Women’s Health – Combat Osteoporosis

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Let’s take a break from beauty and fashion for a bit and focus on Women’s health for a while. Anyone can get osteoporosis, but women are much more likely to get it than men. Women develop less bone mass than men. Then, for several years after menopause, women also lose bone at an increased pace because their bodies are producing less estrogen.

But this doesn’t have to happen. Anyone can take major steps to prevent osteoporosis without ever going to a doctor. And anyone who already has this bone-weakening disease can do a lot to halt its progress. unfortunately, the weakening of bones can be taking place very quietly for years, even decades. Most people reach their peak bone mass in the spine between the ages of 25 and 30 and reach their peak bone mass in long bones such as the hip – from age 35-40. After we pass this peak bone mass age, and especially after 45, all the bones in the body begin to lose density.


As you are about to see, you have many weapons in your arsenal.

Exercise to build bone
If you don’t exercise, you lose bone. But there is even more reason to exercise. A number of studies support the theory that weight-bearing exercise can actually increase bone mass. Those who runs regularly were found to have 40 percent more bone mineral content than the non runners.

Even walking helps your bones, doctors say. Walking is an excellent, not to mention safe, way to get your bones the exercise they need. They suggest walking at least 20 minutes a day, three or four days a week.

Get enough calcium in your diet
Have up to 1,500 milligrams of calcium everyday. Calcium phosphate in milk is an excellent source. Low-fat cheese and yogurts are also high in calcium. And skim milk offers the same calcium as regular milk without the fat. Other high-calcium foods include red salmon, sardines, nuts, and tofu. Also, some citrus juices are not being sold as calcium fortified.

Fortify your meals
Add powdered nonfat dry milk to soups, casseroles and beverages. Every teaspoon is worth about 50 milligrams of calcium. And no fat!

Make soup
If you use a little vinegar when preparing stock from bones, the vinegar will dissolve the calcium out of the bones. One pint of your soup, then, will be equal to about a quart of milk in calcium content.

Pinch-hit for butter
For both good taste and calcium content,Parmesan cheese is a fine substitute.

Take a Supplement
Calcium supplements can work small wonders – especially for people who have trouble absorbing natural sources of calcium. There are a host of calcium supplements on the market, but what works for others may not work for you. Calcium carbonate is well absorbed in the stomach by most people if taken in divided doses and with meals. It is also the least expensive and offers the highest amount of calcium per tablet. Ask your doctor if a supplement program would be of benefit to you.

Get enough Vitamin D
It is essential to calcium absorption. Vitamin D is important to calcium in two ways. First, it increases absorption of calcium in the intestines and second it increases reabsorption of calcium through the kidneys.

If you spend a lot of time in the sun, you may think you’re getting more than enough Vitamin D. Because we wear clothes, maybe 10 percent of our needed Vitamin D comes from the sun. A minimum of 400 international units per day is the amount of vitamin d we need. If you don’t get outdoors, you may need 800 international units a day. Get vitamin D from 8-ounce glass of milk (125 international units), Salmon, sardines and tuna are our best natural sources of Vitamin D. Doctors generally do not recommend Vitamin D supplements, as high levels can be toxic.

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Losing Weight with Zumba Party

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Ditch the Workout and Join the Party! Yes that’s what Zumba is all about, a fun party! I have been raving about Zumba since daay 1 I started to zumba away. It all started with XBox Kinect :). We downloaded the demo and I loved the sweating that it did to me so I decided to do it regularly this time make it a workout routine since I wan’t to lose weight anyway. Been doing Zumba for 2 and a half weeks (average of 4-5 times a week 50-75 minutes) and I swear I am seeing result! I’ll post photos soon :D.

Zumba is a high calorie burning workout that includes easy-to-follow dance steps with Latin and international beats. Beto Perez is the creative genius behind the Zumba Program, the fitness formula that has revolutionised the way millions of people think about exercise. Zumba according to him does not mean anything, it’s just a made up name. What I love about this is anyone can do Zumba – young, old, fit even the little unconditioned. “Zumba fitness is about moving – it’s feeling the music and enjoying your workout. We are all capable of it – nobody is excluded – and I believe we can all be changed by it, on the inside and outside” says Beto.

Fact:

  • To lose 1 pound of weight, you have to burn 3500 calories.
  • The duration of your weight loss depends on your efforts.
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