Osteoporosis is a disorder that affects as many as 1 in 3 women and 1 in 12 men in the United States. It occurs when the body's bone mineral density decreases to 2.5 times less than what is considered normal. Many things factor into the cause of osteoporosis, including overuse of medications, poor lifestyle choices (drinking too much, smoking cigarettes, over consumption of soft drinks), and chronic disorders of other kinds.

All that aside, one of the most commonly understood things about osteoporosis is that once your bones become less dense, they become more vulnerable to fracture. With women in particular, hip fractures become more of an issue. And here's the deal...you won't find a competent soul on the planet that will tell you that osteoporosis is not PREVENTABLE.

So, there are three things that you can do to prevent osteoporosis, and they are the same three things that account for your best chances at maximizing your health potential. First things first is we need to get your body functioning at or near 100%. Simple steps to get adequate or better exercise and nutrition will follow, but to receive maximum benefit from eating right and exercising your body must function at its optimum level. If your body isn't functioning properly, how can the body properly process the better foods you are eating? Build up muscle and strength properly from the exercise? It can't...

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From there, here are a few hints for further prevention:

-Get out in the sun (in moderation). The sun is the best source we have for vitamin D (which is made upon sunlight's contact with the skin). Vitamin D builds strong bones.

-Eat pineapples, oranges, carrots, and bananas, which are rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C aids in transporting vitamin D throughout the body. Other fruits like strawberries, tomatoes, blueberries, grapes, watermelon, etc. and green leafy vegetables like broccoli and cabbage all contain essential vitamins and anti-oxidants that are proven to help ward off potential diseases before they ever become issues.

-Walk 5 times a week for 30 minutes (you can do this on your lunch break at work); or lift weights 3 times a week for 3 minutes; or do intensive running or team sports 2 times a week for 45-minutes. Stay active!!!