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by 1523 · October 30, 2014 at 5:17 AM

Is it possible to have good serum calcium and vitamin D levels and weak bones? I've been paleo for a couple years and have always had decent serum calcium and good vitamin D levels. Broke a bone today doing something that should never have... (more)

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JenJen 0 · October 09, 2013 at 6:05 AM

Grr, can't reply directly to you @Mr_Snowman for some reason, hope you see this: I had heard that all of the studies on k2 and bone health were done with MK4 supplementation. In any case, the supplement I linked to above contains both. I am less... (more)

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by 631 · October 30, 2014 at 4:53 AM

I've been keeping a log on cronometer as of this past week, and I noted low calcium for the entire week (only 25% of recommended intake!). My Diet: Breakfast: 2 eggs, fried with 1 tbsp kerrygold butter, 1 whole raw cucumber with skin, 1 cup... (more)

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Keeks333 0 · July 07, 2013 at 1:25 PM

my initial reaction was that you are not eating enough... although you are 5'2, less than 1200 calories when doing cross fit and walking everywhere is very low!

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by 3280 · October 30, 2014 at 4:49 AM

My chiropractor (with 38 years of experience) is adamant that my muscle cramping & twitching is from low calcium, and not now magnesium. Last year when I ruled out deficiencies of calcium & magnesium, I did so using pills. My doc asked:... (more)

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CaveMan_Mike 0 · July 11, 2013 at 8:20 PM

The high calcium doesn't doesn't seem to be the solution for my muscle cramping, edema, headache. I'm still experimenting, but the oxalates seem high on the suspect list. Mike

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by 166 · October 30, 2014 at 4:40 AM

Hi all! My mom is on paleo for about 5 months now and she is doing great, lots of veg. >600 gr. and a bit fish and grass-fed meat. Three to four meals a day. Cheats every day with a piece of rye bread and about 200 ml sad yoghurt per day.... (more)

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by 55 · October 30, 2014 at 4:33 AM

I'm eating all the Paleo things I should for bone health but I always have that niggling feeling that it might not be enough without dairy. I really don't want to go back to dairy because I have noticed a lot of improvements in my airways and... (more)

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Canis_Minor 0 · December 28, 2012 at 12:52 AM

Also, there's plenty of calcium in several green vegetables, in almonds if you eat them and various other places. I load up on the leafy greens anyway, so I don't worry about it myself.

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by 20 · October 30, 2014 at 4:11 AM

I'm a Paleo newbie but already feel amazing after giving up grains & dairy. I'm a 55yr old healthy (low bp, normal weight, low cholesterol) & very active (aerobic & weight training) female with moderately annoying gut issues that... (more)

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Amy_B_ 0 · June 05, 2012 at 11:00 PM

If you're concerned about bone health, please also make sure you're getting enough vitamin K2. (Best sources: fats & organ meat from grassfed/pastured animals - butter, cream, egg yolks, liver. You can get K1 from leafy greens but people vary... (more)

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by 715 · October 30, 2014 at 4:06 AM

Several years ago I took a look at the Hauser diet, having gone through some prolotherapy in the neck area. Hauser diet has some sections on eating for your blood pH and I'm not sure of the whole science behind their approach, but I'm not ready to... (more)

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Chris_33 0 · April 20, 2012 at 11:18 PM

Try Vitamin K2. Something to read. Also lists foods high in Vitamin K2 about half way... (more)

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by 6229 · October 30, 2014 at 4:05 AM

If you are you might want to reconsider ... Looks like an ancestral way of eating is already protective with magnesium supplementation. There are some limitations - it's epidemiology and food questionnaires, but still interesting. Normal tension... (more)

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Jenny_9 0 · April 13, 2012 at 9:08 PM

My mom still cannot donate blood because of chronically low iron levels. I tell her she's going to outlive us all, but I would not encourage her to stop her iron supplement because she get fatigued VERY fast and looks like she has two black eyes... (more)

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by 716 · October 30, 2014 at 4:03 AM

I have read through the fabulous book, Nutrition and physical degeneration, by Price, but have been unable to find specific food sources that would allow many tropical cultures (melanesians, eg.) to acquire high amounts of calcium. He made special... (more)

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Wcc_Kamal_Stabby_fan 0 · April 01, 2012 at 2:16 AM

