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Get Calcium Without Drinking Cow’s Milk

Eat celery – yes, celery as it contains the “media-sign” or signature of the bones.Celery contains approximately 21% phytalitic or plant sodium (salt), the same as your bones. Your body needs salt in order to have strong, healthy bones.

Here’s why…
Salt ionizes into Calcium in the body when combined with Water and Vitamin D (from Sunlight)!

The great thing about celery is that it is readily available and can be used in salads, soups and many other dishes as well

Remember though, it is best eaten raw to get the maximum nutrient content possible.

Don mentions in the article the importance of eating “stalky, sodium rich foods” to combat the problems associated with brittle bones, joint and hip problems and degenerative diseases like osteoporosis. So here we are talking about Rhubarb, Bok Choy and Spinach.

Eat Nature made salts NOT processed salt that has been tampered with. So here we are talking about Himalayan Pink Salt and Celtic Sea Salt. You should include this in your diet each day.

There you have it – “stick with plant whole foods, sunlight, salt,
water and light exercise and you’ll have nothing to worry about.”

In addition, Thomas Campbell MD, in an article on http://www.nutritionstudies.org suggests that “If you are eating a whole-food, plant-based diet, you can get over 500mg of calcium a day without thinking twice about it.”

Don Tolman also recommends the following as add ons: Almonds Wholegrain breads and cereals Citrus Dark Leafy greens Organic Tofu.

Organic Farming

Before the advent of synthetic fertilisers and chemical pesticides, all farming was organic. Booming populations required increased food production, and this drove Man to improve on Mother Nature. This resulted in the widespread use of chemicals in farming- not just the production of food grains but livestock rearing as well.

Organic farming shuns the use of these chemicals. It also rejects genetically modified organisms and seeds, and the use of antibiotics and hormones.

However, this is not the sum total of what the practice entails. It is a holistic system which treats the soil and farming as a living entity; the principal goal is sustainable and harmonious practices which make the human race one with their environment.

The advantages of organic farming are innumerable:

Soil protection
There is a whole world of living organisms and ‘societies’ in the soil and underground. Organic farming aims to protect all this to prevent degradation of soil. For example, though nitrogen makes up 78.09% of air, it is not available to plants unless it is fixed in the soil. Limited soil nitrogen is a big factor curbing food production the world over. Organic farming uses leguminous plants, like peanut, and their symbiotic relationship with nitrogen-fixing bacteria to achieve this.

The interdependence of crops to soil organisms is delicate and the harsh use of chemicals destroys this delicate, ecological balance and destroys the soil. Organic methods of farming ensure the wellbeing of the whole.

Recycle ‘wastes’
Material that was considered waste like crop residue and farmyard manure, and fish by- products is used to nourish the soil and the crops. This has the two-pronged benefit of being an environmentally safe waste disposal system as well as limiting the production of greenhouse gases unlike synthetic fertilisers and their detrimental contribution to global warming.

Maintaining biological diversity
Food production is big business today. Unfortunately, when multi -billion dollar corporations peddle their genetically modified ware, they promote homogeneity and monocultures on a gigantic scale. Experts feel that this results in increased vulnerability of crops to climate change, pests and disease. The policy for fitness in nature has always been to adapt and survive.

The other frightening downside to genetic meddling is that the devoted use of a single kind of pesticide that these modified crops encourage might also encourage the development of sinister superbugs and superweeds. This is already a matter of concern.

Livestock health is indeed wealth
An organic livestock farmer must integrate systems that accommodate the natural behaviour and health of the animal. This includes access to the outdoors including fresh air, sunlight, and pasture for ruminants like cows and buffaloes, shade, and shelter.

Livestock feed must be organic too. The manure produced must be managed and recycled to make the most of the nutrients.

