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Arrhythmias and Calcium

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Here’s what you should know about arrhythmias and calcium.

I wanted to talk about the relationship between  calcium and your cardiovascular system most people   associate calcium with your bones right you need  calcium to build healthy bones but calcium has   many other different purposes in the body and  one use is used as a communication particle or   a messenger between cells it’s

Also used in the  clotting process to help form clots and it’s a   major electrolyte in the ability for the muscle  to contract as well as in the relaxation process   so calcium has many different purposes one of the  unique things about calcium it’s something that   doesn’t get eliminated in the body too quickly  like other

Minerals like potassium for example   if you have too much potassium your body will get  rid of it real quick if your body has too much   magnesium it will get rid of that and even if you  have too much sodium you will get rid of sodium   but there’s certain minerals like calcium and even  iron that your body tends to accumulate

And if you   have too much of it you’re kind of stuck with it  for a while now the symptoms of too much calcium   in the body versus too little calcium are equally  as bad you want just the right amount you don’t   want too much you don’t want too little if you  have too much that’s called hypercalcemia if you   have too

Little that’s called hypocalcemia and  each one of them has its own series of symptoms   but what’s common about hyper and hypocalcemia is  arrhythmias okay so if you have too much or too   little your heart tends to develop palpitations  cardiac arrhythmias and it just loses its rhythm   so this is one of the problems if someone

Has  cardiac arrhythmias do you give someone more   calcium or do you avoid calcium and sometimes  you have to evaluate what the person is taking   in their supplements especially if they’re   in menopause or after menopause they’re taking  like one to two thousand milligrams of calcium   which i think is way too much

Calcium can then  put them at risk for heart attacks because it’s   just too much calcium and the type of calcium  they’re taking is the wrong type of calcium   is limestone you’d be better off chewing   consuming rocks it doesn’t get absorbed too well   a much better idea would be to get your calcium  from food dairy is

One good source but there’s   i’m going to put a link down below if you want   more data on that the other thing that happens  during menopause is that you lose your estrogen   and because estrogen becomes deficient not to  mention progesterone as well you then also lose   your ability to regulate calcium to a certain 

Degree so there’s a very direct relationship   between estrogen deficiency and calcium and that’s  one of the reasons why women when they go through   or osteoporosis simply because they lose   the estrogen control over calcium and so the thing  not to do is just to start loading up with calcium   what might be a better idea

Is to take something  like dhea which is the precursor for building up   more estrogen so that way that you can then absorb  more calcium but if you take too much of dhea   that can raise your testosterone so just make sure  you don’t take any more than 10 to 15 milligrams   i don’t want to get sidetracked but sometimes  it’s

A little bit complex to try to figure all   these things out because if you raise one thing  something else will then get raised i think if   you’re eating a healthy diet you’re on healthy  keto calcium is rarely going to be a problem it’s   pretty easy to get calcium in various foods it’s  in vegetables it’s in other foods it’s

In nuts   it’s definitely in dairy i think what’s more of  a problem is vitamin d vitamin d helps you absorb   d your absorption of calcium goes up by   20 times and the majority of the population is  so deficient in vitamin d i would say at least   70 percent of the population is deficient vitamin  d and that’s really

Where the problem is when   we’re dealing with calcium not the calcium itself  so i just wanted to talk about this interesting   relationship between calcium and cardiovascular  function and we’re dealing with supplements   calcium is one mineral that i wouldn’t necessarily  take as a standalone supplement all right  

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Arrhythmias and Calcium By Dr. Eric Berg DC