How do we know if we (and our families) are getting enough of this vital nutrient? And where do we get it if we want to consume less (dairy) milk, cheese, and yoghurt?

Get ready, because the truth about calcium is fascinating…

To keep your bones strong, you need to prevent your body from losing calcium—rather than focusing on boosting calcium intake.

Nowadays, many people avoid dairy because it contains saturated fat, cholesterol, allergenic proteins, and lactose sugar. Or they just don’t feel good after consuming it. Dairy products have been linked to Type 1 diabetes (juvenile-onset diabetes), and other serious conditions. The plant-based diet offers many less dangerous sources of calcium.

In cultures where dairy products are absent from traditional diets, people consume fewer than 500 milligrams of calcium per day, yet generally have low rates of osteoporosis. This has led many scientists to believe that osteoporosis may have more to do with factors like lack of exercise and less to do with poor calcium intake.

Our bones are constantly breaking down and making themselves anew—up to around our thirtieth birthday. After that, they tend to break down more than they rebuild. Too much calcium loss can lead to fragile bones or osteoporosis.

The major contributing factors to calcium loss are:

High-protein diets, which lead to a greater loss of calcium through urine. (Animal protein is much more likely than plant protein to cause this loss.)
High-sodium diets, which lead to greater loss of calcium through urine.
Caffeine, which increases the rate of calcium loss.
Smoking, which increases calcium loss.

The major contributing factors to bone-building are:

Exercise, one of the most important factors in bone health maintenance.
Sunlight, exposure to which enables the body to produce vitamin D.
For adults, consuming an average of more than 2,000 calories per day from fruits and vegetables, which helps keep the calcium in your bones.

In summary, if you and your children are enjoying an abundance of fruits and vegetables each day, and if you’re all fully satisfied after each meal, then it’s highly likely that you and your little ones are meeting all your calcium needs. If you’re consuming calcium and moderate protein from plant-based sources, especially green vegetables and legumes, you’re providing your body with the building blocks it needs for bone health.

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For life,

Donna