If I Am Going Dairy Free, Do I Need Extra Calcium?

by JJ Virgin on April 8, 2010

I am assuming you are taking the calcium for bone health.  While dairy products are touted for bone health for their calcium, they are highly acidic, which lowers your pH and can actually cause you to leach calcium from your bones to buffer your pH back to normal. I've written more about dairy and its related problems in The Virgin Diet.

While calcium is of course important for bone health, there are a variety of things you should be doing for an integrative approach to bone health:

Bone Health Strategy #1: Vitamin D

Maintain optimal vitamin D levels through 20 minutes of daily sun exposure without sunscreen AND supplementing as needed to bring levels to 60-70 ng/ml of 25 hydroxyvitamin D

Bone Health Strategy #2: Take A High-Quality Calcium-Magnesium Supplement

The one I personally use is OsteoForce by Designs for Health.

Bone Health Strategy #3: Get Your Greens

Eat non-starchy veggies with each meal to help maintain good acid-alkaline balance.  You can also drink a green drink to help here.

Bone Health Strategy #4: Eat Omega-3 Fatty Acid Rich Foods

Eat fish, freshly ground flaxseed meal, and take essential fatty acids to help with bone remodeling.

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Bone Health Strategy #5: Lift Heavy

Lift the heaviest weights you can handle in good form at least 2-3 times a week.  Use free weights and do multi joint, full body style movements.

Bone Health Strategy #6: Maintain Good Hormone Balance

Estrogen is essential for strong healthy bones. Learn how to naturally balance your hormones here.

Bone Health Strategy #7: Monitor Your Bone health

Get a DEXA bone scan now. The younger, the better. Then talk to your doctor about an ideal monitoring schedule to make sure you are not losing bone.

The views in this blog by JJ Virgin should never be used as a substitute for professional medical advice. Please work with a healthcare practitioner concerning any medical problem or concern. The information here is not intended to diagnose, treat, or prevent any disease or condition. Statements contained here have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

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