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What is Calcium Deficiency
Last Updated : May 16,2018
What is Calcium Deficiency
Here’s how calcium deficiency occurs…..
As with other minerals, the body has a marvelous system for keeping the concentration of calcium in the blood and tissues just right. This is needed because if calcium concentrations fall too low or get too high, certain organs will fail to function. The first checkpoint is in the intestines. If you eat too much calcium or already have enough calcium in your blood, the intestines simply absorb less of the calcium in the food you eat. If your body needs calcium, the intestine absorbs more. Bones are the second checkpoint. The intestine deposits the calcium in the bones and they act as a reservoir for calcium. When the amount of calcium in the blood dips too low, calcium is borrowed from the bones. This works for a time. When diets are low in this mineral, there may be a continuous withdrawal of calcium from the bones and not sufficient amount is available to be returned to the bones. Over time, this net loss will deplete the bones of calcium and lead to calcium deficiency.
Causes of Calcium Deficiency
• Low levels of calcium in the diet
• Vitamin D deficiency as vitamin D helps in the absorption of calcium
• Liver disease
• Other medical illness, like defective absorption of minerals in the stomach or intestine are a few other causes of calcium deficiency.
Symptoms of calcium Deficiency
• Brittle bones
• Joint pains
• Yellowing of teeth
Consequences of Calcium Deficiency
The major outcome of calcium deficiency is bone and teeth abnormalities which are seen quite different in children and adults.
• Rickets…Calcium deficiency in children…If children are deprived of calcium in their early stages of growth, it progressively leads to weakening and softening of bones making them fragile. Bowing of legs, enlargement of wrists, knees and ankles, poor muscular development, beaded ribs, large foreheads and protruding chest are some of the other features of rickets.
• Osteoporosis…Adult Rickets…The low levels of calcium in adults leads to loss of bone mass to such an extent that the bones lose strength and becomes unable to perform its supporting role in the body. Fractures may occur due to minor falls and bumps or bones may even break under their own weight. People with osteoporosis may have a hump in their backs, curvature of the spine and rounded shoulders. These conditions may be caused by the buckling of their weakened spines, no longer being strong enough to hold the body upright.
To overcome calcium deficiency please check which Calcium Rich Foods to have and what is your Daily Calcium Requirements
Below we give you some Calcium Rich recipes to follow.
What Is Calcium Deficiency
Here's a great way to enjoy a Rajasthani delicacy that is simply sumptuous and low in calories. Choose young and tender bhindis for this recipe that will cook quickly. Above all, the rich and fascinating aroma is so tempting that you won't feel that you're eating low calorie food.
This fresh, homemade Thandai tastes absolutely heavenly, far superior to the readymade mixes available in the market. Milk, energised with almonds and spices, Thandai is the perfect drink to serve on special days and festive occasions like Holi and Diwali. The aroma of fennel, cardamom, pepper and saffron rise atop the dense flavour of fully boiled milk, to pamper the senses and rejuvenate the spirit. You can strain the mixture before serving if you want it smooth, but if you like the coarse mouth-feel of ground almonds and poppy seeds, you can enjoy the drink as it is without straining.
Some foods are so easy to make yet so beneficial, you feel like saying – oh, why didn’t I know about this earlier! Well, the Anti-cancer and Anti-inflammation Spinach Juice is a perfect example.
An apt blend of ingredients like spinach and tomatoes gives it a nice taste and consistency, while at the same time these ingredients are bursting with nutrients that work against cancer and inflammation, two of today’s killer diseases.
Because we do not strain the juice, make sure you blend it really well. Give the mixer a break in between to avoid over-heating. Once done, chill the juice and serve to boost the taste. If you don’t want it cold, you can have it right away!
You can also try other nice juices like the Muskmelon Watermelon and Wheat Grass Juice
and Palak, Kale and Apple Juice
Use of whole-wheat pasta and lots of vegetables is the specialty of this fibre rich dish.
The milk and the cheese in the sauce enriches it with the much-needed calcium for growing kids.
The Palak Raita with Onions and Tomatoes is a vibrant gastronomic treat, that is visually very appealing too. The bowl features a splash of colours like green and red, and a burst of flavours from black salt, onions and tomatoes.
The raita is so simple to make, yet tastes very refreshing. It has no masala powders, but the tinge of black salt works well with the onions and tomatoes to boost the flavour of the palak raita. Onions also give it an exciting crunch, while tomatoes share their tanginess. Serve this awesome raita chilled.
Makes a fiting accompaniment to rotis like Multigrain Garlic Roti
, Stuffed Bajra Roti
, Jowar Methi Roti
, Jowar Bajre Ki Roti
and parathas like Green Pea Parathas
and Paneer Paratha
Broccoli is an all-in-one ingredient, which is a good source of nutrients like iron, folic acid, vitamins A and C, along with calcium too. The interesting veggie has a unique flavour and texture, which really please the palate. Once you develop a taste for it, you will want to keep having it often in some form or the other. And, what better way to consume this amazing veggie than in the form of a satiating and comforting soup. Combining broccoli with onions enhances its flavour, while milk improves the texture of the soup and adds a soothing element to the flavour chart. We have used low-cal milk to prepare this recipe, as excess fat inhibits the absorption of calcium. Enjoy this hearty soup for an effective calcium boost. Team up with Paneer Shavarma Wrap
to create a sumptuous, satiating meal.
Pancakes are favorites across the world. In this Indianised version, the not-so-common buckwheat combines with sour low-fat curds and bottle gourd to make iron and fibre-rich pancakes.
Have it along with Green Chutney
or Mint and Onion Chutney
for a delicious treat.
This quick and easy, no-fuss dish brings together three of your favourite ingredients – spinach, cottage cheese and green peas. A tempering of everyday ingredients and a dash of common spice powders gives the trio a fantastic taste, which combines beautifully with Indian breads of all kinds, be it rotis
This quick everyday subzi is a little watery because the spinach is cooked as such and not blended, but nonetheless it tastes too good for you to even think about the consistency. Relish it fresh off the pan!
Fresh Fruits Stuffed Rasmalai is a dessert beyond comparison, a creation that has to be experienced to be understood! The rich, milky flavour of succulent rasmalai is complemented beautifully by a fruity stuffing, and enhanced further by a topping of masala milk.
When you refrigerate the assembled dessert for some time, the fruits regain their crunch, while the rasmalai soaks in the milk and imbibes a richer flavour. Each spoonful of this dessert is an experience to savour, and makes you long for another serving!
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