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What to Eat When You Have a Broken Bone

By Sara Butler

Various health conditions require different things to help expedite healing. When it comes to healing broken bones, there are special things to consider. You have to nourish your body and your bones to help them repair and stay strong. Even with the limited ability to get around when you’ve got a cast, you can still get plenty of nutrients and vitamins easily that will help your body as it’s on the mend. Here are a few ways you can promote good bone health and recovery from your kitchen!

Eat Plenty of Calcium

This one is kind of a given since calcium is important to healthy bones that aren’t broken! When repairing a broken bone, don’t rely on supplements – eat what you need to, your body will be able to absorb it easier.

It’s always a good idea to pair calcium with Vitamin D since it helps to promote the absorption of calcium. Milk is a great example. Aim at getting three servings of foods rich in calcium every day. Dairy is the easiest and the best but if that’s not on the menu then you can have calcium-fortified orange juice. The key thing to remember is your body needs a good balance of calcium, Vitamin D, Vitamin K, magnesium, phosphorus, and collagen to repair.

Another great way to eat for healing is to use smoothies to your advantage. Create a smoothie with kale for calcium, avocado for magnesium, ground flax for a shot of omega-3 fatty acid, and some milk for calcium and Vitamin D. It’s easy on your stomach and you can create many different types of flavors with the addition of fruit!

Watch Your Calories

When you’re healing from an injury like a broken bone, you may not get as much exercise as you’re used to. That’s perfectly fine but you also need to remember to watch your calorie intake. You need certain nutrients to help your body heal but you also need to make those calories count. Make sure you continue to have a balanced diet and don’t deprive yourself when you’re resting during an injury – just try to avoid junk food and eat foods that will nourish your body in its time of need. Remember, your body is now working hard to repair your injury, so give it what it needs to do that!

Nutrition is an important aspect of recovery, so don't forget about it! 

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Bossier City, La. 


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