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Healing foods for a broken bone

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There is one thing that I really wish the doctors would have given me advice on when they put my broken foot in a boot.

What can I do to support the healing of my broken foot?

Unfortunately, the doctors didn’t provide me with any advice on best behavior for a broken foot. They didn’t tell me whether to rest completely or exercise a little. They didn’t tell me whether physiotherapy may help or not. They didn’t tell me how to adjust my nutrition to support the healing process. This has been bothering me from my first encounter with A&E. So I did some research.

A lot of the right behavior depends on the way the foot is broken, so other than my doctors no one could (or should) really given me any advise on resting, exercising, etc. But the right nutrition to support bone healing is probably less dependent on the exact nature of the break.

Here is some information that I found. Some of it may be self-explanatory for the nutrient-wise, but not all of us are nutrient-wise when it comes to broken bones…

TO EAT…

Protein – to support the healing process and reduce further bone loss

  • milk, yogurt, cheese, lean meats, poultry, eggs, legumes, grains, nuts, seeds, almonds, quinoa, vegetables

milk-orangesCalcium – important for bone strength

  • broccoli, Chinese cabbage, kale, milk, yogurt, cheese

Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin K – for bone growth, bone formation and regulating blood clotting

  • oranges, broccoli, salmon, tuna, mackerel, fish oil, red bell peppers, strawberries, brussels sprouts.

Natural anti-inflammatory nutrients – to reduce pain and promote the formation of new connective tissue called bone collagen

  • citrus fruits, berries, nuts, vegetables, whole grains

SKIM MILK, YOGURT, BROCCOLI, FISH and ORANGES seem to be some of the best foods to eat for healing broken bones.

OR NOT TO EAT…

Stop eating foods containing ingredients that either inhibit calcium absorption or increase calcium loss:

whole milk dairy products

red meat

processed foods

sugar

carbonated beverages

alcohol

caffeine

Here are some of my sources:
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5 thoughts on “Healing foods for a broken bone

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  2. I have to say that switching from skim/low fat milks to full fat helped my joints actually feel better. Some of the research shows that fat is important in the healing process.
    I would also recommend Arnica cream for helping with healing… it’s pretty amazing 🙂

    • I’ll try arnica. Thanks for the tip. Skinny or whole milk seems like a discussion without conclusive answers. I probably shouldn’t’ t have included whole milk on the “no” list. I agree there are benefits to both.

  3. interesting! useful information here for other reasons besides helping to heal broken bones…for instance I wasn’t aware that berries, citrus fruits, nuts, vegetables & whole grains have natural anti-inflammatory properties…very cool to know…I have chronic inflammation, knowing this will help! thank you for passing this info along…

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