Why is it that kids are calcium deficient in spite of healthy diets? We all know where the problem lies and it is time to address it! Kids drink milk but they drink aerated drinks too…and much more than what was consumed twenty years ago. At every stage, from infancy to adolescence, calcium is one nutrient that kids simply cannot afford to take lightly. Calcium plays an important role in muscle contraction, transmitting messages through the nerves and the release of hormones. If blood calcium levels are low (due to poor calcium intake), calcium is taken from the bones to ensure normal cell function. When children get enough calcium and physical activity during childhood and the teen years, they can start out their adult lives with the strongest bones possible.
Of course, milk and other dairy products are good sources of calcium. And milk and some other dairy products contain added Vitamin D, which is also important for bone health. However, do not overlook the other healthy calcium-fortified foods, including orange juice, soy products and bread. Vitamin D is essential for calcium absorption, so it is important to have enough of this nutrient as well. Made by the body when the skin is exposed to sunlight, vitamin D is also found in fortified dairy and other products, fish, and egg yolks.
Always remain motivated to be involved in regular physical activities and exercise, which are very important to bone health. Weight-bearing exercises such as jumping rope, jogging and walking can also help develop and maintain strong bones. In fact, current scientific evidence suggests that, for kids and teens, exercise may be even more strongly linked to better bone health than calcium intake.
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