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Are You Low in Calcium?

 Calcium, best known for its important role in bone health is an essential mineral. Calcium is needed to stabilize blood pressure, regulate hormone secretion and conduct nerve signals properly. When you don't get enough calcium you could suffer from calcium deficiency which could be identified by certain symptoms. Here's a list of the most common signs your body is lacking in calcium:

1. Dry skin


The lack of calcium, also known as Hypocalcemia, may be visible in your skin. This condition will likely make your skin look scaly and dry. It has also been found that calcium deficiency has a close link to the development of skin problems including eczema and psoriasis. 

2. Fatigue

An inadequacy of calcium can affect your overall physical health. So if you experience extreme fatigue, lethargy, lack of energy, or a constant feeling of sluggishness, ease up on the energy drinks. Instead, focus on something positive like balancing your diet. 

3. Depression


Calcium is also essential for regulating your mood. Calcium is a natural sedative that produces calming and relaxing effects. Generally, the less calcium you consume, the more depressed and irritable you may feel. 

4. Insomnia

As you sleep your levels of calcium rise and fall with higher levels occurring during deep sleep. If your body lacks calcium, you'll likely fail to have a sufficient deep night's sleep. This problem is related to calcium's role in the creation of melatonin, a hormone that helps us fall asleep.

5. Paresthesia


Paresthesia includes neurological symptoms related to severe calcium deficiency. You may experience tingling and numbness around the mouth or in the fingers and toes, muscle tremors, an impaired sense of touch and also a poor memory and hallucinations. 

6. Frequent illness

Calcium plays an important role in maintaining a healthy immune system as it helps your body fight against viruses and bacteria. A deficiency of calcium reduces your body's resistance against pathogen attacks, consequently giving you colds, coughs, and sneezes more often. 

7. Brittle nails


Just like your bones your nails need a certain amount of calcium to maintain their integrity. So, when you suffer from a deficiency in calcium your nails become dry, weak and are prone to peeling and splitting. Weak nails are not thick enough to withstand an impact and may, therefore, break during the simplest daily activities. 

8. Difficulty swallowing

While it may sound surprising, calcium deficiency can lead to dysphagia or difficulty in swallowing. This feeling of tightness is caused by poor contractions of the muscles in your throat. When severe, it can even lead to spasms in the larynx causing unusual changes in your voice. 

9. Toothaches


Most calcium is stored in our bones and teeth, so they are usually the first to suffer from calcium deficiency. Because of this vital element, your teeth may start to turn yellow, decay and may even hurt you. In addition, your risk of suffering from a periodontal disease may also increase. 

10. Muscle cramps

If you suffer from muscle cramps in your thighs, calves, arms, and underarms that mostly occur at night, it may be one of the early symptoms of a calcium deficiency. Cramps may also be followed by muscle aches while moving and walking and may progress into spasms in muscles all over your body with time. 

Bonus: How to treat calcium deficiency
All adults should consume around 1000mg of calcium a day. In order to maintain a proper calcium intake, your diet should include dark leafy greens including kale, collards, as well as broccoli and turnip greens. For other calcium-rich foods, it is necessary to eat more fatty fish including salmon, sardines, mackerel, and tuna, as well as cheese, milk, soybeans, almonds and sesame seeds. Furthermore, to help your body absorb calcium better you should increase your vitamin D intake which is found in foods like egg yolks, oysters, shrimps, mushrooms as well as fortified foods like cereal, oatmeal, and orange juice. 
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