Calcium 101? Oh Kale Yes!

Calcium 101? Oh Kale Yes!

Think Dairy-Free Leads To Calcium Deficiency? Think Again.
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Did your mama tell you to drink your milk for strong bones?  Well, times have changed. This article incorporates research from Purdue’s own researcher, Connie Weaver, as well as registered dietitians, Julieanna Hever and McKel Hill, to uncover why milk and dairy products as the primary source of calcium is a practice of the past.

Why is calcium important? Calcium is a mineral, and a micronutrient needed for many vital processes in the body. Of course, we need calcium for strong bones, but we also use calcium in muscle contraction, hormonal secretion, nerve function, messaging between cells, heart contraction and blood flow.

How much calcium do you need? Men and women generally require between 1000 to 1300mg per day.

What are the best sources for calcium? According to the results of the study, “Calcium Absorption From Kale,” published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, by Purdue’s own, Connie M. Weaver, “Absorption of kale calcium was excellent in all 11 subjects, with no value being less than 30 percent.  In nine of the 11 subjects, kale calcium absorbability was higher than milk calcium.” 

Did you know that one cup white beans is 19 percent the daily recommended amount of calcium? There are lots of clean, cruelty free sources of calcium that are more easily absorbed than milk. Here the most significant:







- Kale

- Collard Greens

- Turnip Greens

- Tofu

- Tempeh

- Tahini/ sesame seeds

- Molasses

- Broccoli

- Seaweeds

- Almonds

Here are four more reasons why you should ditch dairy, from registered dietitian, Julieanna Hever, M.S., R.D., C.P.T. 

1. We are the only species that drinks the lactation excretions of another species and the only species that continues to drink milk after being weaned.

2. Seventy percent of the world’s population is lactose-intolerant

3. Dairy provides high levels of saturated fat and cholesterol, which are known to cause atherosclerosis. This leads to heart disease.

4. Casein is possibly a potent carcinogen. Dr. T. Colin Campbell, author of, “The China Study,” found casein to be a powerful cancer promoter after decades of laboratory research. He was able to turn cancer on and off simply by increasing the amount of raw casein fed.

Also, did you know that cow farts are a bigger contributor to global warming than car emissions? Not to mention the fact that cows do need to be impregnated to produce the milk that we drink. Impregnating an animal and then stealing its baby’s milk? Shake. My. Head.  

Dairy is not needed to get your calcium! There are amazing foods to keep in mind, that are rich in calcium, dairy-free, and taste delicious. Try almond milk, rice milk, soymilk, or coconut milk. My favorite is hemp milk. Still worried about your bone health? The number one most important factor in bone health is exercise; stress needs to be applied to your bones regularly to increase and maintain bone density.  Heading to the gym and the produce section to get strong, healthy bones for life? Oh KALE yes!











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The 14th was hard but the 15 was pretty cool.

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I previously wrote an article titled "Dreading This Day All About Love" writing about my plan for Valentines Day, and lets just say it didn't go as planned. I did eat chocolate but I was just crying like no ones business (probably because break ups are not fun and being alone on Valentines Day after almost 4 years of not being alone just kinda hit me hard). I was supposed to go out with someone on Valentines day but I didn't think it would be fair to go out and me not mentally be their, that wouldn't be fair to him.

So I told him "I really cant do this today I am a mess. Maybe tomorrow I wont be such a mess," (and let me add he was understanding of this and was cool with it, which is something I haven't seen from anyone else I have talked to most would just get pissed off and tell me to figure my crap out and still come out. So that was pretty cool). Plus I got class so I am gonna hit up the crepe shop anyway since I haven't been able to get my weekly crepe due to the snow (for people who don't know Western Washington got hit with a huge snowstorm. Which means I didn't have school and I couldn't have my crepe). He replied "care if I join?" and I said "well you know where I'll be at noon tomorrow" (since that was were the first date happened).


this is a crepe I got from Savor a crepe shop downtown Tacoma

So the 15th came and I was excited for a crepe but also like second date. Getting to the second date threw me for a loop (because honestly I have been on a few first dates and then the second one ever happen ) so I was low key nervous but once we started talking about Bandersnatch it was smooth sailing. I even forgot my phone on the table and this snazzy person grabbed it for me (signs of a cool cat person, just pointing that out). Got some coffee since we were both dying and then just walked around talking.

So yeah my Valentines Day sucked, but let me just say the day after Valentines Day was pretty good. Taking my mind off of stupid things for a bit and just talking about random stuff. This is what I learned, some days might be complete crap, but you never know what the next day will bring ya.

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