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Being Wary about 6 Bone Sapping Foods – Part I

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What one eats dons a vital part in whether one is obtaining the necessary nutrients for building ideal bone health. Even more astonishing is the fact that one’s diet could additionally don a part in abating bone strength. Some food types might in fact be directly leaching the minerals away from the bones or they hamper the bone’s capability of re-growing.


Sodium is responsible for sapping out calcium from bones and weakens them with passage of time. It is an established fact that each instant one consumes 2300mg salt one loses around forty mg calcium. A trial contrasted women in their post-menopause phase who consumed a high-sodium dietetic intake against those women who did not. Those women who consumed excess salt were observed to have comparatively greater bone mineral loss. The abnormally high sodium presence in the American diet leads many into ingesting two-folds the 2300mg sodium daily intake, as per federal dietetic parameters.

Damage Control

The swiftest, vastly effectual means of curbing sodium consumption is avoiding food items that have undergone processing. Studies reveal that largely people in the U.S. obtain seventy-five percent of their salt from processed foods rather than common salt. The main types to steer clear from are deli cuts, processed meat, freeze-dried meal, tinned soups, pizzas, junk foods like burger, fries and tinned veggies.

Carbonated Drinks

Carbonated drinks pose binate harm to bones. The fizz in these soft drinks is mostly due to added phosphoric acid that raises the pace of calcium being secreted via urination. In the interim, carbonated beverages do have a filling and satiety effect, quenching thirst while offering zilch nutritive worth that one could easily obtain from juices or milk.

Damage Control

Whenever temptations for glugging down some soft drink arises then as a substitute trying milk, or OJ having vitamin D, calcium fortification or fruit plus curd based smoothies or simply rehydrating yourself with water for tiding over thirst. It is imperative to consume a diet replete with bone growth bolstering nutrients.


The figures regarding caffeine are not as dreadful as that of sodium, however caffeine’s effects are analogous – it leaches calcium away from the bone. One hundred mg caffeine intake (the quantity present in a mini to medium size coffee mug) could draw out six mg calcium. Though that is not too much, yet it could be problematic when one tends to replace healthful drinks such as milk or enriched juices with caffeine-comprising beverages like coffees or iced teas.

Damage Control

Restricting caffeine intake to just 1-2 cupfuls during dawn and then switching to caffeine-free beverages that do not sap bone strength. However milk when added to coffee aids in offsetting the issue to some extent.

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