In the opinion of the Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation, nothing says “healthy nutrition” like Canada’s Food Guide.  A balanced diet, necessary for us to absorb the nutrients we need – like calcium, and reasonable portions are needed for overall health and to enable strong bones and joints.  Here are some specifics to help you in your choices:

  • Your bones need Calcium to keep them healthy and strong, found in:
    • Low fat or non fat milk
    • Cheese
    • Yogurt
    • Broccoli
    • Brussel Sprouts
    • Fish (with bones in)
    • Beans
    • Soy and tofu products
  • Vitamin D is needed to aid absorption of calcium and is found in milk, margarine, egg yolks, and even sunshine.
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol. Both of these can interfere with calcium absorption and lead to bone loss.
  • Watch sweets, fats, and portions to contribute to your healthy weight. Extra weight on your body is hard on your joints.