How to Get Stronger Bones

Milk

You may need more than milk to help get strong bones.

I don’t drink milk. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I tried to choke down a glass. (It was probably shortly after seeing some super-fit athlete or gorgeous model sporting a milk mustache in a glossy ad. That kind of marketing really works on me...) And, only making matters worse, I’m really inconsistent when it comes to taking calcium supplements.

I know that dairy foods are the best sources of calcium—and if I don’t get enough calcium in my diet, my body will draw it from “banked” stores in my bones—but there’s only so much yogurt and cottage cheese a girl can eat. So, to keep my bones strong, I offset my not-so-healthy habits with these bone-strengthening ones:

—Brierley Wright, M.S., R.D., Nutrition Editor

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Strong Bones: How to Boost Your Calcium Intake