Calcium Supplements

It is essential for everybody to include some calcium in your diet for the health of your teeth and bones. Calcium, after all, is the dominant substance that makes up the skeleton that is the core of who we are. For the body to be able to replenish bone tissue, a steady diet of calcium is needed. This need is even more pronounced during anytime of great physical change including childhood, adolescence, during pregnancy or illness and in the senior years. If senior citizens do not keep their calcium levels up, osteoporosis can become a serious and potentially dangerous problem.

The problem comes in when we just don’t consume enough of the right kinds of foods to assure that we will get our daily requirement of calcium. This is why keeping a supply of calcium supplements on hand is important and making it your routine to take those supplements daily will be a great insurance about enduring a calcium shortage and the associated health problems that can come from that.

Of course, the best way to correct any vitamin or mineral deficiency is through diet. But that is not always possible. Calcium supplement tables are very easy to find. They are sold in bulk for very reasonable prices in almost any supermarket or drug store without a prescription. They are relatively safe to take without doctor's direction as long as you use some common sense. And a daily habit of taking a supplement to give you the calcium you need will go a long way toward avoiding bodily disorders related to calcium shortage in your body.

Most calcium supplements are sold in pill or powder form. The important thing to keep in mind is to pay attention to the dosage levels which in most cases call for you to take calcium once a day with a good supply or water usually during a meal or directly after eating. It is not recommended to take a supplement of calcium on an empty stomach. Taking it with food and lots of water assures swift delivery through your digestive system and reduces the chances of an upset stomach.

If you are taking other medications, it is also advised you do not take calcium within 3-4 hours of taking anything else. To be perfectly sure it is ok to take these supplements, discuss it with your doctor when you can to make sure there won't be an adverse reaction to something else you are taking. Also, calcium can aggravate other conditions such as problems with your thyroid, stomach problems or any difficulty with the intestines.

So when in doubt, wait on taking calcium until you are sure you can do so safely. This is good advice when taking any new supplement. Even if the supplement is sold over the counter, it still pays to be mindful of your health when taking something new to assure the outcome will be beneficial and positive for you.

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