While it’s good to eat natural foods, all natural doesn’t always mean healthy. We cannot rely on “Mother Nature” to always have our best interests in mind. In nature everything and everyone is subject to a well-established recycling system. If you want to avoid getting sucked down that drain, you have to be very alert to your life. This includes giving yourself the right nutrition at all times.
Calcium Consumption: A double-edged sword
Calcium is a mineral found in abundance on the surface of the earth and in water. This kind of calcium is an end product of metabolism, excreted by life forms and is inorganic. It is NOT usable by the body and can have very serious health consequences.
It is perfectly natural, dug right out of the earth. The problem is that our bodies cannot absorb nor assimilate that type of inorganic calcium and it causes hardening and calcification. If that happens the body loses its fluidity, flexibility and mobility.
Calcification can clog up the normal function of the organs and can cause many different types of inflammatory conditions. What could cause us to breakdown to have illnesses, aches and pains, is something entirely natural. So the label “all natural” isn’t enough.
On the other hand, calcium is also one of the most important minerals in our body, essential for life. Plants absorb inorganic calcium and other minerals from the soil and transform the inorganic minerals into organic minerals so they become suitable for human consumption. For that reason calcium in foods doesn’t cause all of the health problems that inorganic calcium does.
The dangers of inorganic calcium
In his very interesting book “The Calcium Bomb” Douglas Mulhall states that the following conditions all have a calcification component. The conditions just have a different name depending on where the calcium deposits are found in the body:
• In arteries, it’s called arteriosclerosis
• In the brain, it’s called Alzheimer’s disease
• In the eyes, it’s called cataracts
• In the gums, it’s called gum disease
• In the kidneys, it’s called kidney stones
• In the skin it’s called psoriasis
What all these conditions have in common is “hardening and Calcification of cells and tissue” due to an excess of calcium that the body cannot absorb and assimilate. Other calcification related conditions such as bursitis, arthritis, tendinitis and spinal calcium deposits require an army of painkillers and anti-inflammatories to manage the pain while the cause goes untreated. Hardened calcium deposits are a root cause of inflammation and infections. They provide a hiding place for bacteria, parasites, yeast and fungi.
Go for good calcium
Women in particular are frequently advised to take calcium in order to build strong bones. The best source of organic calcium is found in everyday foods such as broccoli, spinach, collard greens, kale, unpasteurized dairy, almonds and walnuts. All are excellent sources of calcium, and of course, they carry no health risks whatsoever.
Since minerals are synergistic, other minerals need to be present for absorption and proper delivery. In order to absorb calcium we also need minerals such as magnesium, zinc, potassium, boron and silica, just to name a few. Unfortunately, most calcium supplements are made of carbonate, phosphate, di-calcium phosphate, tri-calcium phosphate, coral, citrate, dolomite, oyster shell or bone meal. While they may have different names, they all have one thing in common: they are inorganic.
Dr. Robert Thompson M.D. dedicated an entire book to this important issue: “The Calcium Lie”. In his book Dr. Thompson concludes that calcium supplements have no real health benefits and could actually worsen your health. He states that everyone needs ionic minerals, not just calcium, because you cannot get all the nutrients through food grown in mineral depleted soils. He believes that unprocessed sea salt such as Celtic sea salt and pink sea salt is one of the best and the safest sources of these ionic trace minerals, necessary for many important functions in your body.
Other simple solutions
The first action to take is making sure that the water you’re drinking daily has no calcium in it. Simply boil down a cup of water and if a white film is left on the sides of your pan, you’ve got inorganic calcium. Look for water that doesn’t leave any film when you boil it down.
Calcium has the tendency to build up where there is stagnation in your body, so the more motion and movement you have in your body, the less calcification problems you will have.
We as human beings have the intelligence and the ability to consciously create and innovate. Humans have made enormous technological progress but when it comes to the body we are still in the Stone Age. If we want to go beyond what has been termed a “natural” lifespan, we have to outsmart “Mother Nature”. And that starts with being smart and selective about what we put in our bodies.
A certified Clinical Nutritionist & Personal Fitness Trainer with over 30 years experience, Christi Christiaens specializes in designing nutritional programs tailored to her clients’ specific needs. You can contact Christie at: christi(@)enerjoyfitness.com. To learn more about living unlimited visit People Unlimitedby