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 What is Calcium Deficiency

  Last Updated : Jul 28,2018

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.

4 Causes of Calcium Deficiency

1. Low levels of calcium in the diet
2. Vitamin D deficiency as vitamin D helps in the absorption of calcium
3. Liver disease
4.  Other medical illness, like defective absorption of minerals in the stomach or intestine are a few other causes of calcium deficiency.

3 Symptoms of calcium Deficiency

1. Brittle bones
2. Joint pains
3. Yellowing of teeth

3 Consequences of Calcium Deficiency
1. Bone and Teeth Abnormality : The major outcome of calcium deficiency is bone and teeth abnormalities which are seen quite different in children and adults.
2.  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.
3. 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

 by Tarla Dalal
dahi bhindi recipe | healthy dahi bhindi recipe | Rajasthani dahi bhindi | okra with yogurt | with amazing 18 images. dahi bhindi recipe is a Rajasthani dahi bhindi which is a healthy dahi bhindi recipe. Ingredients used to make dahi bhindi are extremely simple and basic. Made from ladies finger (bhindi), low fat curds and Indian spices, this Rajasthani dahi bhindi is very tasty. Dahi bhindi is the simplest sabzi recipe that can be included to your daily fare. Here, we have made few changes and made it healthier. The bhindis are steamed, we have used low fat curds and less oil to make it healthy dahi bhindi. If you are looking for a healthy and nutritious sabzi, this recipe is for you!! I bet the ingredients used in dahi bhindi recipe would be available in every Indian household pantry!! Traditionally, bhindi is deep fried and used, but here we have steamed it which made the sabzi healthier. We have also cut down the amount of oil in dahi bhindi recipe. If you like dahi bhindi the normal way, you can deep fry the bhindis. Despite having very little oil, your favourite lady finger sabzi is as tasty as ever! dahi bhindi can be prepared in short time of 15 minutes. To make okra with yogurt we have started with steaming bhindi in a steamer. Once the bhindi are steamed, it might look slimy yet you don’t need to worry as further, it will tend to lose its sliminess. Next, we have made a curd base mixture where we have combined curd with coriander powder, red chilli powder, besan which will help in thickening the sabzi and also if you avoid adding besan there are high chances of your curd curdling. We have mixed all of these well and kept aside. Further, for the tempering, we have heat oil in a broad non-stick pan and add cumin seeds, mustard seeds and fennel seeds followed by asafoetida and curry leaves. Once, all of these is cooked add the curd mixture and steamed bhindi, cook well and serve dahi bhindi with coriander garnished on top. 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 Rajasthani dahi bhindi 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. You can relish it with bajra roti or roti. Enjoy dahi bhindi recipe | healthy dahi bhindi recipe | Rajasthani dahi bhindi | okra with yogurt | with detailed step by step recipe photos below.
 by Tarla Dalal
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 by Tarla Dalal
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 by Tarla Dalal
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 by Tarla Dalal
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 by Tarla Dalal
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 by Tarla Dalal
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