Everyone realizes the importance of milk in your diet to support strong bones. What else is important in your diet to deter the bone loss associated with osteoporosis? For starters, lowering ones salt intake can be helpful, so it is obvious that diet is important.
In addition to taking certain herbs, like horsetail grass and alfalfa, I like to keep bone loss at a minimum through my diet. I might add that I still have very dense bones. I like to think my diet has been instrumental in this.
What follows are a few of the things that assure strong bones, and the foods that can provide them:
Lack of protein can deteriorate bones. If you can’t get enough of it in the meats you eat, try beans and peanut butter as an additional protein booster. Both are a great source of protein, and a bit of peanut butter can get one through the day when there isn’t time for a proper meal as well.
Potassium builds bone density. My favorite source of this is bananas. I eat one every morning when I have them. They are quite filling as well, and a great thing to have in your diet in general.
3. Vitamin C
I love all fruits, and many vegetables as well, both of which are a great source of vitamin C. Vitamin C has been shone to slow the rate of bone loss. My personal favorites are oranges, and any and all berries.
Calcium is important of course. We all know this one. I got in the habit when my children were young of saving all the milk for them, and getting my calcium elsewhere. Cheese, white beans, and collard greens are excellent sources of calcium.
Few realize that fatty fish are a great source of vitamin D, and D is good for your bones. Though the sun is our most excellent source of vitamin D, I don’t get enough from the sun, so I try to adjust this with my diet. Though I prefer a nice salmon steak, I do love salmon in any form. I will even eat it straight from the can, as though it were tuna, on occasion.
These and other nutrients, such as vitamin K and magnesium are great to have in your diet. They are all valuable for good health in general, and even better to add to your diet if you suffer from osteoporosis, or if you want to prevent it. If we all ate properly, I believe many diseases, osteoporosis included, would be far less prevalent that they are.
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Over 20 years of personal study and experimentation in alternative medicines, treatments, and diet.