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Fighting Osteoporosis with Calcium Enriched Foods

Being lactose intolerance may not only be an inconvenience, but may be a serious link to osteoporosis too.

While it is not uncommon to be lactose intolerant, it is important to be aware of the effects of not having enough calcium in your daily diet. If you have osteoporosis that runs in your family, you are female or you are lactose intolerant, your risks of developing this bone condition are higher.

Read more to find out more information about osteoporosis and ways to get calcium in your diet if you suffer from lactose intolerance.

What is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a condition in which your bones become weak and may be more susceptible to breaking or being fractured.

Symptoms of Osteoporosis

It may hard to be aware that you are suffering from osteoporosis, because many times there are no apparent symptoms. While it is common to not be aware that you have osteoporosis, there are a few symptoms that may occur which include:

  • Back aches or pains
  • Fractures in the back, wrist or hip
  • Struggle to keep proper posture
  • Losing height

Increasing Calcium Intake

Whether you are lactose intolerant, or do not like the taste of milk, you may include these following tips to help fight against osteoporosis.

  • Eat Beans- When it comes to calcium, beans are high in this important mineral. Along with calcium, beans are also high in protein.

  • Calcium enriched foods- There is a multitude of foods that have been enriched with calcium that will help you get your daily intake of the mineral. These foods may include: soy milk, breakfast bars, cereals, cranberry juice and orange juice.

  • Sunlight- some sources of vitamin D do not need to be consumed. The sun offers a great source of vitamin D, and helps your body to absorb the important mineral. While this doesn’t mean that sunbathing allows you to be cut free of eating calcium enriched food, it may be beneficial.

  • Eliminate Soda-Along with empty calories, soda may lead to negative effects on the body for those that are lactose intolerant. Why? Because soda increases phosphate levels, which takes away calcium from the bones as well as keeping your bones from absorbing calcium. This may be dangerous for those that already have limits to the amount of foods they can eat that contain calcium.

  • Salmon- If you are a fish lover then increasing your consumption of salmon may help with increasing your calcium intake. Not only is salmon high in calcium, but it is also high in omega-3 fatty acids. 

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