Non-Dairy Calcium Sources & a Detox Supplement

by Her Happy Balance on October 24, 2013

Growing up, every night at dinner I would have a tall glass of 2% milk waiting for me to drink with my meal. Every. Single. Night. Do you remember the Got Milk campaign with all the different celebrities sportin’ milk ‘staches?

calcium sources

But when I got older, and I was making my own beverage decisions, I almost always opted for water. In fact, the idea of actually drinking a glass of milk seems kind of strange to me now. But as a big believer in preventative medicine, I want to make sure I keep my bones and teeth healthy.

Did you know that approximately one in two women over the age of 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis? And that 80% of the total cases of osteoporosis occur in women? Pretty intense statistics. I realize that I have a long way to go until 50, but there is no time like the present to make sure you’re doing all that you can for your bones. According to the NIH, 1000 mg of calcium per day is the recommended intake.

Three Surprising Non-Dairy Sources of Calcium:
1.) Salmon – 181 mg of calcium per 3oz. of pink salmon. Wild Alaskan salmon is to-die-for, add a little lemon juice and olive oil and I’m one happy girl.
2.) Collard Greens – 178 mg of calcium per half cup. Collards are great slowly cooked with a little bit of bacon, and they make a delicious fall side dish.
3.) Molasses – 172 mg of calcium per tablespoon. Plus, this is great for people who have an iron deficiency as a tablespoon also boasts 3.5 mg of iron. Molasses is used a lot in baking, especially in gingerbread. That season is very quickly approaching…

And I’ve made it pretty well known that I also like to take a daily multi-vitamin, in addition to my diet, just to make sure I touch on all of my nutrient bases. One other supplement that I am currently taking is Deltalabs Detox. I introduced you guys to Deltalabs back in August, and shared how they are a vitamin company that focuses on women’s needs. Well after a summer full of a bit of overindulging, I decided to try the Detox formula which is made up of natural herbs that help to improve digestive function.


The main ingredient is Psyllium, which is a plant “that absorbs toxins by scrubbing the intestinal walls and moving this waste through the colon.” – source. It also contains fennel seed (known for anti-inflammatory properties due to containing the phytonutrient quercitin) and garlic (known to contribute to a healthy heart) in the formula. I’m all about the added perks of super foods and supplements, so I’ve happily been taking two capsules of this each morning.

Deltalabs Detox

If you’re interested in trying any of the Deltalabs products out, use the code happybalance for $5 off of your purchase.

Are you a milk drinker?
What vitamins are you taking?
My father swears by zinc to prevent migraines.
Who was your favorite “Got Milk” mustache wearer? I remember the Olsen twins and the Backstreet Boys.

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FTC: I received the Detox supplement for review purposes, no other compensation was provided.

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Erin @ The Almond Eater October 24, 2013 at 7:51 am

Ohhh this is great! Honestly, the only time I drink milk is in my cereal, which is baaaad because osteoporosis runs in my family. Even though I’m young, I picture my life in 50 years as a crippled old lady mad that she didn’t drink her milk. It’s nice to know that there are other sources of calcium besides milk.

Chelsea @ A Fit LittleOne October 24, 2013 at 8:52 am

I was the same way!! Every night after practice milk was paired with my dinner. I am not lactose intolerant, which was a huge bummer because I loved milk. But now I don’t miss it at all! I take a multi-vitamin and a calcium pill!

Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat October 24, 2013 at 8:58 am

I’m not a milk drinker because it bothers my stomach, and since I fractured my foot for a 2nd time, my doctor was concerned about my calcium intake. I take a calcium supplement, but I’d much prefer to get my calcium through foods. Another great non-dairy calcium source is almond milk. This is some great info!

Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl October 24, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Did you know that the countries with the highest dairy consumption actually have the lowest rates of osteoporosis? Pretty cool, huh? This totally speaks to the fact that non-diary sources of calcium work! 🙂

Jess @ JessieBear What Will You Wear? October 24, 2013 at 4:14 pm

I was actually doing research this week about dairy for this presentation I have to give & there’s actually a lot of evidence that it’s not as good for our bones as we think. The countries with the lowest dairy consumption have the lowest fracture and osteoporosis rates. Buuuut I don’t know how calcium plays into it 😛

Stephanie @ My Freckled Life October 28, 2013 at 3:20 pm

I used to ALWAYS drink milk with my meals when I was younger! Sadly, I think I drank too much, because I’ve since developed a mild lactose-intolerance! In terms of vitamins though, I’m all about multivitamins (although I’m thinking of switching to a prenatal, not because I’m preggers, but for the folic acid!), an Omega 3, and a calcium supplement. Gotta get those nutrients in!

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