Calcium is a much talked about mineral that is important for many key functions in the above and beyond the healthy bones and teeth that are so frequently mentioned. It is interesting to note that as bones and teeth weaken, the functions mentioned in the following paragraphs become more dysfunctional, and of course, the reverse, too. It is a cycle, either constructive or destructive, depending on what is or is not available to work with.
Calcium, Selenium and Magnesium are “garbage trucks” of the body. Calcium is known for carrying out heavy metals such as Mercury, Lead, Cadmium and Arsenic. Your “new car” smell can be heavy in mercury, since Mercury is added to plastics and vinyls for increased flexibility as they are shaped and molded. “Silver” fillings and root canals and the “environmentally safe” CLF light bulbs that have hazmat cleanup instructions on each container can increase Mercury exposure. Have you received any injections lately? Mercury is a frequent preservative* for injectables. Exercise, among other things, can create lactic acid “garbage” if blood calcium levels are inadequate.
Calcium supports good HDL Cholesterol levels. Bonus!
Normal insulin uptake by cells is supported by Calcium. Therefore, Calcium supports normal Blood Sugar Levels. Bonus!
Calcium is important to the immune system. Bonus! Calcium is number 3 in body preference for controlling body alkalinity, as well as bacterial and viral levels. Oxygen and Potassium are numbers one and two respectively. (Remember in this scenario that Sodium is necessary to both balance body Potassium levels AND keep Calcium soluble in the bloodstream.)
When there is inadequate Oxygen or Potassium available in the blood, Calcium is refocused into this niche activity. If the Calcium free in the blood is less than the amount needed, the bone and teeth storehouses are accessed. Accessing Calcium from these storehouses is accompanied by heat–heat as fever. Heat above normal body temperature kills bacteria and virus. The need for heat to control virus and bacterial growth dissipates as circulating blood Calcium levels increase. The resulting increase of blood alkalinity in the blood stream allows body temperature to return to normal.
Babies too young to have calcium storehouses (their bones are still cartilage!) may insist on nursing to access additional calcium through Mom’s milk during common childhood immune building times and teething. Remember–babies needs get preference over Mom’s needs during these times! Mom has to make sure she is getting adequate Calcium amounts for both of them as long as the baby is nursing.
*”Thimerosal is a mercury-containing preservative that is added to vials of vaccine that contain more than one dose to prevent contamination and growth of potentially harmful bacteria.” https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vac-gen/additives.htm