(HawaiiNewsNow) - Last week JT from MOVE Fitness showed us how exercise is the number one treatment when it comes to osteoporosis and encouraging bone density. The other half of the equation is nutrition. We have to give our bodies the building blocks to generate as much new, healthy bone mass as possible. That means calcium and vitamin D.
As with any nutrition question, a lot of times we'll look for the quick solution, supplements and medications to make up for what's lacking in our daily food intake. The problem is, that no matter what medications or supplements we're talking about, there's always the risk for adverse reactions and consequences. Even with something as simple as calcium, there's been a link to an increased risk of kidney stones due to the fact that the supplements carry so much calcium and it's so easy to actually get too much!
Good, whole foods are always going to be our best first choice for your calcium needs. Vitamin D is actually best absorbed and used by the body when you get it from direct sunlight. The problem there is that if you're following the Surgeon General's advice and wearing sunscreen whenever you go out, you're actually blocking out all the vitamin D as well. Here is a list of calcium and vitamin D rich foods:
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