Bone health is rarely talked about in fitness cycles even though, it can cause some of the most serious and inconveniencing complications, especially of old age. As you grow old, the effects of poor diet or neglect for bones, that you have practiced all your life begins to manifest in bone diseases like back pain, osteoporosis. But if you are to look after your bones, even from an earlier age, you may avert some of these complications or at least put them off till much later in life.
One way to look after your bones is by the foods that you eat, eating the foods that contain the nutrients that bones need to be healthy. Some of these foods are discussed here.
Broccoli and many other leafy, green vegetables contain a high level of calcium, the main element that makes up bones. Calcium in broccoli provides raw materials for the body to make new bones, keeping them young and enables existing bones to be made stronger.
Almonds are also a great source of calcium they contain the most calcium of every other nut, but they also contain magnesium which in conjunction with calcium, helps to increase body pH levels, reducing its acidity, making it alkaline. This boosts bone health as low pH or excessive acids, forces the body to release more calcium from their storage in bones, into the blood to help with blood clotting and heart function, which makes the bones weaker, more brittle and easier to fracture and even break.
3. Maitake mushroom
Maitake mushroom is mostly used in Japan in cooking. It’s English name is known as Hen of the woods. It grows around the base of trees and is used as a medicinal herb in some parts of the world. It contains one of the highest levels of any vitamin D of any food on the planet. Vitamin D increases the body’s ability to absorb phosphorous, calcium and many other minerals in the gut that are extremely beneficial for bones.
Here is just one more excuse to eat chicken. Chicken and many other products of poultry contain high levels of phosphorous, the second most abundant mineral in bones that helps to strengthen them.