How many of you have heard the myth that humans at any age should be drinking at least a glass of milk a day in order to keep their bones healthy? If this were true, it really must mean that lactose-intolerant people have been dealt a really bad hand in life. Everyone from your mother to some doctors will stand by the best practice of drinking a lot of milk without exploring the implications and alternatives (and there are many!). Despite the fact that most mammalian species stop drinking milk after they are weaned, we keep consuming another species’ milk, engineered specifically for calves, not humans. Somehow, throughout history this practice stuck. Could drinking milk for bone health be, like the rabbit’s foot to ward of illness and the use of leeches, yet another health myth to be debunked?
It has already been scientifically proven that there are a lot of other organic products that can keep your bones healthy and, by supplying a lot of other amino acids and vitamins in addition, do a much better job of maintaining overall health than milk! Let’s consider the following:
Calcium can come from a lot of different places, not just milk.
A glass of milk contains only about 300mg of clacium. There are various other accessible, tasty ingredients that contain a lot more calcium than the popular drink, but are not widely recognized for their benefits to bone health. Check out this list of the top 10 foods highest in calcium to catch up on some names of products of which you could be eating more. Although milk and cheese are on the list, so are foods like:
Sardines (yes, even sardines!)
Drinking too much milk can actually be bad for you.
Strangely enough, studies show that there are also some adverse effects to drinking a lot of milk on a daily basis. Milk, like any animal protein, meddles with the body’s natural pH levels and turns the system into a more acidic environment. In turn, the body seeks to correct the divergence in pH and uses existing calcium stores in the body to neutralize it. These calcium stores are contained in the bones and, in some cases, it takes more of our bones’ calcium reserves to neutralize the acidifying effect of milk than the calcium contents of a glass of milk. Once calcium leaves the bones to restore the natural pH levels, there’s no going back, and it leaves the body via the urine. It’s ironic that this process can actually end up resulting in a calcium deficiency!
Furthermore, unlike the contents of the list above, milk is actually really high in fat and can have a lot of calories (unless you’re buying the watery skim milk, which is low fat).
To food supplement or not to food supplement.
If you want to make sure that you are getting enough calcium in your body on a daily basis, it is recommended to turn to a food supplement with a formula that can satisfy your body’s needs for Ca at any age. However, there is something crucial to watch out for. Unlike Vitamin C, on which you cannot overdose (if you get too much of it, your body releases it through urine and there are no negative effects) getting too much Calcium regularly can cause the formation of kidney stones and interfere with the regular functions of the heart and brain.
Vital Concept had the calcium myth in mind when we designed the Calcium Magnesium mix in our namesake capsules. The tried and tested formula aims to create a balance between the two essential nutrients because, for the proper absorption of calcium, it is important to take in sufficient amounts of magnesium. We are also aware that excessive magnesium content in your diet can deteriorate calcium absorption significantly, therefore the optimal ratio of the two components is 2:1. Since no one can or has the nerves to calculate their daily calcium and magnesium intake, CALCIUM & MAGNESIUM is the best solution to providing your body with the right amount of these two elements.
Daily intake of this mild supplement has numerous benefits to the body, such as blood pressure regulation, healthy bones and teeth, preventative measures against osteoporosis, as well as warding off fatigue.
Before you go crazy binging on milk after you break your arm playing volleyball (or before, for that matter), consider the various ways you can strengthen your bones on a daily basis.