The Olympics are done and our American athletes are home again. What a year! Top snowboarder Shaun White lost, a timing error took the gold from one Dutch racer and gave it to his teammate, and Russian figures skater Julia Lipnitskaia wowed the world with her skills. No matter the outcomes, though, all the athletes have one thing in common: care for their bodies. They can’t afford to neglect their health. When you have a condition like osteoporosis, you need to have that Olympic mindset: you can’t ignore your health. A solid osteoporosis diet can help you build bone strength so you stay active even as you age.
Osteoporosis is a disease that causes weak bones, making them more susceptible to breaks. Since your feet carry so much body weight, that weakness can spell disaster for your mobility. A simple injury could cause a serious fracture. Avoiding certain foods, however, can help prevent the slow breakdown of your skeleton.
Too much salt, caffeine, soda, and even soy can damage your bones. High levels of sodium actually break down bone tissue. Caffeine isn’t as harmful as salt, but it also contributes to a weaker skeleton. Most people know that soda isn’t good for you, but it isn’t the carbonation—the phosphoric acid in the drinks eats away at bone tissue. Soy itself isn’t bad, but it seems to prevent the absorption of calcium, which you need for healthy bones.
A good osteoporosis diet limits those products that are harmful and increases your intake of calcium and protein instead. Avoid foods high in sodium, caffeine, and soy. Switch from soda and coffee to low-caffeine tea and calcium-rich drinks. Avoid alcohol as well. If you struggle to formulate a balanced diet, or are noticing pain in your lower limbs, talk to your health team at Sierra Foot & Ankle for an appointment or more information about osteoporosis care. Fill out the online contact form or call (775) 783-8037 to reach our Gardnerville, NV office.