The Pharmacy companies tell you:
You need more calcium.
We suggest you stop taking those calcium pills or chews. That is because you are already getting much more calcium than you think.
The recommended intake for calcium is about 1,000 mg to 1,200 mg per day.
Many folks take multivitamins or calcium chews. A popular brand contains 500 mg of calcium in one chew. We have heard of
people taking four of these chews a day – that is double the calcium your body needs.
In addition, taking this many chews means you are getting too much vitamin D. Fat-soluble vitamin doses use international units
(“IU”) instead of weight (mg). In one calcium chew, you get 500 IU of vitamin D. The daily recommendation is about 600 IU to 800 IU.
Take more than one chew and you are well over optimal levels of vitamin D.
Aside from the usual foods like cheeses and whole milk, there are a number of other naturally high-calcium foods and foods with
added calcium, such as orange juice, soy milk, and cereals.
If you have cereal with soy milk and a glass of orange juice for breakfast, that is already 76% of your daily recommended amount.
Before you reach for another glass of milk, remember that it is not as safe for your bones as you think.
A study in 2014 found that women who drank three or more glasses of milk per day did NOT have fewer fractures than those who
drank less. Instead, the mortality rate for men and women participating in the survey increased with each daily glass of milk consumed.
Researchers believe the culprit could be galactose, a sugar found in milk that increases inflammation. And inflammation plays a role
in many diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis.
That is why if you do drink milk, be sure to opt for whole milk and limit it to one glass a day. The fat will keep you feeling full,
and you will get plenty of calcium and other nutrients. If you opt for the low-fat or skim varieties, you are missing the calories
your body needs which sets you up to over eat as you will still feel hungry.
Get your calcium from a variety of sources, including cheese, yogurt,
fortified orange juice, leafy greens, and fish.
To build better bones, get enough sunshine and walking. Since we need vitamin D to help calcium build bones correctly,
make sure to get it from the best source.
Keep your system in balance with foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, fish, avocados, and bananas.
Add sea salt to your meals. Regular table salt has iodine, which is important, but sea salt contains some other minerals required for good,
strong bone structure – like boron, zinc, and manganese.
Do your research and remember that these tips will help keep your
bones strong without paying for the damaging calcium pills that Pharma would like you to take.