However, if phosphorus is too high or too low can cause medical issues. For example, too much
phosphate can cause diarrhea, as well as a hardening of organs and soft tissue. It can also affect our body’s ability to effectively use other minerals, such as iron, calcium, magnesium, and zinc. Excess phosphorus can be caused by kidney disease or overeating phosphorus and not enough calcium.
Phosphorus levels can drop too low in certain health conditions like diabetes and alcoholism, or when taking some medications like antacids, insulin, ACE inhibitors, corticosteroids, and anticonvulsants. Symptoms of low phosphorus may include joint or bone pain, loss of appetite, irritability or anxiety, fatigue, and reduced bone development in children.
When the appropriate amount of phosphorus is present in our bodies we experience the following health benefits
You will be happy to know that most foods contain phosphorus. Notably, many of the foods that are high in calcium or protein are also high in phosphorous such as:
As you can see, phosphorus is an essential mineral for the body, it is the key for many functions in the body to work correctly and to eat phosphorus rich foods can prevent many chronic illnesses, including autoimmune conditions.
Dr. Toni is a Best-selling author, Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP) & Registered Herbalist in San Diego, California. She holds a PhD in psychology, and a Clinical Herbalist Certificate, an HHP certificate and is a Certified Trainer in the Success Principles. In private practice as a HHP for over 14 years, she has been influenced by a variety of clinical modalities and orientations, and by the diverse life experiences of her clients. Toni’s approach to healing is holistic & transpersonal. In her work, she integrates the principles of Eastern and Western nutrition, herbololgy, energy medicine, Buddhist mindfulness and personal counseling to assist others in working through their physical or emotional blocks to attain optimal health.