Calcium Cascade & vertigo, stones (kidney, gall stones, pseudogout, etc.), adrenal fatigue, arthritis, and paradoxically, osteopenia/osteporosis. Here’s what happens when calcium gets too high.
Bones and teeth are made up of many minerals, not just calcium.
Most of us get plenty of calcium in our diet. Even doctors are catching on to the calcium problem and not recommending we take it anymore. Why?
- If calcium is too high, it pushes it’s partner, magnesium down low. When this happens, the body goes into a crisis and looks to the adrenals for more magnesium. This is because calcium and magnesium exist on a seesaw (ratio) and must be in balance for optimal health. That’s the start of adrenal fatigue. Because we need magnesium to make energy. And because magnesium is the master of all the minerals, making sure they all do their jobs.
- If calcium is too high, you may also notice muscle tension, fatigue, nerve-related issues in the body.
- If calcium continues to be too high, sodium and potassium — the minerals that keep the heart pumping, get lost in urine. The immune system starts to have problems.
- Now stomach acid and digestion are compromised (think H. Pylori, GERD/acid reflux, nausea, bloating, etc.)
- With lowered stomach acid, protein digestion is compromised…proteins break down into amino acids, the building blocks for muscle, body repair and MOODS, MEMORY!
- Cell function starts to be compromised. Now the cells can’t take in energy, but fat cells can…which can contribute to a feeling of starvation with weight gain. (constant cravings, weight gain from malabsorption, eating a little and still gaining weight, feeling depleted, fatigued). Your cells are starved of glucose and amino acids, leaving the fat cells to take it all in.
- Now the thyroid gets involved! Potassium continues to decline, leading to hypothyroid or thyroid hormone resistance. You may have normal thyroid hormone results, but a lowered metabolism.
- Now the stage is set for metabolic issues: type 2 diabetes, heart problems, obesity, depression, anxiety, migraines, etc.
- Taking vitamin D can only make this worse! Before taking vitamin D, it’s important to have healthy levels of magnesium and to test the ACTIVE vitamin D levels (not just the storage, which is the typical test). If Mag is high and active D is low, then take vitamin D, otherwise, you’re just jacking up calcium.
Here’s an article to learn more about magnesium and how to get your mineral levels tested.
My friend and colleague, Mineral expert Morley Robbins, joined me on my Loving Yourself to Great Health Hay House Radio show on Tuesday, June 6th to discuss this and we’ll answer your mineral and health questions! Read the recap of that interview.
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