Imagine the structure of a house. The goal is to have a strong and sturdy home. Everything from the foundation to the walls and beams are designed to keep it from collapsing. Now, think of how a mother holds her family together. She also needs a strong structure to maintain her home. Your bones are your support system. However, unlike the beams in your house, your bones are continuously being broken down and rebuilt. In fact, by the time you are 18 to 20 years old, about 90% of your bone structure has been established. Once you reach your 30th birthday, your bones will have reached their “peak bone mass.” After that, your body will begin to lose more bone mass than it will gain. If you have not built up your “bone bank” with adequate nutrition and the necessary minerals by that time, osteoporosis can set in. This causes your bones to become weak and brittle. It also increases the risk of bone breaks and fractures. To help you avoid this, this month’s newsletter is dedicated to building strong and healthy bones. Share with with me what you plan to do to build up your bones this month!