Are You Getting Enough Calcium?

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The experts at WebMd answered a series of commonly asked questions about calcium. Read below to find out if you’re getting the right amount, too much, or too little, and what natural sources are calcium fortuitous.

Why do I need calcium?

While calcium is best known for building strong bones, it has other tasks, too. We need calcium for muscle movement, to assist nerves as they travel between our brains and body parts, and to help blood vessels transport blood throughout our figures.

Who needs the most calcium?

Children and teens between the ages of 10 to 20 need the most calcium because they are growing so rapidly. According to WebMD, at least 1,300 milligrams a day should be digested and can be found in 2 cups of milk, 1 cup of calcium-fortified orange juice, and 1 cup of yogurt daily. Typically adults don’t need as high a dosage and can intake as low as 1,000 milligrams a day.

Where can I get calcium if I can’t eat dairy products?

Orange juice is a good source of calcium, along with almond, rice, and soy milks that have been fortified with calcium. WebMd says to shake any container and drink that has added calcium because it can easily settle to the bottom. You can also get calcium from vegetables like Chinese cabbage, kale, collards, and broccoli, while soft-boned canned fish, pink salmon, and sardines are also calcium-rich.

Can too much calcium put me at risk for kidney stones?

Too much calcium taken from supplements can make kidney stones more likely, however, the calcium you get from food is not the type that forms them. Calcium oxalate is the substance most stones are made of. If you regulate your calcium intake, making sure that you’re not taking too much or too little, your body is much less likely to form kidney stones.

Do I need more calcium if I’m pregnant?

WebMd says that while the baby is growing inside the womb, it needs plenty of calcium to develop its bones, especially during the last few months of pregnancy. If you’re not eating enough calcium for two, the baby will take it from your bones. Ask your doctor about calcium supplements and eating calcium-rich foods. Luckily, after giving birth and breastfeeding, any lost bone replenishes itself.

 

Make sure to consult your primary care physician or chiropractor for all health related advice.

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