From childhood, we have learned that consuming the appropriate amount of nutrients can increase our overall health. These key minerals can be sourced from a variety of natural foods and from specific over-the-counter vitamins or supplements. Certain minerals focus on strengthening unique functions of the body, including our metabolism, immune system and central nervous system.
If these minerals can target specific areas throughout our bodies, can they positively affect our spines as well? In short, yes. According to our research, one of the most commonly talked about (and even consumed) nutrients is considered crucial to one’s overall spine health: Calcium.
What is calcium?
Calcium is an essential mineral that aids the body in building strong bones. It keeps us from bone brittleness, low bone density and bone loss as our body begins to wear and tear over time. The National Osteoporosis Foundation explains, “In addition to building bones and keeping them healthy, calcium enables our blood to clot, our muscles to contract, and our heart to beat. About 99% of the calcium in our bodies is in our bones and teeth.” Needless to say, our spine is made up of 33 bones, better known as vertebrae, that need an ample amount of calcium to thrive.
How much calcium should we be consuming?
The amount of calcium one should consume varies based on age and sex. Women aged 50 and younger are suggested to consume 1,000 mg daily through combined food or supplements. Women aged 51+ are suggested to consume 1,200 mg daily through combined food or supplements. Men aged 70 and younger are suggested to consume 1,000 mg daily through combined food or supplements. Men aged 71+ are suggested to consume 1,200 mg daily through combined food or supplements.
Where can we find calcium?
Before turning to supplements, explore the natural, calcium-rich food options available to you. For example, dairy products are loaded with calcium to strengthen your bones. These products can include milk, yogurt and cheese. Some vegetables are also high in calcium. These may include leafy greens like spinach, kale and collard greens.
If you tend to experience calcium deficiencies, calcium supplements may be considered to achieve an appropriate calcium intake for you. When choosing calcium supplements, speak to your doctor for recommendations on trusted brands and proper dosage.
All in all, keeping our bones strong and healthy will only benefit our spine. Supplying our body with the right kinds and the right amount of minerals can save us from potential bone damage. To learn more about the importance of healthy bones and a healthy spine, call our Spine Solutions team at (954) 329-1769. We will be happy to educate you on the natural minerals that contribute to a healthy spinal system.