Beware! Beef Liver, Alcohol; 6 Foods That Are Slowly Killing Your Bones
Some of the foods we eat are slowly doing harm to our body, including our bones. Some of these foods contain some unhealthy substance which weakens our bones. 6 of the foods that we should watch how we eat are explained below;
Beef liver happens to be the greatest source of animal-derived vitamin A, also known as retinol. And while vitamin A can clear up acne, boost eye health, and even amp up your immunity, too much of it can wreak havoc on your bones. “High intakes of beef liver—greater than three ounces—could stimulate osteoclast activity or bone breakdown,” explains Anita Mirchandani, MS, RD, CDN and spokesperson for the New York State Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Soft drinks also slowly kills our bones. Soft drinks are packed with phosphoric acid, which causes an increase in the blood’s acidity levels. As a result, the body pulls calcium out of our bones in order to bring the acidity levels back to normal. Also, people who drink soda (including diet sodas!) are more likely to have a “soda belly,” which is similar to a beer belly.
Just like soda, this caffeinated drink can also decrease your body’s ability to absorb calcium, resulting in a weaker you. Limit your intake to less than three cups of java a day, and you should be fine. But if your early mornings call for an extra few shots of espresso, try reaching for an apple instead.
Alcohol can weaken your bones in the long run. Alcohol prevents osteoblasts (bone-building cells) from absorbing any bone-friendly minerals, like calcium, which in turn slows down a broken bone’s healing process and weakens the bones overall.
Sodium Rich Foods
As you age, eating a high-sodium diet causes your bones to degenerate. In fact, for every 2,300 milligrams of sodium you consume, you lose approximately 40 milligrams of calcium. The USDA currently recommends limiting your daily sodium intake to less than 2,300 mg, which is no easy feat considering salt hides in many American diet staples like bread, deli meats, canned soups, and fast food. The best way to avoid extra sodium from seeping into your bones is to skip processed foods as often as possible, keep the salt shaker away from the kitchen table