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The importance of calcium...
"Ninety-nine percent of calcium is stored in the skeletal system (the bones are referred to as calcium banks). The other 1 percent is located in the soft tissue and blood. Every day there is a transfer of calcium among the bones, cells, and blood. Thus, since we do not make our own calcium within the body, a constant intake of dietary calcium is needed. Without proper intake, the body will pull calcium from our calcium banks (bones) and use it for cellular function. This is one big reason why we need to be ingesting an adequate level of calcium every day.
Calcium is needed for bone and teeth structure, blood clotting, nerve and cell function, muscular contraction, regulating the heartbeat, and lowering blood pressure by down-regulating parathyroid hormone (PTH). Dairy, along with bone broth, are your best sources of calcium.
Milk and other dairy products have a high calcium-to- phosphorus ratio. The ratio of calcium to phosphorus in food is very important for bone health. Phosphorus, an important mineral for bone development, in excess can lead to displacing calcium, which will lead to an increase in parathyroid hormone (PTH). Parathyroid hormone is released from the parathyroid gland when blood calcium levels are low
Due to all its functions, calcium in the blood is closely monitored. If a person has not ingested sufficient amounts of calcium or too much phosphorus, and the calcium blood levels get too low, parathyroid hormone (PTH) increases and tells the body to absorb more calcium, primarily by pulling calcium from the bones. Chronically high levels of PTH, among other things, will lead to bone breakdown, which will eventually lead to osteoporosis and increased aging. Dairy, with its high calcium and mineral content, helps prevent PTH from rising, decreasing bone breakdown."
Bottom line: Consume dairy, especially milk--if you tolerate it. If you can't tolerate it--attempt to fix your gut, so you can. ... See MoreSee Less