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Why healthy bones are about so much more than milk | Body Stuff with Dr. Jen Gunter

Drinking calcium-rich milk strengthens your bones — but it’s not the only thing you can do for a strong and healthy skeleton. Dr. Jen Gunter digs deep into the three layers of bone to explain why they weaken as we age and shares what you can do to maintain a healthy frame for years to…

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Drinking calcium-rich milk strengthens your bones — but it’s not the only thing you can do for a strong and healthy skeleton. Dr. Jen Gunter digs deep into the three layers of bone to explain why they weaken as we age and shares what you can do to maintain a healthy frame for years to come.

Think you know how your body works? Think again! Dr. Jen Gunter is here to shake up everything you thought you knew — from how much water you need to drink to how often you need to poop and everything in between. This TED original series will tell you the truth about what’s *really* going on inside you. (Made possible with the support of Oura)

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Transcriber:

You might believe that drinking milk,

with all its calcium and vitamin D,

is the one thing you need
for strong and healthy bones.

And it’s a really nice message
that sold a lot of milk over the years,

but it’s just not scientifically accurate.

(Music)

[Body Stuff with Dr. Jen Gunter]

When we focus on milk,
we lose the bigger picture of bone health.

So let’s start at the beginning.

Adults have 206 bones

that form the main part
of the skeletal system.

They’re the support structure or cage
that protects our organs,

but they do so much more.

They work with our muscles
to move our bodies,

they store important minerals,

they produce hormones,

and they even make our blood.

Many people think of a Halloween skeleton
when they imagine bone,

but that only gives us
a one-dimensional view.

Bone actually has three layers.

On the outside, there’s the periosteum,

a tough membrane that covers and protects.

Next, there’s a thick layer
of compact bone,

the white, hard, smooth part
that most people are familiar with.

But inside, there is spongy
or trabecular bone,

and an inner core filled with bone marrow,

which contains stem cells that make blood

and are constantly dividing.

Most people understand that our bones grow
when we’re kids and adolescents.

We reach our peak bone mass in our 20s.

What many people don’t know
is even after we stop growing,

we are constantly removing old bone

and replacing it with new.

One estimate is enough bone
is removed and replaced

that a new skeleton
is made every 10 years.

After we reach our peak bone mass,

bone removal starts
to outpace replacement.

This can eventually affect
the integrity of the bone

and it lowers the bone mass
or the amount of bone that we have.

The bone disease osteoporosis
is an extreme version of this process.

Bone loss outpaces replacement,

and combined with other changes,

this can lead to so much fragility

that even small bumps or falls
can create fractures.

Another cool fact about bones
is they store calcium,

so if intake is low,
meaning not enough in our diet,

the body draws calcium from the bone.

This can also contribute to bone loss,

so we need enough dietary calcium
to maintain our bone.

Vitamin D fits into the picture

because it helps our body absorb calcium.

When we think of calcium and vitamin D,

many of us picture a frosty glass of milk.

Milk is not the only good source
of calcium out there.

Humans are creative omnivores.

We can get calcium
from a lot of other sources —

yogurt and cheese, for example —

but also look for leafy greens
like spinach and kale,

cruciferous vegetables
like broccoli and cabbage,

and proteins like tofu,
nuts, beans, eggs and fish.

Fortified cereals and orange juice
are also good too,

and chia seeds.

And vitamin D
is plentiful in fatty fishes,

and our skin makes it from the sun.

However, some people may need supplements.

Another important factor
for bone health is exercise.

Mechanical loading stimulates
the cells that build bone

and muscles pulling on the bone
may do this as well.

In fact, any activity
that puts stress on your bones,

like walking, jogging,
dancing, racket sports,

even strength training like doing weights,

stimulates extra deposits of calcium

and growth of new bone.

In addition, stronger
muscles can help with balance.

And one of the best ways
to prevent a hip fracture?

Reducing falls with better balance.

If milk is your thing,
that’s completely OK,

but don’t forget

that bone health
is so much more than just milk.

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60 Comments

60 Comments

  1. Sam Heninger

    June 10, 2021 at 4:18 pm

    Lift heavy weights to prevent bone density problems

    • M M

      June 10, 2021 at 5:16 pm

      Enjoy ur damaged joints and spine, lol.

  2. b22chris

    June 10, 2021 at 4:20 pm

    Don’t care. I’m gonna keep sluggin it.

  3. demlottboyz

    June 10, 2021 at 4:21 pm

    Luffy and Brook regenerated bones from drinking milk. That’s all the proof I need.

  4. Akash Rana

    June 10, 2021 at 4:25 pm

    You dont have to diss milk in order to teach about bones

  5. Karen Aldridge

    June 10, 2021 at 4:25 pm

    Thank you , : ) i had to loose the milk but i like green veggies, & fish & live in fla , 🏖😊 appreciate the info for sure , why i said ty , 💖

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    June 10, 2021 at 4:38 pm

    More videos from Dr. Jen Gunter please.

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  9. M M

    June 10, 2021 at 5:11 pm

    But there is no any natural vitamin D in milk. And calcium — in orange juice. Are these series for americans only?

  10. Krista Heikkala

    June 10, 2021 at 5:39 pm

    Yes you can get calcium from other places than milk products. BUT they didn’t mention any portion sizes. To get the same amount of calcium than from a cup (=2.4 dl) of milk you would have to consume: 300 g of spinach / 1,5 dl of almonds / 5 eggs / 2-3 oranges / 3 tbls of tahini / 5 dl of soya beans / 150g of salmon / 1 kg of broccoli. An adult needs 800 mg of calsium a day, which is about 3-4 portions daily. Yes, you can live with out drinking milk, but getting enough of calsium with out any milkproducts is hard.

