Diagnosing Calcium Deficiency

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Calcium is one of the body’s electrolytes found in our bones and blood. Our body needs calcium to stabilize our blood pressure and keep our bones and teeth strong and healthy.

Almost half of the calcium found in our body is attached to albumin, a protein within our blood. These protein-bound calcium will act as a “reserve protein” in the cell until it is moved to the bones. When the level of albumin decreases, the amount of calcium transferred to the bones also decreases which usually results to calcium deficiency, also known as hypocalcemia.

Fifty percent of the cases of hypocalcemia is due to a low level of albumin in the blood. Individuals with poor absorption in the gut, inadequate calcium intake, and certain medical conditions can also be at risk of this nutritional deficiency.

How it is diagnosed?

Mild cases of hypocalcemia can be difficult to diagnose because it does not show symptoms during the early stage of the deficiency. A routine blood test can be done to measure the total calcium level and the albumin level in the blood. The test will also determine the condition of the kidney and measure magnesium, phosphate, parathyroid hormone, and vitamin D levels.

As we get older, our body’s ability to absorb calcium changes. While we’re still young, eating a balanced diet with foods that are rich in calcium and taking calcium supplements is the best way to keep our bones strong and healthy.

Bentonite clay is used as a traditional detoxification tool because of its ability to remove toxins from the body. It is rich in potassium, calcium, magnesium, and other trace minerals that, when ingested, can act as a supplement that replaces the missing nutrients needed by the body.

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