It’s never too late to change your diet

This Sunday (Mothere's Day) is a special day for many women. Whether you’re a mother or not, there’s a fairly good chance there are women in your life who are mothers; and who you care deeply for. Whether it’s your own mother, sister, wife, friend, or other special woman in your life, this Sunday is a day to celebrate these women. Many of us have already ordered the flowers, made brunch plans, or prepared a gift for someone we love and care for. Still, the most important gift we can give to any woman, mother or not, is their health. Mother’s Day is not only a day to celebrate mothers; it’s also the start of National Women’s Health Week.

This topic is one that resonates well with me, as my mother recently began to show symptoms of osteoarthritis. She’s been relatively healthy for most of her life, however, the last time I saw her, she had begun to develop osteoarthritis in her knee. I knew her nutrition wasn’t on track, so for the first time in my life, the tables had turned. I had to sit my 55 yr old mother down and have “the talk” with her. I laid out a health plan that included cutting sugar and processed foods from her diet and adding healthy foods and essential supplements, which included calcium. Nonetheless, my mother is not alone in the battle against bone and joint disease.

Osteoporosis, a disease causing bones to weaken and break easily, affects approximately 8 million American women; an estimated 1 in 2 women over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis.1 In fact, simply being a woman puts you at risk for osteoporosis; other risk factors for women include age, menopause, family history, irregular periods, hormone replacement therapy, not exercising enough, being White or Asian and also long term use of certain medicines. It is extremely important for women to maintain bone and joint health in order to prevent osteoporosis and other bone-related diseases.

To start, women should make sure they’re getting enough calcium in their diets. Below is the daily calcium requirements based on age:

9 – 18 yrs – 1,300 mg per day
19-50 yrs – 1,000 mg per day
51 yrs and older – 1,200 mg per day

Additionally, enough Vitamin D is needed to aid with calcium absorption. Below is the daily Vitamin D requirements based on age:

19 – 70 yrs – 600 IU per day
71 yrs and older – 800 IU per day

Well, it may come as no surprise that I sent my mom home with Beyond Osteo-fx™ (along with the rest of the 90 essential nutrients). Beyond Osteo-fx™ contains 1200 mg of Calcium, 1000 IU of Vitamin D and wide-range of bone and joint supporting nutrients. This year for Mother’s Day, and Women’s Health Week, give the women you love the gift of health!

When it comes to Bone & Joint health, prevention is the key!

Rocio Ramos
Contributing Writer and Fitness Instructor

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