Eat a lot of Calcium-rich foods!


Calcium is a mineral that is necessary for life. In addition to building bones and keeping them healthy, Calcium helps our blood clot, nerves send messages and muscles contract . About 99 percent of the Calcium in our bodies is in our bones and teeth. Each day, we lose Calcium through our skin, nails, hair, sweat, urine and feces, but our bodies cannot produce new Calcium.

More about Calcium

Calcium is a nutrient. It's in lots of foods like: Cheese, yogurt, milk, sardines, and almonds.

How much should I eat?

A teenager or child from 9-18 should consume about 1,300 milligrams per day. That's about 4 servings of Calcium rich foods.

Fun Fact

Almond Milk is made because almonds have so much Calcium that it's the best alternative for lactose intolerant people.

Another Cool Fact

Eating a lot of Calcium strengthens your bones, so it'll be harder to break a bone. You could fall from high places and walk away unharmed!

What happens if I don't get enough?

    If your body doesn't get enough Calcium and vitamin D to support important functions, it takes Calcium from your bones. This is called losing bone mass. Over time, losing bone mass makes the inside of your bones become weak and porous, which can put you at risk for osteoporosis.

Works cited

"Calcium and Vitamin D: What You Need to Know." Calcium and Vitamin D: What You Need to Know. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Feb. 2016.

"Calcium: What You Need to Know." Calcium: What You Need to Know. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Feb. 2016.