Healthy Bones and Dehydration

The recent discovery of Dreadnoughtus, the eighty-five feet long, 30 feet tall, 130,000-pound dinosaur that was just unearthed in Patagonia has got us thinking about healthy bones.

The Dreadnoughtus is among the largest animals that ever lived. Here’s a little perspective: the blue whale (the largest animal ever known to have lived on Earth) is about 400,000 pounds, the Brachiosaurus weighed 75,000 pounds, “an empty Boeing 737-900 weighs about 93,700 pounds. A male African elephant, the largest land animal today, weighs a minuscule 15,000 pounds by comparison.” Read the whole article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/05/science/dinosaur-dreadnoughtus-discovery.html?_r=0

The scientists studying this amazing creature have more than 16 tons of bones in their lab right now. 16 tons is a lot of dinosaur bones. The new organ at the Memorial Church at Harvard (The CB Fisk Opus 139) weighs about 16 tons and nearly fills the entire church.

By contrast, you and I are made up of only about 35 pounds of bones, plus or minus. Humans are about 20% bone (men on average have greater bone mass than women), which is not a great deal of mass considering the amount of force and torque we exert on our bones.

Dehydration is one of our bones greatest enemies. Bones are made up of about 30% water. Dehydrated bones become weak bones; weak bones have a great potential to become brittle and fracture. Disabled-world.org tells us that nearly “40 percent, currently, of American women and about 6 percent of American men, over the age of 50, will have a vertebral fracture due to bone density loss.”

You can prevent this kind of deterioration by staying active, eating whole foods, and keeping hydrated. But do be careful what you drink; caffeinated and sugary drinks can leach calcium and thus weaken your bones.

Who knows? Treat your bones right today and you may leave behind something remarkable for scientists to discover centuries from now. Drink up!