Foods to cut out of your grocery list while dealing with Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is a condition where the bones in the body become so weak and brittle that even minute action like coughing or sneezing can lead to a fracture. The condition can affect anyone but older women are more prone to it. The hip, wrist and spine commonly fall victim to fractures for people with osteoporosis. Preventing it is advisable and that can be done with the inclusion of exercise and weight lifting activities and certain foods in your lifestyle. There are certain foods that are not beneficial in the promotion of bone tissue and instead hinder in the creation of new bone tissue, which needs to be avoided as much as possible.
Calcium is an essential element in maintaining peak bone mass (PBM). Studies conducted since the 1980’s have shown a connection between salt and calcium intake that is disposed of in urine. High intake of salt results in more calcium being disposed of in the urine and some of this calcium might scrape off the bones directly. Consuming too much salt will eventually lead to deterioration of the bones and ultimately to Osteoporosis. Studies show that this is especially resultant in bone deterioration and a reduction in salt intake from 10 grams to 5 grams a day, along with an increase in calcium intake by 1000 mg per day can be hugely beneficial in retaining hip bone density. However, consuming 1000 mg of calcium per day can be difficult unless calcium supplements are included in one’s lifestyle. These studies concluded that no more than 6 grams of salt in your everyday diet is advisable, although the current intake is 8.5 grams and more for people all around the world. Low salt products like milk should be consumed instead. If reducing your salt content is difficult, include potassium rich foods like bananas, tomatoes and orange juice in your everyday meals instead because potassium can help lessen the amount of calcium lost.
The stress on the bad effects of soda and fizzy drinks have been popularized around the world since a while now and it can have a deteriorating effect on folks prone to osteoporosis, especially older women. Carbonated drinks don’t contain any calcium at all and in fact contains phosphoric acid which accelerates the amount of calcium flushed out in the urine. Drinking fizzy drinks occasionally is not a problem but most drinkers end up consuming more than the recommended amount. It is also common for drinkers of carbonated drinks to avoid calcium rich drinks like milk, yogurt and orange juice. So, instead of reaching for a can of soda the next time around, try orange juice instead. If you like the fizzy effect, mix orange juice with club soda, which is free from phosphoric acid, or stick to plain old club soda only.
All canned and processed foods are loaded with preservatives that are not good for the body, salt being the most common one. Stocking up on foods like canned soups, vegetables and juices and processed meats like sausages and frozen meals is popular among the working population, because it makes making a meal so much more easier than doing things from scratch. While it does save up on time, the preservatives in these foods can reduce your bone density considerable over time. Instead, resume to a diet rich in organic vegetables and fresh meat that is bought from the butchers. Most supermarkets have in house butchers who will cut the meat according to your liking. Organic vegetables and fruits are free from pesticides and fertilizers that can do all kinds of harm to your system. Sure, cooking these fresh vegetables and meats can be more time consuming but in the long run, it can keep save you from conditions like osteoporosis.
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