3 Groups of People Who Need More Calcium
By Genevieve Cunningham
Calcium is an important nutrient that everyone needs. This mineral, which has a wide variety of functions in the body, is a key component to staying healthy. But while everyone needs to make sure they get enough, there are a few groups of people who may need to pay special attention to their intake. To keep yourself or your loved ones healthy and strong, take a look at these groups who need a little extra calcium in their diet.
Women Over 50
Women over 50 tend to rapidly lose bone density. This leaves them susceptible to breaks, which means a long recovery and quite a bit of pain. Women who fall in this age group should get calcium through their diet, with plenty of milk and cheese, but they may also need a supplement. Since calcium is a key factor in building strong bones, this is one of the best ways to protect and rebuild the bones as women climb and go over the hill.
Being pregnant means giving all of your nutrients to your growing child, and one of the nutrients that gets depleted the fastest is calcium. Pregnant women and brand new moms may notice problems with their teeth. This is because the baby sucks the calcium from the mother, which doesn’t leave enough for her own body. Calcium, along with building strong bones, also helps to build healthy teeth and keep them strong. Pregnant women may get enough from a prenatal vitamin, but new moms may need to continue their prenatal or take an additional calcium supplement to protect their teeth postnatal.
Everyone Under 25 and Over 70
It’s thought that all of your bone density is built before the age of 25. What does this mean? It means that if you want healthy bones for a lifetime, you better get enough calcium before this age. And for little ones, calcium will also help to form healthy permanent teeth. Those over 70 may not build any new bone density, but calcium can help them protect what they have. Calcium is also important for blood clotting, which is likely important to this population as well. To get enough, young people should drink plenty of milk or eat dairy such as yogurt. The older population can do the same, or can choose a doctor recommended supplement if they’d rather.
Getting enough calcium is so important for the formation and protection of the body. Without it, the bones, teeth, and other functions in the body can suffer. Make sure that you’re getting enough, especially if you fall into one of these groups. Keeping the proper amount in your body will serve you well and keep you feeling better than ever.
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