“Bone health peaks in your 20s. There’s not much I can do now.”
IN FACT: While bones do reach peak density in our 20s, and bone loss does tend to occur naturally from middle age, as well as consuming enough calcium, there are simple things you can do for bone health. Research shows doing jumps daily improves hip bone density in as little as four months in 50 year olds. Eating prunes daily might help, too, by suppressing ‘bone resorption’, where the breakdown of bone exceeds the rate of new bone growth as we age.
TO MAKE IT WORK: From a standing start, do 10 straight-up-and-down jumps in the morning and another 10 at night, waiting 30 seconds between jumps. And eat five prunes a day. Prunes have a relatively low glycemic index, but be sure to keep an eye on how they affect your BGLs. ➤