Calcium isn't all that we need for healthy bones. We are forgetting other important nutrients that make our bones strong and concentrating too much on calcium. What we eat plays an important part in out bone health.
If we eat a lot of acid forming foods we rob calcium from our bones but if we eat mostly plant based foods, our bodies will stay in balance and therefore need to eat less than the recommended dietary calcium.
When we eat a mostly plant based diet, we are eating quite a bit of calcium. How do you think cows get calcium in their diet?
We need to eat foods that contain Calcium, Magnesium, Vitamin D and Vitamin K to make strong bones.
We also need to keep an Acid-Alkaline Balance so that we don't rob our bones of calcium.
I know that I am a victim of the "Great Calcium Debate". I was taking calcium supplements because I don't drink milk and thought that I was not getting enough calcium in my diet. I now have calcifications in my body. The doctors say that my calcifications are not from taking supplements but I think that they are. I now make sure that I am getting my calcium through my diet and I'm not worried about eating mega amounts of calcium. I think when we eat correctly our bones will be strong. After all for years no-one took supplements and they were fine. I hope this helps you too.
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I've only included the charts here. Please follow the link for the explanation of why we need a balance of nutrients for strong bones. ~ Beth
Here are some of the best plant-based sources of calcium:
Calcium (mg) per ¼ cup
Magnesium (mg) per 1/4 cup
Fresh peppermint leaves
Here’s a chart to help you out with some common foods:
Neutral (or Almost Neutral) Foods
Green vegetables and lettuces (especially asparagus, broccoli, spinach, parsley)
Lemons and limes
Raw goat cheese
Beer and soft drinks