Are you getting enough calcium?

Cows Milk vs Green Smoothie

 

Are you getting enough calcium?

Which would you say contains more calcium, a glass of cow’s milk or a green smoothie?

I was brought up believing that calcium, which is essential for strong bones and teeth, was only available from cow’s milk based dairy products.

Was this the same for you?

When I tell people that I am lactose intolerant the first question I often get asked is “where do I get my calcium from” (without taking supplements). 

What is Calcium and why you should care

Calcium is a mineral found in many foods. Calcium is needed to build strong bones and teeth, regulate muscle contractions (e.g.: your heartbeat) and to ensure your blood clots normally. The body needs Calcium to regulate hormones and to send messages between your brain and your nerves and muscles.  Calcium may also help to lower high pressure and protect against some cancers.

A lack of Calcium could lead to Osteoporosis, or brittle bones, due to declining bone density as you age.

How much Calcium do you need

Recommended daily amounts of Calcium vary slightly from country to country. In the United Kingdom, the Department of Health recommends that Adults (19 to 50 years old) should consume 700mg of Calcium per day. While in Australia, it is recommended that Adults consume 1000mg of Calcium per day.

Regardless of country you live in, you should be able to consume the recommended amount of Calcium per day by eating a balanced diet.

Top sources of Calcium: plants do it better

Here is an info sheet of my top recommended sources of calcium. Green smoothie wins hands-down! So plants really do do it better.

Plant and Sea Calcium-2

You can also help to increase your Calcium absorption by reducing your salt intake, having less than six caffeine drinks per day, reducing your alcohol consumption, doing some exercise each day, quitting smoking and getting some sunshine to boost your vitamin D levels.

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One Thought on “Are you getting enough calcium?

  1. Very interesting article. Thanks for sharing it with us and showing us the highest foods in calcium and how much we require.

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