Do you worry about getting enough calcium in your diet? While worrying isn’t the best use of your time, your concerns aren’t entirely unfounded, especially if you eat little to no dairy. Dairy products are some of the richest sources of calcium, but it’s possible to meet your calcium needs without consuming dairy. If dairy isn’t your thing you can still get the calcium your body needs.
Vegans, those with dairy allergies or lactose intolerance can have a beautiful, strong, healthy skeleton too, but it does take a conscious effort and consistent work. No worries, once it’s a habit to eat calcium rich foods and all the nutrients need for proper calcium absorption, it doesn’t seem like work at all, but rather delicious food to look forward to.
What’s the Big Deal about Calcium?
The primary concern behind calcium consumption is getting enough calcium to support a strong, healthy skeleton and thus avoid fragile bones/osteoporosis. The International Osteoporosis Foundation states current estimates place the number of individuals with osteoporosis at over 200 million people worldwide! In the U.S. over 30% of postmenopausal women have osteoporosis and resulting in 40% of those women have had a fragility related fracture.
Regardless of your age, it’s important to get enough calcium. Your calcium consumption habits today will dictate your skeletal health the rest of your life and keep your heart pumping.
"How long does it take a supplement to start working?"
A seemingly simple question with a fairly complex answer to be honest.
First and foremost, for our purposes here, let’s define “working,” as the point when you begin feeling better and the signs and symptoms you were feeling prior to supplementation begin to notably dissipate.
For example, you were tired, cold and cranky all the time and your doctor diagnosed you as having iron deficiency anemia. You took a recommended iron supplement in addition to following your nutritionist’s dietary recommendations. 2 to 4 weeks later, you noticed a bit more pep in your step. What you’re doing is beginning to work!