Nutrition's Impact on the Skeletal System

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The Skeletal System
Vitamin D Vitamin D is crucial for skeletal system health, as it boosts your body's absorption and utilization of calcium. In a plant-based diet one still consumes calcium, vitamin D etc. Skin, Hair and Nail Health. People who are dark skinned, live in the Northern Hemisphere or avoid sunlight are at high risk of vitamin D deficiency. Your body uses the mineral phosphorus in combination with calcium to form hydroxyapatite. Healthy Hair Diets Vitamin Supplements:

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How to Keep Your Skeletal System Healthy

Testosterone Not only your diet impacts your skeletal system, your hormones do as well. In order to have a healthy skeletal system you want to have healthy hormonal levels as well. Testosterone is a vital muscle building hormone that is affected best through a low fat diet and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. How do different diets impact the skeletal system??? By Taylor, cara and Brianna A decrease in your testosterone levels will cause your ability to build muscle to be at risk.

A lack of testosterone also causes your skeletals system ability to maintain muscle it already has to decrease as well. You can find these fatty acids in fish oil pills, seeds, and nuts. Its really important to have phosphorus in a healthy diet because phosphorus is the major structural component for your bones in the skeletal system.

Phosphorus is easier for us to have in our diet since it is a primary mineral used for fertilization in the U. Zinc Zinc plays a big role in bone growth, and bone density. With the help of zinc, many enzymes in our body are able to function properly, such as alkaline which help osteoblasts contribute to the bone-building work in our skeletal system.

How an unhealthy diet impacts a skeletal system. Effect of consuming tobacco in ones diet Smoking is not only effective on the lungs but also has a huge impact on the skeletal system. Smokers will not develop maximum bone loss, the amount of bone tissue in the skeleton. At this point, bones have reached their maximum density. They end up with a smaller skeleton and less bone mass compared to non smokers.

Salt Intake A diet full of foods that are high in salt such as pizza, burritos, and french fries are really bad for your skeletal system. This increase of salt in one's diet heightens your loss of calcium. This calcium is lost through your urinary system. This causes the bones to have a higher risk of osteoporosis. High Sodium Foods Just like the previous slide, foods with a high salt percentage can make postmenopausal women with a high-salt diet lose more bone minerals that other women of the same age.

Studies show that regular table salt, not simply sodium, causes calcium loss, weakening bones with time. Smoked, cured, salted or canned meat, fish or poultry including bacon, cold cuts, ham, frankfurters, sausage, sardines, caviar and anchovies.

Frozen breaded meats and dinners, such as burritos or pizza Canned entrees such as ravioli spam and chili Salted nuts Beans canned with salt added Sugary Snacks Foods compacted with sugar inhibits calcium absorption and depletes phosphorus, another mineral important in facilitating the absorption of calcium. For an optimal osteoporosis diet, a sweet craving can be satisfied by cranberries, and other fruits rich in antioxidants — healthful substances that support bone health.

Calcium It's widely known that consuming dairy products like yogurt and cheese is good for your skeleton. Most of the bony benefits that come from dairy's rich calcium content. As the cement that builds the foundation of your bones, calcium is also needed for other bodily functions like muscle contractions. If you don't get enough from your diet, then your body leeches the calcium stored in your bones. In addition to dairy, good sources of calcium include green leafy vegetables, broccoli and almonds.

Adults should aim for 1, mg of dietary calcium per day. Magnesium More than half of the magnesium stored inside your body is found in your skeletal system.

But the Office of Dietary Supplements adds that many people don't reach their daily magnesium target of mg for men and mg for women.

Magnesium is crucial for healthy calcium metabolism. Sources of dietary magnesium include fatty fish, soy, whole grains, yogurt and potatoes. Vitamin D Vitamin D is crucial for skeletal system health, as it boosts your body's absorption and utilization of calcium.

In a way, the bones act as a repository of calcium for the blood, explains Dr. Lauralee Sherwood in her book "Human Physiology. Because the blood can pull calcium out of the bone if blood calcium falls, and because loss of calcium weakens bone, it's very important that your skeletal system has access to plenty of calcium at all times. This is why you need calcium in your diet, but you also need vitamin D.

Reginald Garrett and Charles Grisham in their book "Biochemistry," vitamin D helps you move dietary calcium into the bloodstream for uptake by the bones -- without vitamin D, your bones become very weak. Your skeletal system cells need other nutrients as well, including vitamin C, which cells use to produce cartilage, an important component of the skeletal system.

Furthermore, however, blood progenitor cells located in the bone marrow need iron in order to build red blood cells. While blood cells don't seem at first to be a part of the skeletal system, the cells they come from are. Without sufficient iron, your bone marrow cells can't produce red blood cells, explains Sherwood, which can result in anemia. Video of the Day.

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