Calcium is an essential mineral your body requires to function. Calcium helps strengthen your bones and teeth, is used for blood clotting, as well as functions of the heart and nerves. Calcium is not a mineral our bodies can naturally make. The only way to get the required calcium needed for healthy body function is to ingest it in the foods we eat or take calcium supplements. As we age, regardless of the amount of calcium we ingest, our bodies stop depositing calcium in our bones. When the body is low on calcium levels and requires calcium for muscle or nerve function, it uses the calcium on reserve in our skeletal system. For this reason, calcium supplements can help stop the reduction of calcium in our bones. Calcium supplements add extra calcium to our bodies, which prevents the drainage of calcium from our bones. It is important to make sure you receive enough calcium to keep a strong, healthy body function.
Calcium-rich foods include:
- Milk and dairy products
- Dark leafy greens like kale or broccoli
- Citrus fruits and juices
The amount of calcium required for healthy body function varies per age, so it is important to ask your doctor or medical professional about how much calcium you should include in your diet and whether you should take calcium supplements.
Another important fact to note regarding calcium and your body, is your vitamin D levels. Vitamin D is important because it increases the absorption of calcium. For this reason, most calcium supplements have vitamin D added to encourage absorption.
Make sure to keep your body healthy by watching your calcium levels. Ask your doctor questions about your required levels so you can achieve a healthy and happy life.
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