Protein and Calcium deficiencies in Women

 Good Morning Kansas City

We learn by example right? Of course we do, and even as a doctor I am no exception! I was just sitting at my desk gathering my thoughts to write my next blog post and I had a revelation!

As a female doctor I can easily relate to my female patients when it comes to their ACHES and PAINS, most notably when they are nutritionally based. Alright back to my revelation this is how I arrived there…

I wanted to write a blog post on protein and calcium imbalances in women and how it so greatly affects every aspect of our health. I commonly will use my own experiences to help give my patients a first hand testimony of how enzyme therapy and proper nutrition has changed my life. My most common story is how I used to have chronic sacroiliac pain and would wake up every morning with low back pain, key word USED TO. Several years ago I had been told I was deficient in calcium, and it was not because I didn't eat sources of it, in fact that couldn't be any farther from the truth. I craved milk, craved it! I could drink a gallon of milk in a few days all by myself. Why was I craving it? I was not absorbing the calcium, my body thought I had not ingested any calcium so my brain kept telling me to try and get some more.

So after starting at OPTIMAL HEALTH CENTER in OVERLAND PARK, Dr. Gradwohl did the enzyme exam on me and found that I was calcium deficient. I already knew that, but what I did not know that the calcium deficiency was the source of my SI joint and Low back pain! We have two enzyme formulations that help with calcium deficiencies THY and PARA. PARA was my best friend for a few months while we got my calcium levels back in balance.

So here is the revelation….why was I calcium deficient?! Because…wait for it….I was Protein deficient!!! I had always been so fixated on the calcium deficiency and getting relief from the low back pain that I had not paid attention to how I got there in the first place. Long story short, I do not digest fats very well so I turned to carbohydrates instead, and very limited protein. This is the worst part when we eat too many carbohydrates and processed food (devoid of any nutritional value) it robs our bodies of calcium. If you want the scientific break down please message me for the full story, but basically it has to do with our body’s acid/alkaline balance and calcium works to neutralize the increases of acid due to excessive carbohydrate consumption. Trust me I was doing a lot of carbohydrate consumption ( I was in Grad school at the time) Yikes!!

Too many carbs and not enough protein, which leads me to my main point…protein deficiencies. We need protein for almost everything our body does and protein and calcium go hand-in-hand, they need each other to work properly in our body. I should clarify that when it comes to any deficiency, they can stem from two places 1) limited intake 2) and most common cause-- poor digestion. Protein is essential to transporting calcium throughout the body a major task and with out adequate levels of both, you can see how we can run into problems.

There is hope, this is were my training as an Loomis institute certified Internal Health Specialist come in. I can help determine your nutritional deficiencies and the specific approach to help you regain your health!

Until next time,

Dr. Amy

P.S. Here are the most common signs and symptoms of protein and calcium deficiencies…


History of spinal disc problems

Unable to tolerate stess

Irritated or receding gums, loose teeth

Cold hands and feet

Clicking jaw or TMJ pain

History of having difficulty healing after athletic injuries, surgery or trauma

Edema (swelling)

Hot flashes, menopausal symptoms

Chronic Low Back Pain


Neck, shoulder, arm, hand pain

History of bone disorders, spurs, osteoporosis

Muscle soreness and weakness

Loose teeth or poor fitting dentures

Restlessness, hyperirritability, or restless legs at night

Low back pain, weak joints or ligaments, fallen arches