The consequences of aging can really become silent and shocking especially when you are not doing anything to keep yourself healthy and fit when you were young. As we age, our muscles and bones become weaker making us shrink and become shorter. This will become faster if we don’t start keeping a healthy lifestyle.
Height will decrease fast if we have posture problems. Having a poor posture as we grow can lead to pain and serious bone diseases as we age. One potential bone disease that we might acquire if we don’t correct our own posture is osteoporosis.
Osteoporosis is a bone disease wherein your bones do not receive the right amount of calcium it needs to become strong. Calcium is needed in bone growth and development. As you age, you need more calcium to prevent your bones from degradation and breaking. Osteoporosis can also give you hunch at the back and this can lead to a bad posture.
Poor posture can aggravate your life in some ways and this can be caused by bad habits of sitting or standing. Most of the common postures that can ruin your appearance and internal organs such as lungs include slumping and slouching. If this is continued, your shoulders will be rounded forward, or your neck will have a forward bend, and your chest area will become tight and closed.
Poor posture can shrink your height. In fact when you slump forward, you back starts to skew at an angle less than 90 degrees. At the worst scenario, one with a very poor posture may bend losing more than 1 foot in height. If you don’t start improving your posture, you might be losing some height little by little.
Osteoporosis and How to Prevent or Reverse It
Osteoporosis is the weakening of the bones due to lack of calcium. This makes the bones porous and easily broken even with slight fall or accidents. The vertebrae can be easily affected and it can cause further damage when no counteractions are applied.
However, osteoporosis can be detected and reversed. It is best that while your bones are still young and healthy, you have to start doing some measures to prevent osteoporosis.
Normally, a vertebrae or spine without suffering osteoporosis is shaped like a perfect wedge. But with fracture and porous bones, it will look like a wedge collapsing on one side or like plates collapsing on top of each other. In this situation, the pain begins and even more problem will start to arise. With collapsed vertebrae, you will already lose at least 0.5 inch of height.
A collapsed vertebra can be painful and it can ruin the alignment of your back. In this case, you will have a hard time standing, sitting, or do some of activities like running or lifting some objects.
At the early stage of osteoporosis, you can do some actions to reverse it. One is through osteoporosis exercises in a regular basis. If you already have a fracture, there are safe osteoporosis exercises that you can do in order to help the bones that are not yet fractured.
When a bone is fractured, the appearance of your body will be affected. Aside from that, your height will suffer and you need to prepare for possible surgery treatment in order to fix the problem.
Treatment for Osteoporosis
When it comes to worse and the vertebrae collapsed unevenly, medical attention is needed and surgery can be the best solution. However, you can still do something in order to fix and strengthen your own remaining bones in the spine and other parts of your skeletal system. Intake of vitamins and minerals, especially calcium, can help your bones to become nourished and stronger.
If you have osteoporosis, your menu must include foods with the following nutrients:
2. Vitamin D
3. Vitamin C
You can check online on what types of food are rich with those nutrients mentioned. Multivitamin and mineral supplements containing those nutrients that can be bought in drugstores and health shops are also advisable in order to double your dose for your skeleton.
Posture improvement exercises, specifically osteoporosis exercises are great work-outs that can help improve your posture and strengthen your bones. With the Grow Taller 4 Idiots e-book guide, you can gain great knowledge and insights on how these exercises can improve your overall posture!