Why Eating Calcium is Important

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Benjamin Franklin

Do you get confused about which calcium supplement to take? I do. That is why I don't take one. I eat my calcium in the form of leafy greens, good quality dairy (raw, organic, fresh), fermented foods and coconut kefir.

Why You Should Eat Vegetables

Calcium through vegetables

If you do not eat dairy that is fine, you just need to eat MORE vegetables and fermented foods.One of the best ways to ensure that you have enough calcium in your body is to supplement with Vitamin D3. Vitamin D3 is a hormone even though it's called a vitamin. Vitamin D3 modifies the bone cells activity, and it also regulates calcium levels in the blood by helping the body to absorb calcium from food and by preventing calcium loss from the kidneys.You must have vitamin D to absorb calcium and promote bone growth. Too little vitamin D can result in osteomalacia, soft bones or osteoporosis, fragile bones.

How do we prevent bone problems or correct the issues we have?

  • Omega 3's a (Good quality fish oil)
  • Organic, non-GMO foods when possible
  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Collard greens
  • Broccoli
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Vitamin D3 supplement
  • Sunshine
  • Exercise
  • Fermented foods such as miso, sauerkraut, kimchi, pickles, salsa and fermented vegetables
  • Good dairy such as plain organic yogurt, raw cheese (some grocery markets carry this item), natural sour cream, etc.

For those of us that eat animal products, I suggest that we eat less protein in this form and more vegetables at every meal. One way to get more veggies in your diet is to use a good quality "green powder" daily. Garden of Life Perfect Food is an excellent choice.

Eat Less Meat

Eat Less Meat and More Vegetables

When we have a diet "heavy" in animal protein, our bodies have to work harder, and we excrete more calcium to digest the protein rich diet. The loss of bone mineral probably results from combined genetics and dietary and lifestyle factors. The dietary factors are the intake of animal protein, salt, and possibly caffeine, along with tobacco use, not enough physical activity, and lack of sun exposure.

Animal protein tends to leach calcium from the bones and then the kidneys excrete it through urine. Animal protein is high in sulfur-containing amino acids, especially cystine and methionine. Sulfur converts to sulfate, which acidified the blood. And during the process of neutralizing the acid, the bone dissolves into the bloodstream. Foods like eggs and meat have two to five times more sulfur-containing amino acids than plant foods.

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that people with lower intake of sodium and protein may have calcium requirements. Some were found as low as 500-741 mg/day.

Vegetables are alkaline which help to balance the acidity in our bodies. Today is a good day to make positive choices and improve your health by eating more vegetables at every meal! Bon Appetit!

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