Calcium & Vitamin D ~ An Essential Element for Bone Health

Calcium & Vitamin D ~ An Essential Element for Bone Health
Importance of Calcium There is strong and convincing evidence that calcium is important for building strong bones in childhood, maintaining bone density in adults, and reducing the likelihood of fractures as we age.

Calcium is crucial for life. Every cell in the body needs calcium to function properly. Heart, Nerve and Muscles all need calcium for their activity. Bones need calcium to maintain strength. 99 % of body calcium is in the bones.

Our Body gets calcium from food we eat. If dietary source is deficient in calcium, our body gets it from our bones.

Calcium is essential for bony health for number of reasons. In childhood it is needed for proper formation of bony skeleton to support growing body. By the age 20 bones stop growing in length and by this time peak bony mass is reached. The density of your bones at this point will depend, in part, upon the extent of your calcium intake as a child. The greater this peak bone mass, the less likely your bones are to become porous and fragile later on.

Bone is living tissue, constantly renewing itself. Daily wear and tear causes structural defects which need to be taken care of. This process in the bones is termed as Bone remodelling. Remodelling is an ongoing, natural process and the cycle is completed every three to four months in a healthy young adult. With age this maintenance system becomes less efficient. In people who have relatively healthy bones, adequate calcium intake can help the remodelling process stay balanced. This means that replacement of new bone will remain more efficient, thus preventing a rapid decline in density.
Calcium and Menopause
Calcium is especially important at menopause because calcium absorption seems to slow down with the decrease in estrogen.
How Much Calcium Do You Need?
Following nutritional intake of calcium every day is essential, to maintain strong bones.

Recommended Daily Calcium Intake

birth-6 months – 400 mg / day
6-12 months – 600 mg / day
1-5 years – 800 mg / day
6-11 years – 800-1200 mg / day
Adolescents & Young adults
11-24 years – 1200-1500 mg / day
25-50 years – 1000 mg / day
Pregnant or lactating women – 1200-1500 mg / day
Postmenopausal women on estrogen – 1000 mg / day
Postmenopaural women not on estrogen – 1500 mg / day
Men (25-50 years) – 1000 mg / day
All women and men above 65 – 1500 mg / day
Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Calcium?No adverse effects have been observed in people who consume well above the recommended daily intake of calcium (up to 2500 mg per day). A high dietary intake of calcium used to be suspected of increasing the risk of kidney stones, but most experts now believe that this is incorrect.


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About Manbir & Gurpreet

Gurpreet Kaur’s journey in this world .... Gurpreet Kaur was a Musician. She was a singer and a composer of music. Her interest was composing and singing Gurbani Shabads in Indian Classical style. She sang Shabads in All the Raags mentioned in Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. She also taught Gurmat Sangeet at Gurmat Gian Missionary College, Jawadi, Ludhiana. Elder child to Pushpinder Kaur and Dr. Brig. Harminder Singh, was born in Amritsar on 13th Jan 1962. She attended various convent schools as a child because her father would get frequent Army postings as a dental surgeon. She graduated with Music Honors from Govt. College for Women, Chandigarh. Music was her hobby and she composed and sang Raag based Gurbani Shabads. Doing Kirtan was part of growing up nurtured by her parents. She learned music from her father Dr. Brigadier Harminder Singh who was a dental surgeon in Indian Army and a very good singer himself. Gurpreet’s Bhua (father’s sister), Ajit Kaur retied as a Head of Department of Music from Govt. College for Women Ludhiana, and was a renounced Punjabi singer of her time. Gurpreet Kaur also learned nuances of Indian Classical Music from Pandita Sharma. She was a mother of three children, and a grandmother. Her daughter Keerat Kaur is a Computer Engineer. Her two sons Gurkeerat Singh and Jaskeerat Singh are doctors in USA. Her daughter Keerat Kaur too was part of her group ~ Gurmat Gian Group. Gurpreet Kaur left this world at the age of 54yrs on 12th Sept 2016 in Baltimore USA. She had recorded around 25 cds of Gurbani Keertan. 'Raag Ratan' Album (6 CDs) is a Compilation of Shabads in All the 31 Sudh Raags of Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. 'Gauri Sagar' Album (3 CDs) is a Compilation of All forms of Raag Gauri in Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji. 'Nanak Ki Malhaar' ~ ((3 CDs) is an album of Raag Malhar Shabads in various forms of Malhar. 'Gur Parsaad Basant Bana' ~ (3 CDs) is an album of Shabads in Raag Basant sung in various forms of Raag Basant. Har Ki Vadeyai Sarni Aayea Sewa Priya Kee Preet Piyaree Mohan Ghar Aavho Karo Jodariya Mo Kao Taar Le Raama Taar Le Tere Kavan Kavan Gun Keh Keh Gawan Mera Baid Guru Govinda Saajanrraa Mera Saajanrraa

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