The Source of Calcium
What is Calcium? Calcium is a mineral in our body that is essential in the formation of bones, prevention of osteoporosis, nerve transmission and helps prevent blood clotting. Calcium is also very important in maintaining healthy blood pressure.
Society has told us that dairy products must absolutely be a part of our diet in order to get enough calcium daily. While it is true that milk products do contain a lot of calcium, its can be poorly absorbed by the human body.
Recent studies have shown a very large increase in lactose intolerance and sensitivity in the American population over the last few years. Did you know by the age of 4, 90% of lactase (the enzyme that breaks down lactose or the sugars in milk) is naturally depleted from the body? Because of that and the fact that the dairy is so processed now a days they can be difficult to digest, so acquiring calcium from dairy is not the best option for someone that is lactose intolerant, has IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), or celiac disease.
With all the push for dairy being so good for bone strength it makes you wonder why there is such a large percentage of the elderly population suffering from osteoporosis. Dairy has also been shown to acidify the digestive system and cause the breakdown or decalcification of bones! There are MANY plant based foods that contain a fantastic amount of absorb-able calcium, they also contain other vitamins and minerals that help with the absorption! Here are a few plant foods that you can start adding to your diet today:
Nuts and Seeds
Start diversifying your calcium intake - its not to say stop drinking or consuming dairy completely but don't put all your eggs in one basket.