What’s Calcium Got To Do With Anything?

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By Sarah Lawrence

When we hear calcium, we think “bones” not “thyroid,” right? Truth is, we need to think thyroid and this is why: Calcitonin.  

What Is Calcitonin?

Calcitonin is secreted by your thyroid. It regulates the balance of calcium in your bloodstream AND in your bones. Bones, in addition to giving your body structure and shaping a frame for your organs, are also storerooms for calcium. So, when calcitonin goes up, calcium leaches from your bones and enters your bloodstream. When calcitonin goes down, calcium exits your blood and goes back home to your bones. Too much thyroid hormone (aka hyperthyroidism) cranks up the calcitonin and calls calcium out to play. This is one reason why balanced thyroid hormones are critical and why many chronic thyroid sufferers struggle with osteoporosis.

The Culprits

The experts want you to know that there’s an APB out for Calcium Thieves. They’re everywhere, but you can avoid them! On the fugitive list: Stress (YES! Pow! Total eye opener, right? Stress messes with cortisol, which robs the body of calcium), sugar and soft drinks are culprits too, so cuff ’em and put ’em in a place where they can’t hurt you anymore. And for everyone taking thyroid hormone meds, make sure to space calcium supplements or calcium rich foods about 4 hours from the time you take your pills.  

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Getting Enough

Now, getting enough dietary calcium doesn’t have to be hard. If you’re a dairy do’er, kefir, yogurt, milk and cheese are rich sources of calcium. Non-dairy sources are really where it’s at though (sorry, cows… we still love ya). Cultures with great bone health, cardiac health and the lowest rates of osteoporosis get their calcium from plant based sources almost exclusively. Choose from tasty options like greens, almonds, pumpkin, spinach, seaweeds (arame, hijiki and wakame), broccoli, cabbage, carrots, figs, kale, lemons, oranges, papaya, parsley, sesame seeds, watercress, beans, figs, blackstrap molasses, fermented organic tofu and sweet potato.

We should aim for about 1,000 mg of dietary calcium every day. Try this smoothie for a tasty way to hit your mark today:

Calci-Yum Cooler
Recipe type: Smoothie
  • 2 cups raw spinach (490 mg)
  • 1 orange (52 mg)
  • 1 banana (6 mg)
  • ¼ cup sesame seeds (351 mg)
  • ¼ cup cashew nut (15 mg)
  • 1 Tbsp Blackstrap molasses (157 mg)
  • 2 tsp cinnamon (52 mg)
  • ¼ tsp clove (3 mg)
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender, blend until smooth and enjoy!

About the Author

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Sarah Lawrence is a Certified Holistic Health and Integrative Nutrition Coach, Speaker and Reiki Master based in Southern NH. Sarah creates lifestyle transformations by coaching her clients to shift from their current habits into healthier ones. Her philosophy is that small changes, over time, can yield big results. By developing a technique that leverages the benefits of whole foods nutritionals, seasonal detoxification, reiki, aromatherapy, meditation and life coaching, Sarah artfully combines her knowledge from years of study in the fields of chemistry, nutrition and energy healing.  

Sarah leads clients from frustration due chronic health issues to elation by attaining and sustaining balanced health. Her intuitive style supports true healing on all levels. Sarah studied at Fairfield University and the Institute for Integrative Nutrition; she is pursuing her Masters in Clinical Nutrition and is dedicated to continuing her studies so she can provide the best support for her clients.

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