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The Mineral Deficiency That Makes It Difficult to Lose Weight

by Jaime A. Heidel
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(The Best Years in Life) Difficulty losing weight is often blamed on a slow metabolism, thyroid disease, lack of exercise, and excessive consumption of junk food. While all of these can be factors in making weight loss difficult, there is a hidden cause that is often overlooked.

That cause is a calcium deficiency.

The Connection Between Calcium Deficiency and Weight Loss

According to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the calcium stores in fat cells help regulate the way your body processes and stores fat. Fat cells containing the most calcium burn more fat, which leads to weight loss.

Common Causes of Calcium Deficiency

  • Poor Digestion

A common cause of calcium deficiency is poor digestion. This could mean everything from low stomach acid to inadequate liver function. Since calcium is a challenging mineral to absorb, your digestive system must be healthy enough to break it down.

You can improve your digestion by taking a digestive enzyme supplement before every meal and a probiotic supplement each morning on an empty stomach.

  • Gastrointestinal Disease

Celiac disease, Crohn's disease, and other autoimmune and/or inflammatory bowel disorders can interfere with nutrient absorption, contributing to vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

If you're having trouble losing weight and are also struggling with one of these conditions, focus on stabilizing your health first before continuing your attempt to lose weight.

  • Other Nutrient Deficiencies

The two most common nutrient deficiencies are vitamin D3 and magnesium. Without these essential nutrients, your body cannot properly absorb calcium from food or a supplement.

  • Foods Inhibiting Absorption

If you have excess phosphorus in your diet, it may displace any calcium you take in. For example, there is a lot of phosphorus in cheese, wheat germ, bran, soybeans, and bacon.

Foods containing oxalic acid can interfere with your ability to absorb calcium. These foods include raw spinach, rhubarb, and chocolate.

  • Low-Quality Supplement

While there are a ton of calcium supplements on the market, not all are created equally. For example, calcium carbonate, gluconate, oxide, and dicalcium phosphate are not easily absorbed by the body.

Furthermore, many of the popular supplements you find at your pharmacy or grocery store contain hidden additives and preservatives that could cause serious health problems.

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Calcium-Rich Foods That Can Help You Lose Weight

Eating more calcium-rich foods will not only help you burn more fat, some (especially the greens) will help improve your digestion!

Moreover, these foods are packed with nutrients that can help reduce chronic inflammation, another common obstacle to weight loss.



Sesame Seeds

Curly Kale

Bok Choy


Dandelion Greens

Navy Beans


Turnip Greens


Grass-Fed Cheese

Collard Greens


Grass-Fed Butter

*Grass-fed dairy products are free of harmful pesticides, growth hormones, and antibiotics. They also are among the best sources of vitamin K2, which gives proteins the ability to bind to calcium ions.

The Best Way to Boost Your Calcium Levels

For maximum calcium absorption, your body needs adequate levels of magnesium and vitamin D3.

Taking a calcium citrate supplement with a chelated magnesium supplement and a vitamin D3 supplement is the best way to boost your calcium levels naturally.

Also, talk with your health care provider about testing you for a vitamin D3 deficiency as this deficiency has been linked to weight-loss difficulties.

Once you address and treat the physical illness or nutrient deficiency causing your health problems, shedding those unwanted pounds should be a breeze!

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NOTE: We at The Best Years in Life recommend caution when taking supplemental calcium. Most of us get plenty of calcium in our diets and problems with calcium deficiency are most likely due to deficiency in magnesium (which we STRONGLY recommend supplementation for), other minerals and other factors as explained in the article. As a matter of fact, there are some serious dangers associated with taking too much calcium - several of which are detailed in the following articles:

How Too Much Calcium Can Break Your Bones - Part 1 (also see Part 2)

The Calcium Supplement Problem: As Serious As A Heart Attack

Calcium Alone is not Enough for Healthy Bones

See also:

Thai Mediterranean Cuisine for Weight Loss

More Than Just Weight Loss: Walking Could Prevent the #1 and #2 Causes of Death



About the author:

Jaime is a professional freelance writer with a passion for natural health and wellness and she is also the author of Life Beyond Chronic Pain: The Step-by-Step Guide to Healing Chronic Illness Naturally. Her website, I Told You I Was Sick, was created to help those living with chronic pain and illness find natural ways to heal.

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