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Will Your Body Hold Up?

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We all want to maintain our athletic abilities into old age, but to do so, you'll have to keep not only your muscles, but also your bones in tip-top shape.

According to a new study in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, eating fruits and vegetables on a daily basis can keep your skeleton strong. The reason being that adults who consume the healthy foods experience a boost in their levels of alkali, a salt that is excreted from bone during the aging process, causing your bones to become brittle.

When it comes to dietary concerns regarding bone health, calcium and vitamin D have received the most attention, but there is increasing evidence that fruits and vegetables in a person’s diet is also important, say the study authors.

Go ahead and eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day, which is the same amount the government recommends to help fight off disease.

About The Author

David Schipper – David began writing for CorePerformance.com in 2008, after spending six years at Men's Health magazine digging up the newest scientific research in health, weight loss, nutrition, muscle and cardiovascular fitness.

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Tags: Nutrients, Longevity, Health, Disease