Calcium Deficiency Crisis
Calcium deficiency not only leads to osteoporosis and bone loss, it is implicated in more than 100 conditions including cancer, heart disease, allergies, chronic arthritis, headaches, common colds,
Calcium is a very important nutrient. The Chinese bestows upon the mineral calcium the honorary title of “The Flame of Life”, recognizing it as a vital nutrition for rigor and vibrancy. Calcium is required for every cell of the body to function in a healthy way. It is needed to build strong bones and teeth, to promote a regular heartbeat, to help our blood to clot properly as well as to help to conduct nerve impulses correctly. In fact, calcium is one of the most vital minerals for optimal functioning of your entire body.
Risks Of Calcium Deficiency
According to Dr Takuo Fujita (PhD) Kobe University, the risks of calcium deficiency includes:
- retarded growth in children with abnormal bone and brain development
- pregnancy complications
- a dysfunctional immune system
- hormonal imbalance
- cramps, weakness in the limbs, shoulder aches, headaches and a condition known as Tetany
- arteriosclerosis and myocardial infarction
- liver diseases
- Alzheimer’s Disease
Calcium Deficiency & Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is a progressive bone disease that is characterized by a decrease in bone mass and density leading to an increased risk of fracture.
It is a highly prevalent condition causing an estimated 8.9 million fractures every year. From local data, 26% of hip fracture patients do not survive beyond the first year, and of those surviving, 39% required walking aids, 24% became wheelchair-bound and 9% were bedridden.
“A woman’s risk of breaking a hip due to osteoporosis is equal to her risk of breast, ovarian and uterine cancer combined. And a man age 50 or older is more likely to break a bone due to osteoporosis than he is to get prostate cancer.” – National Osteoporosis Foundation
Calcium Deficiency & Osteoporosis: Are You At Risk?
Symptoms of osteoporosis are backaches, loss of height, hunchback and bone fractures.
There are a number of factors that put you at risk of developing osteoporosis including:
- Being over 50 years old.
- Family history of osteoporosis, and hip fractures.
- Low body weight, being small and thin. (Men and women who have small body frames tend to have a higher risk because they may have less bone mass to draw from as they age.)
- Not getting enough dietary calcium and vitamin D.
- Over-consumption of protein, sodium and caffeine.
- Having an sedentary lifestyle.
- Excessive consumption of alcohol.
- Losing weight.
Calcium Deficiency: How to Ensure Optimal Calcium Intake & Absorption
Getting enough calcium into our body can be a tricky business. Contrary to popular belief, drinking lots of milk does not prevent osteoporosis. In fact, in all of the four big dairy countries, America, Sweden, Denmark and Finland, where a lot of milk is consumed everyday, there are many cases of hip fractures and osteoporosis. Actually, small shrimp, fish and seaweed are better sources of calcium.
Nevertheless, the reason why many people suffer from calcium deficiency in spite of the regular consumption of calcium rich foods is the lack of calcium-binding proteins in the body, the most important of which is Calmodulin.
What is Calmodulin?
Calmodulin is a regulatory, calcium binding protein found in most cells. Without Calmodulin, calcium cannot be effectively assimilated for cellular health and optimal functioning of all body systems. The truth is that calmodulin levels in many adults starts to drop progressively after the age of 30 and many experience the onset of low bone mass or osteopenia, a precursor to osteoporosis.
How to Combat Calcium Deficiency, Increase Calcium Absorption and Prevent Osteoporosis
The good news is we can prevent osteoporosis with Calmodulin supplementation and simple lifestyle changes. A combination of a good diet full of extra calcium, adequate exercise and nutritional supplements are important for healthy bones:
- Exercise daily for 15 minutes to an hour. Any weight-bearing exercise is beneficial for your bones, but walking, running, jumping, dancing and weightlifting seem particularly helpful for creating healthy bones. A moderate amount of resistance exercises can stimulate the growth of bone tissues, thereby strengthening the bones.
- Get a healthy dose of sunlight to stimulate production of vitamin D3 which helps the body absorb calcium.
- Abstain from smoking, alcohol, and reduce intake caffeine and carbonated drinks
- Eat calcium rich food sources such as green leafy vegetables, molasses, salmon, oysters, seaweeds, fish, shrimps, walnuts, sesame, almonds and chia seeds
- Take a good supplement of Calmodulin such as CaM
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