Add More Calcium to Your Diet

Add More Calcium to Your DietThose dealing with cramps, changes in your hair and nails, twitching in your hands, feet, and face, and tingling or numbness in your extremities may suffer from hypocalcemia. Also known as calcium deficiency, this condition is due to genetics, vitamin deficiencies, other conditions, or a combination of factors. Hypocalcemia is cause for concern as calcium is essential to almost every process in your body. The good news is that there are a few simple ways to get your body back to where it needs to be. 

According to Advance ER, the following snacks are good sources of calcium: 

  • Cheese sticks – this dairy product is an excellent energy source and helps build strong bones and teeth.
  • Yogurt – full of protein and calcium, yogurt contains probiotics that benefit gut health.
  • Raw veggies – carrots, celery, cucumbers, and dark greens (kale, broccoli, etc.) are low in calories but high in nutrients.
  • Almonds – among the highest of all the nuts in calcium amounts, 1 ounce (23 nuts) of almonds delivers 6% of the daily value.

However, you may have some difficulty in taking calcium if you belong to one of the following groups:

  • Vegetarian or vegan
  • Lactose intolerant
  • Consume large amounts of sodium or protein, which can cause your body to excrete more calcium
  • Have certain digestive diseases that decrease your ability to absorb calcium, such as celiac disease

In these instances, Living Well Dallas suggests taking calcium supplements. Calcium supplements such as vitamin C or vitamin D are highly effective in eliminating symptoms of hypocalcemia. Too much calcium build-up can lead to painful kidney stones, so be sure not to overdo the calcium supplements if you take them. To avoid the formation of these stones, drink plenty of water every day. When something else is needed, your medical provider will give you intravenous (IV) injections. 

If you are at risk for heart disease, we suggest taking a coronary calcium test to check for calcium build-up in the walls of the coronary arteries. During the test, computed tomography (CT) takes a picture of your heart and analyzes the amount of calcium in your heart. The higher the score, the higher your risk for artery/heart disease. Fortunately, nearby Baylor Scott & White Heart Hospital – Plano offers this screening, so if you are worried or want to check up on your heart’s health, click on this LINK to learn more and schedule your appointment. 

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