When it comes to all the foods we should eat, most of us know what to look for. Anything rich in calcium, vitamin D, and other bone-building nutrients can help fight the development of osteoporosis. Foods such as fish, flaxseed, and nuts should be introduced into your diet, if they aren’t presently.
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Just as important as looking for foods to eat, osteoporosis patients and people at risk for developing the disease, should be mindful of what foods to keep out of their diet.
- High-sodium foods. Salty foods actually reduce the amount of calcium that actually gets to the bones. Salt causes calcium excretion through the kidneys. We recommend patients limit salt intake and get at least 1,200-1,500 milligrams of calcium daily.
- Sugary foods. For those of us with sweet teeth, this means letting go of candy and other sugar high treats. Too much sugar prevents calcium to be absorbed into the bones and depletes the phosphorus mineral that helps calcium absorption. Try satisfying your sweet took with prunes, cranberries, and other antioxidant fruits.
- Pop. Just seven colas each week can greatly reduce bone mineral density and increase the risk of fracture or other injury. Cola, and similar drinks, are high in phosphoric acid, which can weaken the intestines and reduce calcium absorption.
- Coffee and other caffeinated drinks/foods. Caffeine extracts the calcium from the bones. Approximately six milligrams of calcium is gone for every 100 milligrams of ingested caffeine.
Nightshade veggies. Tomatoes, mushrooms, peppers, white potatoes, and eggplant can cause inflammation of the bones and lead to osteoporosis.
- Legumes. Beans are high in phytates, which are substances that can interfere with calcium absorption.
According to the International Osteoporosis Foundation, more than 8.9 million fractures in the world each year are caused by osteoporosis. ONE Brain and Spine Center patients should take active roles in their treatment, starting with diet regulation. For more information on how to fight the development of osteoporosis and build strong bones, contact a ONE Brain and Spine specialist today.
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The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.