Calcium is needed to maintain long-term health, but real calcium has changed over time, and it no longer benefits our bodies the way it used to in years past.
Calcium is a mineral provided naturally in the environment – well, at least that’s the way it is supposed to be.
At least 19 different minerals have been found in the human body in varying amounts. However, only a few are given special attention.
Calcium and phosphorus are two minerals that are needed in large amounts in your daily diet because they are necessary for strong bones and teeth. They work together.
Calcium’s Role In Your Body
Calcium has many roles to play in your health – it helps in the regulation of the nervous system and in your muscular responses. It also helps maintain the rhythmic beat of your heart and works with iron for normal blood clotting.
The best sources for calcium are:
- Milk and milk products (cheese included)
- Sardines and Canned Salmon thanks to their edible bones
- Beans and Lentils
- Whey Protein
- Some Leafy Greens.
Calcium, and the other essential minerals needed for proper body function, are furnished in the foods that commonly supply calcium, iron and protein.
This is a good reason to eat whole foods, and preferably raw!
In the 1940s, it was recommended that every child consume a quart of “pure” milk each day. An adult required at least a pint to adequately provide the calcium needed to sustain proper health.
Why is this so different today – what’s changed?
Did our bodies change or did our foods change?
I believe that our modern food processing is at the root of this problem.
Calcium During Pregnancy
During pregnancy, the demands for calcium are obviously higher since a baby’s development, in addition to the mother’s requirements, must be provided.
If we study the past, every expectant mother should drink at least a quart of “pure” milk a day. If she doesn’t receive the proper calcium from food, the growing fetus will be supplied at the expense of her bones and teeth.
At the turn of the 20th century, the expression, “A tooth for every child” proved true.
Little has changed over time. Except our food, that is.
Make sure that you eat enough calcium needed for your health every day.
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