okay, easier said than done. But know this: Smoking cigarettes can rob your bones of vital nutrients, including calcium, and increase your risk of broken bones. 
  • Make exercise a priority. Staying active and exercising helps to strengthen muscles and improve overall bone health, according to the National Osteoporosis Foundation. In particular, there are two types of osteoporosis exercises important for building and maintaining bone density: weight-bearing and muscle-strengthening exercises.

Let Us Fuel Your Recovery
Rising Roads offers weekly nutrition classes, in addition to shopping preparation and cooking classes. The camaraderie of cooking together, gaining new skills, learning new recipes and enjoying the process is a positive move forward. To learn more, call today: 866-746-1558. 

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