Even though osteoporosis isn’t usually detected until much later in life, it usually begins in your earlier years when your body is building up its bone mass. In fact, 45% of your bone mass is form in your teen years.
It’s never too late to start taking care of your bones. So, before we look at how to care for your bones, lets first talk about osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis causes your bones to lose calcium and other minerals very slowly, over many years. The bones aren’t diseases or abnormal in any way. They are just not as dense as they were when you were younger. These thin, weak bones are easily broken, especially in the spine, wrist or hip. Although there’s no cure for osteoporosis , you can prevent the disease.
What to do today to prevent osteoporosis tomorrow
One quick and easy way is to get a healthy dose of calcium every day by drinking down a green smoothie. Brimming with calcium and an array of other vitamins and minerals, green smoothies are the ideal sip for breakfast every morning! They are chockful of vitamins and minerals that promote healthy bones
The smoothie recipe I’m about to share has loads of vitamins, fibre and minerals, which makes it a very healthy choice – especially when it comes to your bones. In fact, a single serving packs a very high dose of calcium as well as vitamin C, which are both essential to improving bone problems such as osteoporosis.
Calcium-rich green smoothie recipe for strong, healthy bones
2 baby oranges, peeled
2 cups organic kale, rinsed and chopped (you can use spinach if you prefer)
1 medium banana, frozen and peeled
1 cup fresh almond milk (or any other nut milk of your choice)
Handful of ice cubes (optional, depending on how chilled you like your smoothie)
Add the liquids to your blender, followed by the soft fruit and then the greens. Blend on high-speed for 30 to 60 seconds, or until you reach your desired consistency. Pour into two tall glasses and serve immediately.
Make your green smoothie tastier
If you don’t enjoy the taste of dark leafy greens such as kale or spinach, you can add in a spoonful of honey or maple syrup to help mask it. When in season, a cup of cubed mango or pineapple makes your smoothie sweeter and fruitier.
To increase the calcium content of your smoothie, add fresh, young coconut meat which will increase the drink’s calcium level by another 10% to 17%.