K2 is abundant in seafood but you have to eat the organ meats (like fish liver) to get it. http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2009/01/seafood-and-vitamin-k2.html (more)

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by 6229 · October 30, 2014 at 4:03 AM

While correlation doesn't necessarily = causation .... We have seen whole foods and those closer to the body's way of absorption be better then synthetic supplements in the case of Vitamin A, Vitamin E, heme iron, folic acid, Vitamin D3,... (more)

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by 105 · October 30, 2014 at 4:00 AM

Hi everyone, For the past 5+ months I have been learning and practicing paleo mainly because of my wonderful lady friend whom is associated with you guys! I have started reaching out to my mother for the past 2-3 months about the health benefits... (more)

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Joshua_1 0 · March 12, 2012 at 4:54 PM

Calcium needs magnesium to work properly. If you are eating a diet low in magnesium, all the milk in the world won't help you maintain and build new bone growth. Our requirements for calcium are lower than the average person, mostly due to... (more)

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by 12677 · October 30, 2014 at 3:52 AM

It seems well established that when one is taking in proper amounts of the nutrients involved with improving calcium metabolism (e.g. Vitamin D, K2, Magnesium, etc.) calcium need is reduced. Assuming an adult is receiving appropriate intakes of... (more)

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AmandaLP 0 · April 03, 2012 at 9:04 PM

The issue is not just how much is recommended, but what food it is in, how your body absorbs it, and the balance of other vitamins and hormones. The RDA is about 1000mg per day for adults, slightly more for pregnant and lactating women. The World... (more)

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by 4991 · October 30, 2014 at 3:46 AM

I have been using FitDay on and off for about 2 years now and find that I am regularly low in some minerals - potassium, magnesium and calcium to name a few. I've started adding nori, wakame etc to my diet and find in this... (more)

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The_Loon 0 · November 12, 2011 at 4:40 PM

Seaweed is used extensively to build soil on rocky coastal areas. Without the seaweed additions, virtually nothing would grow. Soils built upon mostly seaweed aren't necessarily that high in minerals, since they are usually also near areas with... (more)

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by 78422 · October 30, 2014 at 3:34 AM

My question is how to avoid this state? I am apprehensive that I may be overconsuming calcium in the form of two eggshells per day. What is the best dose per day for the athletic young man and what are the best arguments pro and con?

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Matt_1 0 · July 28, 2011 at 8:43 PM

Firstly, if you eat calcium rich dairy products such as cheese or milk then I doubt you need any extra calcium. So how much calcium is in an eggshell? I shall assume you are talking about averaged sized chicken eggs. Most of the estimates seem... (more)

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by 8933 · October 30, 2014 at 3:31 AM

Since I started eating immunopaleo (no nuts/fruits), and when I began calcium supplementation I got white marks on my teeth. Now I read it could be too much fluor, but I'm pretty positive it's "calcium spots" or "calcium deposits". My teeth are... (more)

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Kathi 0 · July 09, 2011 at 10:19 AM

White patches or spots on teeth can be a sign of flourosis or more probably calcium deposits. Either lack of minerals or lack of vitamins (fruit?). I wouldn't ignore them.

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by 1652 · October 30, 2014 at 3:25 AM

Hey kids, I'm new to paleo -- week 3. Hooray! I've struggled with bloating, constipation that started one morning 5 years ago. I went through a battery of tests back then and was treated for h.pylori (antibiotics--boo!). There was also an... (more)

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Ashley_Roze_ 0 · May 17, 2011 at 3:29 PM

Are you taking Magnesium? If you're taking Calcium you have to take magnesium, first of all to help with absorption but also it helps prevent the constipation. I'm not a sciency person so I can't give you the medical reason why it's important but... (more)

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by 30 · October 30, 2014 at 3:23 AM

I had some tooth pain twice today, it was quite odd. I usually brush with baking soda, but this time it caused some kinda acidic like pain, kinda reminiscent of the dentist drill, so it was a bit unpleasant. Ive been eating a lot of meat these... (more)

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Simibee 0 · April 26, 2011 at 10:01 PM

First of all the acid/base theory of calcium leeching is still very much under debate amongst the Paleo community (Stephan Guyenet against, Cordain for e.t.c.). Whilst I agree that it's unlikely that brief exposure to kiwis/pineapple is solely... (more)

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by 78422 · October 30, 2014 at 3:22 AM

Hi all, I am wondering what recommendations for calcium would be for weight-trainers who do high volume load bearing exercise daily? Currently I take approx. 2500 mg. but I'm apprehensive of the soft tissue calcification I've heard so much about... (more)

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The_Quilt 0 · April 18, 2011 at 2:53 AM

Again context.....for most I don't recommend calcium supplementation. A guy like you you don't need it. Magnesium maybe a different ballgame.

