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Get Your Veggie Calcium!

I have good news.
Your veggies are packed with Calcium!
So you can definitely put down the cow’s milk (if you haven’t already, and you’ll automatically reduce inflammation when you do).
Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body, and 99% of it is stored in our bones and teeth. Calcium does a lot for us — it helps build bones, supports nerve conduction, heartbeat regulation, muscle function, and weight maintenance.
Since we need other nutrients to help us digest and absorb Calcium (like Magnesium i.e., avocado, Vitamin D i.e., mushrooms, and Vitamin K i.e., broccoli) it’s best to get the Calcium we need from real food sources. What are some of these sources?
There are plenty! Such as:
  • Chia seeds
  • Kale
  • Okra
  • Bok Choy
  • Almonds
  • Broccoli
  • Rhubarb
  • Amaranth
  • Watercress
  • Soybeans/Edamame
  • Tofu
  • Tempeh
  • Tahini
  • Figs
  • White Beans
  • Navy Beans
  • Lentils
  • Almond Butter
  • Cabbage
  • Collard Greens
  • Molasses
  • Plant-milks
  • Turnip greens
Hello, strong bones and strong heart! By consuming plant-based foods, you’re also going to benefit from a higher intake of antioxidants and enzymes, improved digestive health (you’ll get used to all the healthy fiber!), improved blood sugar regulation, and less impact on the environment. Hooray!
What about supplements? If you want to take an additional Calcium supplement, I say go for it. I’d recommend Calcium Citrate by a company like Now Foods.
You may have hear that 80% of Americans are likely deficient in Magnesium (due to soil depletion and the Standard American Diet). Do you take a Magnesium supplement? If so, then, go ahead and take a Calcium Citrate supplement too, as they compliment each other in the body during digestion.
Opting for these Calcium sources over those of animal products helps you limit the amount of antibiotics, stress hormones, growth hormones, GMOs, saturated animal fat, sugar, and in doing so, you help contribute to animal welfare.
With gratitude,
Vanessa Rogers
Nutrition & Wellness Expert
@well.nessa
 

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