Whole food and herbal vitamins and supplements are really making a comeback right now, and for good reason. Research is showing us that synthetic vitamins are doing little to help our bodies. Some of them are even proving to raise our risks for disease. Not good, right?
So how can I get more calcium from food sources?
Glad you asked! Let's take a look at this list of calcium rich foods...
One of the most important things to keep in mind when you plan to supplement is that vitamins and minerals work in synergy with other specific vitamins and minerals. For example, zinc and copper are two peas in a pod. If you supplement with one, you really need to supplement with the other as well! Taking large amounts of a certain vitamin or mineral without doing the same for it's counterparts can cause deficiencies, and that's never a good thing.
One thing we now know about calcium is that it works in synergy with magnesium, Vitamin D, and Vitamin K2. It is crucial that you take all four together to keep your vitamin levels rising in tandem- and to prevent deficiencies.
I'll let you in on a little secret- working these into your daily diet isn't hard! Magnesium can be found in most types of seaweed. I know, I know, most of us don't eat a whole lot of seaweed. But! (You're not off the hook yet.)
Pastured eggs and bone broth are great sources of natural calcium, Vitamin K2, and contain some Vitamin D. Add a couple of strips of dry seaweed to your broth pot, and you've got an all in one superfood. Did I mention that the natural gelatin in broth prevents wrinkles, gives you beautiful skin, and prevents stretch marks?
I'm talking to you, ladies- bone broth is the best source of gelatin and collagen you can get. Forget botox and laser therapy. Your diet and lifestyle is the number one way to stay beautiful and young.
I like to eat the broth for breakfast, use it as a base for chili and chowder, and add wide rice noodles and pastured eggs for a delicious egg drop soup.
Ready to get to the recipe already? Here is what you need to get started:
That's it! This recipe is super easy. You can make as much or as little as you like.
1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
2. Soak your eggshells in a large bowl with warm water. Use your hands to dislodge any of the leftover yellow membrane.
3. Lay the shells out on a baking pan, and place them in the oven for 10 minutes. This will sterilize them of any leftover bacteria.
4. Use a food processor to crush the shells into small pieces.
5. Place the pieces in the glass jar, and cover with vinegar. Leave about an inch of head space to leave room for the foam. Put the lid on loosely to allow air to escape for the first hour, then tighten it down.
6. Shake your jar daily. Once the eggshell has disintegrated, your calcium tincture is ready! (This takes about 6-10 days.) No need to refrigerate.
7. Take one tablespoon daily as a natural calcium supplement.