Most people believe that fractures only occur due to traumatic injuries. Although a large number of fractures occur due to trauma, fractures can be caused by repetitive stress and osteoporosis. Unfortunately, a number of working environments can lead to fractures due to repetitive stress and osteoporosis.
Fortunately, your employees can take several measures to avoid sustaining fractures. One of the best ways to do so would be to ensure that your employees get enough calcium and vitamin D in their diets. Occupational health specialists, such as those from U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group, often provide tips on how to increase calcium and vitamin D intake. Do not hesitate to share the following tips with your employees.
Soak up some rays
Our main source of vitamin D comes from the sun as our body naturally converts sunlight into vitamin D. Unfortunately, exposure to sunlight can be difficult for office workers. Encourage employees to go down from the office and catch some sunlight during their breaks and lunch hour. Spending just 20 to 25 minutes in the sun can yield significant results.
Got more than just milk?
Milk is often seen as the main source of calcium, but there are other great sources of calcium your employees can take advantage of. Leafy green vegetables, such as broccoli, cabbage, and spinach, are fantastic sources of calcium. Nuts and tofu are also good alternative sources of calcium.
Supplement your diet
In some cases, people are able to take in enough calcium and vitamin D every day; the problem lies in their ability to absorb it properly. In such cases, it may be a good idea to start taking vitamin D supplements. This is because vitamin D is essential in the absorption of calcium. As such, taking vitamin D supplements is a true two birds, one stone scenario!
In the event that an employee sustains a fracture, do not delay bringing him or her to a center for occupation health services. These centers are capable of quickly diagnosing and treating fractures properly, ensuring that the injury heals correctly. The last thing you want to have happen after an employee sustains a fracture is for complications to arise.
Sources: 12 Ways to Get Your Daily Vitamin D. www.health.com
10 tips on how to eat more calcium. www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au