Guest Post- Amy Mia Goldsmith

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Sadly this is the last post from Amy, I would like to say a huge thank you to Amy for the wonderful posts she has written for us!

A Small Health Guide: The Importance of Calcium

In my last post at The Small Things of Life blog, I want to talk about a crucial aspect of my life: healthy lifestyle. As my mother has been suffering from osteoporosis for years now, I think it is crucial to talk about an essential element for our body – Calcium.

So, why is calcium important for me?

Calcium represents one of the key nutrients that are essential for all living beings to function properly. Also, calcium is the fifth most abundant metal in the earth’s crust, but also the most abundant metal by mass in many different species of animals. It plays a huge part in mineralization of bones and teeth to help make them stronger. But, this isn’t by far the only benefit of this chemical element. So, read on to find out all the good sides of calcium intake, how to increase the calcium in your body, and many other useful things that may be of interest to you.

Why Is Calcium Good For Me?

There are many benefits of proper calcium intake. It is important to keep in mind that our bodies already contain a fair amount of calcium in them, which is mostly found in our bones. This nutrient is crucial when it comes to building up strong bones and teeth. Also, many aspects of our organism depend in great measure of this element. For instance, if there was not enough calcium in our bodies, our heart, muscles, and nerves would not be able to function in a proper way. It also allows the blood to clot in a normal way. Certain studies show that calcium, in combination with other minerals and vitamins, can have great effects on our health and could be a valuable asset in the fight against cancer and high blood pressure.

How to Increase Your Calcium Intake?

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There are certain ways you could try to increase the calcium intake in your body. Certain foods that are rich with calcium should always find a place in your menu. For example, dairy products like cheese, milk, and yogurt are known to have a high percentage of calcium in them. Other than that, leafy green vegetables like spinach, kale, broccoli, celery, and many others are also rich in calcium. In addition, other foods such as any kind of beans, garlic, rosemary, parsley, and peppermint should be on your list as well. Almonds, sesame seeds, oranges, and tofu have also been known to contain traces of calcium in them.

Supplements

Of course, there are different ways in which you can take the appropriate amount of calcium; if it happens that your diet is not adequate. Although, a well designed nutritious diet is the best way to increase the calcium in your body, there is also the alternative of taking calcium supplements. Of course, before taking these supplements it is crucial to consult with your doctor beforehand. By doing this, you will learn about the exact amount that your body actually needs and what are the best calcium supplements for you.

Lactose Intolerance

Many people who are lactose intolerant find it quite difficult to have a balanced diet that will enable them to take the recommended amount of calcium. Of course, the best way is to rely on other non-dairy foods that can provide you with the calcium you need in the combination with the appropriate calcium supplements. If your nutritionist and doctor agree, you should be able to take a small amount of dairy products, as they might be tolerated better if eaten with some other foods.

It is really important to understand all the benefits that the proper intake of calcium has on your body. But, before you start with any dietary changes, it is quite recommendable to consult with your doctor. Only a professional can make a certain estimate and tell you what the optimal level of calcium that is needed for your body and what is suitable for you and your organism.

 

I hope you learned something new from this post. It has been an amazing month guest posting at this lovely blog, so I would like to thank H for letting me share my insights and experiences! Hope you enjoyed my posts!

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