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Keep your bones strong through the years

Nutrition & Wellbeing

Your bones deserve constant care. What better way to show them some love than by meeting your daily calcium needs?

Calcium plays a crucial part in determining our bone health. In fact, 99% of all calcium that your body absorbs ends up in your bones1. It’s a mineral that makes your skeleton strong and can help prevent serious injuries. Since our bodies cannot produce calcium, the only way for us to get it is through nutrition2. What’s more, bones are living organs that change and renew themselves constantly, so it’s important to provide them with nourishment at all stages of life.

Building bones from day one

Did you know that our bones don’t stop growing until we’re in our mid-20s2? Therefore, calcium is crucial for all youngsters, from toddling toddlers to bold teenagers. However, it’s especially important for teens, because half of the calcium deposition in bones occurs during puberty.

So, how much calcium should your kids consume every day? Check out the recommended amounts and their equivalents below. Remember that, a balanced healthy diet will provide your kids with the necessary intake. No need to stock up on yoghurt and milk!

Growing strong through adulthood

Your bone density reaches its peak when you’re approximately 25 years old and stays there until you’re about 352. After that, it goes into a steady decline, which is why it’s so important to keep up with your calcium intake. If you don’t consume the necessary daily amount of calcium, your body will start drawing calcium from your bones, leaving them more brittle and prone to fractures.

Pregnant or breastfeeding women are often encouraged to up their calcium intake. The reason, of course, is that they are responsible for providing their baby with all the calcium they need. An old wives’ tale says that if you gain a child, you lose a tooth. So, if you don’t want to prove it right, make sure to adjust your diet!

In case you’re wondering, this is the recommended daily calcium intake for adults as well as pregnant and breastfeeding women. Fear not, we’ll share a tip later on how to support your daily calcium intake without so much kale or this many almonds!

Maintaining bone health as you age

While men can maintain the same calcium intake up until their 70s, most women have to consider increasing it earlier. This is because the hormone changes after menopause negatively impact how the body absorbs calcium3. That is why postmenopausal women are often at higher risk for osteoporosis. According to statistics, out of 10 million cases of osteoporosis, 8 million occur in women4. See the following infographic for more information on how your calcium needs change after you turn 50.

Nutrilite™ products can support

The good thing is that you don’t need to stock up on crazy amounts of milk, oranges and broccoli to meet your daily needs if it does not suit you. In that case, adding supplements to your diet will do the trick just fine, and the Nutrilite brand has some great products to offer:

Nutrilite™ Cal Mag D Plus contains three nutrients – calcium, magnesium and vitamin D – and each contributes to the maintenance of normal bones. Vitamin D supports the normal absorption of calcium, while magnesium also contributes to normal muscle function and functioning of the nervous system.

Nutrilite™ Glucosamine with Boswellia is a unique blend of glucosamine – a key component of cartilage – and boswellia, a traditional Indian herb.

Remember, with a healthy balanced diet and, if needed, a bit of food supplement support, your body is sure to get the calcium it needs.

1 Harvard School of Public Health, Calcium
2 US National Library of Medicine, Calcium and bones
3 National Institutes of Health,
Calcium
4 National Osteoporosis Foundation,
What Women Need to Know

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