Despite the dairy industry’s ongoing contentions, it isn’t huge rations of calcium that make your bones stronger, any more than massive amounts of protein, in and of itself, make your muscles stronger. It’s physical, weight-bearing activity that does the trick because, like muscles, bones respond to resistance. Likewise, when this doesn’t happen, the bones begin to atrophy, just like muscles. That’s why anyone who leads an exceedingly sedentary life (like many older folks) or spends time in a gravity-free environment (like astronauts), experiences some degree of bone loss, no matter how much calcium they take in.
More specifically, osteoporosis tends to strike more women here in the states, simply because they have traditionally been less active than men. But if you go to parts of the world where women are more active and/or walking around with baskets on their heads (and again, also consuming far less calcium than American women), osteoporosis is a rarity.
So, get your calcium from plant-based sources like the following:
• Most leafy green vegetables
• Soy milk
• Dried fruits
• Almond/raisin mix
• Sesame seeds
• Sunflower seeds
• Most beans
• The Ultimate Meal smoothie mix
…and do some kind of resistance training regularly.