Drink Up for Better Bones

Drink Up for Better Bones

Know which drink the YOU Docs recommend for better bones? Hint: It's not milk.

Well, not regular milk, anyway. In their book YOU: Staying Young, RealAge experts Mehmet Oz, MD, and Michael Roizen, MD, tout the bone-friendly attributes of kefir, a fermented dairy drink.

Two Benefits for Bones
What's kefir got that's so great? Vitamin K2. It helps prevent the death of osteoblasts -- cells that are responsible for forming new bone. Vitamin K2 also escorts calcium out of your blood and into your bones so it can do its job of making bones stronger. That's two bone benefits for the price of one drink!

More to the Story
Of course, calcium and vitamin D are still critical to maintaining bone health. You can do even more to keep your skeleton hardy with these bone-boosting choices:

  • Add weight. Not to your body, but to your workout. A little strength training is great for bones. Here's how much weight you should start with.
  • Think green. There are lots of green veggies that can help boost your intake of calcium. Like these.
  • Go easy on protein and caffeine. Too much can speed bone loss.

Medically reviewed in February 2020.

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