The Importance of Calcium and The Human Body Muscle Diagram

Human Muscle diagram Anatomy

Muscle Diagram: Leg Muscle Anatomy
The human body is a wondrous thing indeed! There are 206 skeletal bones in an adult’s body and between 300-350 bones in an infant’s body at birth. Some of these bones in the infant’s body become one, such as the skull, the sacrum and the hip bones. As the baby gets older, the bones start to fuse and the total bone count in infants become 206. The bones in the arms and legs total 120 (30 in each). This article will give you an overview of the human body skeletal system, its functions, and the role of calcium in the maintenance of your bones.
Muscle Diagram: The Human Skeletal System
What keeps our skull intact? Did you know that there are 28 skull bones in the human system? We have 8 cranial bones, 14 facial bones and 6 ear bones.

Muscle Diagram: Body
What part do our shoulders play in the muscle diagram? The shoulder’s girdle is made up of 2 clavicles, which also happen to be the most frequently fractured bone in the body. The rotator cuff is made up of a group of four muscles that support the shoulder joint.

Muscle Diagram: Back
The neck muscles and the triangular muscle in the back stabilize the head and shoulders. Now that you have an idea of how your body is made, let me explain the important roles of calcium and your dietary habits. Your health bone is very important. People tend to think they don’t have to worry about osteoporosis until they get old. However, prevention of this disease should start early and continue throughout your life. Between the ages of 10 and 20 our bones grow rapidly. At age 30, the bone growth peaks. The growth of your healthy bones relies on getting enough calcium, Vitamin D, and exercise.

Calcium is needed for your heart, muscles and nervous system to function. Calcium also plays a key role in bone health. Most of the body’s calcium lies in the bones. As children grow, they need sufficient amount of calcium in their diet to help facilitate bone growth and to minimize calcium loss as they get older. Unfortunately, according to researchers, most Americans don’t get enough calcium. The best source of calcium is in low-fat or fat-free dairy products. What if you’re a vegetarian? That’s no problem. There are other foods that contain calcium such as collard greens!

Vitamin D to the Rescue
Our bodies make our own Vitamin D which is needed to transport calcium to the bones. A good source of Vitamin D is the sunshine. However, caution should be administered. The sun can also cause damage to the skin, so experts recommend limited sun exposure. They recommend only 10-15 minutes in the sunshine approximately 3 times per week.

Exercise
Resistance training helps keep your bones strong and prevents loss of calcium. You can walk, jog, lift weights, practice yoga, dance, play soccer, or rollerblade. Exercise doesn’t have to be boring! On the contrary, the more fun you make exercise, the more inclined you’ll partake in it. Experts say you need to exercise 30 minutes a day about 5 days per week. Incorporating a healthy diet and exercise will go a long way to improving your bone health.