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Better Health, Better Life!


Better Health, Better Life!

Newsletter 7

April 2013

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Calcium - Are you getting enough? 

As we age, our bones leach calcium. 

We are taught that milk contains calcium, but the calcium found in milk is actually very difficult to absorb ... and here's why:
·         According to Frank A. Oski, MD, former physician-in-chief at John Hopkins Children's Hospital, "Only foods with a calcium-to-phosphorus ratio of 2:1 or better should be used as a primary source of calcium".  The ratio of calcium to phosphorus in cow's milk is 1:1. This ratio causes the phosphorus to combine with the calcium in the digestive tract, preventing the absorption of calcium.
·         Also, the process of pasteurization causes casein (the main milk protein) to attach to the calcium, forming indigestible calcium caseinate, which cannot be absorbed or utilized by the human body.

You would think that supplementation is the solution - right? Wrong.

Calcium is one of the most challenging minerals to absorb when taking supplements. As a registered nutritionist, I rarely recommend calcium supplementation.

The best way to absorb calcium is by eating whole foods that are high in calcium ... or by drinking herbal tea also high in calcium.

Did you know that red raspberry leaf, red clover and stinging nettle leaves are high in calcium?

Infusion is the best way to ensure you are getting the maximum amount of calcium available in your herbal teas. An infused cup of stinging nettle tea contains approximately 500 mg of calcium, according to Susun Weed, herbalist and author.

To infuse tea, add loose herbs or a tea bag to a tea pot with a lid (a glass mason jar works as well) and pour hot water over the herbs or tea bag. Place the lid on the tea pot or Mason jar and steep for 20 - 40 minutes. Voila ... infused tea.
There are also many foods that are high in calcium, they are:
Almonds                Brazil nuts                  Beet greens                        Broccoli                Chard                        Collards                                   Kale                      Kidney beans            Okra                            Parsley                  Parsnips                     Raisins
Sea vegetables       Sesame seeds            Walnuts

Calcium absorption is also dependent on: protein, magnesium, phosphorous, and vitamin D. 

Certain foods and medications inhibit the absorption of calcium, they include: excessive intake of oxalates and phytates (found in spinach and unleavened whole wheat products), alcohol, coffee, sugar, diuretics, tetracycline, aluminum containing antacids, and phosphates.  Stress also reduces the absorption of calcium.

You can see that absorbing calcium is complex, however, not impossible.

My advice to get enough calcium ... drink at least one cup of infused herbal tea each day that is known to be high in calcium, switch to almond milk, eat lots of greens like broccoli, kale and collards, and introduce sea vegetables into your diet (as long as you are not on thyroid medication).

There is a great way to grow your own herbs and leafy greens this spring with a unique invention called Tower Garden -- Tim Blank, horticulturist, created this brilliant system for growing fruit, vegetables and herbs. Check out this YouTube video explaining Tim's journey with Tower Garden.

Tim Blank, developer of Tower Garden
Tim Blank, developer of Tower Garden

For more information on getting enough calcium or Tower Garden contact me at (905) 727-5797 or Carol Fazari .

Wishing you good health and excellent calcium absorption,

More Fruits & Veggies! Tips to Healthy Eating Lifestyle!
   By Jon Yaneff

Are you looking to add more fruits and vegetables to your diet? Canada's Food Guide suggests that children eat 4-6, teens 7-8, and adults 7-10 servings of fruits and vegetables per day.
You may perceive that eating healthy is a particular diet. It's not - it's a lifestyle. Diets fade, yet lifestyle changes will stand the test of time.
Here are some tips to get started:
1) Transition slowly -- drink a green smoothie with your regular not-so-healthy regime.
2) Have courage -- when starting on a healthy eating pattern, there will be people around you that aren't going to be accepting. Having the courage and commitment is very important in your transition.
3) Compassion -- have compassion with yourself and accept that baby steps are the way to lasting change.
4) Be creative - eat the colours of the rainbow. Being creative with your food and trusting your instincts are good methods to help you transition into a healthier life.
5) Change perception -- tradition and culture may play a part in how you feel when consuming certain foods. Chocolate, candy or chips may give you a feel good sensation. As you progress into your lifestyle change your taste buds will change along with you.
6) Be Patient -- when you're starting to incorporate good quality foods into your life, be patient and have fun with it. You'll discover a new food regime soon enough that will appeal to your taste buds - it will just take some time and commitment.

Jon Yaneff is a freelance writer and developer of Wellbeing Stadium Well Being Stadium  

Carol Fazari
Registered Nutritionist, Author, Speaker
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