I'm always sad to see dairy as the main source. A trace amount of dairy will kill me. It's hard to find a way to get my daily calcium amount. I was told (after over 25 years of using it) that my asthma meds caused problems with bones and am stuck with all these joint problems now. I'm struggling to get the needed calcium each day. I do take a supplement to help out but it's still hard. I was drinking a lot of almond milk which has plenty of calcium but I can't seem to find it locally as easily as I used to now.
Dairy products are NOT the way to add calcium. Due to its acidic nature and protein content, the calcium in milk is poorly absorbed. This is why Asian women in cultures that consume little, if any, milk have lower rates of osteoporosis than Western women who drink the most dairy. The spin doctors from the dairy industry make Big Tobacco execs look like amateurs! Another important point: Americans simply need to drink far less soda in order to uptake calcium better. But even when factors like soda consumption are controlled for, dairy is still linked to osteoporosis and fractures.
I have heard that adding milk to tea interferes with the absorbsion of tea's antioxidants.
But LOVE all of the other tips
1/31/2013 12:39:53 AM
Hannahfish, so glad you shared about the benifits of the Chia seeds. Thank you!
1/31/2013 12:37:09 AM
Just read where Chia Seeds have loads of calcium. Am adding them to my diet as soon as the order gets here!
1/23/2013 3:02:17 AM
Having read articles in the past, and my mother's collection of nutrition books, I know that milk and other dairy products, while they do contain calcium, are not healthy. The calcium, cannot be absorbed in the body when it comes from dairy products. I do recommend green leaves, which are generally healthier (especially organic ones) and other vegetable sources.
1/20/2013 3:25:50 PM
The only problem I have with milk or any kind of dairy product like milk is that milk is pasteurized and homogenized which means that is elevated to such temperatures as to kill any enzymes. Milk is enzymatically dead, the human body (our cells) needs these enzymes to assist our cells convert the calcium (or the added vitamin D) so without the enzymes the milk is really just little to no good for your body. Patients with osteoporosis who drink milk and eat yogurt ultimately increase their adipose tissue (fat) while not effecting the advance of osteoporosis. Additionally, pasteurized and homogenized milk is harmful to the development of any newborn and young animal (mammal) including homosapiens, typically compromising the development of the nervous system, among others, ultimately leading to death. The desire for humans to drink milk, in my opinion, is driven by money and politics. Homogenized and pasteurized milk, or anything that undergoes these extremes, truly does NOT do the body any good, unless it is the individuals desire to increase their fat content. Knowledge is power, research via the American medical journal, Johns Hopkins, Don't ask your Doctor or nutritional it's since, unless they are into homeopathic medicine or macrobiotics. Pasture rising and homogenizing milk gives it a longer shelf life. If a lactose intolerant person drank cows milk that was not enzymatically dead (homogenized/pasteurized) they would suffer no effects at all.
It's also important to keep in mind that calcium cannot do its work properly without the rest of the minerals being somewhat balanced. For instance, magnesium should be in a 1:2 ratio with calcium in your diet (by foods or supplementation or a mix of the two). This means for every 1000mg calcium you take, you should also take in 500mg magnesium. Until I learned this, I never got control of leg cramps (even without exercise), of my higher bp.
1/18/2013 7:26:29 PM
So glad HANNAFISH mentioned chia seeds. Love to add them to everything with wonderful benefits in texture, taste and nutrients.
I am trying not to eat more then a serving of dairy a day (2 max as a treat). Most dairy (other then yogurt) leads me to blotted and gasy. As much as I love dairy and live in WI, I don't think it is smart to eat a ton of it. Just like most things moderation is the key. I used in my coffee and cereal (I don't drink whats left in the bowl so it actually is very minumal what I eat with cereal).
Thing is I don't care for most veggies and they are really expensive in the winter time up here. I don't like canned or forzen spinincah and broccilli makes me what to through up (no seriously I have had to hold it back trying to eat it).
1/18/2013 10:09:25 AM
Also there was no mention of KEFIR. One cup of kefir provides 30 % of the daily calcium requirements. It helps maintain a healthy gut. Kefir is also nearly lactose-free because of the fermenting process. Yogurt and kefir contain different types of bacteria, each of which perform different tasks. Kefir has many times more healthy bacteria then yogurt. Kefir continues to produce in the intestinal tract whereas yogurt does not. Kefir is easy to make and does not require regulated temperatures to make it.
1/18/2013 9:52:05 AM
Why was there no mention of CHIA or CHIA GEL? Chia has 6 times more calcium than whole milk. It can easily be added to smoothies, yogurt, oatmeal, baking, soups, etc. It has no taste that will interfere with the flavors of what you add it to.
Chia has many other benefits as well. 1. You and switch out 1/2 of the butter or oil in baking. 2. It helps balance blood sugar. 3. Helps prevent Diverticulitis 4. Anti-oxidants
Magnesium – 15 times more than Broccoli Calcium – 6 times more than whole milk Omega-3 – nearly 9 times the amount found in Salmon Fiber – more than flax seed & 2 times more than bran flakes Iron – nearly 3 times more than spinach Protein – more than soy Unlike fish, Chia has NO CHOLESTEROL
1/18/2013 3:15:57 AM
Great article. Now. How can we get enough potassium? That's baffling to me, and no, bananas won't be enoough.
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