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by 889 · October 30, 2014 at 3:20 AM

I am on day 4 of low carb Paleo with no dairy (God I miss butter). I've had maybe one serving of cooked chard twice and am not digesting it very well. At the risk of TMI, it's just coming out pretty much the same way it went in. I know that my... (more)

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Lindsay 0 · April 01, 2011 at 4:05 PM

I see you brought up chewing. Good point to deal with: You should chew to the point that you barely need to swallow. I would also try cutting the greens really thin and adding them into salads, see if that changes anything. Do you have problems... (more)

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by 78422 · October 30, 2014 at 3:20 AM

Hi everyone. I am going to pass off my daily calcium supplementation program: 1 eggshell(with meal #1) 1 eggshell/1 500 mg. calcium carbonate tablet with 150iuVitD3(with meal #2) repeat same dose for meals #3 and #4. Total calcium 'per... (more)

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Heidi_1 0 · March 14, 2012 at 8:10 PM

Do you eat a lot of food with high oxalate content (most nuts, spinach, rhubarb and chocolate are some of the really big offenders.) Oxalic acid is an anti-nutrient that binds with the calcium in your food to form calcium oxalate. This keeps the... (more)

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by 1146 · October 30, 2014 at 3:13 AM

I am constantly getting only 45% of daily calcium needs, according to CW RDA's, and that's only when I consume sardines. I could eat as much vegetables as I want, but I can't seem to reach the 50% percent margin at least. Am I looking at a serious... (more)

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Dave_5 0 · January 16, 2011 at 12:33 AM

The importance of calcium is over emphasized in bone health at the expense of other important nutrients such as magnesium and vitamin D. This is partly due the SAD's (Standard American Diet) effect on calcium absorption (eating grains decreases... (more)

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by 78422 · October 30, 2014 at 3:05 AM

my hemoglobin went from 11.9 (reference interval 11.5-15.0) in 5/09 to 9.9 today- 8 months into paleo. what's up with that? my periods have been less heavy and i am eating more red meat that i ever have. so guess what ?- i'm making the call to a ... (more)

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paleohacks 0 · May 03, 2010 at 11:25 AM

actually i just read that feeling cold is not due to anemia, but may have something to do with the thyroid. anemia and thryroid problems often co-occur supposedly. now i have to read more to find out why.

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by 35 · October 29, 2014 at 4:04 AM

Hey guys, Is there any easy ways to get Calcium into your diet. I'm allergic to dark leafy greens & dairy. Cas

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greymouser 0 · August 22, 2013 at 3:54 PM

Eat the bones of small creatures, especially small fish, and make bone stock from larger bones. If you take supplemental calcium, you're either being sold processed bones or processed rocks. It is worth noting that the need for supplemental... (more)

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by 3742 · October 29, 2014 at 3:50 AM

Those of you who don't consume dairy, have you checked your typical routine to see if you're getting enough calcium? Have you had any lab tests to confirm? I suspect I'm getting most of my calcium from my lunch, which is a big salad of spinach and... (more)

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Mscott 0 · December 19, 2012 at 9:50 PM

I think calcium is a nutrient that we should focus on a bit more. I guarantee most people who eat a diary free paleo diet will have total intake of calcium well below the RDA, unless they eat a lot of green foliage and/or supplement. I gave an... (more)

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by 157 · October 29, 2014 at 3:47 AM

My supplement serving is 3 capsules,I take two with my first meal and one with my last meal.Any advice or am I doing it all right??

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lc875 0 · October 21, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Even though my supplement says take 2 daily, I only take one (600 mg calcium; 800 iu Vitamin D). I take it in the morning with food, as the directions state. I only take one because the rest of my calcium I can get from my diet. Side note: I... (more)

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