Of course it is very important to make sure that we eat and live for the nourishment of the health of our internal organs and external parts of our bodies; but it is equally as important to take care of the internal frame that holds it all up: our skeletal system. Our skeletal system is essentially our bone structure and often times it is a neglected part of the overall healing process. The key to having a healthy and strong bone structure is knowing how to get the right nutrients and minerals in your body, long in advance before any issues come up; that usually happens as we age.
For those who are following a Plant-Based diet, there is good news: many of the well-known leafy greens that are eaten contain significant amounts of calcium, selenium, Vitamins A, K and C as well as phosphorous; all necessary for healthy bones and internal strength. In terms of leafy greens consider: collards, raw spinach, kale, Swiss chard, kelp, bok choy, horse radish, ginger root, most beans, Brussels sprouts and including sea vegetables as well. Nuts and grains play a role in nurturing the bone structure as well, these include: almonds, amaranth, oatmeal, raw buckwheat and chestnuts. Fruits can also be a great ally in the quest for stronger bones: apples, cherries, bananas, figs, grapes, pineapples and strawberries are some of the best for supporting this.
A big part of the maintenance of healthy bones is the quality of calcium absorption generated by your body. Without quality absorption of calcium in the body it can make it a challenge to have a consistent path of keeping the bones stable. Calcium is so important because it is the mineral that works with muscle, bone and elasticity repair, which is critical to be able to keep up with the demands of day-today living.
Shitake Mushrooms the Vitamin D Connection.
Vitamin D helps calcium synthesize properly in the body and helps the bones fight off osteoporosis. Thus far it has been identified that mushrooms are the only Plant-Based source of natural Vitamin D2 that exist in the world. Depending on how they are grown, when exposed to UV light, they can help promote sustained bone density. Again, this is very good news for those who are looking for a sustainable source of healing Vitamin D2 without resorting to having to consume dairy products.
The main take-away from all of this information is that there are simple and sustainable ways that you can take care of and nurture your bone structure and the good news is that just eating a healthy amount of the vegetables and fruits mentioned above can help you get a head start on the process. With health and love to you and your families.
Dr. Daud Scott N.D.; CHNP.