Until doing some research for this blog, I knew that calcium was important to our health and well-being. What I did not realize was just how important it is. Did you realize that calcium is the most plentiful mineral found in the human body? I sure did not!
Of course I knew just how important calcium was for our bones and teeth, but I did not realize the other portions of the human system contain calcium as well. Things like: nerve cells, body tissue, blood and other body fluids.
Calcium is the mineral that allows us to form and to maintain our bones and teeth. If we maintain the proper levels of calcium, later in life it can help us to prevent osteoporosis.
Besides helping us form bones and teeth, the National Institute of Health, or NIH, states that calcium also aids us with:
- Clotting blood
- Sending and receiving nerve signals
- Squeezing and relaxing muscles
- Releasing hormones and other chemicals
- Keeping a normal heartbeat
So, just how do we accomplish keeping our calcium levels balanced so that our human systems can remain healthy and well-functioning? Easiest thing to do is to eat properly (my first step in my three-step plan!).
Dairy products are our best bet to maintain proper calcium levels. Milk, yogurt, cheese and buttermilk all contain a form of calcium that is easy for the human body to absorb. Although whole milk is good for us when we are children, as we age, it is recommended that we drink 1%, 2% or skim milk. Even though the fat content changes, the calcium content remains the same in every milk product out there.
The NIH also suggests these foods:
- Yogurt, most cheeses, and buttermilk are excellent sources of calcium and come in low-fat or fat-free versions.
- Milk is also a good source of phosphorus and magnesium, which help the body absorb and use calcium.
- Vitamin D is needed to help the body use calcium. Milk is fortified with vitamin D for this reason.
So I feel as though my good eating recommendation is right on track to ensure that my clients know that I realize that With Age Comes Respect!