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Family Unaware of Lead PaintLower Your Child's Risk of Lead Poisoning

Children continue to be at risk for lead poisoning due to the past use of lead in gasoline and in paint (both interior and exterior). Houses built prior to 1978 may still contain potentially dangerous quantities of lead.

Children at greatest risk are those from 1 to 8 years of age, particularly 1 to 3 year olds. Younger children have more hand-to-mouth activity, lower body weights than adults, enhanced absorption of lead from the digestive system, and increased susceptibility to lead toxicity, especially to their nervous system (including their brain).

In children, lead poisoning has been associated with decreased IQ, and aggressive behavior in boys. In adults, it has been associated with anemia, high blood pressure, and kidney disease.

The good news is that a healthy diet incorporating proper amounts of beneficial minerals such as calcium and iron can significantly decrease lead absorption from the gastrointestinal tract. Calcium and iron accomplish this by physically competing with lead for absorption.

In addition, calcium promotes urinary excretion of lead and increases release of lead from storage in bones.

Although calcium decreases lead absorption, caution must be taken to avoid excessive calcium intake because an excess may also interfere with absorption of beneficial minerals including iron and zinc. Therefore, to prevent a deficiency of these important minerals, it is usually safest and healthiest to acquire the calcium in its natural state within food rather than by taking isolated nutrient supplements. This goes for iron as well. Many foods that contain high amounts of iron, also contain vitamin C which helps the body absorb the iron. The nutrients work together in synergy.

Eating a variety of dark, leafy greens, fruits, nuts and seeds should give you plenty of calcium. In addition, these foods are rich in many other beneficial vitamins, minerals and enzymes.

The following is a list of non-dairy foods naturally high in calcium. If your family is already taking the whole food, probiotic supplement In-Liven, then you are already steps ahead! Many of the organic ingredients within In-Liven are rich in calcium and are highlighted in this list.

Non-Dairy Sources of Calcium:

(* indicates also good source of iron)

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