Calcium and Vitamin D Everyday

Why is Calcium important?

Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the human body and is very  important in the maintenance of strong bones and healthy teeth. Calcium is important to build stronger, denser bones early in life and to keep bones strong and health later in life. It is also very important for many important body / cellular processes. Calcium helps with blood clotting, nerve conduction and muscle contraction.

If your diet does not contain adequate amounts of calcium, your body will take the calcium it needs from your bones. This “stealing” from bones leads to bone loss or osteoporosis, as well as loss of posture and height.


 

Why is Vitamin D important?

Vitamin D plays a critical role in the absorption of calcium. Children need vitamin D to build strong bones and adults need it to keep bones strong and healthy. When people do not get enough vitamin D, they can lose bone. Studies show that people with low vitamin D have low bone density or bone mass. They are also more likely to break bones when they are older. Severe vitamin D deficiency can cause ostemalacia. In children, this is known as rickets. There are three ways to get vitamin D:
            -Sunlight
            -Food
            -Supplements and medication

Our bodies are able to produce vitamin D in the presence of summer sunlight, however, most people limit their exposure or wear SPF (7+) creams and this prevents our ability to manufacture vitamin D. There are several months in Canada where the sun is not strong enough (winter) which results in many Canadians being vitamin D deficient. 

Vitamin D has many other benefits as well. It is an immune system regulator; It may reduce the risk of developing multiple sclerosis; It may have a key role in helping the brain to keep working well in later life; It is probably linked to maintaining a healthy body weight; It can reduce the severity and frequency of asthma symptoms, and also the likelihood of hospitalizations due to asthma: It has been shown to reduce the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis in women; Various studies have shown that people with adequate levels of vitamin D have a significantly lower risk of developing cancer, compared to people with lower levels.


What is osteoporosis and osteopenia?

Osteopenia is commonly thought to be the “precursor” to osteoporosis. It is defined as lower than normal bone mineral density and can lead to osteoporosis.

Osteoporosis or “the silent thief”, is a disease of low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue. It can lead to fragile bones and an increased risk of fractured bones.