Calcium and magnesium are two of many vitamin and mineral crystals which make up bone.
Calcium is a major contributor of strong teeth, healthy gums and strong bones. A lack of adequate calcium may lead to hypertension, tooth decay, brittle nails and insomnia. A few sources of calcium are organic dark green leafy vegetables, dairy products, fish, tofu, broccoli and some herbs such as basil. Diets high in fat, salt, sugar, coffee, soda, alcohol and protein inhibit calcium absorption. Estrogen and oral contraceptives also reduce absorption.
Magnesium is important because of its assistance with calcium and potassium absorption. Magnesium helps reduce the formation of kidney stones, the development of cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, headaches and may act as a mood enhancer. Deficiencies in magnesium may cause insomnia, seizures, cardiovascular issues, depression, muscle spasms, restless leg syndrome, Charley horses and digestive issues. Magnesium is found in dairy products, fish, green leafy vegetables, black eyed peas, some herbs, nuts and seeds, whole grains, beans and fruits such as bananas, apples, and cantaloupe. Magnesium absorption is decreased with large intakes of calcium, vitamin D, protein, almonds, spinach, tea and other foods high in oxalic acid.
Magnesium works with calcium to provide the bodies structural support by forming bones, aiding in cardiovascular functioning, the production of energy and improving muscle functions.
An acid forming diet consisting of meats, excessive processed sugar, processed flour, packaged foods, foods grown with pesticides, fried foods, caffeine and chemical additives causes the body to become dangerously acidic. An idea pH level in the body is 7.3, which is balanced, more alkaline. One of the bodies functions is to eliminate excess acid. Calcium and magnesium are alkaline substances that neutralize acids. Kidneys expel acid in the form of urine. When there is not sufficient calcium and magnesium intake, our bodies must dump calcium and magnesium into our bloodstream from our bones and muscles to neutralize acid. This results in bone loss.
Mineral rich foods must be prepared in a way that preserves its nutrients, such as not overcooking or using microwave ovens. Foods must be free of harmful additives and preservatives for maximum mineral absorption. Avoid non-stick coated cookware. They contain harmful chemicals. Use glass and stainless steel cookware.
If your diet lacks organic green leafy vegetables, organic dairy products, beans, whole grains, nuts, organic fruits and other organic vegetables, you may want to consider taking calcium and magnesium supplements.
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