It has been said that beauty and is in the bones and, surely, there is truth in this saying After all, it is the skull that is responsible for the shape of the face, one of the most valued and obsessed over parts of our body. Bones also make movement possible, allowing us to perform our all important exercise routines and to walk with ease and grace. Indeed, where would we be without these all-important tenants of the body? We would be shapeless sacks of flesh. Imagine how we would look in our jeans! We should also note that bones are responsible for protecting our vital organs and sheltering our reproductive organs. But, while we are singing the praises of bones, we should also note that, if we want our bones to continue to keep us healthy and beautiful, we need to make sure they get plenty of calcium and, in order to make sure that calcium does its job, it needs to be paired with vitamin D.
Calcium is a mineral that is naturally found in foods and is necessary for bone formation and maintenance. Because our bodies don’t produce this mineral, it is vital that we obtain it from outside sources. Vitamin D is necessary for the absorption of calcium from the stomach, hence the calcium vitamin D combination. Used together, they can prevent calcium deficiencies and osteoporosis. So how can we make sure that we are getting enough of both?
According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, the recommended dosage of calcium for the average adult is between 1000-1300 milligrams daily. It is generally higher for women over 50. It is recommended that people get 200- 800 international units of Vitamin D. You can find both these vitamins in supplement form, but be warned those of you who choose to go this route!! You may avoid calories, but you will sacrifice benefits. Synthetic supplements contain chemical binders, toxic preservatives, artificial fillers and even coal and tar derivatives!! We are far better getting our calcium and Vitamin D from natural sources. Some of the best food sources of calcium include okra, spinach, collards, kale, soybeans, white beans and OJ. You can get your vitamin D from fatty fish (like tuna, mackerel, salmon), cheese, egg yolks, and beef liver. Doctors also recommend exposure to sunlight as a way of getting your Daily Dose of D.
And, this just in! To give the calcium and vitamin D a major boost, add Vitamin K! According to Doctor Joseph Mercola, Vitamin K is a vitamin generally used in blood clotting. However, it has been newly discovered that it can also move calcium around to the proper parts of your body, like your bones and teeth. Although exact numbers have not been confirmed, it is recommended that a person gets 180 to 200 mgs. of Vitamin K per day. K can be found in leafy, green vegetables.
So now your set! You’ve got your calcium for strong bones, vitamin D to make sure the calcium is absorbed and Vitamin K to make sure it gets to the right place. So go out and get your vitamins and be beautiful!!!