This week I’d like to chat about bone health. We’ve all heard a lot about foods that can help strengthen our bones. However, did you know that there are plenty of foods that can actually weaken our bones? We need to take this very seriously. Women, especially, struggle with bone density loss as we age. So, it is very important to pay attention to those foods that can either strengthen or weaken our bones.
Foods that can weaken our bones include:
– Soda and other types of caffeine. Sorry, coffee and soda lovers! The caffeine and phosphoric acid in soda can interfere with the ability of your bones to absorb calcium.
– Beer, wine, and liquor. Alcohol can reduce Vitamin D’s ability to help your bones absorb calcium.
– Excessive sodium. Too much sodium can increase the amount of calcium that is excreted in your urine.
Some studies also suggest that a diet high in animal protein may be linked to calcium loss.
Every day our bodies create new bone and lose old bone. However, after the age of 50, the bone loss is greater than the rate of bone growth. So we need to eat bone-building foods to help promote further growth. Focus on eating leafy greens such as collards, kale, and spinach, along with legumes, beans, and nuts. Of course, weight-bearing exercise is essential. A day of hiking and weight training followed by a salad and a bowl of veggie chili is just what the bone doctor ordered!
*NOTE – Soupermom is not a licensed dietitian, doctor, personal trainer, or anything like that. She’s just extremely knowledgeable about healthy living!! But if you slip and fall while taking her advice, it is not her fault!