Don’t Overload on Calcium
Yes, you can take in too much calcium. Too much calcium can lead to severe constipation and actually prevent your body from absorbing the nutrients it needs to thrive. 700 to 800 milligrams of calcium per day ... (click below to read more)
Don’t Assume Dairy is the Answer
Dairy products do contain calcium, but they shouldn’t be your only source for introducing calcium into your diet. Your body has to neutralize the pH in these types of products to draw out the calcium and the acidity alone in some dairy products could upset your stomach. While you should have dairy in your diet, you’ll get better absorption and higher levels of calcium just by eating leafy greens, such as kale or spinach.
Eat More Greens Everyday
You might feel like all you do is eat vegetables, but if you have a calcium deficiency it means you’re not eating enough. You should be taking in six to nine servings of vegetables per day. You’ll get the most calcium out of vegetables like Brussels sprouts, broccoli and even turnips. You’ll also get other benefits from eating a diet high in greens, such as vitamin K and phosphorous. Try steaming the vegetables or cooking them on low in the crockpot to ensure you are not “scorching out” most of the nutrients.
Soy can help you build bones and slow any bone loss, but it isn’t recommended if you have osteoporosis. Don’t take soy supplements, because these don’t have the same nutrients in soy-containing foods. Try to incorporate soy in your diet, sticking to non-GMO varieties.
Decrease the Sodium in Your Daily Diet
Sodium isn’t good for the body period, but it is especially bad if you’re trying to increase bone health. Sodium leads to higher amounts of calcium loss in your urine, so try to limit yourself to just 1 teaspoon or 2300 milligrams of sodium per day.
Exercise does a lot for your body and, while you cannot see it, exercise certainly helps your bones. You can build bone density by doing weight-bearing exercises. These can include jump-roping, walking and dancing. Zero-impact exercises don’t build bone, which is why astronauts have been known to lose up to 30 percent of their bone density after being in space.
To help increase your bone density and calcium, schedule a time to visit with the professionals at Natural Health Atlanta today.