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Where is Your Calcium Going?

It seems logical that to have strong bones you need calcium in your diet. Young mammals get calcium from their mothers’ milk for their growing bones. It doesn’t matter if the mother is a gorilla eating leaves, a porpoise eating fish, a tiger eating meat or a baleen whale eating plankton. No adult mammal needs to drink milk for strong bones. The adult animal doesn’t just keep his original bones. Calcium is constantly leaving the bones especially in sedentary humans. Bones need stress and certain minerals, proteins, vitamins and hormones to stay strong and replace lost calcium.

Young women are at special risk of getting thin, weak bones. Milk with cereal does not replace the calcium that combines with the caffeine in a cup of coffee to be excreted in the urine. Low fat milk doesn’t have the fat-soluble vitamin D necessary for getting calcium to the bones. At lunch, the phosphoric acid in either a regular or a diet soft drink combines with some of the normal blood calcium. This is replaced by drawing calcium from the bones. Women also might not eat enough protein to form the matrix for deposition of calcium. Female runners often have another problem. They have reduced their body fat too much so they no longer have this extra source of estrogen-forming tissue. Estrogen also helps keep calcium in the bones.

Astronauts can lose calcium without the stress of gravity. They need to do special exercises and take calcium to prevent this. When I was in a long- leg cast after a broken leg I noticed that the monthly x-rays of the broken bone showed loss of calcium and it wasn’t healing. After I started putting a measured amount of weight on that leg on a scale, it finally healed.

A healthy, athletic friend who took many vitamins and other supplements said he had to give up taking calcium pills when he got deposits of calcium in some of his muscles. He still took mega-doses of vitamins A and E but cut down on vitamin D to shut down this effect.

That was before research on vitamin K2 came out. Vitamin K1 had been known to be important in blood coagulation. We now know that Vitamin K2 determines where calcium is deposited. With adequate K2, calcium goes into your bones and doesn’t deposit in muscles or more important doesn’t deposit in the plaque of blood vessels in potential heart attack victims.

The best source of vitamin K2 is in organ meats like liver, kidney and heart which the French and Amish still eat. This might be the real reason they don’t have heart attacks like many Americans. Since most of our meat products come from factory farms it is well not to eat the organs that concentrate insecticides and other toxins. The organs from an organic farm would be healthful. The liver especially has many vitamins and other aids to natural good health.

Jack LaLanne, might have lived to be over a hundred because of his healthy diet and exercise. He died at 96 from complications of an operation on a calcified valve in his heart. Could this calcification have been prevented if he had consumed vitamin K2?

You can keep your calcium where it belongs by eating as our Paleolithic ancestors did.

Taking another pill hardly compensates for a diet full of manufactured foods.

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Don’t Count Calories to Lose Weight

Don’t count calories or you might avoid fat, the best energy food. Fat doesn’t raise your insulin as sugars and refined carbohydrates do. Robert Lustig M.D. says that the obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease that cost the US 147 Billion dollars a year can be blamed on sugars and refined carbohydrates. These raise your insulin, making you hungry for more carbs. He explains this in his latest book “Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity and Disease”. Dr. Lustig says that whole fruit has fiber to slow down the uptake of natural fructose. Juices and soft drinks with high-fructose corn syrup have easily absorbed sugars that your liver makes into tri-glycerides (fats). Sugars act on the same pleasure center of your brain as cocaine does. Sugars mess up your body’s reaction to leptin hormones as well as to insulin. Your body doesn’t get the signal that you’re satisfied so you continue wanting more carbohydrates. These easily become body fat.
In my book I say to avoid sweet liquids and have few desserts. My favorite is cheese cake because it has protein and fat to balance the carbohydrates. This more nearly corresponds to Dr. Barry Sears’ diets with 30% protein, 30% fat and 40% carbohydrate. A snack of nuts is preferable to a cookie. The fat can give you energy for your muscles and the protein can be changed to glucose for your brain, the only organ that requires glucose.
Calories in versus calories used could be measured using a sugar solution and a device to capture carbon dioxide while on a treadmill or exercise bike. These measurements show short term metabolism but neglect the other reactions also occurring in your body. Your body is not a machine. The uptake of dietary fat is not easily measured so it has been ignored as an energy food.
Jonathon Bailor in his new book “The Calorie Myth–How to Eat More, Exercise Less, Lose Weight and Live Better” explains how counting calories doesn’t work. The right type of food and the right exercise are what get results.

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Quick Healthy Supper

Forget fast food. Try my low-calorie satisfying skillet meal:
Braise chopped ginger and chopped onion in olive oil.
Add half a package of frozen mixed vegetables
(Or chop raw mushrooms and add half a cup of frozen bell peppers)
Add a little water to unfreeze tbe vegetables
Poach two eggs on top of the vegetables with a lid on the skillet.
Add nutrition when serving with Brewers’ yeast or Parmesan cheese.

This makes a high fiber, high protein meal so you can have it late and sleep well. It has no sugar or high-glycemic carbohydrate and very little fat. Drink a plain herbal tea. It’s best to avoid sugars at night. They are quickly absorbed and are deposited in the nearby fat cells of the abdominal area since you’re not exercising.

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