Did you know that there’s such a thing as too much Calcium? I recently glanced at my container of Almond Milk which has ’2 times as much Calcium as dairy milk!’. That isn’t necessarily a good thing. I was so used to the normal tune of the media and society of how important it is to get Calcium that it surprised me when a friend alerted me to the fact that it’s actually quite easy to get sufficient amounts of Calcium if you have a normal diet, and that more people may be overdosing on it rather than being deficient. Don’t get me wrong; it’s very important to get enough of it. But the point my friend was making is that Calcium can be found in so many things these days – not only in dairy products. Because of its great reputation it’s added to everything, even to Orange Juice! Getting too much Calcium can increase your risk of heart disease (see for example this NYTimes article and this Dr.Oz article). What happens is that the excess Calcium can deposit itself on the inside of your arteries and build ‘mini mountains’ which require your heart to work that much harder to get the blood through. Too much Calcium can also harden arteries which are supposed to be flexible. To see if you get (more than) enough Calcium you can try this Calcium Calculator before considering visiting your physician – the only one who can tell you for sure via a blood test.