A healthy diet can help your body in many ways. One particular benefit of a healthy diet that many people don’t think about is maintaining good bone health. Your bones, like the rest of your body, need certain nutrients to stay strong. The two most important nutrients for bone health are calcium and vitamin D.
Calcium is one of the nutrients our bodies need in order to build bone tissue. The human body doesn’t produce calcium on its own, so it is important to eat foods that are rich in calcium to keep our bones healthy.
Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, so in order to get the amount of calcium the body requires, we need to have vitamin D. It is pretty easy to incorporate calcium-rich foods into our diet; many of the foods we eat on a daily basis have calcium in them. Finding foods full of Vitamin D is harder. We’ve made a list of foods that will help you get all the nutrients your body needs to maintain good bone health.
When most people think of calcium, they think of milk, so it is unsurprising that dairy like milk, yogurt, and cheese are good foods for maintaining bone health.
All the greens you’d put in a salad are high in calcium. If you don’t like salads, though, try putting some spinach and kale on a sandwich, in an omelet, or blending them into a smoothie.
Broccoli, too, is high in calcium, and it can be prepared in many different ways.
Figs, prunes, and kiwi, are all high in calcium. In fact, figs are higher in calcium than skim milk.
Almonds and walnuts are both high in calcium and can be added to almost anything. Nuts are great in oatmeal, salads, smoothies, or just by themselves.
Omega threes are one of the few foods that are full of both calcium and vitamin D. Make salmon or sardines part of your main dish for a healthy, nutrient-rich meal.
Eating foods rich in these nutrients is the best way to prevent developing bone disease like osteoporosis. If you think you may be at risk for osteoporosis, it may be a good idea to ask your doctor about having a bone density scan. But it is best to take care of your bone health before it becomes a problem by making sure your bones get the nutrients they need to stay strong.
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