Bad Foods for Your Bones
Bones have an important role in our bodies. They help control muscle movement and make us into the vertebrates that we are. Keep your bones healthy by drinking plenty of milk and by exercising on a regular basis. You can also try to stay away from these substances that are damaging to your bones. Salt – For every 2,300 mg of salt you eat, you will lose 40 mg of calcium. This is a big deal considering that the average American has around 5,000 mg of salt every day (double the recommended daily intake) due to processed food and fast food. Soda – Soda is a complete bone killer. The carbonation in soda comes from phosphoric acid. These acids will cause twice as much calcium to leave your body through urination, meaning your calcium levels will be compromised as a result of your need for a sugary fix. Not to mention there is no nutritional value in soft drinks! Coffee – The caffeine in coffee is known to suck the calcium out of bones. For every small/medium sized cup of coffee you consume, you lose 6 milligrams of calcium. It’s not a lot, but can do some damage if you tend to drink large amounts of coffee without making up for it with fortified drinks like milk and juice. Try to limit your coffee intake to control your calcium levels. Alcohol – Alcohol prevents your body from absorbing bone building minerals that you eat. Chronic drinking prevents bone-building cells from re-building damaged and eroding bones. Alcohol makes your bones weaker and slower at healing after a break or fracture. Carrots? – Apparently too much vitamin A can actually affect your health. Vitamin A is essential for good vision and a healthy immune system, but the average diet is already naturally high in vitamin A. If you add multivitamins to your diet then you are actually getting way more than the recommended daily dose of 5,000 IUs. Too much vitamin A has been linked to bone loss and an increase in the risk of hip fracture. Experts believe that excessive vitamin A can trigger an increase in osteoclasts (cells that break down bone). In addition they also believe that vitamin A can interfere with vitamin D, a vitamin that is important to preserving bone.