Thursday, May 17, 2012

Calcium is so important

Why is Calcium so important? Calcium is needed for good teeth and strong bones and for the proper function of nerves, muscles, kidneys, and the heart. Not having enough calcium in the diet is one of many factors associated with an increased risk of osteoporosis, a disease that speeds up the process of the natural loss of calcium in the bones. This causes the bones to become weak and fragile, leading to loss of height, curved spines, and bone fractures, especially in women. In recent years, the recommended amount of calcium has been increased from 800 mg to 1000 to 1200 mg per day. Dairy products are the most common source of calcium for people in western industrialized countries. But, as you know, most of the dairy products most commonly eaten are very high in saturated fat and cholesterol, as well as calories! This is not a good trade-off - increasing your risk of heart disease and weight gain by eating dairy products high in saturated fat, cholesterol, and calories in order to decrease your risk or osteoporosis by getting the calcium they contain! keep your bones healthy the remainder of your life by doing a few simple things: • Eat enough calcium from low fat sources, or supplement • Strengthen your bones through regular exercise • Avoid unhealthy, low calorie diet plans • If you are a post-menopausal woman, discuss estrogen replacement with your doctor • Avoid smoking, and if you do smoke, quit! People who constantly diet throughout their lives are at greater risk for osteoporosis because they often do not get enough calcium (or other nutrients) because of low calorie intake. So, maintaining healthy bones is another good reason to lose weight the right way: through a balanced, low fat diet plan and regular physical activity.

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