The Importance of Calcium to Your Body

Got milk?

Ever since an adolescent, you were told countless times to drink milk to build strong, healthy bones. What they meant is the calcium in the milk helps build strong and healthy bones, muscles, heart & teeth.  Every cell in your body utilizes calcium to some capacity.

The following 4 areas in our bodies need calcium on a daily basis to properly function:

Nervous system

Calcium guides the electrical signals within the nervous system; also aids in sustaining brain health and understanding the aging process.

Muscles

Calcium sends electric signals to your muscle fibers to contract when performing an exercise or any physically demanding activity.

Heart

Calcium ions are required in order for the heart muscle to contract.

Bone

The most well-known attribute of calcium is that it helps build & maintain strong, healthy bones & teeth.

 

As you see, calcium is very important to your body. As you age, calcium is absorbed less in your bones; therefore, causing your body to take calcium away from your bones. By time you become a senior citizen, this could potentially lead to osteopenia or osteoporosis. This is why it is important to incorporate a diet rich in calcium, especially if you’re still between the ages of 18 to 45 years old.