We know that Calcium is an important mineral for our bone health but how much dairy should we eat? Dairy foods isn't the only way to get Calcium. Yes, milk, yogurt, cheese, cottage cheese all have a good amount of calcium but many people either can't fit in that much dairy in a day or they have allergies and intolerances. Here are some non-dairy foods that are good sources of calcium: leafy greens, broccoli, tofu, beans, sardines, canned salmon, fortified foods like almond/soy/rice milk, orange juice, and cereals. Try to incorporate these foods into your diet along with a variety of nutrient dense foods to promote absorption. Consider a Calcium and Vitamin D (which is essential for Calcium absorption) supplement to ensure that you are getting what you need. The average adult should strive for 1000-1200 mg per day so check your food and vitamin labels.
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