This article is shared with permission from our friends at positivemed.com.
It is recommended that adults consume up to 1,000 mg of calcium per day for optimal health.
What is Calcium?
Calcium is a naturally occurring mineral that has many important functions within the body. Calcium’s main function is to build cells, which means that blood, nerves, and bones all rely on calcium to work properly. Calcium is normally the most common mineral in the body, so a calcium deficiency can be extremely problematic.
Since calcium creates new cells, it is essential for the health of bones, teeth, muscles, functioning nerves, hormones, and even the ability to make blood clots. If a person is not getting the recommended daily dosage of calcium, 1,000 to 1,300 milligrams a day, they are calcium deficient.
Postmenopausal women, vegans, and lactose intolerant people are especially likely to develop a calcium deficiency. When a person is calcium deficient, the body may get its calcium from the bones and teeth, where calcium is typically stored, and this can cause dangerously weak bones to develop. As calcium deficiency worsens, a variety of health problems may occur.
Signs of Calcium Deficiency
Some signs of calcium deficiency include, but are not limited to (via PositiveMed.com):
Lowered bone density —This is one of the most dangerous symptoms of a calcium deficiency, since it can lead to fractures. Bone density is lowered because the body is using calcium for other vital operations instead.
Muscle cramps — Muscle cramps are an early warning sign of calcium deficiency, and they typically occur in the calf and thigh muscles. They happen during a deficiency because calcium usually helps to regulate muscle contractions.
Bruising easily — Calcium normally helps blood to clot whenever a blood vessel is broken. During a calcium deficiency, bruises are more pronounced after minor accidents because small capillaries under the skin bleed more when bumped.
Memory loss — This is one of the most severe signs of calcium deficiency. Calcium normally makes nerve cells, so without strong nerves, the brain can have difficulty remembering vital information.
Toothache — Just like bones, tooth density is lowered when the body needs to use calcium in other places. This leads to weaker teeth that are more likely to be weakened or decay.
Brittle nails — Calcium deposits are typically what makes nails strong and unbreakable. Since strong nails are not a priority of survival, nails will often become brittle as soon as a calcium deficiency occurs.
Exhaustion — A general feeling of fatigue and lethargy may set in once calcium deficiency is pronounced. Without calcium, the brain has trouble functioning, while the muscles have to work harder to move the body around.
How Much Calcium Do I Need?
The chart below shows the recommended daily calcium allowance based on age and gender.
What’s Eggs Got to Do With It?
Many people who have a calcium deficiency take supplements in order to get the adequate amount of calcium they need in their diet. However, instead of buying expensive supplements, you can make your own eggshell calcium powder in the comfort of your own kitchen!
Eggshells contain calcium and 27 other nutrients including glucosamine and hyaluronic acid. These ingredients improve joint health and decrease bone loss. Postmenopausal women who are at a high risk of developing osteoporosis would be well-served to give this homemade supplement a try. Eggshell powder has been proven to decrease pain levels associated with joint pain as well.
In this video, you will learn how to rinse, boil, and bake a dozen eggshells, and then grind them into a powder you can take with or without food…Click here to read the full article.
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