Ever since we were born, we keep running, walking, moving, jumping, sitting, standing and keep on doing a horde of other activities which require our body to move, bend, stretch, twist and what not! Ever imagined how we do it?How we manage to climb down the stairs so fast in order to catch that train or go up the stairs to avoid the ticket collector, equally fast? We do it all, with the help of our bones! The very bones that tend to give us growth pains during our childhood and osteoporosis in our old age.Bones Bones form the basis of our skeletal system, protect our vital organs and define our body shape and size i.e frame. The bones found in our body are alive just like us; they keep on growing, changing in shape, size as we grow old, in fact our height and weight depends on our bones. We have 206 bones in our body, with the spine being made up of 26 bones alone! Bones contain bone tissue and marrow, and are made up of calcium, phosphorous, sodium and other such minerals, they are primarily responsible for our movement, production of red and white blood cells, fat storage, and protection of our vital organs and so on. In short bones are one of the most integral parts of the human body. If bones are alive, do they need food? Any organism that is alive, needs food for fuel purpose so that it can generate the required energy to perform functions vital for its survival. Food is needed so that we have the energy or efficiency to perform our bodily actions such as walking, sleeping, running, breathing etc. Plus with constant use, these bones gradually degenerate and can become brittle and even break with ease. To maintain healthy and strong bones, it is necessary that we provide proper nutrition to them, following is a list of foods that will help us maintain good healthy and strong bones…
Adults need about 1000 mg of calcium per day which roughly translates to around 3 full glasses of milk a day, whereas kids in the age group of 4-19 years need about 800-1300 mg of calcium per day which translates to around 3-4 glasses of milk per day, if they are to develop and maintain healthy bones as adults.
However one shouldn’t go over the board with the consumption of nuts and seeds as they also contain a high level of cholesterols which can lead to clogging up of arteries in the long run.
Coming to cheese, not only does it taste good but also comes packed with Calcium, and for those who are lactose intolerant there’s no need to miss out as these days there are plenty of yogurt and cheese varieties available that are lactose free or with a reduced lactose count!
Research has pointed out that removing lactose content from the milk does not affect its calcium content.
Chewing on these crunchy seeds will not only give you magnesium, it will also give you Vitamin E, B1, iron, calcium and phosphorous. So what are you waiting for, grab those seeds and start crunching!