Minerals are the body’s spark plugs!
We’ve all heard the marketing phrase, “Milk… it does a body good!” But, this is based on the assumption that we aren’t getting enough calcium in our diet, and that we need MORE calcium in the diet for strong bones. It may surprise you to know that most people get enough dietary calcium, but many are not able to USE the calcium in their body – and that the excess calcium could be harming them! In reality, calcium is a game of cofactors, and many people are lacking in the co-factors necessary to assimilate it.
The co-factors necessary for use of calcium by the body are:
- Systemic (blood) pH: The body tightly regulates blood pH between 7.35 and 7.45. It uses calcium from bone as a buffer for this. If blood pH becomes too acidic from stress (high sugar intake, sun exposure, etc.) or infection, calcium is used to alkalize the blood. If blood pH becomes too alkaline, calcium will be put back into the bones or tissue. If excess is put into the wrong tissues, it can cause problems (like bone spurs and cataracts).
- Hormones: Hormones affecting blood calcium and the bone remodeling process are Parathyroid Hormone, Thyroid Hormone, adrenal hormones, and sex hormones.
- Hydration: Being hydrated allows calcium to be transported through the blood to our tissues. Electrolytes in the water allow the transfer of calcium in and out of cells.
- Other Minerals: Calcium has to be in balance with other macrominerals, especially magnesium.
- Vitamins: Vitamin D works with Parathyroid Hormone (PTH) to increase the level of calcium in the blood.
- Essential Fatty Acids: These are necessary for the transport of calcium across the cell membrane into the cell. They also help increase the Ca levels in tissues.
- Digestion: Calcium can only be absorbed in an acidic environment. Stomach acid must be high enough for calcium absorption