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Strong healthy bones mean strong healthy bodies

So many times we associate eating well with weight loss. If we are going through a period of time in our lives where we are not concerned with our weight or are experiencing some tough times in our lives, we may find good eating habits non-existent in our lives.

On Monday, March 28, I fractured my elbow. It was not a bad break but bad enough to require a cast. So I started thinking about what type of processes are taking place inside of my body healing that broken bone. It is pretty amazing!

The healing process started at the time of my injury. Our bones are living tissue that produces red blood cells. When a bone is broken it causes blood vessels that run the length of the bone to be severed causing a clot, which is called a fracture hematoma, to form. This process helps the broken bone to remain lined up so that, as it heals, it stays well aligned. Some breaks are bad enough that a doctor has to set the bone so that it will heal properly. Tiny little blood vessels start to grow in the fracture hematoma that help with the healing process. There are many more stages of healing that take place before a broken bone is completely healed or remodeled.

Eating well is very important for the healing process. Ensuring that you get an adequate amount of calcium is very important. You may be thinking, I don't have any broken bones. It is still very important to make sure on a daily basis that calcium is consumed to help prevent problems down the road, such as osteoporosis. Our bodies do not manufacture calcium. It is a mineral needed for strong, healthy bones and teeth. We also need calcium for our hearts, muscles, and nerves to function properly.

A study was done on two groups of obese adults. One group consumed about 1,100 mg of calcium every day (Group A). The calcium that was consumed came in yogurt. The second group was limited to about 500 mg of calcium a day (Group B). Both groups followed the same diet plan. After 12 weeks, those who included 1,100 mg of calcium (Group A) lost an average of 13 pounds. They lost more body fat and less muscle mass. They were about two times more effective at maintaining their muscle mass. On average, Group A lost 22 percent more weight and 61 percent more body fat than Group B! Another positive result found was that Group A lost six times more in their waist circumference!

This is particularly beneficial for people who carry their fat around their mid-section. Such people are at an increased risk for heart disease, diabetes, and other health problems.

So even if you have not practiced the best eating habits, you can start over today. If you are not sure where to start, Diet Center is here to help. Call me at (928) 753-5066.

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