Most people have heard this old spiritual detailing skeletal connections from the toes to the top of the head. The “hip bones connected to the back bone, back bone connected to the shoulder bone” and so forth. But how much thought do we give to our bone health? May is Osteoporosis Awareness Month. According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, one in two women and one in four men will break a bone due to this silent condition. There are things you can do to improve bone strength. The US Dietary guidelines for good health also promote healthy bones. The Vitamin D, Magnesium, Potassium, Vitamin C, and Vitamin K found in many fruits and vegetables help your bones stay strong in many ways. Here is what you can do:
- Eat lean protein such as poultry, fish, beans and nuts.
- Eat a least 1 ½ cups of fruit and 2 cups of vegetables daily.
- Eat calcium rich foods: fat free or low fat dairy, dried figs, broccoli, sardines, kale
- Exercise regularly
- Check with you healthcare provider about calcium and Vitamin D before taking vitamin supplements.
Step up and stay strong and lean!
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