Calcium deficiency in the body can significantly worsen well-being and reduce the quality of life. This mineral not only provides the strength of bones and teeth, but its concentration in the blood depends on well-being in general. Nutricitologist Irina Kononenko named “Doctor Peter” four groups of foods that help flush out calcium from the body.
The first enemy of calcium is alcohol. Alcoholic beverages have a diuretic effect and disrupt the microflora of the gastrointestinal tract, these factors in themselves contribute to the removal of calcium from the body. Moreover, in some people, alcohol is absorbed worse, for example, women are harder to remove alcohol from the body than men. The longer alcohol “lingers” in the body, the stronger its effect on the concentration of calcium and other minerals.
Does not allow absorption of calcium palm oil. It, the expert notes, has excessive density, almost does not oxidize and creates a block for the cells of the body, which prevents the membranes from absorbing not only calcium, but also other vitamins and minerals.
If palm oil and alcohol are enemies of calcium in any concentration, then coffee is dangerous if you drink four or more cups a day. The fact is that coffee has a diuretic effect and literally flushes minerals from the body. True, there are nuances here. According to Irina Kononenko, some people have a breakdown in one of the genes, in which sensitivity to caffeine increases and a pronounced diuretic effect occurs already from one or two cups of coffee per day.
The fourth group of foods are those that contain large amounts of sugar. Such food disrupts the intestinal microflora. The absorption of calcium often occurs in the intestines. Accordingly, with excessive consumption of sweets, this mineral simply does not enter the body.
The nutritionist notes that various fasting diets can also affect the absorption of calcium. They affect bone mineralization.
But often, calcium deficiency is not due to diet, the cause is serious diseases, such as kidney failure or chronic bowel disease. The lack of a mineral occurs with a deficiency of vitamin D, as well as with long-term treatment with diuretics and drugs based on steroids. Calcium absorption is reduced at menopause.
There are several signs that make it possible to suspect a calcium deficiency in a person. The skin becomes dry, eczema, psoriasis may appear, teeth turn yellow, heart rhythm is disturbed. A person feels tired, lacks energy, irritability, insomnia may occur. Fingers and toes often go numb, sometimes there is a tingling sensation, while in general the sensitivity of the body is reduced, convulsions and difficulty in swallowing may appear, immunity weakens.
The nutritionist advises in case of calcium deficiency to replenish it with food. This mineral is found in dairy products, fish (although it must be eaten with bones), white beans, bananas, broccoli, nuts, mustard, turnips, parsley.
Sometimes it is impossible to restore calcium balance only with nutrition. Then you need to select vitamin complexes. But you can’t prescribe vitamins on your own. The dosage should be determined by the attending physician, in addition, an excessive concentration of calcium in the blood for the body is also quite harmful.