Did you know that 95% of bone building happens before age 20?Â It’s true. Calcium is so important in the diets of our kids, but fewer than 15% of teenage girls get enough of it.
Grace is turning seven in three weeks.Â Seven!Â
I think she’ll be fourteen three weeks after that.
She really wants to be older so that she can try these Viactiv chews. Every day, she pouts, “I wish I could have some of those!” and I have to tell her that the only vitamins she’s old enough to eat are the gummy ones in the cupboard.
When Mom is eating vitamins disguised as chocolates and caramels, gummy vitamins don’t look as tempting. It’s hard to be little.
Anyway, 85% of teen girls and 70% of adult women are calcium-deficient. It’s little wonder that osteoporosis is a near epidemic.
A lack of calcium not only leads to osteopenia and osteoporosis, it can lead to weakened tooth enamel, muscles (including the heart), and nerves.
My doctor has recommended I take a calcium supplement for years, but I’ve always found it a rather unpleasant experience. The pills are enormous, and they get stuck in my throat.
3 Keys to Building Strong Bones
- Eat a variety of foods to get a maximum amount of calcium* – low-fat dairy products, calcium-enriched orange juice, broccoli, kale, and others
- Do bone-strengthening exercises regularly
- Take a calcium supplement every day
*You can find out how much calcium you need at Viactiv.com.
That’s whereÂ Viactiv, the #1 doctor recommended calcium supplement chew, comes in.
Two Viactiv Soft Chews provide 100% of the recommended daily amount of calcium plus vitamins D and K (I’m chronically deficient in vitamin D, so that is also important to me.), so it’s a perfect way to increase the amount of these vital nutrients in your diet.
They taste like lovely candies, chocolates and caramels, totallyÂ unlike those giant calcium pills from other brands. They taste good enough to shareÂ them with myÂ sisters.
Old Grandma is supposed to take calcium supplements, so I gave her a couple handfuls, too. She takes medicine for osteoporosis, but it’s never too late to increase your calcium intake.
Viactiv Calcium Soft Chews are available at Walmart, Rite Aid, CVS, Target, Walgreens and drugstore.com.
Viactiv’s 15th Birthday Bash Giveaway
Each month from now until July, Viactiv will choose 15 winners on the 15th of the month. Each winner will receive two canisters of Viactiv Calcium Soft Chews â€“ one to keep and one to share with one of theÂ important women in her life. Winners will be announced on the Viactiv Facebook page.
Get the latest information on ViactivÂ®Â Calcium Soft Chews at www.viactiv.com. #ViactivYoursandHers
This is a product-provided, sponsored conversation. I received two full-sized canisters of ViactivÂ® Calcium Soft Chews and a picture frame for my own personal use. All opinions, text and experiences are my own.
© 2014, Tara Ziegmont. All rights reserved.