How to Actually Balance Calcium Levels

How to Actually Balance Calcium Levels

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Mineral Spotlight: All about Calcium

Calcium is a mineral that tends to get a bad rap- but in reality it’s calcium supplements that we should be worried about. Real calcium from FOOD that is balanced with other nutrients is essential for health. Everything needs to be in balance!


The Role of Calcium in the Body

This is the most abundant mineral in the body- 99% should be found in the bone. The 1% not in the bones is needed for nerve transmission, blood pressure regulation, iron metabolism, proper cell division, plus health skin and teeth.  There is an increased need for calcium during pregnancy, lactation, and adolescence.

It is possible to have high tissue calcium as well as bio-UN-available calcium. We need magnesium and potassium to keep calcium in proper balance. There are 2 hormones involved with calcium metabolism: calcitonin and the parathyroid hormones.  Excess vitamin D makes us absorb too much calcium. Boron helps with the proper utilization of both calcium and vitamin D.

Calcium needs co-factors for proper absorption- this is why taking it (and any other nutrient) in isolation makes no sense. We truly need a lot for proper calcium regulation: magnesium, sodium, potassium, boron, silica, and phosphorus especially.

Calcium is one of the most misunderstood minerals thanks to the supplementing craze over the last decade or so. Supplementation of calcium can have some pretty serious side effects, so people are automatically jumping to thinking that calcium is bad. It just needs to be balanced!


Calcium deficiency signs:

  • Bones issues
  • Anxiety
  • Brittle nails
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Diminished nerve function


Calcium Sources

Recommended amount for most adults: 1000 mg a day

  • Blackstrap molasses, 1 tbsp: ~100mg
  • Yogurt (grass-fed), 1 cup: 300mg
  • Nettle infusions: 300mg per cup (nettles also have almost ALL of the main co-factors needed for calcium absorption!)
  • Collard Greens, 1 cup: 300mg
  • More Calcium Rich Foods


Calcium Excess

Supplementing with calcium is one of the most common ways that a calcium excess would occur. Calcium supplementation is being linked to heart disease, arthritis, crippling PMS, thyroid disorders, renal failure, and countless other ailments. (source) You can get PLENTY of calcium from food, no matter what your diet entails- especially when you realize that the co-factors matter JUST as much as the calcium itself.

Symptoms of a calcium excess:

  • Chronic pain
  • Fatigue
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Depression
  • Apathy/emotional numbness


When calcium builds up too much in the soft tissue, we can get what is called a “calcium shell”, which is something that will only show up on an HTMA test. A calcium shell can occur for a few big reasons:

  • Over-Supplementation of calcium. It’s not always about over-consumption in foods though- nearly everyone that I see with a calcium shell has actually been dairy free for a long time!
  • Stress can make us burn through sodium and potassium, which are crucial for keeping calcium in the bones where it belongs. The most stressed we get, the lower our sodium and potassium get, which can make us retain more calcium. This continues to further slow down our oxidation rate (metabolism) until we stop this cycle- stop the stress, work on adrenal health, and start getting sodium and potassium intake better.
  • Gut absorption issues are another big cause of calcium issues. We need stomach acid to break down and utilize protein, which will affect our phosphorus levels. We need phosphorus to keep calcium balanced as well. So with gut issues we can experience a slowing down of our overall metabolic rate.
  • Most people are dealing with BOTH the second and third issues here too!


HTMA is the only test that will show you exactly what is going on with your main minerals and what you need to do to properly balance calcium levels. You can read all about HTMA here!


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Welcome to Sassy Holistics! My name is Kristin, and I'm a Holistic Health Coach. I've been on the path to help people achieve better health using whole food nutrition, mineral balancing, and holistic healing principles for almost 7 years now.

The body is a whole and we must treat it as such! I have my Bachelor of Science in Natural Health Sciences, certificates in Herbal Studies from Herbal Academy, and I am constantly learning more about health to help my clients and followers.

My goal is to help you unleash your own inner healer! You already hold the power to heal inside you. My role is as a guide to help you realize this potential.

8 thoughts on “How to Actually Balance Calcium Levels”

  1. I don’t take any calcium supplement, don’t drink or eat a ton of calcium, why do I have calcium on echocardiogram on my mitral antral segment? Hormones? I am perimenopausal with sporadic menses. I have ^ BP. Would a test with you help me figure this out?

  2. That is very common to have a high calcium issue without having an excessive intake- it’s more about the other minerals that are needed to keep calcium in check (sodium, potassium, mag, boron, and silica especially). Yes, the HTMA can help to determine the biggest issues going on with utilization of calcium!

  3. Hi
    My calcium level is 340mg on Htma. It’s related to copper toxicity for me. Are you aware of that?

  4. Yes, but it’s all connected. Copper issues can happen because of sluggish metabolism and high calcium and vice versa. Usually the issue starts with the metabolic issues, and then the copper becomes dysregulated. Ultimately, the healing process is the same.

  5. Is eggshell calcium a good whole food source supplement? And can it be taken daily? Thanks 🙂

  6. I know some use that and like it. I haven’t personally used it so I can’t comment too much on it. Nettle infusions are often the best to fix calcium as you get the biggest co-factors as well.

  7. I’ve been diagnosed with hyperparathyroidism. Can this be managed with minerals and improving gut health or is surgery this only way to resolve the high calcium level?

  8. I haven’t worked with many people with that diagnosis so I cannot say for sure the best course of action. The ones that I have seen have definitely found benefit with mineral balancing though.

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