It's the kind of question that our mothers harass us with. When we voice our answer, doctors stare at us disapprovingly. This is also the reason we avoid dietitians, or outright lie to nurses and grandmothers. When you're old, you won't want to move much anyway, right? What am I talking about? Calcium! It's National Osteoporosis Day, so in the spirit I calculated yesterday's calcium intake: Almost Zero (you know, if you count a piece of cake or 2 miscellaneous eggs). As much as I'd like to ignore this and pretend I get plenty of calcium, I don't want to have a hunchback at 60 years old. My great aunt is 90 and still travels the world! Talk about inspiring. So how do you get more calcium? And not just in your diet - how do you make sure it gets into your bones and stays there, after you're old and prone to falling from natural declines in your sense of balance? I'll give you a hint: dairy doesn't make your bones any less frail. So what are good sources of calcium, then? Click the link, or read on: leafy greens (especially kale), nuts (almonds!), seeds, soy, and white beans. See Whole Food's list for more ideas. Exercise is also great for strengthening bones, but it needs to be weight-bearing, like these workout ideas (floating in the pool doesn't count). Try yoga, running, or dancing! Do you have any favorite workouts or calcium-rich recipes?
How clean is the air you breathe? If you live in a city, I'm sure you notice the difference as soon as you venture into the suburbs; air becomes easier to breathe and might even have a sweet scent! The American Lung Association's list of U.S. cities with the cleanest air made me realize I don't recognize most of these cities. Does fewer humans mean less pollution? Today Canada celebrates Clean Air Day, but you can join in no matter where you live. How can you (or do you) support cleaner air where you live? Some ideas are to bike more, carpool to work, or live closer to work. While we're on the topic of breathing, what's with this Asthmatic Playpen?! I'm not a child, but I want to sit in there.
This article on Not Flossing made me laugh. Here are the best parts. Excuses for Not Flossing: 10) Food doesn't get caught between my teeth, so I don't have to floss. 9) I don't have time. 8) It makes my gums bleed. 7) My teeth are too close together. 6) I don't get cavities, whether or not I take care of my teeth; superior genetics. 5) I don't know how to floss. 4) I don't know how. 3) I'm not coordinated enough. 2) It hurts to floss. 1) The floss keeps shredding. Have a better excuse? Tell us in the comments!