How to spot a deficiency of calcium
I’m going to show you a really simple home test that you can do to determine if you have a calcium deficiency. Now, calcium deficiencies are pretty common, but usually not because the person is not taking a supplement or not getting it from their diet.
What causes calcium deficiency?
It’s mainly because either they’re not absorbing it or the body is not utilizing it properly. So in this post, we’re going to talk about the symptoms of calcium deficiency and all of the other reasons why you might be deficient and then a really simple home test that you can do. So what are the symptoms?
Calcium deficiency symptoms
Well, number one, anxiety, irritability, insomnia, muscle tension, spasms, or cramps, low back pain, constipation, high blood pressure, heart palpitations, and frequent nosebleeds could be a calcium deficiency. Soft fingernails could be another indicator, of frequent cold sores and sunburns. When you barely go out in the sun, then we have hives. Having frequent fevers could be related to a calcium deficiency because calcium lowers your immune system. I remember with our kids, every time they had a feeder, I give him a little calcium and it would go right away, with frequent hoarseness, chronic coughing, and difficulty getting to sleep.
What does calcium do?
So calcium is a mineral that we need for our muscles, our bones, tendons or ligaments, and the nervous system. Calcium also acts as a communication between your nerves and there are many things that affect calcium absorption.
Factors that affect calcium absorption
First thing is vitamin D. If you don’t have enough vitamin D you’re not going to absorb calcium that well, if you have sufficient vitamin D, you can increase the absorption of calcium by a factor of 20 X. Okay? That is a major increase in calcium absorption. And of course, so many people are deficient in vitamin D. Now, magnesium, if you’re low in magnesium, you’re going to have a difficult time absorbing costume because magnesium and calcium work together. Another factor is the hydrochloric acid in your stomach.
If you don’t have enough hydrochloric acid, like a lot of people over the age of 40 and 50 and 60, because as you age, you have less and less hydrochloric acid in your stomach, and you need acid to be able to absorb certain minerals, especially calcium, low essential fatty acids, like the omega-3 fatty acids, essential fatty acids help you absorb calcium. And so if you’re deficient in omega-3 fatty acids, you’re going to have a much more difficult time absorbing calcium. All right, the next thing is low estrogen.
Let’s say you’re menopausal and you don’t produce as much estrogen that can affect your calcium. Another factor is your P H if you’re too alkaline and I’m talking about your blood and normal blood should be Auckland. But if you’re accessibly to outline, you’re going to have a difficult time absorbing calcium as well. So you may deposit calcium in the eyes and cataracts, and the teeth is tartar. The kidney, his kidney stones, and the joints is arthritis on the bones as spring. So unless the pH is correct, it’s going to be more difficult to absorb calcium.
If you have gut inflammation, you’re going to have a much more difficult time absorbing calcium. So all of these conditions where you have irritable bowel syndrome or diverticulitis or crones can greatly affect your absorption of certain minerals, especially with counseling. And the next thing is interesting hypothyroidism. You need a normal fibroid to be able to help you absorb calcium. So if your thyroid is low, like let’s say you have Hashimoto’s. That can be a reason why you’re low in calcium. Not to mention the hormone that the thyroid produces called calcitonin. If calcitonin is low, you may also have a deficiency in counseling. So as you can see, there are many different factors that go way beyond the dietary aspects of calcium.
The best test for calcium deficiency
let’s talk about how to determine if you are deficient in counseling. So what you do is you take this blood pressure cuff, just a standard blood pressure cuff, and you’re going to wrap it around one of your calves. You’re going to pump it up and you’re going to record when you start feeling the cramp. And if that number is 200 or less suspect a calcium deficiency, and of course, if you have peripheral vascular disease, I don’t want you to be doing this task. Now, there could be other reasons, but this is a pretty good indicator. If you’re deficient in counseling.
If the pressure is between 200 to two 20, you have sufficient counseling. And if you’re between two 20 and two 40, you have the optimum amount of counseling, but you don’t need to go above two 40. And the units you’re measuring are millimeters of mercury. And what happens when you’re deficient in calcium is you have a lot of muscle cramps at rest, okay. Especially when you’re sleeping and this test just magnifies that probably a little bit more so you can determine where your weaknesses are.
The deeper causes of calcium deficiency
if you have a calcium deficiency before you start taking calcium, you really want to make sure that you’re at solving the correct problem, because it could be a lot of other factors. So really quickly, I want to give you some additional information. So let’s talk about, hydrochloric acid. How do you know if you’re low and how to cork acid? Well, you get into gestion. If you do, then that could be the reason why you can’t absorb calcium. In which case you need to take something like betaine hydrochloride or more apple cider vinegar.
With magnesium, it’s a little more difficult. I mean, you can go get an intracellular test, which is, more involved, but I just have a question for you. Do you consume a good amount of leafy greens? That would be a good indicator that you have enough magnesium. If you don’t like vegetables and don’t consume vegetables, chances are, you could be deficient in magnesium in which case, that’s what you’d want to take to increase the absorption of calcium. And by the way, you’re going to get calcium from leafy greens.
Now, what about central fatty acids? Well, you consume a lot of fish. Do you have inflammation? Do you have arthritis? Okay. If you answered yes to any of these, maybe you need a good omega-three fatty acid, or better yet start consuming more salmon or sardines Cod liver oil. Okay. Things that are high in omega-3 fatty acids. The reason I like cholera oil is that it not only has the mega three, but it also has the vitamin D at the same time, as well as vitamin a.
What about alkalinity? How do we know you to Acklin I’ve done some articles on this. You can check it out, but one, is a common symptom of being too alkaline. And I’m talking about your blood is that you get this little Twitch on your skin. It could be underneath the left eye, could be anywhere on your body. A little it’s called tetany a little Twitch. That could be a factor. In which case you need to start drinking, maybe some outside of vinegar on a regular basis, the retainer of the chloride. Because once you start to put the acids back in that can help reset things, but here’s the thing to really get your pH corrected. You just need to eat healthily and your pH will come back into balance. what about low estrogen? , well, let’s say you’re menopausal. This could be the reason what can you do about it?
There are quite a few things. If you are menopausal get a little bit more information on that topic. And what about low vitamin D? Well, do you have a low immune system, very depressed. Do you have low back pain? These are all indicators of low vitamin D. Is it the middle of winter? Do you normally take the money or not? Do you get enough sun? So in other words, you need to start looking at the other reasons why you might be deficient and see which root cause makes the most sense.