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How to Reduce High Calcium Levels (Hypercalcemia) Naturally

Hypercalcemia is a state in which there is simply too much calcium in the body. Although it is most commonly a result of overactive parathyroid glands, it can also be a result of an unbalanced diet, too much vitamin D, dehydration, certain medications, a sedentary lifestyle, and some medical conditions (including cancer, tuberculosis, sarcoidosis). In some cases, hypercalcemia can also be an inherited genetic condition.
It is important to take care of this condition because it can lead to renal insufficiency, kidney stones, and other health issues.

Hypercalcemia Symptoms

Mild hypercalcemia may be hard to identify, but some common symptoms include:

A simple blood test by your physician is recommended to confirm calcium levels in your body. If it turns out that you are suffering from high calcium levels, there are some important steps you should take to get your levels back where they belong.

Hydrate

The first and perhaps most important step is to hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Drinking at least 10 8-ounce glasses of pure water every day will help flush your kidneys and eliminate the excess calcium from the body.

Eat Your Grains

Eating a variety of grains and legumes will help prevent your body from absorbing too much calcium, thanks to the phytic acid in these foods. Beans and wheat germ will do the most for reducing calcium, so try incorporating a variety of these into your diet.

Reduce Phosphate

Because hypercalcemia is often caused by overactive parathyroid glands, decreasing the amount of phosphate in your body is especially crucial to restore a proper level of calcium. Foods that are high in phosphate, and thus important to avoid or reduce, include:

  • Most dairy products (milk, cheese, butter, yogurt)
  • Chocolate
  • Cereals
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Eggs
  • Chicken
  • Lentils
  • Carbonated beverages
  • Soy products
  • Whole grains

Because this is a pretty extensive list, you don’t need to necessarily eliminate all of these items from your diet forever, just reduce overall how many high-phosphate foods you consume.

Reduce Vitamin D Intake

If you have high calcium levels, taking a vitamin D supplement or consuming too much vitamin D in your diet will only exacerbate the issue. If you know for sure that you have hypercalcemia, it is recommended that you keep your vitamin D intake in check.

Chaste Tree

This herb, with a botanical name of vitex agnus castus, is crucial for treating high calcium levels because it helps regulate the parathyroid gland. Recommended dosage is 500-1000 mg every day.

Get Your Normal Amount of Calcium

This may seem absurd, but a diet low in calcium generally contributes to hypercalcemia. If there isn’t enough in the diet, your body will trigger your bones to release calcium into the blood. It wil also tell your digestive tract to absorb more calcium and your kidneys to excrete less calcium. It is vital, therefore, that you get your normal amount of calcium. There are many non-dairy options to help you get the right amount of calcium.

Lifestyle Changes to Reduce High Calcium Levels

As with most things, hypercalcemia is intricately linked to your lifestyle. It is important to quit smoking and to incorporate exercise into your routine; strength-training and weight-bearing exercises are the best for keeping your body healthy overall. Don’t forget to drink plenty of fluids!

Although it is not extremely common, hypercalcemia should be taken seriously and treated right away. Once you’ve determined that you have high calcium levels in your body, utilize these natural recommendations as quickly as possible to avoid any (further) damage or detrimental side effects in the body.

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8 Response Comments

  • Adam whyte  October 12, 2017 at 2:12 am

    Hi there,looking for advice as I suffer from overactive thyroid glands and would like your input on using chaste tree

    Reply
  • Donna  October 22, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    Have high calcium in blood. What herb should I take to help lower. Doctors want to operate

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    • Lynda  March 24, 2018 at 7:03 am

      I have to much calcium in my blood.

      Reply
  • Jo  January 2, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    Canyou help please. Ihave breast cancer and being treated with letrizole only. I have a persistantly high calciumbut drs cant find the cause. Parathyroid hormone normal andno spread to bones

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    • Sasha  January 6, 2018 at 12:09 pm

      Hi, Jo, I am sorry to hear about your condition. Unfortunately, we cannot help in this case as we are not medical doctors . We are not in a position to give advice, diagnosis, or treatment options for critical illnesses. Sorry once again!

      Reply
  • Delia Leon  January 7, 2018 at 11:55 am

    My husband is suffering de o. Hypercalcimia due to Multiple Myeloma. Kidneys are stressed but functioning fine. What’s the best thing he can take to get rid of high calcium levels?
    Thank you.

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  • Ines  May 1, 2018 at 3:30 am

    When your calcium levels are too high and there is a problem with the parathyroid hormone, there is really no option but surgery, unfortunately.

    Reply
    • Sasha  May 1, 2018 at 10:09 am

      Is that what your doctor told you or is it what you learned in medical school?

      Reply

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