Calcium — Where to Find It and Why We Need It!

Calcium — Where to Find It and Why We Need It!

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Did you know that calcium is one of the most abundant minerals in the human body? 
 
While it's one of the most abundant, it's also one of the most necessary!
 
Why is calcium necessary?

Well, our bones and teeth contain 99% of the calcium in the human body. And 90% of our bone mass is established by our late teens. Fascinating isn't it!?
Calcium is essential in muscle contraction, sending signals through the nerves, and releasing hormones. It provides a small increase in thermogenesis, which is the production of heat, and may boost metabolism. If calcium intake is inadequate, calcium is taken from the bones to ensure normal cell function. A calcium deficiency will start if the body does not get enough calcium from food or supplements because it then will look to take it from the bones.
 
Babies and young children are at an increased risk of developing rickets if they have low calcium and vitamin D intake. Rickets is a bone-softening disease that can cause severe bowing of the legs, poor growth, and possibly muscle pain and weakness.
 
For the best absorption and utilization of calcium, take it with Vitamin D. You can also add a combination of Magnesium and Zinc.

Where can you find calcium?

Good calcium sources are found in dark green leafy vegetables, broccoli, chickpeas, milk, cheese, yogurt, soy, tofu, sweet potato, white beans, hummus, green peas, sesame seeds, almonds, kale, and fortified beverages like KidsLuv! Did you know that in a single serving of KidsLuv, you’ll find 95mg of calcium? 
 
The majority of children and adolescents in the United States currently do not achieve the recommended calcium intake. 

The Recommended Dietary Allowance or average sufficient daily level of intake requires the following:

Children ages 1-3: 700 milligrams (mg)
Children ages 4-8: 1,000 mg
Children ages 9-18: 1,300 mg
 
Ensuring your child is enjoying a diet that is healthy, balanced and full of whole-foods is an excellent start to ensuring adequate calcium intake. Drinking KidsLuv is a great complement to the balanced meals and absorption of calcium!
 
Always check with your primary medical physician before starting any new food or supplement. 
 
Nancy Guberti is a Functional Medicine Specialist, Nutritionist, and passionate to empower others to become their health advocate. She is the founder of Total Wellness Empowerment Membership & Podcast, Look and Feel Great Method, and Raising Achievers & Givers: Positively Powerful Parent program. Learn more & be empowered at nancyguberti.com.
 
 
Research:
 
Bailey RL, Dodd KW, Goldman JA, et al. Estimation of total usual calcium and vitamin D intakes in the United States. The Journal of nutrition 2010;140(4):817-22. (PubMed)
 
Food and Nutrition Board, Institute of Medicine. Dietary reference intakes for adequacy: calcium and vitamin D. In: Dietary reference intakes for calcium and vitamin D. Washington, D.C.: The National Academies Press; 2011:345-402. (The National Academies Press)