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A New Destination...

Friday, April 21, 2017

Today is our last day in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Our next destination is Durban, South Africa.

I am super excited to get in the air and go to Durban. I have already found so many places we have to go once we get there. And of course one of the first things I found was a lighthouse!!!
Here is a picture of our hotel...

That is all the preview you get.....
This week we are tracking all our food again and we are going to track our calcium. Do you get enough calcium in your diet? Women over 50 should be getting 1200 mg a day and men over 50 need 1000 mg. If you are not getting enough calcium it can cause osteoporosis or in my case osteopenia.
If you do not get enough calcium in your diet try adding Milk, yogurt, sardines, salmon, cottage cheese or mozzarella cheese to your diet. Here is a larger list of different foods and the amount of calcium in them...


Adequate calcium and vitamin D intakes as well as regular exercise are essential to keep bones healthy throughout life. Vitamin D helps the body absorb the calcium. If you feel you are not getting enough calcium talk to your doctor. They can run a simple blood test to check your calcium level. When mine was checked it was dangerously low. The next test was a bone density test. It showed I have osteopenia which could turn to osteoporosis.
Did you know that bone loss or density is more common in women than men? It is because the loss of bone mass because of the hormonal changes a woman goes through when they enter menopause. We naturally reach top bone mass or thickness at the age of 30. Beginning in middle age, existing bone cells are reabsorbed by the body faster than new bone is made. As this occurs, the bones lose minerals, heaviness (mass), and structure, making them weaker and increasing their risk of breaking.
This is a subject that is very important to me and should be to any woman in her 50's. There are no symptoms for Osteopenia. I only found out because of a routine blood test my doctor was doing. It is a really good idea to make sure your doctor is checking your calcium if you are over 30.

Well that is it from me for now...

God bless you and keep you on your journey! Have a fabulous day!
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    Whoo Hoo loving the trip!
    1558 days ago
    As Linda said, Calcium, Vitamin D and Magnesium are all so important! A few months ago, I started experiencing weird muscle twitching - in different places all over my body at different times during the day. There was no pattern to it or anything. Someone suggested a magnesium deficiency so I started taking a supplement. The twitches got better but didn't stop completely. Then in March, I was diagnosed with a stress fracture in my hand. I upped my calcium intake considerably. Now, a month later, I suddenly noticed... I can't remember the last time I twitched. So now I'm wondering if that was partly it. Luckily, I know my vitamin D levels are terrific. 91 back in February.
    1558 days ago
  • _LINDA
    The Vit D must be D3 and also should take magnesium with it as well to help absorb the calcium and never more than 500 mg at one time, anything over won't get absorbed. Don't take it with a multivitamin either.
    I struggled with osteo and low bone density for a long time in spite of all the exercise I get. Part of it is I can't strength train -that is so important.
    Enjoy your next destination!
    1560 days ago
    Good blog. I have had the bone density test. I am good no osteo. But. I am lo in Vitamin D. I take Vitamin D every day. I do fair on calcium intake and my lab level is good.
    1560 days ago
  • BLUEJAY1969
    Thanks for sharing all that info!
    1561 days ago
    You can also require more calcium if you have many broken bones ! I have osteoporosis and I have had 18 broken bones in one leg 9 in the other so my calcium intake is monitored.
    1561 days ago
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    1561 days ago
    Thanks for the info
    1561 days ago
  • BJAEGER307
    How do you track calcium from your vitamins? I'm not sure how we're supposed to do this. I know on the tracker, but what about the supplements you take? Where do you put those? Looking forward to the new adventure also. Think tomorrow will be an ok weigh in. Already sitting in my seat waiting.

    You sure have us busy on these trips. When do we get to take a breath? emoticon See ya in Durban, Africa.

    Take care Barb!
    1561 days ago
    I have osteopenia so thank you for this information!
    1561 days ago
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