Calcium Deficiency



A calcium deficiency can affect us in so many ways from cancer to osteoporosis, to high blood pressure, to epilepsy.

Let's start at the very beginning by looking at the reasons why we need calcium and the problems that a calcium deficiency can cause.

Why we need Calcium.

  • Calcium is important for the smooth functioning of nerves and muscles.

  • Calcium is a vital component of bones and teeth which contain 99% of the body's total calcium.

  • The other 1% plays an equally important role in the body, both in cell structure and function, as well as in the blood, where it aids clotting.

  • Calcium is important in the maintenance of a regular heartbeat.

  • Calcium lowers cholesterol.

  • It prevents bone loss associated with Osteoporosis.

  • Calcium helps keep the skin healthy.







Warnings

  • Too much salt (sodium) could help destroy your bones by robbing them of calcium especially in elderly women at high risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures.

  • Avoid the intake of caffeine it promotes the excretion of calcium resulting in a calcium deficiency.


Symptoms of a Calcium Deficiency

  • muscle cramps

  • muscle weakness

  • back pain

  • soft and brittle bones

  • fractures and osteoporosis

  • brittle nails

  • eczema

  • heart palpitations

  • insomnia

  • nervousness

  • a pasty complexion

  • rheumatoid arthritis

  • rickets

  • tooth decay


Calcium Deficiency and High Blood Pressure


Studies have shown that an adequate calcium intake can cancel the blood pressure raising effects of sodium in some people.

Calcium and potassium as well, help the blood vessels relax.

When the blood vessels relax they open up and give blood the room it needs to move calmly and easily on it's important journey through the body.


Calcium and Cramps

Ever woken up in the middle of the night with an excruciating cramp in one of the calves of your leg?

Then you probably know that the first thing to do is to quickly and continuously move your big toe backwards.

But prevention is better than cure. One of the reasons for these cramps could be a calcium deficiency. So top up your calcium intake by looking at natural sources of calcium, but also don't ignore a possible potassium deficiency or even a magnesium deficiency.


Calcium and Dental Health

Just as much as what your bones need calcium, so do your teeth.

Our Dentist explained that "without calcium, teeth won't form" and in adults, calcium fortifies the bone that support the teeth so they don't loosen over time.


Calcium Deficiency and Natural Diuretics

Diuretics are prescribed specifically to lower blood pressure and to treat heart failure.

Diuretics reduce fluid and salt in the body but unfortunately many diuretics also stimulate calcium excretion.

They may also cause excessive amount of potassium to be lost. If you are taking diuretics, it is important to eat plenty of food sources containing potassium, like bananas and potatoes as well as calcium supplements, or even take a look at natural diuretics.


Calcium Shortage and Epilepsy

Epilepsy is a disorder triggered by imbalances in the brain's electrical system.

Certain minerals like magnesium, zinc and calcium have all been found to help in preventing convulsions in some people.


Calcium Deficiency and Gout Home Remedies

If you suffer from continual bouts of gout you must ensure that, added to other gout home remedies, you are getting enough calcium.




Calcium and Kidney Stones Home Remedies

It was always a warning issued to kidney stone sufferers to limit calcium intake.

Recent studies have found that getting more calcium can actually prevent kidney stones as shown in kidney stones home remedies.


Calcium and Menopause

Menopausal women need more calcium to help slow down loss of bone mass.

The best dietary sources of calcium are dairy products and green leafy vegetable.

In order to absorb calcium efficiently the body needs vitamin D.

Oily fish are an excellent source of this vitamin and tinned sardines also include edible bones which are rich in calcium.

Cut down on tea and coffee because they promote the excretion of calcium.


Calcium and Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a progressive disease in which the bones gradually become weaker and weaker.

The term osteoporosis, derived from Latin, literally means "porous bones."

A diagnosis of osteoporosis is reached by measuring bone density, a non-invasive procedure.

The link between calcium and osteoporosis is highly significant and a full study is underway for ways and means of helping with osteoporosis naturally and will be added to this website once it is complete.


Calcium and PMS

PMS is a disorder that affects many women on the days leading up to menstruation.

This has always been a target for great amusement especially amongst husbands and partners, who do not understand that women can suffer really badly with symptoms which include anxiety, breast swelling, depression, insomnia, water retention and drastic mood swings.

It is possible that there is more than one cause for PMS but studies have shown that both calcium and magnesium supplements are effective for managing symptoms of PMS, precisely how calcium fits into the complex puzzle of PMS, is however, unclear.


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Did you know that....

Onions can help with hormone fluctuations for PMS.

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