If you are getting dental implants, it’s vital that you’re getting the nutrition your bones need to heal. There are a few foods that we all know are good for our bones, but since the healing process for dental implants can take six months or more, you’ll want to be able to switch up your diet and still make sure you’re getting all the nutrients your bones need.
There are at least 20 nutrients your body needs to ensure your bones are healthy, including both vitamins and minerals. We’ll focus on some of the key minerals your body needs to build bone.
Sure, you know that milk and other dairy foods are great sources of calcium, but did you know that fish can be a great source of calcium? Canned sardines and salmon are almost as good a source of calcium as dairy products. And don’t forget your vegetables: a cup of turnip greens has as much calcium as an ounce of cheddar cheese.
Greens like spinach and chard are rich in magnesium, but did you know that pumpkin seeds are also a great source of magnesium? Just 1/8th cup contains about a quarter of your recommended daily allowance (RDA) of magnesium. Know what else contains about a quarter of your RDA of magnesium? A square of dark chocolate.
Pumpkin seeds are also high in phosphorous, as is salmon. If you’re looking for a meat, pork is the best choice when it comes to adding phosphorous to your diet.
Silicon makes foods hard, so it is one of the first things to be processed out. Its nutritional role is often underappreciated. Eating unprocessed foods can really help you get more silicon in your diet, but there’s one really surprising source of silicon: beer. Beers, especially hoppy, malty beers contain a lot of silicon in a form that is easy for your body to utilize.
Chromium doesn’t just make shiny bumpers on classic Cadillacs, it helps build up your bones. The best source for chromium in your diet is broccoli, but if you want to drink your chromium, have a glass of red wine (though be aware that it’s acidic and can stain teeth). Depending on the wine, it can actually contain as much chromium as your broccoli.
Zinc deficiency is unfortunately common. Most people get their zinc through meat and dairy. But if you’re looking for a vegan source of zinc, eat oatmeal, tofu, and sunflower seeds.
Most people look to seafood for their manganese, since three ounces of mussels contain nearly 300% of your RDA for manganese. But did you know that a cup of black tea contains about 25% of your RDA for manganese? Substitute tea for your daily coffee and you’ll help your bones.
Bananas are high in potassium, as we all know, but so are beans. White beans, kidney beans, lima beans, and even pinto beans are great sources of potassium.
When your bones are healing, you may need more than the normal amount of these nutrients. Although it’s best to get your nutrients from food, if you’re having trouble getting these mineral consistently, consider taking a supplement to make sure your dental implants set properly.