The density of a person’s bones can have significant impacts on their overall health. During the early years of a person’s life (childhood to early adulthood) bones absorb minerals and nutrients and gain strength. Once a person is older than 30 years of age, however, bone density tends to be reduced. The methods of how to increase bone density include the following:

• Eating vegetables – they provide vitamins and minerals that can help protect bones from damage.

• Consuming Calcium – this is a primary nutrient for bones and people need to get enough calcium in their diets for healthy bones. Foods that are rich in calcium include cheese, milk, yogurt and beans.

• Eating foods that contain vitamins D & K – these vitamins play an important role in bone health by preventing calcium loss and helping bones absorb minerals. Foods that contain these vitamins include sauerkraut, cheese and soybean products.