It’s no secret that as we grow older our bones and joints begin to lose their strength. These changes can severely impact your lifestyle and stop you from enjoying some of the little things in life. This was once thought to be just another part of aging, but there are many ways to take action and help strengthen your body throughout the aging process.
So, what actually happens to your bones and joints?
Bone is a living tissue and as we age the structure of bone changes, leaving it stiff and less flexible. Also, our bones lose their density which affects mobility and balance. The loss of bone tissue makes the bone fragile as well as becoming more likely to break. Low bone mass means bones are weaker and puts you at risk of breaks from a sudden bump or fall. This combined with a lack of balance and mobility can lead to a serious risk of damage.
Bones weaken as we age for a number of reasons, including:
- An inactive lifestyle - a lack of exercise or activity can lead to bone wastage. If you don’t use it, you can lose it.
- Hormonal changes - in women, menopause triggers the loss of minerals in bone tissue. In men, the gradual decline in sex hormones and testosterone leads to the later development of osteoporosis.
- Bones lose calcium and other minerals during the aging process, which leads to brittle bones vulnerable to fractures and breaks.
During the aging process, fluid in the joints decrease and cartilage can begin to rub together and wear away. This leads to increased pressure on the joints as they become more susceptible to tearing or damage. The breakdown of your joints can lead to inflammation, pain, stiffness, and deformity. These changes affect almost all older people, which range from minor discomfort and pain, to severe arthritis.
Joints weaken as we age for a number of reasons, including:
- Cartilage breakdown - in a joint, bones do not directly contact each other and are cushioned by cartilage. As we age, the movement in our joints become stiff and less flexible. This is because the amount of lubricating fluid inside your joints decreases and the cartilage becomes thinner.
- Ligaments are also prone to shorten and lose flexibility, making joints feel stiff and sore.
- Lack of exercise - many of the age-related changes to joints are caused by lack of exercise. By regularly moving your joint and putting it through the ‘stress’ of exercise, you help to keep lubricating fluid in your joints. A lack of physical activity causes the cartilage to shrink and stiffen, reducing joint mobility.
What you can do to help?
There are many ways to take action and help prevent the breakdown of bones and joints. One of the best things you can do for your body is exercise.
Regular exercise helps to strengthen bones and can slow the rate of bone loss. Physical activity later in life can delay the progression of osteoporosis, as it minimises the rate at which bone mineral density is reduced. Physical activity has also been found to reverse changes to bones and joints that are caused by aging. Stretching is another excellent way to help maintain joint flexibility as it keeps joints strong and limber. Even a daily walk around the block can do wonders in increasing the longevity of your bones and joints.
Maintaining a healthy lifestyle helps ease the burden on your body that can be brought on by aging. This includes eating well, maintaining a healthy weight and engaging in physical activity. Supplementing can also be an effective method by providing your body with the extra fuel it needs to succeed.
At Qt we think we’ve found a way to help. Our unique range of Internal Cosmetics are made from all-natural ingredients designed to help strengthen bones and joints. Here’s what Qt products can do for you:
Help to maintain bone strength
- Collagen adds the flexibility to our bones that enables them to absorb normal wear and tear without breaking. Our products contain high quality marine and bovine hydrolysed collagen.
- The Tremella in our products has very high levels of vitamin D, aiding in the absorption of calcium.
Aid joint movement
- Collagen has a jelly-like texture that covers the bones, helping them to move easily.
- Ligaments, which stabilise our joints, contain collagen. Supplementing collagen helps to maintain their strength and prevents wearing.
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