For those who live with a milk allergy or lactose intolerance (two separate conditions), a dairy free lifestyle has probably become commonplace. For the majority of us though, milk and other dairy products are a daily source of calcium and other nutrients that keep us healthy and strong. Long time readers of our blog will be saying “Wait a minute, I know that calcium is important to strong teeth, how can I get it and still maintain my dairy free lifestyle?!” That’s a great question, and one we’re going to set out to answer today along with a few other little bits of information you might not have thought of!
If you want strong bones and teeth then calcium is the way to go. We can’t imagine anyone out there doesn’t want strong teeth and bones, but for those who physically can’t consume dairy without wanting to curl up and die, there are a few alternate sources of calcium out there that you can try, including:
- Dark leafy vegetables
- bok choy
- amaranth greens
- nuts such as almonds
While the body sadly cannot produce its own calcium, there are thankfully many other sources out there for us to enjoy!
Did you know that a lot of our vitamin D comes from the same places calcium does? This makes sense since vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium, but where do we get it if not milk or dairy products? Well, the first place to look would be a bit unlikely, the sun! That’s right, the big glowing fusion reactor in the sky that splits particles to fuel its relentless multi-billion year lifespan also helps your skin to make vitamin D. That’s right, simply standing int he sun for 10-15 minutes a day is enough! How, you ask? Lot’s of complicated science we won’t bother you with unless you want to read more here.
There are other foods and supplements you can eat in order to get the vitamin D your body needs, however, including:
- egg yolks
- orange juice
- almost anything that gives you calcium from the list above
Vitamin D sources are basically calcium sources with a few fishy addition and. of course, the sun.
If you have some lactose deficiencies or milk allergies in your life, don’t worry, there are still plenty of ways to supplement the important nutrients that you’re missing out on. By following these easy guidelines, you can have strong teeth and bones like everyone else! If you have any questions or want to consult with one of our dentists, be sure to contact us in the sidebar today!