Healing from a broken bone is the opposite of fun. Everything seems a little bit (OK, or a lot) more difficult and your everyday life is disrupted, including your eating and cooking habits.
But fret not, there’s no need to drown in a sea of takeout and frozen entrees. Even with a limited ability to navigate your kitchen, you can still load up on the vitamins and nutrients to help your bones repair and heal while the rest of your bod is on the mend, too.
“When people break bones, they heal with certain nutrients, but in general, the things you’d do normally to maintain bone health are the same to help during a break,” explained Isabel Maples, MEd, RDN Registered dietitian nutritionist and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. “Bones are stores of calcium, and since bones are our structure, our skeleton, they also serve as a function. When we dip into our stores of calcium, that’s fine, but it also can compromise our structural integrity. When you’re young, especially under 20, you can build as much bone as possible, and then when our body starts using bone as it needs it, [it’s good to] minimize that use as much as you can.”
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