Everyone knows that milk is a great source of calcium. But what’s the big deal? Why is calcium so important? And why do kids need it more than adults?
Calcium is an element responsible for good bone and dental health; without it, adults and kids are susceptible to osteoporosis, a condition in which the bones become brittle and fragile from loss of tissue. Calcium helps maintain bone tissue to help them stay strong and healthy, which is especially important in kids and teenagers, who are still building bone mass.
But osteoporosis isn’t the only thing calcium fights against! According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, calcium helps your body with...
· Clotting blood
· Sending and receiving nerve signals
· Squeezing and relaxing muscles
· Releasing hormones and other chemicals
· Keeping a normal heartbeat
Plus, calcium intake has been associated with lower blood pressure, lower risk of type 2 diabetes, and lower risk of cardiovascular disease.
Calcium on its own isn’t enough, though—the only way the body can absorb calcium is through vitamin D! That’s why milk is the ideal way to get the calcium your body needs. It’s fortified with vitamin D specifically to help your body absorb the calcium it needs!
If you’ve run out of milk, here are some ideal food sources to up your daily calcium intake:
· Other dairy products like yogurt, buttermilk and most cheeses
· Leafy greens like broccoli, collards, kale, turnip greens, bok choy
· Almonds and Brazil nuts
· Sunflower seeds and tahini
How do you make sure you’re getting enough calcium in your diet?