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!