The simple truth is, if you are interested in whole-body health, you have to know your bones. Maintaining healthy bones is a great way to boost your strength and self-empowerment at any age. At StrengthX, we encourage you to know your bones and how instrumental they are in optimal body function.
We teach our clients how to maintain bone health and vitality throughout their lifetime to keep enjoying all the things they love to do. Healthy bones mean a lower risk of breaks and fractures and conditions like Osteoarthritis, Osteoporosis, and Osteopenia. And as you will see as you read further, bones also affect many other aspects of the body’s normal processes.
Most people are not aware of how integral bones are for life. Let’s take a journey through five vital functions your bones are responsible for in the body.
- Structure and Support
Most of us understand the most apparent function of bones, which is to give the body structure and support. Did you ever see the farside cartoon about “boneless chicken” where live chickens are lying around the farm? We wouldn’t be able to stand without bones to hold us up. Bone is the most rigid tissue in the body. And don’t forget that it’s bone tissue that forms teeth as well. So count eating as something that would change drastically without bones.
Because bones are connected to muscles via ligaments and tendons, they facilitate movement. Joints play a pivotal role (no pun intended) in the bone’s facilitation of bodily movements by allowing bones to act as levers so we can twist, turn (and pivot) in numerous different ways.
Bones are instrumental in protecting your vital organs, like the heart, lungs, brain, kidneys, and liver. If you’ve ever had an accident that bruised or broke a bone or hit your head on something hard (who hasn’t?), you understand the bones’ important role in protecting your organs. Imagine bumping your head if you didn’t have a skull to protect the brain!
Of course, if the bones are brittle and weak, they don’t serve the function of protecting the organs as well.
- Blood cell production
Did you know that blood cells are produced in the interior of bones? The red marrow is what produces ALL the blood cells, including red cells, white cells, and platelets. Red blood cells carry vital oxygen to the organs and tissues of the body, white blood cells protect the body against infection, and platelets are responsible for clotting. So without the bones, none of the organs would function, the body would be consumed with disease, and we would be at high risk of bleeding to death.
- Mineral and Fat storage
Some bones serve as storehouses for excess minerals in the body, and it keeps excessive minerals in the blood from damaging organs and tissues. If minerals are depleted, the bones can put some of them into circulation.
Calcium, one of the minerals stored in the bones, has two key functions: nerve impulse transmission and muscle contraction. But when it is overly prevalent in the bloodstream, it can cause kidney stones, nervous system problems, and abnormalities in heart rhythm. Since bones help regulate calcium levels in the blood, they help keep all these functions in check. And that’s just one mineral! Phosphorous and vitamin D are two other vital minerals that are stored in the bones.
The bones also store fat in the yellow marrow. This is especially important if the body is low on energy because it can utilize the stored fat in the bones.
The bones serve many critical functions in the body, and the most obvious job of keeping our bodies supported and mobile. They are responsible for significant aspects of blood production and mineral and fat storage, and they protect our vital organs in numerous ways.