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Calcium and Bone Health: Essential Information

Though most people do know the importance of maintaining proper bone health, it is that much more important for women to know what they can do to promote better bone health, especially once they have reached the postmenopausal stage of their lives.

In fact, if you are a woman in this age range, you have probably heard about the significance of keeping your bones healthy and strong from your doctors. Doctors, friends and family who are concerned about your well-being may have given you a hint or two that describe the importance of getting enough calcium each day to ensure your bones and musculoskeletal structures are in good working order. If you are still a little unclear about the importance of bone health, and what exactly calcium can do to promote it, the good news is there are plenty of resources readily available. Generally, they're very helpful. One particular resource I came across is an article posted by Help Guide that discusses the benefits of calcium and how it links to overall bone health.

Don't Run Short

Calcium is one of the most abundant minerals is found in the body. We all know that calcium is used by the body to keep the bones and teeth healthy and strong, but it turns out that calcium has many more important elements as well. Calcium actually has the power to regulate the rhythm of the heart, encourage the muscles to contract, and aid in helping the blood clot naturally when it is needed. The reason getting enough calcium on a daily basis is so important for us is that when the body starts to become deprived of this crucial mineral, it will begin to draw from the bones the calcium it needs to function properly. This is what leads to a weakening of the bones and musculoskeletal structure in the body, which in turn can lead to the even more serious health issue we know as osteoporosis. As surprising as it may sound, a deficiency in calcium can actually lead to other unexpected conditions such as insomnia, weight gain, anxiety, irritability, and even depression.

You need to make sure you're consuming enough calcium in your diet to prevent the body from turning on itself, so that it doesn't turn to your bones as its source of calcium. If you can handle dairy, definitely take advantage of full-fat milk, yogurt, and cheese. If dairy doesn’t agree with you, you can turn to such surprising yet common healthy foods that include leafy greens, black and pinto beans, squash, mushrooms, tofu, parsley, and sea vegetables.

Everyone needs calcium. Feed your body.


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