3 Reasons Why You're Calcium Deficient
Calcium deficiency is far too common among our population and the reason comes down to misinformation. What most people know about calcium is only half of the story.
Yes, we need to consume more calcium rich foods because it’s necessary for our bones and health. However, it’s not just about how much calcium we are getting in our diet. Calcium deficiency has a lot to do with pH balance, vitamin D, and magnesium!
Let’s start with pH balance. This is a tightly regulated mechanism regarding the right balance between acids and bases in the body. Our system carefully maintains this balance in order to sustain life and it will go to any lengths to uphold proper pH. This means that when we eat lots of acidic foods and sodas, for example, the body will hijack calcium from our bones to use as a buffer in neutralizing acidity in the blood stream. Holy moly!
As long as the body is forced to use up calcium stores to buffer acidity, you will remain calcium deficient.
Simple solution: Eat a variety of alkalizing foods everyday (e.g. dark leafy greens, avocados, almonds, cucumbers). Limit processed foods, sodas, sugars, and refined carbohydrates.
Next, let’s touch on the importance of vitamin D in calcium deficiency. You could scarf down calcium all day, but keep in mind that the hormone calcitriol is needed to regulate and absorb calcium from the intestines; without it, calcium consumption will be of little use. Vitamin D is the key to the formation of calcitriol, thus, needed to boost calcium levels.
Simple solution: Get more vitamin D from the sun, oily fish, and nuts.
Lastly, magnesium and calcium go hand in hand. Not only will the body not be able to use calcium well enough without sufficient magnesium availability, but also, increasing calcium without magnesium can actually be detrimental to health.
These two minerals should come as a pair, in my opinion. Think of calcium like a kid, roaming around in places it shouldn’t be, while magnesium is the parent keeping calcium in check. Without its “parent”, calcium can get into soft tissues, causing atherosclerosis and arthritis. It can also lead to kidney stones, heart complications, and a variety of other issues.
Simple solution: Make sure to increase magnesium intake (nuts, seeds, beans, whole grains, bananas, avocados).
By keeping these 3 important factors in mind, increasing calcium to adequate levels shouldn’t be a problem!