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Effects Of Calcium Deficiency And Tips To Overcome It

How to deal with Calcium Deficiency?

Calcium is an important mineral that the body needs to build strong bones and teeth. It is also important for the proper functioning of the heart and other muscles in the body. Calcium deficiency can increase the risk of osteoporosis, osteopenia and hypocalcemia.

People who don’t get enough calcium in childhood don’t reach their full potential  as adults. The recommended daily amount of calcium  can be obtained from foods, supplements and vitamins.

Causes of calcium deficiency

The risk of calcium deficiency increases with age. There are many other factors that put you at risk, here are a few.

– Inadequate calcium intake over a long period of time, particularly during  childhood

– Some medications may decrease calcium absorption 

– Dietary intolerance to calcium-rich foods

– Hormonal changes in women

– Certain genetic factors

Women should increase their calcium intake earlier than men in their forties. It is important for women to increase their calcium intake as they approach menopause.

Symptoms of calcium deficiency:

1. Muscle problems

People with calcium deficiency may experience muscle pain, spasms, and convulsions. These people may also experience pain in their thighs and shoulders when walking or moving.

2. Extreme Fatigue

Low calcium levels  can cause extreme fatigue and make you feel sluggish all the time. It can also lead to insomnia. Fatigue caused by calcium deficiency can lead to dizziness, lightheadedness,  and brain fog, which can also lead to poor concentration, forgetfulness, and confusion.

3. Nail and Skin Problems

Prolonged calcium deficiency  can lead to dry skin, dry, brittle nails, brittle hair, eczema, dermatitis, itching and psoriasis.

4. Dental problems

When the body lacks calcium, it removes it  from the teeth.This can lead to dental problems such as tooth decay, brittle teeth, inflamed gums and weak tooth roots.

5. Depression

Research suggests that calcium deficiency may be associated with mood disorders, including depression. However, more research is needed to confirm the results.

Way to combat it

Calcium deficiency is usually easy to treat.This usually involves adding more calcium to your diet.

  • Don’t overindulge in calcium supplements. Taking more than the recommended dose without your doctor’s approval can lead to serious problems like kidney stones.

 Commonly recommended calcium supplements are:

  • Calcium Carbonate, which is the least expensive and contains the most basic calcium
  • Calcium Citrate, which is more easily absorbed
  • Calcium Phosphate, which is well absorbed and does not cause constipation

Calcium supplements are available in liquid, tablet, and chew forms.

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