Calcium is an important mineral for bone and teeth health. It also plays a role in disease prevention, cardiovascular health and balancing your body’s PH levels.
It has long been marketed that dairy products are the best source of calcium. Although that claim has definitely helped the dairy industry be successful, it may not be the healthiest choice for you. Most dairy products contain hormones, antibiotics and are very inflammatory therefore having more of a negative effect on your body than “doing it good”. Calcium is actually taken from our bones to neutralize acid levels in the body when dairy is consumed making weaker (not stronger, as advertised) bones. Also, many people, like myself have a dairy allergy or sensitivity making them unable to eat it at all.
So, if we know we need calcium and dairy products aren’t our healthiest choice in which to get it then what foods should we choose?
-also full of healthy vitamins C, K and A! Get more in your day with this Crispy Roasted Broccoli recipe
-these little guys pack a punch of calcium along with healthy fats, protein and fibre – easily get more in your day by sprinkling them on your salad, oatmeal, hummus, veggies or in a smoothie
-dark leafy greens are an amazing way to get calcium because they are also full of vitamin K which helps your body absorb calcium more effectively. Kale and Bok Choy top the list when it comes to calcium. Start your day off right with this delicious Kale Apple Smoothie
-almonds are extremely high in calcium. Simply snack on some raw or spread some almond butter on an apple, pear or banana
-oranges are full of calcium and vitamin C – a perfect combo for optimal calcium absorption as well as keeping your immune system and skin healthy. You will get the most health benefits from eating a whole orange instead of drinking orange juice – less sugar and more fibre for better energy and keeping you feeling full.
I would love to hear from you!
Do you get your calcium from sources other than dairy? What are your favourite plant based, calcium rich foods? Let me know in the comments below...