Did you know our bodies use calcium for more than just our bones? Aside from promoting healthy bone and tooth density, healthy calcium levels also enable our blood to clot, our muscles to contract and even help our hearts to beat. It is important to be conscious about our diets to ensure your body is getting the minerals it needs. A calcium inclusive diet is more than just milk, it can be found in a variety of different foods including leafy greens such as spinach, broccoli, kale, as well as beans, peas, oranges, almonds and even certain fish such as salmon and sardines are all great sources of calcium. Everyday our bodies shed calcium and other minerals through our skin, sweat, hair, nails and waste, and unfortunately our bodies cannot produce calcium to replace what has been lost. That’s why it’s so important to get enough calcium from the food we eat. When we don’t get the calcium our body needs, it is taken from our bones, weakening their density allowing for complications down the line. So this summer make proper nutrition a priority by maintaining a well balanced diet full of essential vitamins and minerals to help your body grow and heal.