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Milk Alkali Syndrome Symptoms

Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites

Article also includes foods to limit or avoid & possible causes of Milk Alkali Syndrome.

Definition of Milk Alkali Syndrome

Milk Alkali Syndrome is a rare result of large amounts of calcium levels in the blood. It can be caused by drinking excessive amounts of milk which is naturally rich in calcium, or long term use of certain antacids - particularly baking soda.

Generally, there are no symptoms. And when they do occur they may accompany issues with the kidneys.

Symptoms of Milk Alkali Syndrome

pain as associated with kidney stones - in the back and along the groin

weakness, irritability, fatigue, muscle pain

digestive upset, nausea

excessive urination as the electrolytes become imbalanced

What is Causing Milk Alkali Syndrome?

Getting to the cause of Milk Alkali Syndrome.....

If you are currently taking antacid drugs, particularly using baking soda as a stomach upset remedy and you have been doing such  in excess, see your doctor for advice - particularly if you are experiencing the above symptoms.

Your doctor will want to perform certain tests to determine diagnosis. X-rays can show tissue deposits of calcium, as can CT scans and Ultrascans.

In addition, the electrolyte levels may be tested. Kidney function tests may also be performed. Blood gas and blood calcium levels may be measured.

In today's 'world of nutrition' the old iron is the new calcium. So many foods are mined with such, which is a very poor alternative as we should be getting our vitamins and minerals from natural foods sources.

Traditional Treatment Methods Used for Milk Alkali Syndrome

Treatment may be as simple as removing or reducing the amount of milk in the daily diet. If antacids are the culprit, they will likely be removed from use.

In advanced cases of Milk Alkali Syndrome, the damage to the kidneys may be permanent which is why it is important to see your doctor if you are experiencing the symptoms for quick treatment.

Complications include kidney failure, kidney stones and Calcinosis - deposits of calcium within the body tissues.

Individuals who are at highest risk for Milk Alkali Syndrome are those treating osteoporosis with calcium. These individuals should not exceed 1.5 grams of calcium per day without consulting with your personal doctor.

Foods to Avoid That are Rich in Calcium Content

We have broken down the foods into each of their appropriate groups to better assist you in managing your condition.

The Grain Group

Cereals that are fortified or enriched with calcium such as General Mills Total Raisin Bran, Whole Grain Total and Total Corn Flakes. One serving of any of these calcium-enriched cereals contains 1000 or more milligrams of calcium.

In addition, cornmeal, wheat flour, all leveling agents such as baking soda and  baking powder - and foods prepared with leveling agents such as cornbread and biscuits.

The Dairy Group

Dairy Foods include sweetened condensed milk, cheese sauces. Also ricotta cheese. It's higher in calcium content that most varieties of cheese at 509 milligrams per cup.

Other foods to avoid include foods prepared with whole milk such as milk shakes, yogurt, eggnog, buttermilk and most varieties of cheese. Checking the nutrition label on the dairy products that you purchase for the exact content can assist.

The Vegetable Group

Many vegetables are rich in calcium benefits such as collard greens and rhubarb which contain about 350 milligrams of sodium per 1/2 cup, cooked.

Other vegetables rich in calcium include lettuce, spinach, soybeans, turnip greens [most greens are rich in calcium], cowpeas, and members of the legume family [beans and peas].

The Protein Group

The foods that reside in the protein and fruit groups are not as rich in calcium content as those in the above food groups. The foods referenced in these two groups contain less than 100 milligrams per serving.

Nuts, crab meat, pizza, lobster, many varieties of commercially prepared soups, chili con carne, pickled herring, pollock, turkey, oysters, pork loin, eggs, and soy-based meatless products such as the 'hamburger' patties.

The Fruit Group

Seedless raisins, dates, canned pumpkin, dried figs, papaya, grapefruit juice, and strawberries.

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