by Sophia Marcel
So we all know that what we eat plays a big role in what nutrients we need to build strong bones. So then you should also know your diet plays a role in depleting bone strength, and how some foods actually leach the minerals right out of your bone, or block the bone’s ability to regrow.
Salt saps calcium from the bones, weakening them over time. For every 2,300 milligrams of sodium you take in, you lose about 40 milligrams of calcium the quickest, most efficient way to cut salt intake is to avoid processed foods.
Soft drinks pose a double-whammy danger to bones. The fizziness in carbonated drinks often comes from phosphoric acid, which ups the rate at which calcium is excreted in the urine.
You should limit your coffee intake to one or two cups of coffee, then switch to caffeine free drinks. Adding milk to your coffee helps to offset the problem.
Think of alcohol as a calcium blocker; it prevents the bone building minerals you eat from being absorbed. Heavy drinking disrupts the bone remodeling process by preventing the bone building cell from doing their job. So not only do your bones become weaker the alcohol actually interferes with healing should you suffer a fracture.
Lastly, hydrogenated oils. If you are eating your greens, you don’t need worry to much. But if you love baked goods such muffins or cookies, you should bake them at home and use canola oil when possible.