Kids Need Calcium
The importance of calcium to growing bodies
Why you need it
- strengthening the bones
- keeping the teeth and gums healthy
- protecting cardiac muscle
- transporting nutrients
- maintaining pH level
- controlling blood pressure
- preventing kidney stones, colon cancer, premenstrual depression, and obesity
Signs that you aren't getting enough
- loose teeth
- gum disease
- premenstrual cramps
Calcium rich foods
The recommended daily allowance of calcium for children between the ages of four and eight is 1000 mg of calcium a day, and for kids falling in the range of nine to eighteen years old, it is 1300 mg a day. For those that aren't getting enough calcium, there are supplements available. A typical dose for preventing low calcium levels is 1 gram of elemental calcium by mouth each day. Supplements will vary in prices, but one bottle of two hundred fifty 600 mg caplets of calcium carbonate costs approximately $10.
How much is too much?
The problems associated with taking in too much calcium are:
- dry mouth
- abdominal pain
- irregular heartbeat
So be sure to read supplement labels carefully and follow dosing instructions.
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