Two things are new: calcium and vinpocetine.
First the vinpocetine, as that is short and sweet. Someone suggested it for tinnitus. I found it in the vitamin store and it was really cheap. So I picked it up and tried it and my annoying ears are BETTER! Here, you can read all about it yourself:
OK, now the long part. Calcium.
I have known for years that I was low in this. My bloodwork came back low every time. Every time. I did supplement for awhile but never noticed any improvements so didn’t keep up with it. And then I started reading online that we shouldn’t supplement with calcium, we should take magnesium and eat calcium-rich foods instead. So I did that.
Well. I think that was a BIG MISTAKE.
And then, I cut out the sulfur/thiol foods, remember? Like broccoli and kale and spinach and dark leafy greens that have all that calcium in them….
It was just a matter of time before I figured it out.
Mostly I was trying to figure out why I was having more body pain and joint popping than usual.
I started googling, of course.
First I found this:
Then I found this list of Low Calcium symptoms:
- Muscle twitching
- Muscle spasms
- Muscle cramps in the legs
- Osteoporisis and other bone related diseases
- Depression, dementia
- Pale complexion
- Sensitivity to cold weather
- Sweating around the hairline even in cool temperatures
- For new moms, lack of breast milk
- Delayed puberty for girls
- Weak teeth
- Brittle finger nails
- Dry skin
- Unusual eye twitching
- Yellowing of the teeth
OK, check, check, check, wait, I thought that was iron deficiency, wait I thought the was low thyroid, check, check check, etc. Other links mentioned PMS and cramping. Bingo, too.
Reading this: Calcium Deficiency & Sore Muscles gave me a name for what was going on – Hypocalcemia. It says in addition to sore muscles, we can also have raw nerves, which cause that pins and needles that sucks. The thing that wakes me up at night, in pain.
Pieces are fitting together…
Then I found this link about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and calcium (and vitamin D, because they go together): Vitamin D deficiency results in chronic fatigue and multi-system symptoms
That explained a lot. Vitamin D was another thing I had been trying to raise by taking magnesium, according to the internet “specialists”. Calcium can give me energy? Really? Takes away pain and gives energy? What have I been waiting for?
And then this… Calcium/Magnesium ratios… it gets kind of technical… but this stood out to be true for me:
“…if zinc is on the high side, and potassium is low, then taking extra magnesium will usually lower calcium, since magnesium supports zinc, but lowers potassium, which is a calcium synergist. “
OK so I’ve been taking zinc for a long time and magnesium even longer and my potassium is always low (adrenals) and so of course I’ve just making things worse by not taking calcium when I was already low.
AND THEN!!! Taking calcium can cause weight loss?!?!
“Calcium has also been shown to modulate the inflammatory response and to increase weight loss. A recent study found that an increase in dietary calcium intake, together with a normal protein intake, increased fecal fat and energy excretion by about 350 calories per day.”
Sign me up! This could be the answer to my stubborn weight issues. The ones where it doesn’t matter how much or how little I eat, or how much or little I exercise, I stay the same size.
SO it was time to pop a calcium pill. It was PAST TIME.
I bought this one and took it. Calcium Aspartate.
And in 20 minutes or so… I felt different. Kind of steady feeling. Kind of like an edge I hadn’t realized was there was softened. Kind of… happier.
I love it when I can feel a thing working so fast, you really know you are onto something good when that happens.
So… it’s been a few days. I have more energy than I’ve had in a long time. I have not had those pins and needles pains SINCE. Not once. Body functions seem to be working better than usual, including digestion. Acne seems to be clearing up. I still have some muscle pain, but then I’m doing more than I have in years, like landscaping and moving boulders around the yard. There is still something I’m missing, but this is a big piece of the puzzle for me. I’m really happy to finally find it.