Build Strong Bones Naturally

Build Strong Bones Naturally

A recent change in federal guidelines calls for more calcium in our diets than was previously though sufficient. (check federal guidelines often for changes, additions and changes.) Formerly, 800 mg was the standard recommendation for healthy bones for adults, even though most adults consume only 500 mg to 700 mg a day. The new numbers are:

Adults under 50 should get 1,000 mg daily.
Adults over 50 should get 1,200 mg.
Teenagers should get 1,300 mg.

2-3 year olds- 500 mg daily
4-8 year olds- 800 mg daily.
9-13 year olds- 1300 mg daily.
14-18  year old girls and boys- 1300 mg daily.

Translation: Adults should now have four servings a day of low-fat milk, yogurt, low-fat cheese or other calcium-rich food, including fortified organic juice. To ease the load, try splitting a cup of yogurt for breakfast and lunch (or dinner) as a sweet side dish.

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