Why is calcium so important?

This nutrient plays a role in many of our body systems.

Our bones store calcium and in turn, it helps them remain strong.

Calcium helps our muscles contract.

That not only means your arms and legs, but it’s needed to pump your blood.

In fact, almost every cell in our body uses calcium in some way.

What kind of things rob us of calcium? Read on!

First, smoking and/or excessive drinking. Studies have shown smoking accelerates bone loss and less absorption of calcium.

Those who drink excessively tend to have poor nutritional habits.

A lack of weight bearing exercise can also put folks at risk for calcium depletion.

Too much salt is bad for you for many reasons.

High sodium diets increase the loss of calcium through the urine.

Harvard University found that 30%-40% of people in the U.S. are Vitamin D deficient.

Vitamin D is necessary for the intestinal absorption of calcium.

Finally, some prescription drugs can interfere with calcium absorption.

There are varieties of antibiotics, anti-convulsants, and anti-inflammatories that can reduce calcium absorption.

Even certain asthma medications can affect how your body reacts to calcium.

A lot of these medications are taken for long periods of time.

Always check with your MD for medication side effects!