Don't be caught without calcium!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

By Karin Spicer, N.D.

It usually takes constantly splitting nails, a broken bone, or a visit to the dentist to make you think about what makes your bones, teeth and nails strong. This key mineral is calcium!

As you don’t produce calcium in your body naturally, you must ingest it, so a diet rich in dairy products and leafy greens is a really good place to start. However, there are people who are intolerant to dairy, living a vegan lifestyle, not eating vegetables on a daily basis, or have a higher requirement than their diet provides – so what do they do?

Calcium plays a key role in keeping your bones, teeth and nails healthy, but calcium in a supplement form has had a bit of bad press in the past. Some calcium supplements are made from chalk or crushed cow bones that do not get absorbed easily. However, plant-based calcium, with naturally-occurring co-factors for good absorption, has a place in supporting healthy bones, teeth and nails.

Natural calcium ideally starts with supporting young people as they grow, especially through their teenage years. It is so important to make sure they have the right nutrients to set them up for a healthy life ahead. Bone density peaks between ages 25 and 30, with a slow decline from age 40 onward.

As you age and your hormones decrease, you start to need extra support to keep your bones, teeth and nails strong (especially women). Genetics, diet and lifestyle can have an accelerating effect on the decline in some people.

If you have a reduced calcium intake through a restricted diet, you could benefit from taking a plant-sourced calcium supplement to top you up. Calcium also supports healthy muscles and nerve function in both males and females.

  

Quick fact: cola drinkers beware!

Cola drinks contain phosphoric acid, and shortly after being consumed, it hits your lower intestine and binds with magnesium, zinc and calcium. Instead of these minerals reaching the bones, teeth and nails, they pass out in urine, leaving your body depleted.

Quick fact: did you know?

The average person gets 72% of their daily calcium needs from dairy foods. Lifestream Natural Calcium is perfect for those with intolerances or choose a vegan lifestyle. It is also the only calcium supplement that is Certified Organic and a genuine natural food.

    

Lifestream Natural Calcium provides a genuine source of highlybioavailable natural calcium from plant-based sea vegetables.

It naturally contains 74 trace mineral co-factors including magnesium and boron, and a unique honeycomb structure with large porous cells to aid with absorption. It is certified organic and sustainably harvested.

Along with taking Lifestream Natural Calcium, exercise plays a part in strong bones, so it is important to do weight-bearing exercises like jogging, walking, skipping and hopping, for the strength of the outside of your bones, and weights or resistance training for muscle strength.

   

Always read the label and take as directed. If symptoms persist, consult your healthcare professional. Lifestream International Limited, Auckland.

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