13 January 2015: Bone health, diet and exercise

As an athlete who relies on my body's ability to handle training loads without breaking down, bone health has long been a subject that fascinates and intrigues me. I certainly have had my fair share of stress related bone issues over the years - starting when I was growing rapidly as an teenager and yet not running all that much at all - and right through to present day where post-baby breastfeeding has taken its toll on my bone strength. And I know I am not alone. So I found this article really interesting, comparing our bones and their loading strength to those of our hunter gatherer ancestors. Our bones in comparison are like fragile twigs. The research points to changes in our activity levels as we became more domesticated agricultural societies, rather than directly related to diet so much. I think its really interesting research and adds weight to the need for us all to get up and move more, and especially children and teens as this is when we are accruing peak bone mass. I think that diet is still hugely important and is what allows us to maximise those strength gains.Anyway, enjoy the read.

"Hunter-gatherer past shows our fragile bones result from inactivity since invention of farming"