Benefits and Nutritional Value for Almonds

Useful in

Antioxidants | Anti-aging | Diabetes II | Cardiovascular disorders | High Blood Pressure | High Cholesterol levels | Obesity | Women health | Skin | energy | Gallstones |

Diabetes

Almonds, like all other nuts, are low in carbohydrates and high in good fats, proteins, fiber and essential micronutrients. Almonds contain significant amounts of magnesium, which is seen to be very low in all diabetics. Magnesium is an essential mineral which helps in maintaining the blood sugar levels in the body, improves the function of insulin along with helping in several body processes.

Heart Diseases

Almonds are very beneficial in preventing several heart diseases. The magnesium in almonds reduces high blood pressure. Almonds help to lower the LDL cholesterol levels and increase the HDL cholesterol levels. They also prevent oxidation of LDL, which is a very important step in preventing plaque formation in the blood vessels.

Obesity

Several reports indicate that an almond-containing low-calorie diet, rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, helps in lowering the weight faster than a diet high in complex carbohydrates. People who eat nuts twice a week are also less likely to gain weight

Nutrient Value of Almonds: (Serving size: 100 g):

Nutrients

  • Energy – 2,408 kJ (576 kcal)
  • Fat- 49.42 g
  • Saturated- 3.731 g
  • Monounsaturated- 30.889 g
  • Polyunsaturated- 12.070 g
  • Carbohydrates- 21.69 g
  • Starch- 0.74 g
  • Sugars- 3.89 g
  • Dietary fiber- 12.2 g
  • Protein- 21.22 g
  • Water- 4.70 g

Vitamins

  • Vitamin A equiv.
  • Choline- 52.1 mg
  • Vitamin E- 26.2 mg
  • Niacin (B3)- 3.385 mg
  • Riboflavin (B2)- 1.014 mg
  • Pantothenic acid (B5)- 0.469 mg
  • Thiamine (B1)- 0.211 mg
  • Vitamin B6- 0.143 mg
  • Folate (B9)- 50 μg
  • Beta-carotene- 1 μg
  • Lutein zeaxanthin- 1 μg
  • Vitamin A- 1 IU

Minerals

  • Potassium- 705 mg
  • Phosphorus- 484 mg
  • Magnesium- 268 mg
  • Calcium- 264 mg
  • Iron- 3.72 mg
  • Zinc- 3.08 mg
  • Manganese- 2.285 mg
  • Sodium- 1 mg

Cooling Meals For Summer

A salad is the perfect cool, healthy and light meal for any hot day of the year. Not only does it take little energy to make, but it is also very light on your stomach. Your body will thank you for eating a salad in more ways than one. You will be loading up on your vitamins and minerals from all of the fresh veggies you add.

Instead of waiting until Winter to have a bowl of soup, have you considered making cold soups? A Spanish gazpacho is a perfect example of a cold, raw soup with raw tomatoes and other vegetables.This cold soup will cool you down, hydrate you and nourish your body, which makes it perfect for a hot day.

Fruit salad doesn’t always go as a full meal, but it’s ideal for a snack, dessert or side dish. Fruit salads taste delicious, are cold, raw, and they are healthy for you. You could include fruits like pineapple, grapes, banana, or apple. A true summer fruit that you must add to your fruit salad is watermelon. This fruit screams summer, and it’s one of the most hydrating fruits as well. Hydration is
crucial for hot summer days.

Veggie Tortillas. Fill your tortillas (or lettuce leaves) with raw or chilled veggies and herbs for a cooling summer version of tacos. Simple and quick, this makes a great lunch for your summer lunch breaks at work. Cucumber strips, spiralized carrots and zucchini make this meal idea delicious.

These foods are perfect for all the hot days that are yet to come, and all of them are simple and quick to make. On these warm summer days, the last thing you want to do is stand over a hot stove. So, with these meals you can enjoy your summer while making it a little easier for yourself, and you can still have delicious food on the table each day.

Benefits From More Fiber

Fiber is a carbohydrate and is usually listed under “Total Carbohydrates” on the “Nutrition Facts” label. Humans lack the digestive enzymes to breakdown fiber. Therefore, it is undigested and not absorbed into the bloodstream and it arrives at the colon pretty much intact. Fiber has zero calories. Instead of being used for energy, it is excreted from the body.

