Below are four foods that you need to monitor in order to keep those bones healthy and useful.
Salt– As delicious as salt could be when added to your favorite foods, be wary. Salt intake increases the loss of calcium. Losing calcium means losing your bone strength and that is just a no-go. You can have your salt, and eat it too but just remember that it should be in moderation. No more than 2,300 milligrams (less than 1 teaspoon) per day.
Raw Spinach– Have you ever heard of oxalates? Well, it’s a substance that causes the calcium within the body to bind up and become unavailable. The oxalates can easily be combated with a healthy dose of calcium as you consume the spinach. How, you ask? Well, for instance, you may have spinach and cheese; the cheese will counteract the binding process and give your body the calcium that it needs.
Beans– Loving the yummy legumes that offer a solid punch of protein is- unfortunately- not so great for bones. Beans have a high phytate level, which means that it prevents the body from absorbing the much-needed calcium for those bones. Fear not! You may have your legumes, as long as you soak them in water for a few hours before cooking them. By soaking your beans, you are reducing the phytate level within them.
Nightshade– If you’re not sure what a nightshade is, then here are a few examples: mushrooms, peppers, tomatoes and white potatoes. These “good for you” foods are suppliers of some very important vitamins and minerals, which is why you shouldn’t cut them out of your diet completely. If your calcium intake is 1,000 to 1,200 milligrams per day, then by all means go-ahead to chow down on those nightshades.