Why calcium is important, plus easy ways to obtain it in your diet
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Taking care of our bones is vital, especially since osteopenia, and osteoporosis in the beginning stages, have no symptoms. For this very reason, many women (including myself) neglect this aspect of our health until perimenopause/menopause when it is pointed out by their OB/GYN. Getting adequate calcium is high on the list of important minerals. But I learned through much research that calcium and magnesium should be taken together. Most good supplements will have this combination in a 2 - 1 ratio, calcium being the higher amount. Often times boron and phosphorus will be included. These elements work together for proper bone building. Yes, dairy in its many forms, is a good source of calcium. But dairy products are acidic and too much acid actually causes the body to leach calcium from the bones to help balance the ph into a more alkaline state. Also, it is really important to consume organic dairy products so no hormones and antibiotics are ingested which have their own ill effects on our bodies. Many other foods are good sources of calcium as the article points out and there are good charts with this information in books and on line. But the one thing that has truly helped halt and improve my osteopenia is, strontium. I started taking it about 3 years ago and am very pleased with the results! My blog, healthymenaturally.com goes into detail on my experience and bone density test results.