Nutrilite Health Institute Reports Fruits and Veggies Support Bone Health
A Diet Rich in a Colorful Variety of Fruits and Veggies is Most Beneficial
BUENA PARK, Calif., October 15, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — According to the Surgeon General’s Office, an estimated 10 million Americans over 50 have bone health issues, while another 34 million are at risk. One of the easiest ways to combat bone health issues is by eating a diet rich in colorful fruits and vegetables, although a report released by the Nutrilite Health Institute (www.nutrilite.com/color) reveals Americans who fail to eat enough fruits and vegetables are likely not getting enough bone-building nutrients like calcium and vitamin D.
A good goal for most individuals is to consume 10 servings of fruits and vegetables daily.
“Eating a colorful assortment of fruits and veggies every day is vital to overall health,” says Amy Hendel, Nutrilite’s Phytonutrient Coach. “And for bone health, make sure you include foods high in calcium or vitamin D like dairy products, spinach and soy beans. If you're missing out on these nutrients, a plant-based nutritional supplement may be a good solution.”
To help promote better bone health, Hendel, a registered physician assistant and health/wellness expert, offers some tips for people at any age:
- Eat a Calcium and Vitamin D-Rich Breakfast. Start your day with breakfast foods like lower-fat dairy, soy milk, yogurt and calcium-fortified orange juice and cereals for bone-healthy nutrients.
- Add Color to Meals. Toss some phytonutrient-rich foods into meals. If you like soup, consider adding kale, broccoli or turnip greens, which also provide bone-building calcium.
- Exercise. Keep in mind that diet alone will not keep your bones dense and strong. A weight-bearing exercise program that includes walking, jogging or running, and use of free weights, is important for bone health.
- Meet the Daily Phytonutrient Goal. A good goal for most individuals is to consume 10 servings of fruits and vegetables daily. For those having trouble getting enough fruits and vegetables into their diet, natural, plant-based supplements which contain phytonutrients can help close the phytonutrient gap.
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