Bones need a variety of nutrients to be healthy. Most people think that guzzling milk or chowing down on lots of dairy products will make bones strong and healthy. Potential consequences of overdoing dairy include; increased risk of heart disease and maybe bones that are more fragile.
The bones need a variety of foods that contain a range of nutrients. If our bones get an overdose of calcium without the helper nutrients our bones would be more brittle.
Think of a piece of chalk. If you press the chalk from end to end, it has some strength, but if you add a low-force in the middle, from the side, it will easily break, because chalk does not have any flexibility.
The most common nutrient recognized for bone is calcium and second to that is vitamin D. Rarely do we hear about the importance of magnesium, vitamin C, potassium and other bone support nutrients.
Calcium is very important for our bones. 98% of the calcium in our body is stored in bones. What happens if we eat too much calcium? Most will be excreted in urine or through feces that can often result in chronic constipation.
Some of the excess will end up in bone and if it is excess that may not be a good thing – BALANCE is what is needed, which will be the topic of my next blog or, The Dose Makes The Poison.