Common Myths About Calcium, Vitamin D and Healthy Bones

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MYTH #1 Milk is good

Nope. Milk is bad. Any dairy product can possibly cause acne. Most people I know technically CAN drink milk, but 75% of the world’s adults cannot. We mostly drink pasteurized milk, which means the enzymes in the milk have been killed so that we can digest it. But the side-effects include acne, digestive issues, stomach pains and more. Try going without milk or dairy products for a month. OK, if you really love cheese, try just skipping milk altogether and treat cheese as a small reward twice a week. That might help clear your skin. In order to get the calcium you need for good bone structure, try to drink any plant-based organic calcium you can find. You’ll get all the healthy bonuses, just minus the pains and the acne and the social seppuku.

MYTH #2 Only the elderly have bone problems

Healthy bones is the layman’s term for quality bone density. Basically, young people have better density, and cases of osteoporosis are extremely rare. There’s also one stubborn myth that refuses to die: only women over 65 have osteoporosis. This is simply untrue. If you go to the gym, find that gym rat who’s clearly taking chemicals like steroids. Ask around, there’s always at least one. Ask him (it’s almost always him) how his bones are doing. You won’t get a happy answer. Steroids, seizure prevention medicine, and blood thinners are all responsible for low quality bone density, which is a fancy way of saying osteoporosis.

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MYTH #3 Vitamin D prevents cancer

The deal with clinical trials with vitamin D is that there aren’t enough placebo-based clinical controlled trials. That means that you need two groups of people. One who is taking vitamin D and preventing cancer. The other is taking a placebo drug, like water, thinking that they’re getting vitamin D and also not preventing cancer. There’s just not enough of trials like this, and most vitamin D trials aren’t trials at all – they’re just association studies. You’ll be alright even if you don’t take copious amounts of D, but even if you drink too much D supplements you could harm your body. Take everything in moderation, and if you start taking D supplements, talk to a physician and monitor your levels. Too little or too low may be a symptom of a lurking disease.

MYTH #4 There’s enough vitamin D in your food

Nope. Vitamin D is mostly found in animal proteins. Think meat, eggs, milk, the usual. However, there’s no enough D in them to make it count. You would need to eat three platefuls of salmon every day, or drink 6 full glasses of milk. It’s technically possible, but why would you condemn yourself to such torture? The 600IUs that are recommended daily by the US government are almost impossible to pull off without supplements. Just be sure to take your supplement with any meal that has fat, like avocado, nuts, or fish. Vitamin D works great with good fats.

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MYTH #5 Osteoporosis is caused by lack of calcium

Nope. Nope nope nope nope nope. Osteoporosis basically has nothing special to do with how little or how much calcium you drink/eat. Reversing osteoporosis has a lot to do with other minerals and trace minerals. You have to think of the bigger picture. Magnesium, manganese, silica, copper, iodine, selenium, phosphorus, and calcium are responsible for good bone health. See? Calcium is just a small piece of the puzzle. But marketing cow’s milk that’s designed to only be good for calves as an essential source of calcium is a genius move – to sell more milk. Let it go, you don’t need milk, but you need more than calcium for good bones.

There you have it. Follow the age old adage “Take all things in moderation” and you’ll have healthy, strong bones well into your 80s.

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