How to Obtain Calcium Naturally

This article talks about the various functions of calcium in the body and causes for its deficiency. It also describes how calcium is metabolized in the body, and how to obtain it naturally.

Symptoms of Calcium Deficiency

As we grow older and experience frequent muscle cramps and twitch, or numbness in fingers and toes (pins and needles), we are awakened to the declining reserves of calcium in the body, as nerve signaling and muscle contraction are dependent upon adequate supplies of calcium. Similarly, severe menstrual cramps women experience, as also insomnia and a low tolerance for colder climates, can also indicate calcium deficiency. Calcium is also necessary for blood clotting, for regulation of enzyme activity, for a healthy heart and for the growth and maintenance of strong teeth and bones. Since the major source of calcium in the body is bones, the body leaches the bones for the required supply of calcium when it becomes deficient in calcium. Thus, its deficiency results in  brittle nails and porous bones that is susceptible to break not by falls alone, but even by a sudden and forceful sneeze.

Reasons for Calcium Deficiency

Calcium is abundantly available in much food. Yet its bio availability depends on finicky details of the levels of many enzymes and minerals in the body. Much of the grains we eat undergo so much processing that the co-nutrients needed for the metabolism of calcium are stripped off. The consumption of pasteurized milk, refined grains, refined sugar, intestinal infections and imbalances, and stress all tend to reduce calcium absorption.

How To Obtain Calcium From Food