This article was originally published by ABC Life.
You may not know this, but your bones are a bit like a bank.
Except this bank contains almost 99 per cent of your body's calcium.
And like any bank, you want to make sure that you are making more deposits than withdrawals.
Every day your body is withdrawing from your calcium bank (yep, your bones) to ensure your heart, muscles, blood and nerves are healthy and functioning properly.
If your body is not getting enough calcium from your diet to meet its needs, it reacts by 'withdrawing' calcium from your 'bone bank'. Over time these withdrawals will add up (don't they always) and your bone strength will decline, putting you at risk of osteoporosis later in life.
This is all a very long-winded way of saying, calcium is incredibly important and because of this constant turnover, it's important to hit those daily requirements. And there are plenty of ways to get your calcium — even if you're not someone who eats or drinks dairy.