Feed Your Bones: Your Body Will Thank You

Recent research is uncovering evidence that our bodies do much more than support our muscle and skin. They have the capacity to nourish us and communicate with other areas of the body. Bones are an essential component of the connective tissue system that embodies the blood, fascia, tendon, ligaments and cartilage.

Gerard Karsenty of Columbia University Medical Center explains that are bones are more than just a framework for muscles. He explains that his findings break new ground in how researchers view the skeleton. Not only do bones provide structural support and serve as a repository for calcium and phosphate; they are also able to issue commands to distant cells. In mice at least, bones are capable of communicating with the brain.

It appears that the protein osteocalcin functions as a messenger, similar to a hormone sent by bones to regulate critical functions throughout the body. Osteocalcin has ben found to have an impact on mice’s fat stores, muscles, livers, pancreases, testes, and even their brains.

In addition, our bones can be linked with conditions such as anxiety, memory loss, depression and, in mice, male reproduction. As we grow older, it’s necessary to keep our bones strong, and not just for osteoporosis prevention; we need our bones to remain strong if we are to stay healthy and productive.

Research performed with Super Slow training indicates how only fifteen minutes of slow resistance each week can drastically reverse osteoporosis. The anecdotal evidence supports that this type of resistance exercise can boost an older patient’s general well-being.

Our bones require more than just calcium to function. They require animal protein to aid in the rebuilding process. You can get such a benefit from making a soup with bone broth. As with other types of connective tissue, bones grow in accordance with the stress placed on them; without routine exercise, they will atrophy over time. So hit the gym and grab a bowl of chicken soup.