Good nutrition is essential for maintaining strong bones and joints. Making sure the foods you eat have calcium, zinc, magnesium, and phosphorus will help prevent your bones from becoming weak and brittle.

Our team at South Florida Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine urges you to maintain a healthy diet to, in turn, keep your bones and joints strong and healthy. Here are foods you should eat and keep on your Yes List.

Foods that are good for your bones and joints:
Calcium is a key ingredient to look for in the foods you eat. When the body doesn’t have enough calcium, the body’s skeleton won’t receive it. This leaves the bones weak and may lead to osteoporosis. Magnesium is just as imperative for your bone and joint health as it contributes to increasing bone density. Zinc metabolizes nutrients, maintains your immune system, and grows and repairs body tissues.

To prevent the progress of osteoporosis, our experts at SFO encourage you to eat these foods that contain calcium, magnesium, and zinc:

• Brown rice
• Dark, leafy greens
• Milk and cheeses
• Yogurt
• Legumes
• Nuts

Along with calcium, magnesium, and zinc, the body needs phosphorous. Here are a few examples of the role phosphorous plays in your body:

• Creates energy
• Maintain mobility
• Reduces muscle pain after exercise
• Filter out waste in your kidneys

Look for these foods that are rich in phosphorous:

• Meat and poultry
• Fish
• Eggs
• Whole grains
• Garlic
• Potatoes

The next time you are grocery shopping, stock up on these items that are sure to keep your bones in top shape!

The experts at South Florida Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine are happy to be a source for you. Whether you’re injured, or simply need help finding the right foods to help you stay healthy, we are here for you. For more information, call (772) 288-2400 anytime between 8 am and 5 pm, Monday through Friday.