Our skeletons are composed of hard tissue that provide us with a strong infrastructure allowing for upright posture, complex movements and dexterity.
Skeletons are not just scaffolding holding us up and give shape to our bodies – its a Parking structure, a Supermarket, a hardware store, a store room and a courier service all rolled into one!
Parking in the form of support for softer tissues and attachment points for skeletal muscle to assist in movement;
Security service in the form of mechanical protection of internal organs;
Supermarketwhere the body can shop for “groceries” such as key minerals that play essential roles in cardiovascular function and overall health. This includes calcium, magnesium, sodium, and phosphorus, as well as “specialty foods” — alkalizing compounds like citrate and carbonate, which attach to the minerals in bone and provide for the essential maintenance of minute-to-minute blood pH balance.
Hardware store in the form of bone marrow that offers blood cells (for moving nutrients and oxygen), platelets (for fixing leaks and patching holes), and ‘batteries’ (reserve energy in the form of fatty acids).
Store room for toxic metals, keeping these hazardous substances out of circulation.
Courier service in the form of hormones that send messages to the tissues about glucose control, energy metabolism, body mineral balance, and body fat.