The current recommended daily intake for adults who are 50 years or younger is 25 grams/day for women and 38 grams/day for men. For adults over 50 years of age, the recommendation is 21 grams/day for women and 30 grams/day for men. Unfortunately, for many who eat a typical American diet, it can be a huge challenge to consume that much fiber everyday. Most people top out at an average of 15 grams/day, regardless of how many calories they eat.

Maybe if we understand more about the different types of fiber and how they can immensely contribute to better health and lower disease risks, there will be more incentives to increase the daily fiber intake. Fiber is an important part of a healthy, balanced diet. Apart from helping us stay regular, fiber has a long list of other health benefits. The following will distinguish the different types of fiber, their specific health advantages, and which foods contain these fiber.

Classifications Of Fiber

There are several ways to classify the different types of fiber. However, as their characteristics do overlap, experts have yet to agree on the best categorization. For decades, the most commonly used classification is soluble and insoluble fiber. These days, as researchers discover the benefits of fermented fiber, another classification – fermentable and non-fermentable fiber – is also used. However, do know that both soluble and insoluble fiber have some that are fermentable and some that are non-fermentable, though soluble fiber is more easily fermented.

Soluble and Insoluble Fiber

The major difference between soluble and insoluble fiber is that they have different properties when mixed with water, hence the designation between the two.

  • Soluble fiber is soluble in water. When mixed with water, it forms a gel and swells.
  • Insoluble fiber does not absorb or dissolve in water. It passes through the digestive system in close to its original form.

Both types of fiber serve their own purposes and have different health benefits. Most plant foods contain both soluble and insoluble fiber, just in different proportions. For instance, wheat is about 90% insoluble fiber. Oats are 50/50. Psyllium plant is mostly soluble fiber.

Fermentable and Non-Fermentable Fiber

Some fibers are readily fermented by bacteria that colonize the colon, others are not. Fermentable fiber is used by the colon’s friendly bacteria as a food source. Fermentation results in the formation of short-chain fatty acids (acetate, butyrate, and propionate) and gases. Epithelial cells that line the colon use butyrate as the main source of energy.

Researchers found that butyrate exerts a wide range of health benefits. It:

  • Decreases inflammation and oxidative stress,
  • Prevents colon cancer, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and Crohn’s disease,
  • Strengthens the bowel wall,
  • Improves the body’s ability to absorb essential nutrients such as calcium,
  • Makes hormones that control appetite and anxiety.

Fresh Fruit Juices

LEMON

Lemon has many beneficial properties like being anti-bacterial, antiviral and immune boosting. It is a rich source of citric acid, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium to name some. The juice of this fruit can be made into a refreshing drink.

Ingredients: Lemon juice, water, sugar/honey, few mint leaves, crushed ice.

This drink helps in digestion, weight loss and also makes the skin healthy.

ORANGES

Rich in vitamin C, potassium and beta carotenes, orange are the ideal fruits. This fruits can be used to prepare a tasty and healthy drink.

Ingredients: Orange juice, crushed ice.

This fruit can be simply squeezed and its juice be consumed without any other addition. The fibrous nature of the fruit helps digestion. It is one of the most popular drinks.

POMELO

It is the largest citrus fruit and is rich in vitamin A, B1 and C. Hence pomelo drink is a great drink for all.

Ingredients: Pomelo juice, water, sugar/syrup, crushed ice.

This fruit is known to aid digestion, promote cardiac and dental health.

Child Obesity

Child obesity has become an epidemic in America, and the sad part of this story is, it is very treatable without any intervention from a doctor. Kids just need their parents to take an active interest in their life, and decide it is time of a change.

