During National Osteoporosis Prevention Month, aka May, you're likely to hear lots of suggestions to help keep your bones healthy. Tracy Gaudet, M.D., may well have the easiest: Have a salad. "Women of all ages should eat a bone-strengthening diet," says the Body+Soul columnist and director of Duke University's Center for Integrative Medicine. "The salad bar is a great place to start." She cites a study that found that women who ate a serving of lettuce daily had dramatically lower rates of hip fracture. Garden-variety lettuce -- even anemic-looking iceberg -- is a good source of vitamin K, which helps make the protein found in bones, she says. Since greens of all kinds -- especially the dark leafy ones -- harbor bone-building nutrients, eat them daily.
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