Keeping your Children’s Bones Strong
When it comes to eating, when you eat (and how often) is more important in some respects than what you eat.
It’s a given that kids will be kids, and accidents will happen in youth such as broken bones. When a child breaks a bone, apart from getting their friends to sign the cast one of the best ways to ensure it heals properly is by promoting a good diet rich in calcium. This is just one of the many things you can do in order to make sure the bone heals the way it should and your child has a fast and fit recovery.
Your diet is very important for healthy bones
Across all studies, it has been shown that a good diet is made up of quality proteins, fibre (such as from cereal and whole grains), fresh vegetables and fruit, and essential fats are important.
You probably also know that calcium is an important part of someone’s diet. Well, it is. Calcium helps build strong teeth and bones, but that’s not all. Calcium also helps regulate blood flow, contract muscles, makes enzymes and hormones, and helps with the nervous system as well.
Because it’s so important good for you, finding foods that are rich in calcium that you actually enjoy. Dairy products are one way of getting a good source of calcium, but you can also get your fix with oily fish, seeds (such as sesame), tofu, dried fruit, and leafy green veggies. It’ll be important to also give your child foods that are rich with vitamins like Vitamin C and D as well as Magnesium.
- Vitamin C helps bones rebuild and accelerate the rate at which they do so, so it’s important to increase intake of it especially after an injury.
- Vitamin D is great for absorbing calcium and comes primarily from sunlight exposure; however you can get it from your diet, oily fish, or supplements as well.
- Magnesium is found a lot in green vegetables, whole grains, and nuts, and helps absorb calcium also which is perfect for relaxing our muscles.
Sometimes it’s overlooked, but exercise is a huge contributing factor in helping to build strong bones. An active person is a fit person, and being fit comes along with many benefits including a resistance to bone breakage.
How do you keep your kids bones healthy? Share your tips with other moms in the comments section below.