“Drink your milk! It will help you grow strong bones!” we’re told as we’re growing up, often by parents and doctors who want to help us get our best start in life. “Be sure to take your calcium supplements, it will keep your bones strong and healthy!” we’re told as we get older, especially when experiencing a pregnancy. “Be sure to drink milk, eat leafy greens, and take calcium supplements to hold off osteoporosis as you enter your golden years!” we hear as we start heading into the later years of our life. Throughout all this, we try to take the advice seriously and be certain we get enough calcium in our diet. The question is, of course, how much calcium is enough and just how important to our health is it really?
What Does Calcium Do For Me?
The most talked about benefit from consuming calcium is the much touted ‘building strong and healthy bones’, but that isn’t the only role that calcium plays in your body. Calcium is also important in building healthy muscle, keeping your heart beating strong throughout your life, and maintaining the health and function of your nervous system. Recent research also reveals that getting enough calcium can help protect against high blood pressure, cancer, and diabetes, especially when combined with regular intake of Vitamin D.
What Happens If I Don’t Get Enough Calcium?
Not getting enough calcium in your diet can be detrimental to your overall health, particularly concerning when you take into account the fact that most Americans are tragically short on their calcium requirements. Children who don’t get enough calcium during their youth tend to have their growth stunted, and those who are older may find that their bones aren’t as strong and resilient as they’re supposed to be, especially among the elderly.
How Much Calcium Is Enough Calcium?
A safe margin for people of any age is to keep your calcium consumption over 1,000 mg a day, though that changes to 1,200 mg a day in men over 71, and women over 51. While most Americans get insufficient calcium in their diets, you also want to be sure that you aren’t getting more than 2,000 mg a day in your diet as there are problems with having too much of it in your system as well. So while keeping an eye on your calcium level, especially if taking supplements, be sure that you aren’t getting more than the prescribed amount, nor less than the minimum amount.
If you’re concerned about your calcium intake, or just want to learn more about its role in your chiropractic health, schedule an appointment at Botha Chiropractic in Denver, CO. During your appointment with Dr. Foss you’ll get a thorough examination that includes inquiries into your lifestyle and your diet. After discussing any pathologies you may possess he’ll help you decide on a proper path of treatment which can include dietary changes as well as a series of chiropractic adjustments. Don’t let poor calcium intake negatively impact your health, make an appointment and get on the path to strong bones today!