Testimony on Bone Health
“Hi Maria, I have to tell you 6 years ago I was told I have osteopenia, the beginning stages of osteoporosis. I started using almond flour and added magnesium 6 months ago. Last week I had a bone density test and my results were astonishing! In fact, the nurse was stunned. My hip area INCREASED 8.7% and my spine INCREASED by 1.2%! She told me most women lose 1% per year while going through menopause. Thank you Maria for all your knowledge. I just received your sweets cookbook and will be purchasing your slow cooker and one other to complete my collection! Love your blog and all the information!”
VIACTIV CALCIUM CHEWS
I am officially repulsed by advertising! I knew that there would be corn syrup in these “so-called” healthy calcium supplements, but TRANS-FAT! How ridiculous! AND I didn’t think that corn syrup would be the first ingredient…no wonder they taste so good. Sugar upsets the calcium/phosphorus ratio in the blood more than any other single factor. It also stresses the adrenal glands and upsets the hormone balance which affects calcium metabolism.
INGREDIENTS: Corn Syrup, Calcium Carbonate, Sugar, Nonfat Milk, Butter, Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (soybean and cottonseed), Soy Lecithin, Natural & Artificial Flavor, Glyceryl Monostearate, Carrageenan, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Phosphate, Vitamin D3, Vitamin K1
The United States has some of the highest calcium intakes in the entire world, yet we have the highest rate of hip fractures! So why is this??? One reason is that it doesn’t supply adequate magnesium. Studies of our ancestors’ pre-agricultural diets indicate that magnesium was probably consumed at about a 1:1 ratio with calcium. But now, the Calcium-Magnesium ratio is 12:1 in dairy. Since calcium and magnesium compete for the same absorption mechanisms, the imbalanced intake associated with our modern diet may well lead to magnesium deficiency. One feature of magnesium deficiency is the inhibition of osteoblasts (the cells that build and maintain bones). Calcium imbalance symptoms may include fatigue, depression, defensiveness, muscle weakness, pain, arteriosclerosis, arthritis, kidney stones, and gallstones. Others are bone spurs, rigidity, slow metabolism, constipation, social withdrawal, and spondylitis (rigidity and inflammation of the spine). Don’t get me wrong, most people need more calcium, BUT we need quality calcium to get into our bones…not just poor quality supplements that are going to cause problems. We need more calcium due to the pasteurization of milk, and the consumption of grains, sugar, and other nutritional imbalances (such as low vitamin D levels and inadequate magnesium intake). In addition, impaired digestion, intestinal infections, and stress all reduce calcium absorption, digestion, and utilization.
A diet high in phytic acid, which is found in the bran of whole grains, interferes with calcium absorption. This acid binds to a variety of minerals including calcium, to form insoluble salts, called phytates, which are wasted from the body. Since grains are a relatively new food, from an evolutionary perspective, it appears that we have not yet developed digestive tracts that can break down these phytates.
Some of my favorite calcium filled foods and recipes are:
1. KALE (I LOVE my Kale Chips),
2. Cottage Cheese (Pumpkin Pancakes)
3. Cheddar cheese (Hamburger Helper)
4. Sesame seeds (Salad Crisps)
5. Canned Salmon (salmon patties)
6. Pecans/Walnuts/Brazil Nuts (Pecan Sandies)
7. Cabbage (my Pasta)
8. Broccoli/spinach (Italian Casserole)
9. Rhubarb (Bread Pudding)
10. Almonds, almond flour, almond milk (Goldfish Crackers AND most of my recipes:)
11. Brewer’s yeast (my homemade POPCORN)
12. Artichokes (Easy Casserole)
13. Shrimp (Coconut Shrimp)
14. Sunflower Seeds (No Bake Energy Bars)
15. Peanuts (Nutter Butters)
16. Eggs (Pizza Bites)
Check out my cookbook Nutritious and Delicious for tons of Calcium-Filled Recipes!
Additional awesome sources of Calcium = kelp, sardines with bones, bok choy, watercress, parsley, ripe olives, romaine lettuce, pumpkin seeds, celery, and fish.
So with all of these options, if you get the grains, sugar, acidic sodas, and fruit juices out of your diet…do you really need to chow down on a junk-filled calcium chew??? NO, just spend the money on quality food.
To read more on WHAT supplements to take, check out my book: Secrets to a Healthy Metabolism.