Stuff about bones that you forgot from science class:
Adults have 206 total bones.
Over a period of 7 years, each bone in the body is regenerated and replaced with a new one.
Your bone marrow produces 2 million red blood cells a SECOND.
More than half of your bones are in your hands and feet.
The human face has 14 bones.
The thigh bone is literally stronger than concrete.
Don’t be a jellyfish. Keep your bones healthy:
Yoga. Asana, more than most weight-bearing exercises- stimulate bones to retain calcium and also help stimulate and distribute the flow of synovial fluid, which lubricates the joints between the bones.
Chill. Reducing stress prevents bone loss because cortisol, your stress hormone, weaken s your bones. It’s a lose/lose really.
Ditch the smokes. Smoking blocks the absorption of calcium in your body and reduces estrogen- leading to increased and early bone loss. It’s also expensive and nobody thinks you look cool.
Eat your greens. Nutrition is possibly one of the most important factors in bone loss. But wait- milk and beef both contain calcium, right? Unfortunately, the U.S. still has some of the highest rates of bone loss and osteoporosis in the world. Greens contain more calcium per calorie than milk and are also more easily absorbed by the body.
Now you can unexpectedly drop some bone knowledge sometime this week!