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Avoiding Osteoporosis by Editing your Diet Habits

Author C. Sanders. Published on June 18, 2011 - 11:34 pm (1854 views — 335 words)

There are many things that women and men can do to avoid having osteoporosis. An alternative solution that you can try is follow an osteoporosis diet which can supply all the nutrients needed to avoid the condition. Prevention can be done early as long as you follow these suggestions about osteoporosis diet.

The primary step in this diet is to meet the daily requirements for calcium. Usually, women must have an intake of 1000 to 1200 mg of calcium that can aid in the development of strong bones. The calcium in a woman reaches very low levels at two stages in her life: menopause and pregnancy. Nonetheless, a little help from Vitamin D can make the body absorb more calcium. The recommended daily intake for Vitamin D should be around 400 to 800 IU.

It is a must for an osteoporosis diet to contain different food sources that are rich in calcium. These sources are liver, calcium fortified milk, egg yolks plus other dairy products.

The next thing to follow in an osteoporosis diet is staying away from food sources that inhibit the body from getting calcium. Sadly, there are still many people who choose to persist with unhealthy food habits. A good case in point is drinking too much soda since it has phosphoric acid that blocks calcium. Phosphoric acid reduces the body's capacity to absorb much needed calcium.

In an osteoporosis diet, sodium should also be minimized. It is very important to eat fresh fruits and vegetables rather than processed or canned food. If you only count the amount of sodium that people consume every day, you would be surprised to know that its way above the required intake.

A book titled "Natural Myth, Calcium Solutions" also tells us that allowing the body to become acidic is not good. Excessive consumption of sugar as well consuming high amounts of animal products can lead to an acidic system. The body reacts by pulling all the calcium from the bones to make it more alkaline.