By Audrey van Petegem, Senior Editor
My mother was a nutritionist by trade. She strongly believed in the power of supplements and vitamins. As a teenager I would always have a little plastic cup full of vitamins to take with my morning breakfast. And I hated it. I hated the fact that I burped up a foul taste in my mouth all day at school and that my boyfriend at the time could always smell vitamins on me. I hated when I went away overnight my mother dutifully packed my vitamins in my overnight bag. The entire bag always smelled pungent. Little did she know that I threw more out than I ever swallowed. My mother would try to educate me on things like how important Calcium and vitamin D are (to help assist the body to absorb the calcium) for healthy bones. Being VERY obstinate at the time, I paid little attention to her sage advice. Regrettably, it is too late for me to ask her questions when now I would listen.
It has taken me a long time to understand that I do need supplements. I give them to my children (mom, you would be proud) but for me that teenage rebel inside me is still digging in her heels. I feel, as always, I do live a healthy lifestyle by exercising and eating correctly as I age. I know calcium rich foods like spinach, broccoli, almonds and dairy products are important to get my daily requirement of calcium. However, even when I do those things I still feel like my bones creak and I can almost hear them turning old and brittle. I never realized that as I am going through menopause I will experience bone loss, therefore I DO need to increase my amount of calcium to combat this. The ole ‘I should have listened to my mama’ rings so true.
At least, I am not alone. Nutrition experts believe that up to 77% of Americans have insufficient levels of vitamin D thus increasing their risk for falls and fractures.* Plus, as we age, our body’s ability to absorb calcium diminishes, which is why we must have adequate levels of vitamin D – it’s the nutrient necessary for optimal calcium absorption. To help maximize calcium absorption, Caltrate has a new formula with double vitamin D – more than any other brand – to help support healthy and strong bones.
Caltrate has also introduced the “ABCDs of Bone Health,” a simple guide on how to support bone and muscle health. As my mother shared with me when I was younger, Caltrate explains the importance of and how to have a healthy lifestyle, including having a balanced diet (that can be so hard; about 81% of us don’t get enough calcium from diet alone!) and staying active. The good news is that Caltrate provides the calcium and vitamin D3 we need each day to help keep our bones strong, bodies healthy and let’s be honest — juggling the MANY roles in our lives!
My mother would be proud that I finally listened to her. It is good to know, according to Caltrate, that it is never too late to include calcium and vitamin D into my healthy diet and lifestyle. Plus, I am thrilled to know that Caltrate has no aftertaste or pungent smell. For more information about calcium, vitamin D and living a healthy and active lifestyle, visit the Caltrate Facebook page or Caltrate.com. They are great resources for product news, money saving coupons and tips on how to live a healthy lifestyle.
* Statistics found on www.caltrate.com
I was compensated for this post, but all opinions and views expressed within are entirely my own.