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Calcium and Dairy

Published By Dr. Rachel Hall at 8 May, 2011

Seeing as I do dentistry for a living it’s not surprising that I am often asked about calcium and whether to take supplements or not, or whether drinking more milk is the answer. Personally, I do not recommend calcium supplementation as it is easy to consume enough calcium from our diet via green vegetables, seaweed, nuts and seeds and so forth. Notice I did not mention milk or dairy in my suggestions. Now there is a good reason for this and that is whilst dairy may contain calcium it is not adequately absorbed by your body. Also, dairy proteins are difficult to digest and encourage the build-up of mucus leading to things like sinusitis. Those diary proteins are also highly acidic which means your body has to buffer (counteract) the acidity by pulling calcium from your bones into your blood. So dairy actually depletes your body of calcium rather than acting as a source of it. See calcium and milk dairy and calcium for more detailed information.


  • Dr. Rachel Hall

    Dr. Rachel Hall

    Rachel is the founder and principal dentist at Evolve Dental Healing with over 25 years experience, practicing holistically since 2001. Not your typical dentist, Rachel is a passionate opinion leader, challenging convention to empower people to make better dental and health choices, helping thousands to have healthy natural smiles. A respected writer and presenter on holistic dentistry, health and wellness it is Rachel’s mission to revolutionise the way people look at their dental health.

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