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    Why is calcium important to my long distance runner (Cross Country runner) nutritional status and athletic performance? Then, provide the following information:
    Functions for general health
    Deficiency/toxicity symptoms
    Any risks associated with nutrient loading (high intakes of this mineral)
    Food sources
    Importance to my Long distance runner,(Cross Country Runner) athletic overall health and athletic abilities

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    Why is calcium important to a long distance runner nutritional status and athletic performance?

    Long distance runners such as marathon runners must ensure that they maintain proper calcium intake becomes because of the fact that runners' typically have low body-fat, which coupled with vigorous training produces excessive strain on a runners' body, and makes the runner more susceptible to stress fractures. Therefore, it's imperative for calcium to be incorporated into a runner's diet to achieve optimal performance as calcium obtained naturally, and to a lesser extent through calcium supplements can help preserve important fuel for a runner's body. It's estimated that at least 70% of athletes suffer from calcium deficiency, which places them at greater risks for osteoporosis and stress fractures during training period. Therefore, calcium is extremely important for increasing bone and joint health in long distance runners while also playing an important role in preventing future injuries later in life that could result from osteoporosis as a result of calcium deficiencies.

    Functions for general health

    Calcium has the function of being a source of growth, maintenance and repair of bone tissue. In addition, calcium serves the function of maintenance of blood calcium levels when the correct intake is consumed as well as serving the function of regulation muscle contraction, nerve conduction, and normal blood clotting. Sufficed to say that calcium is a very important function for human bone health.

    Deficiency/toxicity symptoms

    Deficiency of calcium levels can lead to stress fractures and osteoporosis.

    Any risks associated with nutrient loading (high intakes of this mineral)

    Studies have shown that taking supplemental calcium, such as calcium supplements instead of obtaining calcium from natural food sources, is linked to a higher propensity for developing kidney stones. In addition, these supplements have been linked to a slight increased risk for heart disease in older men and women.

    Food sources

    Milk, cheese, broccoli, tofu, and baked beans

    Importance to my Long distance runner,(Cross Country Runner) athletic overall health and athletic abilities

    As a long distance runner, it is imperative for you to incorporate calcium into your daily diet because it will assist in your overall bone health by providing a natural fuel source for your bones that will generate bone growth if (you're) young, protect against stress fractures regardless of what age you are, and increase bone and joint health.

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