April 17, 2022

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A calcium deficiency is a more common problem than you might think. Learn more about the best test for calcium deficiency—it’s so easy!

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0:00 Introduction: How to spot a deficiency of calcium
0:10 What causes calcium deficiency?
0:32 Calcium deficiency symptoms
1:20 What does calcium do?
1:32 Factors that affect calcium absorption
3:58 The best test for calcium deficiency
5:09 The deeper causes of calcium deficiency
7:56 Check out my other video on calcium!

I’m going to show you a simple home test you can do to help determine if you have a calcium deficiency.

Calcium is a mineral we need for our muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments, and the nervous system.

The most common cause of calcium deficiency is the body not absorbing calcium or utilizing it properly.

Symptoms of calcium deficiency:
• Anxiety
• Irritability
• Insomnia
• Muscle tension
• Spasms or cramps
• Low back pain
• Constipation
• High blood pressure
• Heart palpitations
• Frequent nose bleeds
• Soft fingernails
• Frequent cold sores
• Frequent sunburns (with limited sun exposure)
• Hives
• Frequent fevers
• Frequent hoarseness
• Chronic coughing
• Difficulty falling asleep

Many things can lower your absorption of calcium, including:
• Low vitamin D
• Low magnesium
• Low levels of hydrochloric acid in the stomach
• A deficiency of essential fatty acids
• Low estrogen
• Excessively alkaline blood
• Gut inflammation
• Hypothyroidism
• Low calcitonin

The best test for calcium deficiency (don’t do this test if you have peripheral vascular disease):
1. Wrap a standard blood pressure cuff around your calf
2. Pump it up and record the number showing when you start feeling a cramp, then stop and deflate
3. If the number is:
• 200 or less—suspect a calcium deficiency
• 200 to 220—you have sufficient calcium levels
• 220 to 240—you have optimal calcium levels
Don’t go above 240



Dr. Eric Berg DC Bio:
Dr. Berg, age 57, is a chiropractor who specializes in Healthy Ketosis & Intermittent Fasting. He is the author of the best-selling book The Healthy Keto Plan, and is the Director of Dr. Berg Nutritionals. He no longer practices, but focuses on health education through social media.

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Dr. Eric Berg received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic in 1988. His use of “doctor” or “Dr.” in relation to himself solely refers to that degree. Dr. Berg is a licensed chiropractor in Virginia, California, and Louisiana, but he no longer practices chiropractic in any state and does not see patients so he can focus on educating people as a full time activity, yet he maintains an active license. This video is for general informational purposes only. It should not be used to self-diagnose and it is not a substitute for a medical exam, cure, treatment, diagnosis, and prescription or recommendation. It does not create a doctor-patient relationship between Dr. Berg and you. You should not make any change in your health regimen or diet before first consulting a physician and obtaining a medical exam, diagnosis, and recommendation. Always seek the advice of a physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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