You might wonder why I typically refer to my aging grandmother in my articles. Well, first of all, in her 105th year of life, she has had her share of wellness issues over the past century, and we can usually get some genuine insight from those.
Also, her sense of humor and her no-frills attitude make for some good added fodder for these articles. I am not exploiting her. I am merely borrowing some of her insight and transposing it for the 21st century. Besides, she is 250 miles away from me…she’ll never know!
So, in keeping in tune with bone-related articles, I have to say that Grandma’s bones are in pretty good shape for her mature age. I assume she gets the necessary vitamins and minerals in her diet to keep her skeleton in fine form. I know for a fact that she shuns dairy, loves Cinnabon rolls, turns up her nose at any fruit product, eats salt like candy, and relies upon a steady diet of McDonald’s breakfast items and their free coffee. Did I just frighten you? If so, then consider Grandma a medical miracle. I am sure some scientists will want to examine her body post-mortem some day to find out how she ate like this for decades and thrived.
For the rest of us, however, we have to opt for different avenues of health to keep our bones in prime condition. As for me, I just came in from an hour spent by the pool, basking under the warmth of the glorious sun. (Oh, dear! I just admitted that I might have some slacker tendencies! Let me retract that admission. It was not an hour. It was ten minutes, and I was soaking up my daily quota of the sunshine vitamin – Mr. Vitamin D!)
According to www.dairycouncilofca.org, Vitamin D is frequently referred to as the “sunshine vitamin.” Our bodies can produce this vitamin when we expose our skin to just 10-15 minutes of sun exposure each day on our face, hands, and arms, sans sunscreen. This will meet our daily needs for this powerful vitamin. However, certain climates, weather conditions, and geographical locations do not allow for this sort of absorption, so we need to seek other sources of vitamin D. We can find these in items such as fortified milk, yogurt, salmon, tuna, and sardines.