Calcium is so important to your general wellbeing

Making sure you get enough calcium is so important and it doesn’t have to be one of those “ I forgot” supplements.  There are several brands of chewable tablets, some with D and magnesium built in, that you can chew on your “way out the door.”  It is best to take them with a meal, however just taking them is better than not taking them.  There is now time release calcium which is a really good idea, in my opinion, because taking a big blast of calcium in one pill will result in most of it being urinated out.  I though this article on osteoporosis was interesting.

Something I didn’t know was that your body has to demand calcium in order to absorb the supplemental calcium you are taking.  So here’s my layperson’s explanation: for instance, if you lift weights or something that weighs more than your arm, your body will call for the calcium you took.  If you are not taking calcium, your body will take it from your bones which weakens your bones. Lifting weights will challenge your bones to need and therefore absorb the calcium you are taking on a regular basis.  Some people say to take smaller doses 2 or 3 times a day.  Check with your doctor to see what’s right for you.

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