75 Calcium

Good Morning,

 

Has anyone ever asked you where you get your calcium if you don’t drink milk, eat ice cream, yogurt or any dairy products? I have. People think that is the only way to get the calcium you need to have strong bones. Is that true?

 

Think about this… cow’s milk is designed to help 90 pound calves (birth weight) grow to around 2,000 pounds in less than two years (and unfortunately many people seem to be on their way to this weight). Humans are to grow from about 6 pounds to somewhere between 100 and 200 pounds in 18 years. That’s a very big difference!! Milk (and all dairy products) are full of cholesterol and fat and have no fiber which is NOT a good diet for humans. In countries where there is the most calcium intake there are also the most hip fractures. Interesting! (You can review this in email #32).

 

Here are some things that you can do to INCREASE the likelihood of draining calcium from your bones:

 

  1. tobacco
  2. alcohol
  3. caffeine
  4. soft drinks – they contain phosphoric acid. Our bodies maintain a 1 to 1 ratio of calcium and phosphorus. Soft drinks raise phosphorus levels and our body must release calcium from our bones to adjust the ratio.
  5. meat and dairy – they are high in phosphorus
  6. refined salt
  7. antacids – these neutralize hydrochloric acid needed for calcium absorption
  8. excess protein consumption (especially animal protein)
  9. insufficient exercise
  10. lack of sunlight

 

There you have it. We can get plenty of calcium from plants (calcium is a mineral that comes through the roots of plants from the soil, – no animal makes calcium). The way to protect your bones is pretty clear. A whole food, plant based, no free oil diet with the addition of exercise (5-6 days a week including weight bearing exercise) and unfiltered sunlight (15-20 minutes on every possible day) will keep bones strong. If you eat a few animal foods you are probably “okay” but the more plants you eat the stronger your bones will be.

 

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