If you have strong bones and teeth, you can thank calcium for that. Calcium is an essential mineral that your body needs not only for bone and tooth health, but your body also uses calcium to stabilize blood pressure and regulate the heartbeat. Most calcium is stored in the bones and as the bones begin to thin with age, calcium is lost. This is normal and usually replaced daily with the foods we eat, but how can you tell if you’re not getting enough calcium?
To decrease your risk of developing osteoporosis or calcium deficiency disease (hypocalcemia), take note of these calcium deficiency symptoms.
1. Muscle cramps: Are your muscles aching, even when you haven’t worked out? Muscle aches and cramps are one of the first signs of a possible calcium deficiency. Calcium regulates muscle contractions and aches specifically in the arms, underarms and thighs during normal movement (like walking) can be an indication.
2. Brittle nails: Calcium helps nails to grow and strengthen nails. If your nails are weak and slow to grow, this could be a sign you aren’t getting enough calcium.
3. Insomnia: Yes, no sleep could be a sign of something wrong. Not getting enough calcium during the day may keep you up at night. A lack of calcium may prevent you from sleep or prevent you for having restful, deep sleep.