Is Your Diet Low in Calcium?

Your bone and joint health depend upon many factors, some of which are exercise, nutrition, and lifestyle. One essential of nutrition is adequate calcium, the building block for strong bones. Your orthopedic doctor can help you determine if your calcium intake is sufficient for bone support, but in the meantime, analyze your diet for potential improvements.

Dairy

When you think of calcium, most people will automatically think of dairy products. The truth is that dairy is a delicious way to get lots of calcium. Milk, yogurt, cheese, and ice cream are all valuable sources of calcium, but also very high in fat and calories. Keep dairy sources as low-fat as possible since products like skim and 1% milk are just as good for calcium content as whole milk.

Non-Dairy

For those who cannot tolerate lactose, have dairy allergies or are watching their fat intake, there are many non-dairy food sources to obtain calcium. Spinach, mustard greens, calcium fortified cereals and orange juice, kale, okra, certain fish such as rainbow trout and ocean perch, and also soy and tofu that have been calcium fortified are delicious ways to get your calcium without dairy.

Supplements

For patients with food restrictions or dietary problems, your orthopedic doctor might also recommend an oral supplement to help you get enough calcium to support your bone health.

Calcium is absolutely critical for healthy bones and joints. Talk to your orthopedic doctor about how to manage your calcium needs in a way that is right for you.

 

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