Bone and Joint Action Week is October 12-20th and raises awareness of prevention, management and treatment for disorders including arthritis, back pain, osteoporosis and trauma. More than fifty-four percent of the American population is affected by bone and join conditions according to the Burden of Musculoskeletal Conditions in the United States. With such a high percentage, it’s no wonder why Bone and Join Action Week is so prevalent and important. Nutrition and bone and joint health are closely related and a healthy diet can help you prevent and manage osteoporosis and related musculoskeletal disorders by assisting in the production and maintenance of bone. Here are the top 5 nutrients you need for healthy bones and joints at any age!
1.) Nutrient: Calcium- A major building-block of bone tissue.
Where to find it: Dairy, leafy greens, beans, salmon.
2.) Nutrient: Vitamin D- Assists your body to absorb calcium.
Where to find it: Fatty fish, mushrooms, egg yolk, fortified cereals, sunlight (20-25 minutes),
3.) Nutrient: Protein- Responsible for preserving bone mass with ageing.
Where to find it: Poultry, fish, lean red meat, eggs, dairy, legumes, soy, nuts and seeds.
4.) Nutrient: Zinc– Required for bone tissue renewal and mineralization.
Where to find it: lean red meat, poultry, whole grain cereals, and legumes
5.) Nutrient: Magnesium– Helps form bone mineral.
Where to find it: leafy green vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds, unrefined grains and fish
Healthy bones and joints are an integral part of our health and wellness, regardless of age. When you’re eating right and taking the best care of yourself, you’re improving the quality of your life and setting a great example for family and friends to help take care of themselves as well. If you’d like to learn more about what to eat for healthy bones and joints, please contact Right Nutrition Works today!
Prajakta Apte, RDN is a Registered Dietitian and Nutritionist who works with individuals who want to be more conscious about their health but who may struggle with knowing what’s accurate and want to have a complete makeover by learning how to transform their understanding of nutrition and health. By doing so, they can be more confident about their nutritional health and be known as experts in health and nutrition among their tribe.
Prajakta Apte, RDN
Right Nutrition Works
18789 N Reems Rd, Suite 260-I
Surprise AZ 85374
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