Most of us know that calcium is a vital mineral for health and longevity.
We are told to drink milk to build strong bones because of its high calcium content, and as we age our doctor often tells us to supplement with calcium to prevent osteoporosis and premature bone loss.
Sounds well and good, right?
Well, I’m here to warn you that with calcium there’s a catch.
It’s not as simple as taking a supplement or drinking milk, there is more to the story.
As you all know, Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) is the foundation of the care plans I create for my patients, and there’s a very good reason for that.
An HTMA provides me with a blueprint of your body’s mineral matrix.
When I have your HTMA in front of me, it tells me how your body is responding to stress based on your mineral ratios.
It tells me if you are deficient in copper, iron, calcium, and magnesium, just to name a few.
With HTMA, there is no guess work.
The truth is, when your doctor (allopathic or natural) tells you to go to Whole Foods and buy a calcium supplement, he is guessing that it will work for you.
He doesn’t know what effect he is having on your body.
The calcium supplement that your doctor recommended, in some cases, can actually do more harm than good.
Here’s an example: Say a patient has an HTMA done and it comes back that they have a high calcium level.
This means that any calcium that their body was absorbing was not being utilized properly, and therefore biounavailable calcium has built up in the tissues.
This can occur for many reasons, but taking a calcium supplement without the proper synergists is one reason it can occur.
In order to be properly absorbed, calcium needs magnesium, hydrochloric acid, potassium, copper, iodine, boron, vitamins A and D, along with adequate adrenal hormone levels.
This is why it is so important to bring minerals into balance with each other with intelligent supplementation.
A lot can go wrong if we don’t have a mineral profile to refer to to see what the patient actually needs.
The patient may need one or all of the synergists listed above along with adrenal gland support in order to absorb and utilize calcium properly.
It is only when calcium is properly used by the body that your bones will remain healthy and strong, even into old age.
With how rampant mineral deficiencies are because of today’s nutrient poor food and extreme toxicity, bone loss is happening earlier and earlier and must be addressed with proper lifestyle and supplementation.