For a long time, my calcium intake was taking a supplement.
This was the way to help make my bones and teeth strong and healthy.
Well, I was wrong in thinking supplementing is the best way, it’s not.
To get the best calcium sources, it plain and simply comes from food.
Most of this particular mineral in the body is found in your teeth and bones.
Calcium keeps your teeth and bones hard and therefore lessens the chances of a problem, such as osteoporosis.
Including the best calcium sources into your diet will keep every cell, nerve and muscle in your body in good health and keep your heart regular.
So, it makes sense to keep your body functioning in good health and reaching for a supplement to do the job is just too easy.
Popping a supplement for your calcium intake isn’t the answer. You could be getting more than you bargained for.
And no, popping a supplement that has added vitamin D, won’t do it for you either.
There are plenty of studies on high supplementation of this mineral. All the research points to a pill not preventing or increasing mineral density in the lumbar spine or hip area. Especially in older men and women over 50.
Another study found a high intake of calcium supplements increases chances of a heart attack over 130%.
Ok, so I guess it is fair to say, there are a few question marks concerning a supplement for getting your calcium intake.
Like fish oil, I look for food to give my body what it needs.
Calcium Intake From Foods
Eating the right foods provides your body with the best calcium sources.
According to Dr Susan Thys-Jacobs, you can relieve some PMS symptoms through calcium-rich foods.
To help absorption of this mineral, I have found lovely oils like coconut oil can do the job perfectly.
Best calcium sources
Organic fat-free yoghurt, sometimes I will add frozen blueberries and a teaspoon of coconut oil.
Nimbin cheese, this is a beautiful cheese, my kids love it, and I love it.
When I am sometimes feeling peckish and would love to reach for a chocolate biscuit I will instead saté my appetite with cheese first.
Nuts and seeds, my favourite is to add LSA (linseeds, sesame and almonds) to a smoothie or yoghurt.
Unhulled tahini a tablespoon of this stuff and you will get your calcium intake for the day. I have some of this every day.
Salmon and broccoli, with other vegetables.
The occasional spoonful of blackstrap molasses.
I usually add this to a cup of dandelion herbal tea, which by the way, also contains a small amount of calcium.
2 tbsp of chia seeds usually added to my liver cleansing drink, sometimes added to breakfast cereal.
Lots of beans added to soups, and any other dish I can think of.
When I look at the above list of some of the best calcium sources, it is clearly obvious to me. I am getting a good supply each day.
If your daily calcium levels in the body concern you, do a quick little list of all the foods you eat. This way you will get a better idea of how much you are getting each day.
Why Did I Buy Those Calcium Supplements?
Now, to get those calcium supplements out of the cupboard and into the bin.
I can’t believe after everything I have read and heard regarding the health consequences of a supplement. I still went out and bought some.
Well, I didn’t necessarily go out of my way.
I was perusing the aisle at the local health food store and saw them there with vitamin D added and thought. Oh, I need them for my calcium intake.
Me who always prides herself on not succumbing to the marketing of such things.
There you go, we are not all perfect. The supplements were of some benefit, I used them to take a pic for this article.
It is too easy to think that everything is solved with a pill. I was a great one for popping so many supplements a day, I was definitely a supplement addict.
Fortunately, if and when I do buy a supplement that’s not needed, I wake up pretty quickly.
I am like an addict who in this case had a relapse.
On the flip side, be careful of your daily sodium amount. Too much of this stuff can deplete the body of calcium.
As will too much sugar, coca cola, junk food, alcohol and caffeine.
Basically, all the fun stuff, so the message here is, don’t have any fun, only clean fun!
Now, save yourself some money and enjoy the best calcium sources from a healthy diet.
This way you not only increase your calcium intake, you improve your hair, skin and nails.