Building Better Bones

Did you wake up in a happy mooo-d? Having trouble finding what to wear today? This month, black and white is always an appropriate fashion statement, as June is Dairy Month! Dairy products often receive more bad press than praise, but this month we’re building better bones and highlighting its positive Cowaspects. Mooove over, osteoporosis, there’s a new sheriff in town.

Osteoporosis, as well as issues with muscles and joint health, are closely linked to nutritional deficiencies in vitamin D and calcium. Our bones are living tissues that are constantly changing and developing. They are most dense in our early 20s, but we all run risk for experiencing painful bone fractures by the time we’re 50. In fact, it’s estimated that an osteoporotic fracture occurs every 3 seconds! 1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men are at risk: Don’t become another statistic.

Your diet plays a large role in preventing this disease. Ensure that your diet includes adequate intake of calcium, vitamin D, and protein. Calcium is a major building block of bone tissue and vitamin D assists your body in the absorption of this calcium. To obtain these nutrients, be sure to get your full servings of proteins, fruits, and vegetables. For protein, stock up on red meats, poultry, fish, eggs, lentils, kidney beans, grains, nuts, and even seeds! Diets rich in fruits, veggies, and dairy are proven to provide the body with higher bone densities than those who don’t consume these essentials minerals and vitamins.

Other ways to fight fractures are to participate in regular physical activity and avoid the effects of smoking. With more than a quarter of the bones of the body being found in the feet, it’s important you protect them. Don’t cry over spilled milk, if you’re experiencing pain in your feet or ankles, or suspect a fracture, call Edmond/Norman Foot & Ankle Clinic at (405) 285-7408, we can help!

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