Avoid these foods. They reduce bone density.

ashabari By ashabari, 2nd Feb 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/5772oud1/
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Osteoporosis is generally caused by three factors : wrong diet, inadequate physical exercise and lack of exposure to natural sunlight. Referring to diet, you probably know that minerals like calcium, magnesium and vitamins like A, D are needed to build strong bones. But what you may not know is that there are few elements in your diet that can actually reduce bone density, increasing your risk for osteoporosis.

Foods which can reduce bone density

Spot those foods and nutrients which can reduce bone density making you prone to osteoporosis.

Too much protein may lower bone density . When you eat too much protein, your body produces chemicals called sulfates that can cause calcium to leach out of the bones.

Caffeinated drinks are not good for bones. Researchers found that women who drink about four cups of coffee a day have an increased risk of bone fractures. However, the researchers did not find any association between tea consumption and an increased risk for bone fractures, might be because caffeine content of tea is typically half that of coffee.

Framingham Osteoporosis Study concluded that cola and diet cola beverages (though not other carbonated drinks) may cause bone loss in women.

Although vitamin A is necessary for bone growth, too much of the retinol form of vitamin A interferes with vitamin D absorption, which, in turn, causes bone loss. The retinol form of vitamin A can be found in such animal-source foods as liver, egg yolks, and dairy products. The beta carotene form of vitamin A, found in plant sources such as carrots and sweet potatoes, has not been linked with a negative impact on bone health.

Other dietary factors affecting bone density adversely

Other dietary factors that can adversely affect bone density include:

Sodium : Too much of sodium in your diet can cause you to excrete calcium in your urine and perspiration. Sodium is found in table salt and many processed foods

Wheat bran : The only food known to reduce the absorption of calcium when eaten at the same time as calcium is 100 percent wheat bran. If you take calcium supplements, foods containing wheat bran should be eaten two or more hours before or after taking the supplement.

Alcohol : Excessive drinking of alcoholic beverages is also associated with lower bone density because alcohol interferes with the absorption of calcium and vitamin D. To avoid risk for osteoporosis, limit your intake of alcohol to one drink a day.

Diet low in fruits and vegetables and high in animal protein and carbohydrates, will tend to result in mild acidosis which, over a period of time, can contribute to significant bone loss. Neutralizing an acid-producing diet can be done by eating fruits and vegetables.Thus an important key to reducing bone loss while aging is, of course, to shift to a highly alkaline diet and avoid all acidic food and drinks.

Osteoporosis is a natural result of poor dietary and lifestyle habits.It can be easily prevented and even can be reversed in a matter of months by changing what you eat and do on a daily basis.


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author avatar Greenfaol
2nd Feb 2011 (#)

Very good and informative article, thanks for that. Did not know protein was a cause ofreduced density. Cheers :o)

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author avatar ashabari
3rd Feb 2011 (#)

Thank you Greenfaol

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author avatar Humza
17th Feb 2011 (#)

wow very good and informative and really especially usage of alcohal and caffeinated drinks is what needs to have some work done upon bu all of us!
thnx alot for the share!
must to read for all readers
thnx alot for sharing

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author avatar ashabari
18th Feb 2011 (#)

Thanks Humza for yr comments.

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