Health File: Calcium

Health File: Calcium
21 January 2019
You might think that Calcium is important for building strong bones and teeth, but that’s not all this essential mineral does for your body.

The Importance of Calcium
It’s the most abundant mineral in your body, but that doesn’t mean we should take it for granted. Don’t get complacent about your calcium intake, because it’s crucially important for every stage of your life. Moreover, it’s a mineral that your body does not naturally produce, so it’s important to ensure that your diet includes Calcium-rich foods. Calcium works in collaboration with Vitamin D, as vitamin aids in the absorption of Calcium. Most of your body’s Calcium is stored in your bones and skeleton. At a cellular level, Calcium plays an important role within your body, as it is involved in many cellular processes. Calcium is an important supporting mineral for nerve and muscular processes.

Increasing Your Calcium Intake

Increasing your Calcium intake is important, no matter what stage of life you may be in. It is, however, particularly important to ensure that children consume Calcium-rich foods and products on a regular basis. If you’re looking to increase your family’s calcium intake, look towards including more of the following foods into your family meal plans:

  • Dairy products, including yoghurt, fresh milk, cheese, and cottage cheese.
  • Dark, leafy greens, like spinach and kale.
  • Sardines and salmon.
  • Almonds and almond milk.
  • Tofu.
  • White beans.
  • Calcium-fortified breads, cereals & similar products.
Calcium For Your Kids

The amount of Calcium you consume as a child will directly affect your physical development as you grow. As you grow older, your body’s ability to hold on to and absorb Calcium decreases. During adolescence, however, teenagers’ bones grow quickly, and this is the second time in a child’s life where ensuring they consume Calcium-rich foods is vitally important. During infancy and young childhood, the consumption of enough Calcium-rich foods is also crucially important. By the time your child grows into a young adult, they will begin to slowly lose bone density. For women, in particular, ensuring that they consumed enough Calcium-rich foods during their teenage years is key, to stave off bone-related diseases and illnesses, like Osteoporosis.

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For advice on how you can increase your calcium intake, or guidance on changing your diet, chat to your doctor or dietitian. LifeDoc™ can help. LifeDoc™ helps you take charge of your personal health information and securely stores your personal medical history. Stay up to date with LifeDoc™ on Facebook and Twitter.