For a long time, my calcium intake was taking a supplement. This was the way I relied on 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 in your diet will keep every cell, nerve and muscle in your body in good health. And keep your heart regular.
Therefore, it makes sense to keep your body functioning in good condition. 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.
In addition, popping a supplement that has added vitamin D, won’t do it for you either.
There are plenty of studies on higher 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. As I am one of those women over 50, it was time I looked into increasing this valuable mineral in my body.
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 about a supplement for getting your calcium intake.
Just like taking a fish oil supplement, I look for food to give my body what it needs naturally, and not from popping a pill. However, I am not averse to a supplement, not at all, there are some supplements I can’t live without.
Calcium Intake From Foods
Eating the right foods provides your body with the best calcium sources.
According to Dr Susan Thys-Jacobs, some PMS symptoms can be relieved through calcium-rich foods.
Indeed this is correct as I began the journey of increasing calcium not just for me for my daughter too. She mentioned her back pain was not nearly as bad as what it used to be.
To help absorption of this mineral, I have found lovely oils like coconut oil can do the job perfectly.
Best calcium sources
Organic yoghurt, sometimes I will add frozen blueberries and a teaspoon of coconut oil.
A good cheese makes a healthy snack and is especially beneficial for your teeth. 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. Of course, if you are avoiding foods with phytic acid. You may want to limit the amount of nuts and seeds you eat.
Otherwise, make sure you soak them before eating to break down the phytic acid. This way your body will be able to absorb the calcium offered.
Crushed eggshells are probably one of the highest sources of calcium you can get naturally.
Likewise, bone broth is another yummy way to increase this ever-important mineral. I make a batch about once a week, and add it to soups and most days I will just warm up a cup and drink it.
Unhulled tahini a tablespoon of this stuff and you will get your calcium intake for the day. I try to have some of this every day.
Salmon and broccoli, with other vegetables.
The occasional spoonful of blackstrap molasses. Not my chosen way to get this mineral.
I usually add this to a cup of dandelion herbal tea, which by the way, also has 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. Although, you must be careful of eating too many beans as they also contain the compound phytic acid.
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?
More importantly, I need to get those calcium supplements out of the cupboard and into the bin.
I can’t believe after everything I have read and heard about 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 can be solved with a pill. I was a great one for popping so many supplements a day, I was definitely a supplement addict. Fortunately, if I do buy a supplement that’s not needed, I wake up pretty quickly.
I am a reformed 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.