Calcium is a mineral the body needs for numerous functions, including building and maintaining bones and teeth, blood clotting, the transmission of nerve impulses, and the regulation of the heart’s rhythm. 99% of the calcium in the human body is stored in the bones and teeth, the remaining 1% is found in the blood and other tissues.
The body gets the calcium it needs in 2 ways:
1) By eating foods or supplements that contain calcium.
2) By pulling it from bones. Ideally, the calcium that is “borrowed” from the bones will be replaced at a later point. But, this doesn’t always happen. Most important, this payback can’t be accomplished simply by eating more calcium
Calcium is more readily absorbable from greens such as kale and broccoli than milk (absorbed nearly twice as well). Getting your calcium from plants also means that you are getting fiber, antioxidants, and folate as well, whereas dairy calcium comes with saturated fat, hormones, and cholesterol. According to Dr. Michael Greger, calcium supplements are not recommended as they might increase your risk of other conditions like glaucoma and kidney stones (in susceptible individuals).
In addition, it is important to know that many scientific studies have shown an assortment of detrimental health effects directly linked to milk consumption. And the most surprising is that not only do we barely absorb the calcium from cow’s milk (especially if pasteurised), but to make matters worse, it actually increases calcium loss from the bones. What an irony this is.
Like all animal protein, milk acidifies the body’s pH which in turn triggers a biological correction. You see, calcium is an excellent acid neutraliser and since the biggest storage of calcium in the body is in the bones, it is utilised to neutralise the acidifying effect of milk. As we said, once calcium is pulled out from the bones, it leaves the body via the urine, so that the surprising net result after this is an actual calcium deficit.
In addition to kale and broccoli, there are many more delicious sources of calcium, pick your favourite here below!
You can find Almonds in our Cacao & Coconut Energy Balls, Pumpkin Seeds in our Matcha Energy Balls and Meal Replacement Bar, Sesame Seeds in our Classic Hummus, and Chia Seeds in our Organic Mango Chia Pudding.
It couldn’t be easier!:D