Protein and Calcium: What They Do To Your Body
Everyone knows the importance of protein. It is crucial for growth, repair and energy.
One function of protein (that many are still not aware of) is that it helps to absorb calcium and remain fixed in the bones. However, excess protein can cause a loss of calcium according to some studies. This means bone health is compromised.
How is this possible?
“The more proteins ingested, especially if they are of animal origin (in particular meat and cured cheese), the more blood is acidified. This forces the body to use part of its calcium reserves to compensate for the excess of acid”, shared Dr. George D. Pamplona Roger in his book Enjoy It! Foods for Healing and Prevention.
Our modern diet – typically high in meat (excess protein) and low in vegetables and fruits (low alkaline) – causes acid overload in the body. Hence, acidosis happens and leads to serious health complications. Examples are bone disease, chronic kidney problems and kidney stones.
According to research, the body is forced to use more of its calcium (and along with other minerals in some cases) to mitigate the crisis by helping the body to restore the balance between acid and alkaline. Calcium in the body decreases if left unattended.
Protein and calcium: the duo
Besides strengthening the bones, we’ve seen how calcium (and along with other minerals) is also needed to balance the acid and alkaline substances in the blood. We must ensure that we are eating a balanced diet so we get sufficient vitamins and minerals (including calcium), especially in preventing acid overload from happening.
A whole-food, plant-based diet is able to provide adequate alkaline buffers to the body. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables is what you and I need for overall wellbeing.
Where should we get a healthy source of protein?
Many think that protein comes from animals alone. Did you know that we can get protein from plants too? Protein from the plant alternatives is healthier and offers greater benefits to one’s health. Soybeans, quinoa, tofu, tempeh, lentils and nuts are just some examples of plant-based protein sources. Click here to read more about protein and how much you truly need.
All in all, protein and calcium work together to protect the bones and promote overall wellness to the body. If you find it hard to control your protein intake, why not try Meals by Savor Of Life? We deliver whole-food, plant-based meals to your doorstep. Our meals contain all the essential nutrients that you need. Check our menu below!