Calcium has a “claim to fame” in regards to osteoporosis and bone health. The two are synonymous for calcium supplement usage. Approximately 99% of our body’s calcium is within our bones and teeth. Calcium is also essential for muscle contractions and proper nerve function to conduct impulses. It is one of the most abundant minerals in our body. When asked, many people will say they take calcium supplements. An increased amount of calcium is not the end all solution for osteoporosis. There are several issues that determine the absorption of calcium in the body, and too much calcium can be dangerous.
Osteoporosis is a progressive disease in which your bones become weaker which causes changes in posture and makes you extremely susceptible to bone fractures. The term osteoporosis means porous bones. There are many factors that can contribute to osteoporosis, not just low calcium intake, most of which we have direct control over:
· Poor dietary habits (low calcium intake, poor vitamin D absorption, high protein diets)
· Excess alcohol consumption
· High caffeine intake
· Lack of exercise
· Cigarette smoking
Another important role of calcium that will be of interest to you bodybuilders and sports enthusiasts is in relation to muscle contraction. When you decide to move, a nerve impulse activate muscles, the impulse is transmitted through what is called the motor endplate of the muscle. The action quickly spreads over the surface of the muscle cell. Contraction of all myofibrils within the muscle takes place instantly. When excitation reaches the point of contact deep within the muscle cell calcium is released into the cytoplasm and reacts with troponin, a protein substances within the muscle, and contraction occurs. After you decide to relax, the impulse is no longer required, calcium is pumped back and tropomyosin, another protein substance, enters the binding site and relaxation occurs. It really is an amazing process that we take for granted. There is much more to this, but I don’t want to lose your interest. Unless you enjoy the technical information, it can be rather confusing or boring. Just realize the importance of calcium in regards to us being able to move properly, not even to mention to exercise properly.
Too much calcium however, can be dangerous. It can cause formation of kidney stones, mental confusion, muscle or abdominal pain and hinder the absorption of Iron. The recommended amount of calcium daily is 1000 – 1200mg per day. Do not consume this amount all at once. Break it up evenly throughout the day. If you are using supplemental calcium, be sure to discuss with your doctor, because calcium can interfere with certain medications. Men with prostate cancer should not take calcium supplementation
There are many different forms of calcium and also debate on which is the best absorbed. Calcium carbonate appears to have the most elemental form of calcium, but may not be absorbed as well as calcium citrate according to several studies. Calcium hydroxyapatite has been shown to improve bone mass, but absorption appears to be poor.
Good food sources of calcium are milk and milk products, sardines, tofu, broccoli and green leafy vegetables. However, green leafy vegetable especially spinach have oxalic acid which interferes with absorption. Cocoa also contains oxalates, so when you add to your milk, you interfere with absorption. So if you are consuming milk for your calcium, drink it plain.
The thought provoking question…”Does life imitate Art…or does Art imitate life”, can conjure up many scenarios of which you could use for comparisons…Let’s look at Health and Wellness…
Think about the movies that have medical scans, and devices which monitor ones cardiac output, blood pressure, and quite frankly virtual physical examinations and treatment interactions.
Well…it is happening…The world of wearable technologies are becoming mainstream. More and more people are using devices, such as Fitbit, Jawbone, Garmin, Polar…etc. to measure activity sleep and nutrition. Companies such as Apple are currently making a big push to lead the innovation into the realm of health.
And of course with the changes in Healthcare, and the Affordable Care Act, it is my belief that within the next five years, we will see virtual based consultations. Physicians and Health practitioners will have the ability to review real time data of one’s health. Also the Health and fitness industry will integrate into this market to help enable the sharing of data between machines, wearable technology and medical practitioners
There are an increasing number of physicians that are receptive to the possibilities of utilizing digital technology into their practices. Also, with ideas on how to collaborate with healthcare companies, other medical practitioners and the Health & Fitness Industry to explore and develop such technologies to help patients who suffer from chronic illness.
1). People will take healthcare more into their own hands.
2).Virtual or online visits will increase dramatically
3). Health apps and wearable technology will be a vital part of self-management and communication between medical professionals, patients, and health clubs, healthcare.
Jetsons…here we come!
As a fan of Red Hot Chili Peppers…yes, both the band and the vegetable (actually a fruit), it’s interesting to see all the recent attention about increasing metabolism. While Flea’s incredible bass licks and John Frusciante funk jazz style can get you “amped up”, I’m talking about the focus on Capsaicin found in hot peppers.
While the notion of consuming peppers is a HOT topic today, (pun intended) scientific studies indicate that the actual component of pepper which has a thermogenic property is capsaicin. Results suggests that capsaicin increases energy expenditure after a meal containing pepper appeared only immediately after the meal ingested and also noted increases in carbohydrate oxidation …however it does not increase total energy resulting in increases in metabolism
Capsaicin which is a component of HOT peppers increases thermogenesis...internal body temp...
Does not equate to increase metabolism...
Quantity used in studies could not be consumed in amounts needed
Attached is a link to a scientific peer reviewed study
That being said…Both are good for the soul….