Mild hypercalcemia may be hard to identify, but some common symptoms include:
- Frequent urination
- Constant thirst
- Upset stomach
- Bone pain
- Mental cloudiness
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.
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.
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)
- 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.
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.