CALCIUM For Weight Loss
1. CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Calcium regulates the heartbeat and, in combination with the mineral magnesium, it is vital for the nourishment of the cardiovascular system: heart, arteries, veins and capillaries.
2. DIGESTIVE SYSTEM
Calcium is essential for the involuntary muscular movements of the digestive system (peristaltic action) and thereby protects against constipation.
3. GLANDULAR SYSTEM
The parathyroid glands regulate the storage of calcium throughout the body in combination with sunlight, vitamin D. Regular moderate sunlight is vital for healthy glands and for calcium metabolism.
5. MUSCULAR SYSTEM
Muscles need calcium to contract and relax. Cramps are often due to a calcium deficiency, as muscle fibres cannot contract or slide and mesh properly without a steady flow of calcium ions. Eating yoghurt the night before a big race can prevent cramps.
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6. NERVOUS SYSTEM
Calcium combined with magnesium is required for the transmission of nerve impulses to muscles.
20. REPAIR SYSTEM
Calcium foods are essential for the repair of bone fractures, and in combination with a regular daily supply of vitamin D (sunlight) plus such foods such as almonds, tahini and fresh vegetables, for the nutrients phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, silicon, fluorine, copper and vitamins A and C. Try a salad sandwich with Cheddar cheese and a spread of tahini on rye bread for a great bone repair lunch, while sitting outside in moderate sunlight.
8. SKELETAL SYSTEM
Calcium is the most important bone mineral, and with 200 bones in the adult skeleton it is vital to ensure a regular supply of calcium, with most emphasis for growing children and for women during pregnancy and lactation, plus the elderly.
Various factors are important with regard to proper calcium absorption for a strong skeletal system 1. Bones become weak without exercise and weight-bearing exercise or daily activities. 2. Vitamin D (sunlight) is vital for proper calcium absorption and strong bones. 3. Ideally the body needs a regular supply of calcium from the diet to maintain strong bones. 4. Over 95% of the body’s calcium is contained in the bones, teeth and skeletal system 5. The total calcium content of the body is entirely renewed over a six-year period.
12. GROWTH SYSTEM
Calcium is the dominant mineral for the growth system Milk and dairy products are the most common source of calcium and they are very good sources, however, it is important that children obtain a good supply of fruits and vegetables to help cleanse the body of excess mucus produced from the digestion of dairy foods.
13. IMMUNE SYSTEM
Calcium is required to increase the body’s general resistance to fight infections. Only when the calcium levels are low can a virus infection occur.
14. JOINT SYSTEM
Calcium obtained from refined foods such as white bread, biscuits, etc. is converted from organic into inorganic by heat and processing. Inorganic calcium can cause deposits within the joint system, eventually leading to conditions such as arthritis.
NOTE: THE BODY SYSTEM NUMBERS CORRESPOND TO THE NUMBERS USED IN CHAPTER 7U.
NOTE: d.v. refers to the daily value for women 25-50 years, refer to RDI chart for adult male and child values.