Contributing Writer for Wake Up World
Based on a client’s nutritional assessment, I sometimes recommend that dairy be removed from their diet, which often leads to the question of where they will get their calcium. Undoubtedly, this is a valid question, since calcium is essential for bone formation, the prevention of osteoporosis, and for nerve transmission.
Unfortunately, mass media has portrayed milk and dairy products, as the only acceptable source of calcium and this couldn’t be further from the truth. It is true that dairy products do contain large amounts of calcium, but what seems to be brushed over is the fact that they are also difficult to digest and absorb. Milk, for instance, when pasteurized, loses much of its calcium and enzymes that would allow calcium absorption to take place. Skim milk is an even poorer source of calcium because it is missing the fat that is necessary for its absorption.
When trying to increase calcium levels, the focus should first be on minimizing the loss of calcium. After all, you can consume as much calcium as you want, but if your body is not absorbing it or if it is being pulled out of the body by other factors, there is not much point. Some of the most common factors that can drain the body of calcium include: