Calcium And Salt
Just did annual bloodwork and was surprised to see that my calcium is still low (8.5 mg/dL). Last year it was low (8.6) so I added the not-cheap suppliment "Calcium D Gluterate" from Life Extension... I expected to see normal or even high-normal levels this year, certainly not a decrease.
Note - I'm already doing most of what I'm reading will help absorption: Vitamin D, C, K, & Magnesium.
So, I did some reading and learned my high salt intake could be my problem. I read this quote, then found some studies/below: "Increased sodium causes your body to compensate by pulling more calcium from your bones to maintain balance."
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15817862?dopt=Citation (hm... disregard this issue if you are black?)
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18410231 (no, I'm not menopausal yet)
For quite some time I've been doing 1-2 teaspoons (3,000-6,000 mg?) of salt just in my water alone every day. It's noteworthy that 2 years ago my calcium was in the normal range (8.9 mg.dL). I don't think I was hip to drinking saltwater yet at that time, but I'm not sure.
I'm going to ask my naturopath on my next visit, but I want to see if you all have any thoughts about this salt/calcium idea, and thoughts on how to get my calcium up? I'd rather not stop the saltwater completely. Maybe adding new forms of calcium (Calcium Citrate? Sardines?) or adding other supportive absorption minerals (manganese, strontium, maybe copper, maybe boron) will be enough?
Thanks for any help.