It is well known that calcium and vitamin D are needed for healthy bones and teeth but your bones are actually composed of at least a dozen different minerals and phosphorus is one of these. Lack of phosphorus can lead to joint stiffness and fragile bones- and as it is also needed for energy, lack of it can cause fatigue as well.
Perhaps you have been feeling weak recently after having a sore stomach and drinking lots of antacids? These can stop the absorption of phosphorus and so lead to a deficiency.
Also too much cheese, milk and other foods rich in calcium can cause low phosphorus levels as can lack of vitamin D. Healthy foods rich in phosphorus include Brewer’s yeast, wheat germ and wheat bran, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and almonds.
However more commonly, overconsumption of fast foods and fizzy drinks, both high in phosphorus, can lead to excess levels of phosphorus and low calcium, resulting in muscle cramps, twitches or high blood pressure.
How do you know if you are low or high in a particular mineral? One useful test is a hair tissue mineral analysis. This will also pick up any heavy metal toxicity. To find out more, just book a free 15 minute health chat with Sarah Isaacs the online naturopath and nutritionist.
In the meantime, enjoy the early morning sun to boost vitamin D levels, cut down on junk food and fizzy drinks- and eat fresh organic food whenever possible. Also, don’t binge on dairy foods- and you can hope to enjoy the benefits of a well-balanced body.
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