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Mothers sacrifice many things for their children. But did you know that they sacrifice their bones? Children come first, even at the xpense of the mother’s bone health.
Before childbirth, protein, calcium, and other nutrients are directed toward the baby, at the expense of the mother’s health if necessary. After childbirth it gets worse. Nursing mothers must supply enough calcium, protein and other nutrients for the child to more than double in size. Bones are particularly hard hit as the baby’s bones begin to take on more and more calcium.
Once again we are warned of the dangers of calcium supplements. Once again those studies cited prescribed supplements without regard to total calcium intake, including diet. What matters is total calcium intake, including diet.
I prescribe a lot of Calcium Citrate for my patients. I would prefer not to. Dietary Calcium is more easily digested than supplements, and appears to hold fewer dangers than Calcium Carbonate or other calcium supplements. Unfortunately, we have lost our taste for calcium rich foods. There are tasty choices.
People who are lactose intolerant develope digestive problems when they eat dairy products. Live culture yogurts or other “probiotics” may help in mild cases. Persons with more serious intolerance should avoid dairy entirely. Religion, personal ethics, or personal taste are non-medical reasons some people choose to avoid dairy.
Calcium Deficiency is common among persons avoiding dairy products. Good bone health requires enough calcium in your diet. Traditional cultures offer guidance about other foods high in calcium. Modern nutritional substitute foods also give us options.