Signs You’re Not Getting Enough Calcium
As babies and children, our parents gave us bottles and glasses of milk. Whether we were fond of the white beverage or only enjoyed it in cereal, it was something that was embedded in our diets. The case for so much milk? It’s a good source of protein, vitamin D, and most of all — it’s full of Calcium! However, more recent studies have challenged the idea that kids need milk in large quantities. The main piece of evidence points to the ability to receive Calcium in other forms such as leafy greens, beans, and nuts. What hasn’t changed is the importance of Calcium intake as children and adults. Both Calcium and Vitamin D are essential for bone density. Not receiving sufficient Calcium often results in a series of complications in addition to weaker bones.
If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms on a daily basis, you could have a Calcium deficiency:
You’re tired all of the time, even after a good night’s rest.
Since Calcium helps release the energy from your food, if you aren’t consuming enough, you will feel more tired than usual. If you are pregnant, this can be especially true. Bones will begin to calcify in the womb, which means that if you are not receiving enough calcium, you will feel tired because the baby will begin taking whatever supply of Calcium you do take in. Other studies have shown that a lack of Calcium may also deter your ability to go through the normal (and needed) sleep cycles given that Calcium is what helps drive the sleep hormone melatonin.
You’re struggling to lose weight.
Several studies have pointed to evidence that shows Calcium stored in fat cells helps regulate the processing and storage of fat. Those cells containing more Calcium help bun more fat, which aids in weight loss. The key is to find a diet that is still low in calories but contains high amounts of Calcium. Incorporating more dairy products such as cheese and milk could help aid your body in burning fat and gaining more muscle.
You’ve broken several bones.
As our bodies age, they become more fragile. Our loss of bone density is one reason we become more susceptible to injury. In order to prevent bones from breaking in the future, you should keep your Calcium intake at a healthy level. For women who are post-menopausal, this means that your body produces less estrogen, which also helps preserve bones.
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If these symptoms sound familiar, schedule a consultation today. Your diet and lifestyle can make it difficult to receive the proper amount of Calcium, which is what makes living with a Calcium disorder so challenging. As a specialist in the disorder, Dr. Egbuonu can help guide you down a path of better health. Simply give our office a call and we’ll schedule your initial consultation so that we can learn more about you!