Your bones are one of the most important parts of your body and it is important to keep them healthy. In addition to providing movement, the bones also help protect your vital organs from damage. Many patients know about osteoporosis, but many do not realize that bone density begins to decrease as early as your thirties. While prominent in women, men are also susceptible to the onset of osteoporosis. Before you experience an unnecessary injury due to weakened bones – consider supplementing your diet with certain vitamins and minerals.
- Calcium: Perhaps the most well-known way to strengthen your bones, dairy products are rich in calcium. In addition to dairy products, rich green vegetables such as broccoli are also great sources of calcium.
- Vitamin D: This vitamin helps your body absorb other nutrients – including calcium. Good sources of vitamin D include milk, fish and sunlight.
- Potassium: Potassium helps prevent injury, cramps and can eliminate acids that can pull the calcium from your system. Sweet potatoes, beans and yogurt are healthy foods that can add potassium to your diet.
Contact Great Lakes Orthopedics and Sports Medicine to learn more about ways to protect your bone health.