Let’s uncover the secrets of another mighty macro mineral that goes beyond building strong bones and teeth – calcium. Did you know that calcium plays a role in your hormone health, muscle function, insulin release, and more?
In this blog post, we’ll dig into the importance of calcium, how it influences our hormones, the impact of calcium being out of balance, how to evaluate calcium levels with HTMA testing, and practical tips for incorporating calcium-rich foods into our diets. Let’s dive right in!
Calcium and Its Multifaceted Role: Calcium is more than just a bone builder!
It’s a mineral with superpowers that extend to various areas of our health:
- It’s primary job is to support strong bones and teeth, preventing future problems like osteoporosis.
- Calcium helps our muscles contract and relax, keeping us active and preventing muscle cramps.
- It ensures smooth communication between our nerves (meaning it controls our nervous system), enabling our body to function optimally.
- Calcium helps maintain the pH of the body and reduces the build-up of lactic acid.
- Calcium even activates enzymes, regulates hormone secretion (like insulin), and facilitates crucial cellular processes.
Striking the Balance: The Consequences of Calcium Imbalances
When our calcium levels are out of balance, it can lead to a range of issues:
- Insufficient calcium can weaken our bones, increasing the risk of fractures, and impact dental health.
- Low calcium levels may also lead to issues with hypertension, anxiety, trouble falling asleep, hyperthyroidism, and hyperactivity of our adrenal glands (where our stress hormone is produced).
- Excessive calcium may lead to muscle aches, excessive thirst, memory loss, joint pain or stiffness, depression, trouble hearing, kidney stones, and constipation.
Calcium’s Impact on Hormone Health:
Calcium has significant influence over our hormones:
- Supports the proper functioning of the parathyroid glands
- Is needed for the activation of vitamin D (a vitamin that acts as a hormone within the body), which then impacts our immune health
- Imbalances (high or low) in calcium levels can disrupt the signaling pathways of hormones such as insulin, estrogen, and thyroid
Evaluating Calcium Levels with HTMA Testing:
Gain deeper insights into your calcium levels through HTMA testing. By analyzing calcium levels in your hair, we can identify any deficiencies or excesses impacting your hormone health and wellness much sooner than what can be detected through traditional lab work and is more accurate since it is a reflection of the past 3-4 months instead of just a measure of one point in time.
Nourishing Your Body with Adequate Calcium Intake:
Take proactive steps to ensure you’re getting enough calcium in your daily diet. Include calcium-rich foods such as dairy products, leafy greens (like spinach and kale), seeds, beans, and almonds.
I warn you against supplementing with calcium unless you’re working with an appropriate practitioner who has testing results that back up your need for calcium supplementation. Calcium excess is most often seen in individuals who are utilizing calcium supplements without appropriate monitoring & potentially additional supplements like Vitamin K2.
By understanding the impact of calcium on your body, evaluating your levels with HTMA testing, and incorporating calcium-rich foods into your diets, you can take charge of your calcium balance. Let’s work together to discover your unique mineral profile and design a personalized plan to restore balance and vitality. Apply now for HTMA testing and embark on a transformative journey toward optimal hormone health and well-being.