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Insomnia, Brittle Nails and 6 More Signs Your Body Is Running Low on Calcium

Insomnia, Brittle Nails and 6 More Signs Your Body Is Running Low on Calcium

If the level of calcium goes down in your body there are multiple repercussions including bone density loss, dental problems and more.

Growing up, you must have been chided multiple times by your mother for not drinking your milk, but you always found ways to get out of it. As it turns out, mothers know best. As an adult, you know that calcium is a crucial mineral important for your well-being. If the level of calcium goes down in your body there are multiple repercussions. Most of the calcium in your body is in your teeth and bones, while the rest is distributed among the nerve cells, body tissues, blood, and other body fluids, according to Medline Plus.

Maintaining a proper level of calcium in the body is important to prevent osteoporosis, a disease in which bones become weak and fragile. The bone density goes down leading to weakening of the spine and increasing the tendency to fracture.

Calcium helps in building strong bones and teeth, clotting blood, sending and receiving nerve signals, squeezing and relaxing muscles, releasing hormones and other chemicals as well as keeping a normal heartbeat.

Here are some signs that indicate calcium deficiency:

1. Brittle nails

Deficiency of calcium can have a direct effect on nails and skin. While the skin can become dry and itchy, nails may break often and become brittle. They also become dry. It can also lead to hair loss in round patches. The condition is called alopecia. Researchers have also found links to eczema and psoriasis, according to Medical News Today.

2. Painful premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

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Without the right amount of calcium in the body, you could face severe PMS symptoms like pain and cramps. A clinical trial in 2009 called Effects of calcium supplement therapy in women with premenstrual syndrome, published in NCBI, proved links between increased calcium intake and improved PMS symptoms. Some cramps and mood swings are normal but when it is too intense, then you should investigate the source of the problem.

As per the study Calcium and vitamin D intake and risk of incident premenstrual syndrome, published in NCBI, "High intake of calcium and vitamin D may reduce the risk of PMS. Given that calcium and vitamin D may also reduce the risk of osteoporosis and some cancers, clinicians may consider recommending these nutrients even for younger women."

3. Depression

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Low levels of calcium can lead to depression, which has other causes too. Other nutrients that can boost mood are chromium, folate, iron, magnesium, omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, and zinc, according to Washington Post. However, it should be taken in moderate amounts only. It can also cause irritability, impaired intellectual capacity, depression, anxiety, and personality changes, according to University Health News.

4. Osteoporosis

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The word literally means porous bones. It affects women post-menopause more as the estrogen level goes down. The bones become weaker and you become more prone to fractures in the hip, spine, and wrist.

The bone tissue gets renewed constantly and with age, the rate of production lowers. A person in the 20s would have the highest bone density and post 35 it starts weakening, according to Medical News Today.

5. Dental problems

Given how the most amount of calcium is found in the bones and teeth, if the calcium level goes down both would be affected. For a growing child, the right amount of calcium is important for tooth formation and for the growing bones.

When there isn't enough calcium in the body it starts seeking alternative sources and pulls it from the teeth, making your prongs prone to being brittle, weak roots, irritated gums, and decay. 

6. Muscle weakness

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Aches, spasms, and cramps are the first signs that you could have a calcium deficiency. It can be as severe as feeling pain in thighs, arms, underarms even while walking and going about your day normally. It can also lead to numbness and tingling in the extremities and mouth. But the latter sensations indicate a more severe level of deficiency.

7. Fatigue

The tiredness could be constant. You would be feeling lethargic or sluggish. Maybe, you feel that you don't have the energy to deal with a day. Not just that, it can also lead to lightheadedness, dizziness, and memory problems. It might cause you to feel disoriented and unable to focus.

8. Insomnia

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Along with fatigue, calcium deficiency also causes insomnia, which in turn causes more tiredness.  "Calcium helps the brain use the amino acid tryptophan to manufacture the sleep-inducing substance melatonin. This explains why dairy products, which contain both tryptophan and calcium, are one of the top sleep-inducing foods," according to Medical News Today.

References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15956003

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19574172

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/10-nutrients-that-can-lift-your-spirits/2014/01/14/05f4e514-7a4d-11e3-b1c5-739e63e9c9a7_story.html?utm_term=.bf43c2994168

https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/002412.htm

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/155646.php

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/163169.php

https://universityhealthnews.com/daily/nutrition/21-calcium-deficiency-symptoms-that-will-surprise-you/

Disclaimer : This article is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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