As we age, it is essential to take proper care of our bones and joints. From dietary supplements to exercises that promote osteogenesis, there are many things you can add to your daily routine to improve the integrity of your bones.
Sometimes it can get overwhelming adding tasks to your to-do lists, so today we are going to go over five ways you can cut back to enhance your bone metabolism.
It's common knowledge that calcium and vitamin D are nutrients needed for strong, healthy bones. Did you know that some foods can prevent the absorption and utilization calcium, vitamin D, as well as other bone-building nutrients?
Take a look at these five foods that have demonstrated to be unhelpful to bone health when consumed frequently.
Salt is a common--and often excessive--addition to the American diet. Too much salt consumption can be bad news for your bones by driving calcium out of the body by way of our kidneys. The US FDA recommends no more than 2,300 milligrams of salt per day.
Health experts recommend reducing the intake of caffeine for numerous health reasons, and bone and joint care makes it on the list. Taking in caffeine makes it harder for your body to absorb calcium from foods. Also, note that caffeinated cola can be a double-edged sword to bones due to its phosphoric acid content as well. Researchers note that it affects the absorption of both calcium and vitamin D, increasing risk of osteoporotic fracture.
We probably don't need to remind you that large amounts of sugar can result in several health problems. But did you know that it can negatively affect the absorption of calcium and magnesium? Glucose, the basic building block of sugar, competes with vitamin C in our bodies, too. We tend to think of vitamin C when we're feeling sick, but it also plays an essential role in the formation of trabecular bone.
The excess salt we already mentioned is one reason processed foods are bad for bones, but it’s not the only one. Processed meats like hot dogs, cold cuts and bacon are acidifying foods associated with weakened bones. Refined sugar and bleached flour are two examples of processed foods with acidifying chemicals.
Certain plant foods, including mushrooms, potatoes, peppers, eggplant, and tomatoes, can have an inflammatory effect on your bones. You might be thinking that these plants are healthy--you are right! However, it is important to remember that moderate consumption is critical.
If you find that your diet consists mainly of these five foods, try cutting back on them to improve your bone health.
Interested in learning more about what bone-building foods and nutrients you can add to your diet? The vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants in Artic Flex are a great place to start! Check out our past posts on zinc, vitamin D, and strontium.