So, Where do I get my calcium? That’s a question that many clients ask me when considering the possibility of eliminating dairy from their diets.

The simplest way to answer that is with another question. Where do cows get all their calcium from? Do they drink milk? No, they eat lots of grass and greens! Unfortunately over the years, we’ve forgotten that calcium comes from other sources than cows’ milk. Some excellent sources include beets, broccoli, collards, kale, kidney beans, parsley, sesame seeds, almonds, brazil nuts, salmon or sardines with bones and especially sea vegetables.

There’s also a few other things to consider. When mammals are weaned, their body stops producing the enzymes required to digest milk – one of these enzymes is called Lactase. Lactase is used to break down Lactose, the carbohydrate in milk. About 90% of Japanese, Chinese, Mediterraneans, African Americans and Jews have this issue. In North America, 25% of Caucasians are lactose intolerant (Colbin, 1986).

It’s also not enough to consume foods high in calcium; the body has to be able to utilize it properly as well. There are several types of foods in our diet besides cows’ milk that affect calcium balance.

Sugar – Refined white and brown sugars have little or no mineral content and create acidity in the body. To neutralize this acidity, the body must use its own alkalizing (buffering) minerals to metabolize them. If necessary, the body will take these from storage areas such as our bones and teeth. Calcium and Magnesium are examples of buffering minerals.

High protein foods, coffee, pop, alcohol, table salt, wine, vinegar, citrus, refined products (including white flour, packaged goods), and tobacco (a nightshade) also affect calcium balance in the same way. In summary any acid forming food consumed in excess has the potential to deplete these buffering minerals.

What about Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis should be related to calcium loss rather than lack of intake. Eat lots of greens, drink plenty of clean water (not the spring kind), do some weight bearing exercises, and don’t overdo it with acid forming foods! Take a good quality supplement prior to menopause containing Calcium, Vitamin D, Magnesium and Phosphorous. Remember, when it comes
to calcium levels, it’s much easier to prevent bone loss than correct it.

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· The recommended daily allowance for calcium is now up to 1200mg per day.

· Why do we have one of the highest rates of osteoporosis even though our dairy intake in North America is high?

· Goats’ milk and cheeses are much more easily digested by us than cows’ milk.

· Synthetic Vitamin D added to milk may cause calcium to be deposited in the joints.

· The ideal ratio of calcium to phosphorous is about 2:1. Any more phosphorous can actually prevent calcium absorption — cows’ milk is about 1:1; human milk about 2.5:1

· Sesame seeds have 1160mg of calcium per 100 grams versus 118 for cow’s milk.

· Calcium requires high stomach acid levels in order to be metabolized.

· Calcium from plant sources is generally better absorbed.

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