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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Importance of Calcium In Your Diet

Many people (especially women) end up suffering from osteoporosis as they grow older.  A lot of it has to do with the fact that we oftentimes don’t worry about our bones until we DO get older, and then by that time, it is too late – the damage has begun and is too difficult to reverse. 

As you know, I’m a big advocate for  taking care of yourself, through eating right and exercising.  But I think even I am guilty of sometimes neglecting to get enough calcium in my diet.  Aren’t we all? While kids tend to get the calcium they need to grow through milk – us adults oftentimes forget to eat calcium rich foods!

An easy way to get the calcium that you need each day is to take a supplement.  I told you about a great one in a previous post called Adora.  Adora is delicious chocolate supplement that is all-natural, vegetarian, and gluten-free.  The supplement is thirty calories, but it tastes like a treat, and I try to eat two of them each day (it is important to not eat too much calcium as not only is it not good in large quantities, but it can also cause constipation).  Osteoporosis runs in my family, both on my mom’s side and dad’s side, so I am super conscious about taking my calcium each day.  With each Adora you get fifty percent of your needed calcium, plus Vitamins K and D. You can buy Adora  online on Amazon, or you can find them at GNC, Whole Foods, or Walgreens.
If you don't want to take supplements, you can also try to integrate more calcium into your every day diet.  Of course most dairy foods are calcium rich, including cheese and yogurtSpinach  is also an excellent source of calcium with one cup yielding 291 mg.  Almonds are calcium rich, as are black eyed peas and some other beans.  Oranges have some calcium in them.  Collards are also rich in calcium. 

A great way to get your calcium each day through your diet, is to try to intergrate one calcium rich food into each meal. For instance, milk and cereal for breakfast, a piece of cheese with lunch or for a snack, and a spinach salad at dinner. 


1 comment:

emilie said...

There is a lot of miss-information about the causes of Osteoporosis. Yes, it comes from calcium deficiency, but the reason for calcium deficiency is not consuming too little calcium, but eating a highly acid diet.

"Determining your calcium need is like trying to figure out how much water it takes to fill a five-gallon pail with a hole in it. The amount of water needed to maintain a full pail would depend on the size of the hole.

Our acid-forming North American diet is the hole in the pail. It forces our body to consume massive amounts of calcium to maintain a pH balance in the blood. Coffee, tea, table salt, meat, eggs, milk, cheese, pop, bread, and junk food all force the body to produce copious amounts of acid.

Calcium neutralizes strong stomach acids." -Excerpt from NORTH AMERICAN DIET

Calcium supplements may help, studies so far have been pretty inconclusive. Understanding where calcium deficiency comes from is a far better thing, just like the idiom says: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

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