When I started my journey into health, I was bombarded by information and didn’t know what to believe. Through 15 years of studying, consulting with thousands of clients and being a parent to three boys, I have learned to discern information and unlearn many myths previously ingrained. Calcium was one of those myths.
Calcium is a major member of the mineral family. Almost certainly you have heard that calcium is needed for strong bones and teeth but is that really the case?
The Benefits and function of calcium in our bodies:
a. a contributor to building strong bones and teeth
b. helps lower blood pressure
c. helps with muscle contraction
d. aids vitamin K in blood clotting
e. assists cell membrane function
f. regulates enzyme activity
g. helps regulate blood sugar
h. helps to maintain healthy cholesterol levels
When you see a list like that you have to be amazed at the critical importance of this mineral. However, note that I write it helps, assists, contributes, regulates and aids these different functions. Calcium does not operate alone. It is a very important member of the mineral family but that is the keyword: member!
Calcium does not operate alone!
No single mineral, vitamin or enzyme in our body can function independently. Therefore we should never supplement or add any one of these elements individually without advice from a professional qualified in cellular nutrition. Calcium doesn’t build strong bones, it is one element that builds strong bones.
One of the key co-factors for Calcium is Vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin that so many people living in cold and dark winter climates don’t get enough of. It is a combination of vitamin D deficiency, mineral deficiency, hereditary factors and hormone imbalances that create the condition osteoporosis seen mostly in women during and after their menopausal years. The bone mineral deficiency often occurs due to the robbing of minerals from the bones by the blood supply. Our blood supply will rob from the bones to maintain homeostasis(balance).
How to ensure you get enough calcium
The best way to ensure that you don’t suffer a calcium deficiency is via your diet. However, you need to know what to avoid as well as what is good for you.
Dark green vegetables such as spinach and kale are a great source of calcium and are best if sourced organically and grown in nutrient-rich soils. Another great source of calcium is sesame seeds. I encourage you to supplement your calcium via whole food sources because these sources are in a complete form readily absorbed by our bodies, i.e. a synergistic combination of minerals that can be actively used by your body.
On the “what not to do list” please note that soda drinks will aid excretion of calcium. This is so important to know for your children. Children are often the highest consumers of soda drinks at a time in their lives when they need calcium the most. Not only are they not eating foods rich in calcium but they are robbing their bodies through the use of soda drinks.
A high source of calcium is raw milk, that is milk that is neither pasteurized not homogenized. The pasteurization process causes the calcium to become insoluble. If you are interested in learning more about raw milk, contact me directly.
Supplementation of Calcium
When considering supplementation, you should consider supplementing ionic trace minerals and not calcium alone. I never recommend that anyone supplements calcium. In my experience most adults are mineral deficient and it is this deficiency that lies at the heart of most health challenges.
If you want to learn more about calcium and the myths we have been led to believe, watch this video:
For more information on your mineral status, you can contact me directly at 425.999.0201 and I would be happy to offer you a 15 minute FREE consultation that will guide you to Optimal Cell Health!