Building Strong Foundations: Bone & Joint Health

Let’s get down to the basics. Build support from the ground up by prioritizing your bone and joint health.

Bones and joints give our bodies the support they need to literally be able to move. Think about any time you’ve gone on a run or rode your bike around the lake – you have your bones and joints to thank! It’s essential to try and keep them at their best to move more comfortably and enjoy life.

Why is bone and joint health important?

Bones are the body’s primary form of structural support, made of strong and hard tissue. Many tissues connect to our bones, including muscles and nerves. The bones in our bodies also protect our vital organs. Your skull protects your brain, while your ribs protect your lungs and heart. Bones contain bone marrow, which produces red (to carry oxygen) and white (to promote immune function) blood cells in the body.

Joints, where two or more bones connect, often contain cartilage to help your joints move smoothly. They also prevent your bones from rubbing together. Adequate bone and joint health are necessary for general mobility and wellness.

Here are a few ways to support your bone and joint health*:

Physical activity is key

Keep it moving! Exercise and movement are vital to maintaining good bone and joint health. When it comes to bone health, regular physical activity provides numerous benefits. It helps prevent bone loss in adults, makes bone denser, helps prevent falls, and strengthens muscles and bones. Some effective exercises for maintaining bone health include running, tennis, weight machines, lunges, and even walking.

In terms of joint health, exercise is just as important. An active lifestyle and the right exercises can help reduce the pressure on your joints and keep your joints healthy. Some exercises that can support joint health include yoga, swimming, Pilates, and weight training.

Meet your calcium goals

Calcium plays a key role in bone health. Calcium is one of the most abundant minerals in our body, and 99% of it is stored in our skeleton to maintain healthy bones.* Adequate calcium intake can contribute to bone density and bone strength, and slow bone loss.*

Were you told to drink your milk at the dinner table to help build strong bones? Turns out, there is some truth to it. In fact, around 72% of calcium intakes come from dairy products in the United States. For adults aged 19-50, the recommended dietary allowance for calcium is 1,000 mg daily.

Add these calcium-containing foods to your diet:

  • Dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt
  • Calcium-fortified orange juice
  • Canned sardines and salmon with the bones
  • Certain vegetables like kale and broccoli
  • Soybeans

Consider bone and joint support supplements*

Adding supplements to your wellness routine is another way you can support your bone and joint health.* If you find it difficult to get your calcium from foods alone, our Calcium & Vitamin D3 liquid supplement can help maintain strong, healthy bones.* It’s made with calcium citrate, magnesium, and vitamin D3 and can be mixed into water, your daily smoothie, or taken straight.

Nature’s Way Joint Movement Glucosamine® contains 2,000 mg of glucosamine, which exists naturally in the body as a part of cartilage, a tissue found in our joints. It has 1,200 mg of chondroitin, a component of connective tissue, 10 mg of hyaluronic acid, and 500 mg MSM, a form of sulfur which is important for the formation of collagen.* Each serving is a great source of vitamin D3 to support healthy bones and muscle function.*

Prioritizing bone and joint health is essential for mobility and general wellness. By incorporating regular physical activity, calcium-containing foods and adding appropriate supplements to your wellness routine, you can build strong foundations for an active lifestyle.*