It’s really common for my clients to have issues with dairy, gluten and other foods when their body is in a state of depletion When both caloric and nutrient needs are not being met, the body cannot function optimally, causing functionality and tissues to degrade. The liver failing to “take out the body’s trash,” weak digestive juices, and intestinal leakiness set the stage for food sensitivity. However, there is good news; if you start to strategically nourish the body again, these conditions can be reversed!
Some of the first steps to repairing the body include avoiding sensitive foods for a period of time before re-introducing them to a stronger system. This helps to down regulate stress and inflammation in the body that can interfere with healing and regeneration. Another tool in battling inflammation is increasing foods that oppose the stress response. Calcium in the right form for YOU is one of the tools I use. Daily calcium helps quiet your parathyroid, and keeps parathyroid hormone (PTH) low. When blood calcium levels decrease (from lack of dietary calcium), it triggers parathyroid hormone (which controls calcium metabolism in the body) to break down bone to buffer the pH of the blood. This increases stress, and is an INFLAMMATORY process.
The parathyroid hormone (PTH) is an important regulator of calcium metabolism. If dietary calcium isn’t sufficient, causing blood calcium to decrease, the PTH increases, and removes calcium from bones to maintain a normal amount in the blood. PTH has many other effects, contributing to inflammation, calcification of soft tissues, and decreased respiratory energy production.” Dr. Ray Peat, PhD.
Many of my clients are allergic to dairy when we first start working together. This can make getting regular intake of calcium difficult, which is where bone broth and/or very small amounts of eggshell calcium come into play. Why not just a calcium supplement? Because there is a much cheaper, more nutrient dense version you can make at home!
Eggshell Calcium Recipe:
1) Save a few dozen used eggshells.
2) Cook them at 300 degrees for about 20-25 minutes to dry them out.
3) Let cool for 30-60 minutes.
4) Blend in a coffee grinder or high-speed blender (like a Vita-mix) until you get a very fine powdered consistency (very important!)
5) Consume about 1/8-1/4* teaspoon with a little water or juice 1-2 times per day if you know you are low calcium as confirmed by blood tests or hair tissue analysis. It’s best to get your calcium through food, and not supplemental ways (like eggshell calcium), unless you are working with a healthcare practitioner.
*Note: If you struggle with digestive issues start with a very small amount of eggshell calcium, as some may find it irritating to a weak digestive system.
Other ways to use eggshell calcium around your home:
- Use it as an abrasive element to your natural cleaning products, by adding it to a soapy water solution.
- Add a small amount of powdered eggshell calcium to the coffee grinds in your coffee maker to counteract bitter-tasting coffee.
- Sprinkle around the base of plants to allow it to act as a slow release fertilizer, as the calcium and minerals can nourish your garden!
- Combine some finely powdered eggshell calcium with an egg white for a nourishing face mask.
Give this recipe a try, and tell me what you think in the comments below or on our Facebook page!
Peat, Ray. Milk in context: allergies, ecology, and some myths. 2011. Retrieved April 15, 2013 from http://raypeat.com/articles/articles/milk.shtml
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