The Importance Of Calcium In A Woman’s Diet: For fighting against the bone-brittling disease osteoporosis – there are actually 3 primary factors that may put someone at risk for osteoporosis – women in particular, and these are:
- lack of calcium
- hormonal deficiency (estrogen in particular)
- lack of physical activity
So in addition to exercise and hormonal factors, a woman’s diet is extremely important in guarding off this very debilitating condition.
One of the reason’s why we do not recommend most traditional diet plans and programs is because the over-restrictive eating guidelines often eliminate or seriously limit the consumption of some very necessary vitamins and minerals that keep the body healthy and strong.
You never want to get to a point where you are sacrificing health merely to lose weight. In fact, any weight loss program worth half its salt will make sure that the recommendations made for your daily diet intake are well balanced and full of all the nutrients that you need.
The most important time to get an appropriate amount of calcium is between the ages of 14 and 24, when peak bone mass is obtained. Then after that bone continues to develop until about age 35 to 40, at which time the bone mass that a woman has will strongly determine how much at risk she may be at, for bone fractures in her later years.
The National Institute of Health (NIH) recommends that women intake 1,000 mg (1g) of calcium daily, and then increase their daily dosage to 1,500 mg (1.5g) post menopause.
Sadly, only an estimated 25% of women in any age group consume the recommended daily amount of calcium to guard against osteoporosis. And when they go on diets and weight loss programs, they tend to consume even less.
How Can You Get Enough Calcium In Your Diet?
Low fat dairy products such as milk (skim milk is a better option), yogurt, and cottage cheese are all excellent sources of dietary calcium. For those who are lactose intolerant or who wish to generally stay away from dairy products, non-dairy alternatives fortified with calcium will do as long as they continued the recommended daily allowance (RDA). The nondairy product Lactaid added to low fat and nonfat milk may also work to help you meet your desired goal.
In your efforts to lose weight, make sure that the weight loss program that you use includes calcium-rich food choices. And if it does, you will need to add them yourself. No matter what weight loss program you are on or what other means you use to lose weight, here are some good ideas recommended by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) that you may add to your daily diet in order to get the amount of calcium you need while you lose the weight.
- Prepare canned soup with skim milk instead of water
- Add nonfat dry milk to soups, stews, and casseroles
- Add grated low fat cheese to salads, tacos, and pasta dishes
- Eat yogurt as a snack, or use it to make low-calorie dressings
- Choose calcium-rich desserts, such as low fat cheese and fruit, frozen nonfat or low fat yogurt, and puddings made with skim milk
- Drink hot chocolate in the winter made with skim milk
There are a number of excellent foods that will up your calcium intake naturally. But when you need more, it is a good idea to use a high quality supplement. Pictured on the right is one I recommend: Osteod Fend
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But just as as important as preventing bone loss is – the rebuilding of NEW bone cells is the only way to ensure that you’re bones are stable, strong and sturdy. And that is the reason why OsteoD-Fend also contains Vitamin D2 and Vitamin D3… both of which help your body to better absorb and utilize the calcium to rebuild stronger, healthier bones.
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