One of the most common issues we see is a lack of calcium within people, even though calcium is a fairly easy mineral to obtain. Why is this?
The dairy industry wants us to believe that dairy products build strong bones and provide a plethora of calcium for our diets. We’re told that “3 A Day of Dairy” will keep our bones strong and nourished. Yet, contradictory to this, evidence from around the world shows that in countries where dairy intake is highest, osteoporosis is most prevalent. In places where dairy is rare, bones remain strong into old age. This is because dairy doesn’t contain calcium that can be absorbed by our bodies. In fact, evidence shows that dairy is actually leaching the calcium from our bones, making them more weak and susceptible to injury. This is just one more reason to step away from the milk, cheese, yogurt, and ice cream.
The good news is that calcium rich foods can easily be found and it’s fairly simple to get around 1000 milligrams of calcium every day, which is the amount recommended by the World Health Organization. Foods such as collards, kale, broccoli, chickpeas, raisins, navy beans, mustard greens, white beans, tofu, spinach, soybeans, dried figs, bok choy, almonds, oranges, seaweed, and sesame seeds are some of the highest calcium contenders as well as being vegan and shown to have numerous other health benefits.
Vitamin and mineral deficiencies are very common with the average diet. Being mindful of getting a variety of organic fruits and vegetables is the easiest way to ensure that you are reaching your optimal health!