I’m talking about the importance of calcium, because it is essential in one’s health. As someone who has watched my mom be ravaged by arthritis and osteoporosis, I have seen what a lack of proper calcium can do. According to fightosteoporosis.ca, “Almost every cell in your body needs calcium to function properly. Your bones act as a storage site for the body’s calcium, but they also need calcium to maintain their strength. When there’s not enough calcium in your diet, your body takes what it needs from your bones.”
Adults require about 1200 mg of calcium per day (a child’s requirement really depends on their age – the older they are, the more they will need, but will range from 200-1300 mg), and that can be very difficult to do with diet alone. Sources of calcium include milk and dairy products, beans, almonds, broccoli, calcium fortified tofu, sardines, salmon and orange juice. Equally as important are avoiding certain foods that can leech calcium from your bones. These include caffeine, salt, and soft drinks – cooking without salt, avoiding processed and fast foods, avoiding soft drinks altogether and opting for decaffeinated beverages is crucial.
Supplements can also be a great way to ensure you get all the calcium you need to keep your bones strong. Swiss Natural have a new product – Chocolate Fudge Brownie calcium supplements. They contain 600 mg Calcium and 400 IU Vitamin D, are very easy to chew and just happen to be delicious. Adults and children 6 years and older take 2 soft chews daily. They come in packages of 60 soft chews (one month supply), are individually wrapped and are 15 calories each.
You can find Swiss Natural on Facebook. Right now, they’re also running a fab Oh Canada photo contest – you could win a Canon camera (worth $750) among other prizes!
Do you take calcium supplements? What do you do to protect yourself and your family from a insufficient calcium?
*Disclaimer: This is my third post as a Swiss Naturals Ambassador and was compensated for this post, however my opinions are my own. Also, I’m not a doctor, so feel free to talk to one for more info on whether calcium supplements will work for you.*