Calcium deficiency is the most common of nutritional deficiencies and can cause hormone imbalances, joint pain, muscle spasms, high blood pressure, and abnormal blood clotting as well as other more dangerous side effects as well like Osteopenia, depression, and Gum Disease. It is common for doctors to overlook nutrition levels as the cause of such outcomes. Patients who suffer from calcium deficiency are treated for the symptoms and the problem only gets worse as gastrointestinal damage increases.
It’s easy enough to pick up calcium nutritional supplements over the counter and it is even prescribed to many female patients as a preventative for bone loss. Taking too much calcium, however, may lead to problems as well. Confusion, fatigue, constipation, and kidney damage to just a few side effects if calcium levels are not monitored.
Monitoring your calcium levels will help make sure you aren’t getting too little or too much, but you cannot take calcium alone. Without magnesium mixed in you could suffer from magnesium deficiency. Vitamin D also works with calcium and low Vitamin D can affect how your body absorbs calcium.
Prescription medications also have an influence in calcium absorption so it is important to discuss these things with your doctor. Antacids, for example, suppress and interfere with stomach acid production and calcium needs acid in order to be absorbed. Avoid antacids with calcium as calcium supplements because, as just stated, they do not work!
What may come as a surprise to you is that dairy products are not necessary for adding calcium to your diet! Instead go for dark greens like kale, broccoli, turnip greens, mustard greens, collards, arugula, spinach, kelp figs, citrus fruit, and salmon and sardines (yes, fish!).
You can start changing your diet by adding more of these foods, but before you take any more drastic steps you should have your nutritional levels tested. Do you suffer from calcium deficiency? Or Less? And how are your magnesium and vitamin D levels doing? Meet with us, one on one, during a Wellness Consultation and we will walk with you in your next steps to a healthier lifestyle.