As a Nurse Practitioner, mom, wife, friend, sister and neighbor, people are always asking me for health advice. I love translating complicated medical information to help people navigate their way toward better health and wellness. I’ll help you find the information you need to make the best decisions for your health and the health of your family.
Here’s to better health,
Nurse Barb Dehn RN MS NP
Many people I talk to assume that our bodies can produce calcium if it’s needed, and that there’s extra calcium stored somewhere. It’s partly true, our bodies do store calcium, but it’s in our bones, where we need it so we can stand up straight and tall. The fact is, our bodies need calcium every day not only for strong healthy bones, but also so that our hearts, muscles and nerves can work correctly to keep us going. The human body doesn’t produce its own calcium, which is why getting adequate amounts of calcium rich food, such as milk, yogurt and cheese every day is so important.
Here are the five surprising family members who need more calcium rich dairy every day: Kids, Teens, Moms, Dads and Grandparents
You may be surprised to learn that most children over the age of 8 are not getting the recommended amount of milk and dairy in their diets to meet the nutritional needs for their growing bones and muscles.(1)
I understand this because there are many other sweetened beverage choices available that are often substituted. However, when girls as young as 5 were having sweetened beverages or fruit juice instead of milk, these habits not only continued, but led to higher body fat in their teens.(2)
Daily Requirement of Calcium
Six Safari Secrets: What You Need to Know Before Planning Your Trip
I just returned from an extended stay in Tanzania, where I was working in remote hospital in Karatu, within minutes of the Ngorogoro Crater. While there, I had the chance to go on a few safaris. Prior to my trip, I envisioned a safari as a long camping trip, something similar to what Meryl Streep and Robert Redford experienced in the film Out of Africa. I learned a lot that I can share with you here.
#1 A safari can be a few hours or a few months, or anything in between.
Turns out the word safari means an expedition or journey to observe animals and can encompass anything from a few hours to multiple days to several months of travel. Well, ok, then. Now, I know that the lovely morning in Ngorogoro crater was a real, bona fide safari. Here’s one of the lions we saw that day. […]