  11. NoExitLoveNow

    June 10, 2021 at 5:57 pm

    Spinach is NOT a good source of calcium. It has a lot, but it is not nutritionally available. Kale and Collards do have a lot of nutritionally available calcium.

    • Marina Glass

      June 10, 2021 at 11:51 pm

      Spinach is good for iron.

  12. Anal Eyes Analyze Anal Lies

    June 10, 2021 at 6:21 pm

    Milk and Red meat weaken your bones.

  13. Mike Uzumaki

    June 10, 2021 at 6:42 pm

    I need to exercise more…now

  14. Alexander J

    June 10, 2021 at 7:03 pm

    Very well put together. Informative, interesting, relevant. Thank you

  15. Nicole

    June 10, 2021 at 7:04 pm

    Milk industry still pushing its agenda huh! “Buy more milk they say, it’ll keep you healthy..”

  16. Jh5578

    June 10, 2021 at 7:06 pm

    Seems pretty obvious that adult humans don’t need to breast feed off a different species of mammal for bone health.

  17. Danteyy

    June 10, 2021 at 7:07 pm

    I love her

  18. Flying fig

    June 10, 2021 at 7:18 pm

    Right… cause milk that is meant for baby cows but taken from them and given to humans makes sooooo much sense @[email protected] profits before anything else. Needless harm cause we can.. sigh.

  19. Chilli-Ice Olive-Abode

    June 10, 2021 at 7:29 pm

    I know it’s frowned upon by a lot of people nowadays, but as long as I can still keep drinking my milk I’m all good.
    I appreciate her statement at the end that if milk is your thing that’s fine. Thank you, very interesting video!

  20. Paterno Aparente

    June 10, 2021 at 8:20 pm

    The inaccuracy of the humerus in the graphics is striking.

    • CalvinK

      June 12, 2021 at 7:28 am

      Yeah but you can’t deny it was funny.

  21. Frank Delahue

    June 10, 2021 at 8:44 pm

    Break board with karate chops for healthy bones.

    • Fannie Hunt

      June 12, 2021 at 3:58 pm

      Mmm mmm p

  22. Kelli Hicks

    June 10, 2021 at 9:51 pm

    This videos are so interesting and approachable.

  23. Njul

    June 10, 2021 at 10:47 pm

    Cow milk is not good.

  24. Kath Faurillo

    June 10, 2021 at 10:53 pm

    I like this Body Stuff content! And anything about the incredible capacities of our body! 💎

  25. pink mandalorian

    June 10, 2021 at 11:06 pm

    I am more and more lactose intolerant and didn’t know how to go without milk for calcium. Your video will help me a lot, thank you very much

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    June 11, 2021 at 1:53 am

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  28. DDPWE

    June 11, 2021 at 2:47 am

    Milk is NOT a good source of calcium, considering how terrible it is for anything other than a calve while it grows to a cow.

    • Raw Bacon

      June 14, 2021 at 4:03 am

      Nonsense, it’s even proven to increase longevity………..Stop Puking out Vegan Lies.

  29. DDPWE

    June 11, 2021 at 2:49 am

    Wouldn’t strengthening your bones via activity be increases its MASS? So we don’t stay the same MASS, if we lose calcium overtime from inactivity

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    June 11, 2021 at 8:13 am

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  32. Mind 4M

    June 11, 2021 at 11:09 am

    Omg so nice i like

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    June 11, 2021 at 1:18 pm

    I’m going to jump of a bridge so I don’t have to worry about all this stuff any more.

  34. Adam

    June 11, 2021 at 1:19 pm

    “Drinking milk for nutrients is like inhaling cigarette smoke for oxygen.” – Dr. Milton Mills

    • Raw Bacon

      June 14, 2021 at 4:00 am

      Dr. Milton is obviously and Idiot….Not only has Milk always been Healthy but recent studies are proving it increases longevity……….Who is this Milton Clown? Sounds like another Vegan “Doctor” spreading lies because he has an agenda.

  35. Michael Watts

    June 11, 2021 at 1:24 pm

    Dairy makes you urinate out more calcium than it provides.

  36. Sergei M

    June 11, 2021 at 4:17 pm

    MILK GAAAAANG

  37. A J

    June 11, 2021 at 4:25 pm

    Richard Cunningham’s mother?

  38. 3nr1BAE

    June 12, 2021 at 4:20 pm

    LOVE this series. Please keep making these.

  39. Dipak Barot

    June 12, 2021 at 9:29 pm

    My whole life was a lie!!!!!

  40. Fanny Canto

    June 12, 2021 at 9:48 pm

    Great!! I love milk! It isn’t only for children 😉 And exercise is important as well because our weight should be carried by our bones!

  41. urban bengtsson

    June 13, 2021 at 4:38 am

    You will need 2kg raw broccoli for a daily intake of calcium, or 1 kg of spinach wich contains oxalic acid that binds to both iron and calcium and make crystals in your body. 100 gram of cheese is what you need for a daily intake.

  42. Jamaican Princess1974

    June 13, 2021 at 6:13 am

    Great video

  43. dead01

    June 13, 2021 at 11:42 am

    Don’t forget to drink your Cambodian breast milk

  44. Raw Bacon

    June 14, 2021 at 4:04 am

    A rare TED video that’s not full of Leftist Propaganda.

  45. Roja Keerthi

    June 14, 2021 at 10:19 am

    She is busting fake news that even doctors propagate.

  46. Sample Name

    June 14, 2021 at 1:44 pm

    Vitamin D is synthesized from cholesterol under the influence of the sun.

  47. Twenty Five

    June 14, 2021 at 3:19 pm

    Every 10 years? Whoah! That’s new to me

  48. Tătăruș Ștefan Mihnea

    June 14, 2021 at 5:35 pm

    I better watch this than learning biology from school

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