Did you know that a human baby's bone mass increases by a whopping 300% in the first year of life? Really! Babies are absorbing and using calcium at a great rate. They are building bone mass at an incredible rate, as they build upon the cartilage and early bone that is present at birth. And, what is even more amazing is that there is never another time in a person's life where there is so much bone being built....more
As I’ve gotten older and become more aware of health issues, a source of frequent confusion is my vitamin intake. I eat well – little to no processed food and lots of fruit and vegetables – but I worry that I’m still lacking vital nutrients, especially with the news surrounding the oft-mentioned vitamin D and calcium. In fact, the U.S. government commissioned the Institute of Medicine to complete a study to clarify the appropriate levels of each; the results of which came out late last year....more
What makes a balanced diet? With all the conflicting info on food pyramids and carb counting, it's tough to remember the basics. Here's a breakdown of the nutrients you need for a healthy body—and the foods that provide them.
Protein—Protein is necessary for building strong muscles and protecting the immune system. It also helps slow the speed of digestion and makes you feel full faster....more
I am sure that you have heard the old saying: "You are what your eat". Well,It now appears that a more correct version of that saying should be: "You are what you absorb".
In the case of calcium, there is widespread use of inorganic forms of calcium for supplementation, such as oyster shells....more
Since 1980, milk consumption in this country has dropped by more than 22 percent. What happened? When did we stop needing milk?
Many American households still don’t drink the amount of milk they probably should and have largely replaced the milk in their diets with sodas, energy drinks, bottled teas, juice and bottled water.
Why is milk important you might ask? Here's one reason I can think of....... It takes calcium to build strong bones....more
As a teen I was always proud to say - I don't drink milk. Diet Coke was was drink of choice. Every calorie was viewed by me as an investment on my backside - one that I didn't need because I was bored looking like Jennifer Lopez at 30.
I was looking backward when I should've been looking forward.
To my horror, I discovered at 50, that peak bone mass is achieved by age 16 for women and that the critical time to do that bodybuilding was during puberty when I was conserving calories for gravy and fries.
A recent study shows that calcium may play an even greater role in a woman's health than we once thought. Apparently, a higher intake of dietary calcium may decrease the risk of a woman developing colorectal cancer. But this isn't about taking calcium supplements, it's recommended that we increase our intake of calcium by choosing to eat more calcium rich foods. Yes, it's another reason to eat healthy. How many more reasons do you need?
From Women's Health...
Eager to eliminate dairy from my diet, I've had to dig a little deeper into the calcium issue. With no milk, will my bones collapse? Read the whole post at http://doesabodygood.blogspot.com/
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