9/19: Calcium


Eau Claire (DR. DAN) – We all drink milk to get our daily dose of calcium, but we sometimes forget the importance of calcium.

Calcium is used for many parts of our body. Some include dental health and bone health. The time to start building bones and taking calcium is early in life, not later. Most bone loss in a females life is 50-53, during menopause. Think of it as a bank account being draw from. If the account is low on funds, it will be empty quicker. Dr. Dan says, “we need to build bone early in life”.
Calcium is also needed for: muscle contraction, nerve conduction, immune health, inflammation/bursitis/tendonitis, and it will also helps enzymes work. Calcium can also help in the process of breaking fevers by using calcium lactate.

However; not all calcium supplements work. The reasons for this can vary. Your stomach acidity can affect the supplements. Calcium needs acid to be absorbed. Acid stopping medications or antacids may
prevent calcium from being absorbed. You might have the right calcium but no acid to digest it. Also vitamin-D needs to be present to be absorbed. Good fats helps move calcium around in blood.

There are a few ways to make your calcium work better. Make sure you choose the right type. Calcium lactate or bone meal best absorb and are used for bone formation. Use a digestive enzyme like betaine HCL to make your stomach more acidic. Also, vitamin-D is very helpful. We all need more especially this time of the year when we spend more time inside, away from sunlight. One last reminder: take with your calcium with good fats, cheese, avocado, eggs, olive oil.

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