A lot of my clients who come to me mention that they are always thirsty no matter how much they drink.
They think that it’s just normal and something they have to deal with.
And trust me, that’s what I thought too for years and years before I healed my body.
If you’re reading this and say “hey, that’s what I deal with too!” then I want you to know that you are not alone…
AND…excessive thirst is actually an indication of imbalances in the body.
It’s a symptom that we often just brush aside and try to satiate by drinking more water or hydration drinks like Gatorade and Vitamin Water.
This symptom often indicates that you’ve got too much calcium in your body.
If you think of a time you’ve looked at a sink that has white hard stuff around the faucet…that’s a build up of calcium. And that kind of thing essentially can build up in our muscles and soft tissues.
So this build up of calcium forces your kidneys to work harder to filter it. This can cause excessive thirst and frequent urination.
While being unusually thirsty is one indicator that you may have higher calcium levels, that’s not the only one. Here are several more:
The more of these symptoms you deal with, the higher the likelihood that you have too much calcium in your body.
Now you might be wondering how these high levels of calcium happen…
I grew up during the time when “Milk, does a body good” commercials were huge and saw a lot of companies promoting their food being enhanced with calcium. A simple stroll through the grocery store reveals how much foods are still being pumped with calcium.
It’s been promoted for decades that calcium is essential for strong bones and teeth. And we’ve been told that as women, we need to make sure we’re getting our calcium in because our bone density starts to diminish after age 30.
While some of this is true, the way it has been promoted is false.
Focusing solely on getting calcium through food and supplementation is what’s wrong.
Adding calcium into the diet by itself without the necessary vitamins and minerals that work to pull it out of the soft tissue and into the bone is what’s wrong.
And that leads to a build-up in the tissues and the bones not getting what they need. In fact, it can lead to osteoporosis if we don’t have the right balance of other key nutrients that pull the calcium out of the tissue and put it where it belongs — in the teeth and bones.
So one of the ways we get these high levels of calcium in our tissues is due to the dietary intake example I gave above.
Another reason for excess levels of calcium is due to other minerals being lost in the body.
Excess calcium is a way the body tries to protect itself when other key minerals are being lost in the body due to stress or other factors.
What happens is…
- Potassium and magnesium get depleted first – when our body is under stress of any kind, it will burn through these minerals
- Boron is lost after this
- Then the body begins to build up a calcium shell
Everything in the body works in harmony, and once something starts to go, the body starts to compensate in this way.
As I mentioned above, your body starts to build up this calcium shell or barrier to protect you from those losses as they happen.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of negative physical side effects that come with this build up. When calcium builds up in the tissues, it’s this hard substance in tissues that are meant to be soft. And that’s why you see so many people with high levels of calcium deal with a lot of chronic pain and fatigue.
If you deal with a lot of the symptoms of excess calcium, here are some things you can do to begin to address the issue:
- Reduce consumption of foods high in calcium: nut milks, grapefruit juice, cow and goat milk/cheese, yogurt, and collard greens are all high in calcium. Plus, look at the label on the foods you eat to see if its been fortified with it.
- Avoid Vitamin D supplementation: Vitamin D supplementation can actually RAISE calcium levels and it can slow the metabolism down. If you deal with high levels of calcium, then you likely also have a slower metabolism…so taking vitamin D would only perpetuate the problem.
- If you already know you have low vitamin D, there is actually a whole lot more your body is telling you. Stay tuned for a future email about that.
- Focus on food high in potassium and magnesium: As we saw above, potassium and magnesium are lost before calcium goes high. So getting more of these foods into your diet can be super helpful.
- Potassium foods – celery juice, coconut water, beet greens, avocados, tomatoes
- Magnesium foods – spinach, avocados, hemp seeds, almonds, cashews, banana
- Test, don’t guess: Getting tested is the only way to get clear answers about what’s going on and to give you a clear path of how to heal these imbalances. If your calcium levels are high, then there’s a very good chance you have other imbalances going on. Guessing and trying things only prolongs your timeline to restore balance and feel better. Remember that symptoms are common…but they aren’t normal and they don’t have to be your normal. The best test for looking at calcium tissue levels is the HTMA, which is a hair tissue mineral analysis.
If you’ve been thinking about getting tested, you want to make sure…
A. You use the right test, and
B. you work with someone that can read it, who will put together a custom plan based on your results AND symptoms, and someone who will educate you on exactly what the test results mean.
That’s why I recommend running an HTMA test with me. The HTMA is a hair test that looks at the level of 37 minerals and metals in the cell and tissues and it looks at this accumulation over the past 3-4 months.
If you were to go to your doctor, they would run a blood test. Blood levels of calcium do NOT look at the buildup in the tissues. Blood is a transport system…so it’s only looking at what’s going on at that point in time. They definitely have their place, but not when we want to see an accumulation of what’s going on.
Plus, I care deeply about the success of my clients and that’s why I not only run the test, but I get to know you with 4 comprehensive intake forms so that I can truly correlate all that’s going on with you based on the test results. I also write up a custom report of my findings and provide a custom plan for healing and go over everything with you in a 75-minute results & recommendations call.
Interested in finally getting answers and having a straightforward plan for healing and finally feeling better? Then click here to learn more and sign up.
All my best,
PS – If you deal with symptoms and are ready to get some answers, then I encourage you to consider getting lab testing done and a customized plan for healing. If you deal with symptoms of excess calcium, then the HTMA is definitely the way to go. It’s the most cost-effective lab test and provides a TON of insight as to the root cause of what’s going on in the body leading to your symptoms.