The main causes of obesity are genetics, metabolism, nutrition, and exercise habits. There is nothing you can do to change your genetic makeup, but you can certainly change your eating and exercise habits. The easiest thing to do is to monitor your kids eating habits, and keep them accountable. I know from personally experience that kids spend far too much time on devices. I think it is important limit the amount of screen time, and make them go outside to play and burn some energy. It is easy to limit screen time for by using some mobile app technology and bit of effort on the parent’s part.

So how can Child obesity be treated without a doctor? Using a simple structured wholesome nutrition plan. Kids will follow their parents lead on what to eat, so it is important as parents to set good examples on what they should be eating on a daily basis.

Try using a free mobile applications to track their calories, and log their exercise to ensure they are keeping within their daily goal. True change does not happen overnight, but it does require the parent to set the proper expectation with their kids. Kids learn by example, so if you as a parent, are living a healthy lifestyle, then you kids are more likely to do that same.

Many parent complain that feeding their kids healthy food is too expensive. These are typically the same parents that purchase fast food using the drive through on a routine basis. Healthy eating should not be time consuming, nor expensive activity. Yes, it is a lifestyle change, but it is for the longevity of YOUR LIFE.

Eating a healthy, well balance meal should not cost more than ten ($10) dollars per day if you do it properly. Keep in mind that a healthy weight is achieved by 95% diet, and 5% exercise.

Amazing Coconut Oil

A few of the benefits of ingesting this healthy fat that have been verified by medical studies include: lowering cholesterol by increasing HDL levels which promotes heart health, reducing high blood pressure, boosting immunity, aiding in digestion and supporting digestive issues, supporting brain health and reducing the effects of Alzheimer’s disease, curing urinary tract and kidney infections, protecting the liver, reducing the effects of arthritis, and having a number of anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties. Some studies also suggest that ingesting it can slow cancer growth and aid patients in recovery. It has also been shown to aid in weight loss, help build muscle, increase endurance and increase energy. There are ongoing studies which may reveal even more benefits of and uses for this incredible plant. While these benefits would be reason enough to keep coconut oil on hand this amazing oil can be used externally as well!

Putting coconut oil on your hair increases its strength and luxuriousness, oil pulling with coconut oil decreases tooth decay and increases gum health, mixing it with baking soda makes a whitening and chemical free toothpaste, it can reduce acne and heal a number of skin malaItdies. This oil can even be used as a sunscreen and moisturizer too! The benefits to your body are so great, but the utility of this oil doesn’t stop there! It can also be used in household cleaning products, to remove spots and stains on your carpet or upholstery or to clean your shower!

Coconut oil is now widely available, but for internal use it is best to purchase oil that is organic and extra virgin. This means that it has been processed at a lower temperature and maintains its healthful properties. If your main use is going to be cleaning products for your home, then spending less money on a, possibly, lower quality oil isn’t going to matter as much.

Healthy Meals With Ragi

Ragi is one such highly regarded millet which has numerous health benefits. More than the conventional millet, organic Ragi is well regarded for its nutrients. It’s rich in fibre, proteins, calcium, and other minerals.

Karnataka is the highest producer of Ragi in India, but this crop is native to the Ethiopian highlands. People in South India used to consume it as their staple diet. Many people consider it above wheat and rice with its high nutritional value. Organic Ragi grains are harvested from the crop cultivated in organic, eco-friendly farm lands. It is cultivated without using pesticides and fertilizers. It doesn’t require polishing and, therefore, can be consumed in its purest form with all its goodness intact.

Also known as Finger Millet, it is not only rich in calcium, iron & protein but also some rare nutrients such as methionine. It easily digests from infancy through old age and thus it is recommended by paediatricians as an ideal first food after an infant attains at least 6 months of age.

Ragi as a daily diet supplement fights malnutrition, degenerative diseases, and premature ageing.

It is a fibrous carbohydrate. Its dietary fibres help in weight loss, bone development, lower blood cholesterol levels and in preventing anaemia. It is also good for patients suffering from diabetes. Regular intake also decreases the dangers of osteoporosis to a major level. It assists in tissue repair, improving metabolism and muscle coordination.

