Strong bones? Here's our updated calcium information

I've come up with this list of calcium information after my doctor told me that I am at the risk of getting osteoporosis (and I'm only 43 - Yikes!). So this list is a reminder to eat healthy!

1. Among all the minerals found in the body, calcium is the most abundant!

2. Calcium doesn't act alone to build and maintain healthy bones and teeth. It needs to work with phosphorus. Inseparable - like Starsky and Hutch!

3. It is best to take calcium with acidic natural foods such as citrus fruits or strawberries. For calcium supplements, taking it with a little vinegar can also boost absorption and assimilation. (Source: The 7 Laws of Nutrition by Mike Adams)

Remember when I wrote about my son and his sugar water masked as lemon tea? Rissa was kind enough to send me her Strawberry-Banana Smoothie recipe. What a sister! Here it is...

2 cups strawberries, fresh/frozen
2 bananas, sliced
1/2 lb vanilla yogurt
1/4 cup rice bran
1/2 cup skim milk
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon honey

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Whizz until smooth. Garnish with fresh strawberry. Serve immediately in chilled glasses.

4. Most of us know that calcium is deposited in our bones and teeth. Do you love percentages? About 99% is deposited in the bones and teeth. So what about that 1%? That remaining 1% is found in our soft tissues and our blood. We need it for healthy blood and it helps regulate our heartbeat!

5. Calcium helps prevent the accumulation of too much acid or too much alkali in the blood. (That's new calcium information to me!)

6. Ladies, remember this: drinking cola may contribute to lower bone mineral density in older women. So, if you're taking calcium but drinking cola, it won't do your bones any good. Think twice on this bit of calcium information if you've got the urge to drink your favorite cola. (Source: Katherine Tucker, PhD, director of the Epidemiology and Dietary Assessment Program at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University)

How I quit drinking soda
I couldn't do it cold turkey. I was drinking way too much of it so I just took it one day at a time. From 1 liter a day, I drank 1 glass a day. When I managed with 1 glass a day, I drank it every other day. I thought to myself, "Hey, this is easy!" So I brought it down to drinking 2 glasses only on weekends. And lately? A glass once a month is already too much! As I said, it wasn't easy. I think it took me a year to get down to a glass a month. I still like the taste but I've learned that there are healthier drinks out there.
- Mica, writing from the Netherlands

7. Calcium may be beneficial to the following ailments: Acne, Allergies, Anemia, Arteriosclerosis, Arthritis, Atherosclerosis, Backache, Cataracts, Cavities, Colitis, Common cold, Constipation, Diabetes, Diarrhea, Dizziness, Epilepsy, Finger tremors, Fracture, Headache, Hemophilia, Hemorrhoids, High LDL levels, Hypertension, Insomnia, Irritability, Mental illness, Muscle cramps, Nail problems, Nervousness, Obesity, Osteoporosis, Overweight, Parkinson's Disease, Pernicious anemia, Rheumatism, Rickets, Stomach ulcers, Sunburn, Tooth and Gum disorders, Toxicity, Tuberculosis, and Worms.

8. Seaweed contains calcium! Take it in its natural form in your salads or cook it with your soups or favorite dishes... or in tablet form.

I hope this bit of calcium information helps in improving your food choices.

We've got some interesting and easy to cook seaweed recipes and drinks. Proceed from our calcium information page to our seaweed recipes page.