Bad mood? You could be low in calcium

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

By Karin Spicer, Naturopath N.D.

It is long understood that natural calcium has an important role to play in your overall health and wellbeing. Calcium supports healthy bones, teeth, nails and hair – but did you know it is also an essential nutrient that gets used by your muscles, heart and nervous system? One thing that may also come as a surprise is that calcium is important for supporting a healthy mood.

Along with being part of the nutrient building blocks for strong bones, teeth, nails and hair, calcium is one of nature’s natural relaxants. Calcium has a calming and relaxing effect on your nervous system, the quality of your sleep and your mood. Low levels of calcium can lead to a sensitive or irritated nervous system, a restless night’s sleep or low mood.

In the past, calcium has been thought of as mainly for mature women, but modern knowledge shows both males and females can benefit from topping up if their diets are low in calcium.

Everyone’s calcium requirements are different, but on average, adults need around 1,000 milligrams of calcium a day for their body to function at its best. A diet rich in dairy and leafy greens is a good place to start.

If you are dairy intolerant, vegetarian, vegan, have poor digestion, have a diet high in processed foods, or are pregnant or breastfeeding, it might be worth considering a top up of natural, plant-sourced calcium. If you have children, you also need to ensure that their diets are supported by adequate levels of calcium for healthy bones, teeth, muscles, and an optimally-functioning nervous system.

Lifestream Natural Calcium is certified organic and plant sourced from sustainably harvested seaweed, grown in the pristine waters off the coast of Iceland. It contains mineral co-factors including magnesium, manganese and boron, and has a unique honeycomb structure to naturally support good absorption.

    

Did you know? Natural Calcium is the perfect top-up for those who are dairy intolerant, live a vegan lifestyle, or have a diet low in dairy

     

Always read the label and take as directed. If symptoms persist, consult your healthcare professional. Lifestream International Limited, Auckland.


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