Although heredity plays a large role in the onset of Osteoporosis, poor nutrition comes a close second. While almost everyone knows that calcium, vitamin D and proteins are essential for healthy and strong bones, many are unaware of the fact that certain foods are not good for your skeleton and avoiding them can help prevent or reduce bone loss. So while you are punching in the bone-building-dietary friends, it will help to beware of its foes too.
Shy away from Salt
Too much salt is harmful to the skeleton as it leads to calcium loss, thereby leading to weaker bones. Hence it is recommended that we restrict salt intake to less than 2300 mg of salt per day and ensure that we consume the recommended amounts of calcium and vitamin D in our daily diet. So, remove the salt shakers from your dining table and replace the salty ‘between-meals snacks’ with fruits or nuts to reduce your chances of becoming osteoporotic prematurely.
Can the Carbonated Drinks
Soft drinks and carbonated drinks contain phosphoric acid. Studies have shown that phosphoric acid increases the drain of calcium from the bones leading to osteoporosis. If you have a strong addiction for cola drinks, replacing the cola can with orange juice that is fortified with vitamin D and calcium will be a better and healthier option as it also contains potassium which
Cut the Caffeine
Though caffeine is an absolute necessity for most of us, too much of it can have detrimental effects on our bone health. Research suggests about 100 mg of caffeine removes 6 mg of calcium from the bones. But there’s good news for the caffeine addicts: when you take not more than 300 mg of caffeine that is backed with sufficient calcium you can somewhat limit the calcium wastage from the bones, so you can safely enjoy your twice-a-day cappuccinos!
Steer Clear Of Sugar
Sugar is always a no-no for most of our health issues. Be it high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels or diabetes, sugar almost always is on every doctor’s and dietician’s hit-list. And ditto for osteoporosis. Excess sugar not only interferes with calcium absorption, it also drains phosphorous and other essential minerals that help in calcium absorption.