Skeletal Nutrition Assignment

A poor diet and lack of exercise can hurt the skeletal system due to inadequate nutrients and increased stress due to excess weight. However, a balanced diet can strengthen the skeletal system.

Foods with high calcium such as dairy, dark green leafy vegetables, or fortified foods can make your bones stronger. Since milk provides 300mg. Ca./8oz glass, it is often assumed it is the best food source of calcium. There are other excellent whole food choices for supplying Calcium, and the necessary minerals (e.g. magnesium, phosphorus, silicon) and vitamins

Consumption of high quality fats help the absorption of vitamins A and D into your bloodstream. Vitamin A is needed to keep your intestinal lining healthy and readily able to absorb minerals in the foods that you eat.

Here are some examples of foods that are rich in healthy fats: Extra virgin olive oil, avocados, organic eggs from cage-free birds, soaked nuts and seeds (about a handful per day at most), cold-water fish and high quality fish oils, coconuts and coconut oil, bone broths, and organically raised red and white meats (should be eaten sparingly if eaten at all – with proper planning, there is no physiological requirement for red and white meats)

Foods that are strongly acid-forming in your blood and should not be in your diet include: artificial sweeteners, soft drinks (pop), sugar, cookies, cakes, and pastries made with white flour, table salt, and alcohol. These foods will not make your skeletal system stronger.