Roasted Ragi acts as a tonic for people suffering from liver ailments, high blood pressure, asthma, weak heart, etc.

As it is a whole grain, it can be used to prepare, porridge, roti & dosa. Healthy and mouth-watering dosa can be prepared with organic Ragi atta alone or mixing with wheat atta or multigrain atta.

Children will love this…

A simple recipe to make Ragi cookies:

Ingredients:

  • Ragi Flour: 2/3 cup
  • Whole Wheat Flour: 2/3 cup
  • Butter: ½ cup
  • Brown Sugar: ½ cup
  • Yogurt: 1 tbsp.
  • Baking Powder: ¼ tsp.
  • Freshly Ground Cardamom: 1-2 tsp.
  • Vanilla Extract: 1 tsp.

Method:

  • Mix Ragi & Wheat flours. Spread them in a flat baking pan
  • Roast the flours in a pre-heated oven (180°C), for about 6-7 minutes
  • Beat the butter and sugar until soft & creamy
  • Dissolve the baking powder in the yogurt and add the spices
  • Once the flour mixture is cooled, mix all the ingredients together to form a ball
  • Divide the ball into 4 equal pieces
  • From each piece you can make 5 balls
  • Place each ball on a greased cookie sheet (baking pan) and using a fork, flatten each ball creating crossed lines on the top
  • Bake for about 12 minutes at 180°C
  • Let the cookies cool down before removing
  • Keep in an airtight tin for a day to let the flavours develop

Get ready to prepare your Ragi meal.

Weight Gain Formula

First and foremost, someone who wants to increase in weight should start with the essential requirements for the body’s overall health. Making sure to eat three well balanced meals each day. Making it a habit to do movement exercises along with drinking accurate amounts of fluids daily, plus getting proper rest each night is a huge step in the right direction for supplying the body with what is needful.

Beyond the essentials, I believe there are other factors which contributes to properly gaining healthy weight. In fact there are six areas I consider needs to be well balanced and they are mindset, knowledge, nutrition, supplements, exercise as well as support.

I want to briefly touch on each area, starting with mindset. Having a right mindset is highly important to the weight gain process. It requires making a sound decision and seeing it through.

Once the decision is made then comes knowledge. Understanding what creates weight, becoming aware of the concept about eating larger portions. Eating to gain weight by grasping the fact you have to eat more calories than you expend.

Nutrition plays a big part when it come to gaining. Many people will tell you to eat any type of food if you want to gain weight, just as long as you eat, eat and eat. This is totally false because the motive is to achieve healthy weight gain results instead of flabby results. Good food choices will consist of sufficient amounts of proteins and good fats.

Sometimes in order to help bring balance into your body, supplements are required to reach healthy weight goals. The right supplements are packed with the appropriate vitamins and minerals.

We all know exercise is important to our bodies overall health. However when seeking to gain weight there are some exercises which must be avoided during the process. The idea is to slow down your metabolism, not speed it up.
It is highly recommended to surround yourself with a group of good supporters. People who are truly in your corner as you are trying to reach your weight goals. Do your best to stay around like minded people.

There are a number of contributing factors to the process of gaining weight. However, the bottom line is, whenever the body is deficient in minerals or any vitamins, it becomes extremely harder to gain body weight. By consuming supplements packed with quality nutrients will take care of mineral depletion in the body only.

Take into account good food, rest and exercise as well as age, body health, eating habits and other habits does have an important role in how successful your weight gain formula becomes.

When you combine all these elements together and stick to the process you have a greater chance at reaching any weight gain goals you set for yourself. I recommend doing your research in the fields of nutrition and health and go from there.

A helpful book to give more in dept information on how to eat to gain and other helpful sources is titled “Too Skinny” and can be found on Amazon.

If you are part of the elite group who are desperately looking to pack on more pounds, it is my hope this weight gain formula will assist in moving you forward and closer to your weight gain journey.