Catch Up on Calcium

Nurturing Your Health

Most of us know that calcium is good for our bones, and it’s especially important for women in helping to prevent osteoporosis and bone fractures later in life. Calcium is also very important to keep our teeth strong. If you don’t want to look like Farmer Fred in your seventies, then make sure you read this entire post! However, you’re probably aware that most women do not get enough calcium in their diet nor enough Vitamin D to help absorb the little calcium they have. I’ve struggled with getting enough calcium into my diet for a while, but I finally feel like I’ve got it under control, so I’ll share a few quick tips with you.

If you’re like me, then you hate swallowing those big “horse pills,” as I call them, that almost all vitamin supplements come in. You’re trying to do the right thing by jamming these rocks down your throat, but the inability to actually consume the supplements keeps you from getting the nutrients you need. I think the vitamin manufacturers finally heard my inner ranting because now everywhere you turn there are gummy vitamins for adults! No longer relegated to the “Flintstone kids” age set, adults who are tired of almost choking to death on massive pills can now safely consume their vitamins. I’ve tried a few different kinds of calcium gummy bites, and so far, my favorite is the Caltrate Gummy Bites. They deliver about 50% of your daily calcium value, and Caltrate Gummy Bites also deliver the critical Vitamin D3 needed for calcium absorption. You can find these delicious fruit flavored vitamins at Target for about $10. However, if you click on the link, Caltrate is currently offering a $1 off coupon for the Calcium Gummy Bites.

Now, you’ve probably seen the commercials on TV for Silk, soy milk, but have you ever actually tried it? If you haven’t, don’t knock it until you’ve tried it, because it’s delicious! My mom started on soy milk long before I gave it a second look, and I’ll admit, it did take me a while until I found the exact brand that I liked. I’m now hooked on Harris Teeter Naturals Organic Soy Milk, “original” flavor. Even my husband loves it! It’s great with cereal or just plain for a refreshing drink. The best thing about soy milk is that it has 50% more calcium than regular dairy milk! 50%! Now that’s a big number. What an easy way to get half of your daily calcium.

To take it one step further, I suggest you try Stonyfield’s organic O’Soy yogurt. Soy yogurt does taste a little different from your regular Yoplait yogurt (which, if you’ve never read the label, contains aspartame, the ingredient we all know causes cancer!). However, after you’ve adjusted to the slightly different taste, you’ll enjoy the same smooth, creamy texture and yummy fruit flavors you’re used to. The O’Soy yogurt provides 25 to 35% of your daily calcium value and also 20% of your daily Vitamin D3. Finally, soy milk and soy yogurt are better for your overall health because dairy cows are sadly pumped with hormones (and also subject to cruel treatment, which I’ll discuss in a later article), which means your dairy milk may not be safe to drink. That’s why I stick with non-dairy, organic soy milk and yogurt to keep my body healthy and my bones strong.

Women’s bodies absorb less calcium after their late twenties, so don’t think you can put it off. The more you do today, no matter what age you are, the better off you will be. It’s never too late to catch up on your calcium!

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