Most of us know that calcium in the diet is important for bone health. Over 99% of the calcium in your body is found in your bones. It is less well known the calcium aids muscle contraction and nerve message transmission.
Vitamin D is another important dietary necessity, as it helps your body absorb calcium. Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin derived from cholesterol. For most people, over 90% of necessary vitamin D is created in the skin in the presence of sunlight. Good dietary sources of vitamin D include fatty fish (salmon, trout, tuna), eggs, and foods fortified with additional vitamin D such as dairy products, orange juice and cereals.
In addition to ensuring you get adequate calcium in your diet, be sure you also get enough vitamin D.
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