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MADDERMAUS SparkPoints: (37,042)
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11/21/12 7:41 A

Kale and other leafy greens are a good source. If you are so inclined, you could try juicing it. Kale, celery, apples, lemon and ginger knob together make a pretty tasty drink. Believe it or not.

FENWAYGIRL18 Posts: 5,855
11/21/12 12:50 A

VIACTIV, OVER THE COUNTER AND IT'S CHEAP! AND................ did you know that making sure you have enough calcium in you is good for PMS? if you have a deficiency it can cause worse PMS!!!!!!
Viactiv tastes like a tootsie roll too so try it YOUR GONNA LIKE IT HAHAHAHA

MEG-NATALIA07 Posts: 679
11/21/12 12:01 A

There is a lot of calcium in greens like spinach, kale, turnip greens... also in chia seeds. (I like mine soaked in hot water or tea until they expand).

LIBBYL1 Posts: 5,931
11/20/12 9:02 P

Hi - not sure that all the listed foods in the tracker include how much calcium they have. Those from Spark itself I think generally do, but not those from all of us. So you might be getting more calcium than it says?

QUOOTIE SparkPoints: (30,125)
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11/20/12 8:56 P

thanks for the advice. I have some good links and some good ideas. Thanks spark people

FENWAYGIRL18 Posts: 5,855
11/16/12 12:46 A

take viactiv it's like a tootsie roll and u take 2 a day and it's like 7 bucks at walmart

LISAN0415 SparkPoints: (8,641)
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11/16/12 12:14 A

P.S. I just found this article on Spark People about Calcium

http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutr
ition_articles.asp?id=464

Best wishes!

DWROBERGE SparkPoints: (347,451)
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11/14/12 9:13 P

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SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (138,465)
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11/14/12 2:51 P

Be aware that a lot of alternative milks are deficient in protein and/or calcium unless they are fortified, so check the Nutrition Label.

Kris

JENNN77 SparkPoints: (70,115)
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11/14/12 12:56 P

Silk's Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk! 45% calcium and 35 calories.

KKKAREN SparkPoints: (216,849)
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11/14/12 8:29 A

try having a cup of ff milk with your yogurt and cheese, I drink 2 to 3 a day and never have trouble reaching my calcium level

DWROBERGE SparkPoints: (347,451)
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11/13/12 10:23 P

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SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (138,465)
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11/13/12 9:20 P

A few years ago a Specialist suggested I take Calcium Supplements because I am Dairy Intolerant (altho' can eat cheese and yoghurt). A couple years ago my GP decreased it to 1/2 tab daily because there are studies coming out which shows that quite a few people are at risk of heart disease with the supplements. He said to keep it at 1/2 until more extensive reports come out. I now have a different GP because the first left the practice - his recommendation is the same.

Below are a couple of links that you MAY find useful regarding the supplements:
www.health.harvard.edu/blog/link-between-c
alcium-supplements-and-heart-disease-r
aises-the-question-take-them-or-toss-t
hem-201205304813


www.webmd.com/osteoporosis/living-with-ost
eoporosis-7/calcium-supplements


I have also read that it is better when we use supplements to only have about 300mg at a time because the body has difficulty in absorbing more than at a time, altho' strangely it doesn't seem to be affected the same way when it comes from food.

The other thing is, be careful not to take too much calcium - hubby has had some very large kidney stones (just on an INCH in diameter IN his kidney - he has had 3 procedures for them and is now on permanent medication to restrict the formation. He was a very big diary/cheese consumer, and even now has quite a bit but no where near as much as he used to.

Vitamin D can be obtained from going outside in the daylight, or sitting by a window with the curtains open.

Below is a link re Vit.D with food sources:
ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminD-HealthP
rofessional/


My Dietitian told me that altho' you can have blood tests done to see if you are deficient, they are often inaccurate results. She also suggested that I ask the Dr for a script for one. She said that the OTC ones here in NZ are not therapeutic - something to do with the source they are manufactured from. I don't know if that applies to other countries.

Kris

LISAN0415 SparkPoints: (8,641)
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11/13/12 8:40 P

I eat those ViactIv Chews and take a Calcium with Vitamin D supplemnt.

I have read a few studies recently that say If your body does not have enough Vitamin D, It's difficult for the fat cells to release fat.

It's even harder in the winter months to get enough Vitamin D since there is less sunlight, so make sure you take an extra supplement.

I also like to have light Soy Chocolate milk (silk brand) for calcium
and Light Frigo String Cheese- only 60 calories

Good luck!

Lisa

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11/13/12 3:27 P

spinach and almonds are also high in calcium.

GLITTERFAIRY77 Posts: 8,023
11/13/12 3:22 P

Get calcium with vitamin D supplements to take with your regular multivitamin, and track it! :)



QUOOTIE SparkPoints: (30,125)
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11/13/12 3:19 P

One of the greatest challenges I have while tracking my food is when I read the daily feedback. Invariably I am not meeting my calcium requirement. This is frustrating me very much. I eat dairy, switched to greek yogurt to boost my protein, I eat green vegetables, legumes, cheese...... well you get the idea. I wonder just how much calcium I really need. I am a female in my late 40s. Any suggestions or advice. I appreciate all feedback

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