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REDSHOES2011 SparkPoints: (35,936)
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4/7/12 12:51 P

Agree with Becky as if you take some of these products the excess just gets flushed out of the body via kidneys and liver.. A chat with your doctor, they know what doseage levels are helpful and what is not..

LARALIRA SparkPoints: (959)
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4/6/12 5:15 P

I agree, I am not a fan of pills in general so having to take a pill daily due to no thyroid is annoying to me. I heard about combining Magnesium with Calcium. I will have to find out which foods to combine for that purpose. I have heard alot about almond milk lately, thank you for the information.

Beans I can certainly do, thanks.


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4/6/12 3:50 P

Foods are better than pills and supplements. You need balance. One thing that helps calcium absorb into the body better is Vitamin D and Magnesium. Try to eat foods that are high in those and go outside more often. For calcium I eat leafy greens, soymilk/almond milk and beans. Beans are surprisingly high in calcium.

DIETITIANBECKY Posts: 26,660
4/6/12 3:40 P

Calcium fortified foods (for example orange juice) are basically the same type of calcium as found in a calcium supplement.

since your needs are different, you need to be following the directions by your physician---which is based on your blood work. How much calcium does your doctor want you to take daily? This is the key question. Then use the prescribed supplements, fortified foods, and natural calcium-rich foods to meet that suggested daily intake.

It would not be medically appropriate or safe for this site, our experts and our members to give recommendations.

SP Dietitian Becky

LARALIRA SparkPoints: (959)
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4/6/12 3:13 P

It appears that I need to increase my calcium intake above and beyond supplements.
I had thyroidectomy in October and have been taking calcium (Tums) 3000mg per day and my levels are still very low. I am now adding a calcium pill per my doctor, but would prefer to add more calcium enriched foods to help with my situation.

Can anyone help me with this ?

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