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Drink Plenty: Water Is The Body’s Life Connection

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The body is made up of approximately 55 to 75 per cent water. Water forms the basis of blood, digestive juices, urine and perspiration and is contained in lean muscle, fat and bones. The human body can last weeks without food, but only days without water.

 

As the body can’t store water, we need fresh supplies every day to make up for losses from lungs, skin, urine and feces. An important element for the body. Water is needed to maintain the health and integrity of every cell in the body, keep the bloodstream liquid enough to flow through blood vessels, help eliminate the by products of the body’s metabolism.

 

Water also helps to flush out toxins, regulate body temperature through sweating, lubricate and cushion joints and carry nutrients and oxygen to the body’s cells, just to name a few. Drinking refreshing, clean water plays a major role in reducing the risk of certain diseases.

 

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The loss of body water through urination is greatly increased by the ingestion of decaffeinated and alcoholic beverages. These drinks have a diuretic effect, meaning they stimulate the kidneys to excrete more urine. Not only do we lose water, we also lose water-soluble vitamins, such as vitamin C, vitamin B (thiamine) and other B complex

 

vitamins. For every caffeinated or alcoholic beverage you drink, you need to add an additional glass of simple pure water.

 

A diet containing lots of fruits and vegetables will supply about 4 cups of water per day. Even with a diet high in fruits and vegetables, it is still necessary to drink an additional 6 to 8 cups of water per day to supply enough water to meet the body’s daily needs. For every caffeinated or alcoholic beverage you drink, you need to add an additional glass of pure water.

 

Dehydration occurs when the water content of the body is too low. This is easily fixed by increasing fluid intake. Symptoms of dehydration include headaches, lethargy, mood changes and slow responses, dry nasal passages, dry or cracked lips, dark-colored urine, weakness, tiredness, confusion and hallucinations. Eventually urination stops, the kidneys fail and the body can’t remove toxic waste products. In extreme cases, this may result in death.
 

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Approximately six to eight glasses of a variety of fluids can be consumed each day. More than eight glasses may be needed for physically active people, children, people in hot or humid environments, and breastfeeding women. Less water may be needed for sedentary people, older people, people in a cold environment or people who eat a lot of high water content foods.

 

 

 

 

 

Is Mercury Good or Bad For The Body?

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What’s Wrong With Mercury?

Substantial levels of mercury in the human body have been proven to cause several adverse results, such as a decline of the central nervous system, memory, major depression and tremors and drastic energy problems. During a root canal or instance, mercury is absorbed equally into the blood stream, connective tissues and the nervous system, generating a disastrous effect. Mercury’s effect on the body over time can constrain the individual cells and respiratory enzymes, and this stops your cells from utilizing oxygen. Mercury can cause heart disease and shut down your immune system in certain cases. There is a solution and its cleansing your body of mercury as soon as you’re ready to.

Mercury detoxification is the procedure of removing toxic mercury out from the entire body. The procedure is in some cases long, typically taking about three months to around six months. There are two common of strategies to remove mercury from the body. The two known methods are: Intravenous and Chelation. The intravenous approach is more pricey and less convenient, as a result the oral method, also known as Chelation is more preferred.

An interesting area of alternative medicine that is advancing rapidly is mercury detox treatment. Mercury is poisonous to mankind. Contrary to what you may have heard about mercury poisoning, You can be exposed to mercury in a number of ways, including the silver fillings in our teeth, ammunition, artificial flowers and wood preservatives. The most common method for eradicating mercury is chelation therapy. Chelation therapy is introducing a binding agent into the body that grabs onto the mercury and causes it to be excreted with the body’s waste products.

Even though the intravenous approach administers compounds straight into the blood stream, oral chelators can be used to minimize mercury amounts in the body. These will generally consist certain types of algae, cilantro, all-natural chelators, well-known for their capacity to collect and bind mercury, along with additional nutritional supplements to aid the body in doing away with mercury.

If you think you have mercury in your body, be certain to verify with an overall health professional on how best to remove the chemical from your body. The moment you eliminate the mercury from your body, you can expect to feel improved brain strength, increased attentiveness, greater vigor too!

Glycine : The amino acid that is necessary for central nervous system function and a healthy prostate.

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Glycine  is a sweet-tasting, non-essential amino acid that can be produced from serine and threonine, which means that it is manufactured  in the liver; it does not have to be obtained directly through the diet. Glycine was first isolated in 1820 from gelatin and is also found in good quantity in silk fibroin. Glycine is required to build protein in the body. It is required for the synthesis of nucleic acids, the construction of RNA as well as DNA and synthesis of bile acids and other amino acids in the body. Glycine is also found to be useful in assisting with the absorption of calcium in the body. It helps in retarding degeneration of muscles as it helps to supply extra creatine in the body. Glycine is important in the body’s manufacture of hormones responsible for a strong immune system.

 

 

 

 

Glycine is the simplest amino acid and is the only amino acid that is not optically active (it has no stereoisomers). This amino acid is essential for the biosynthesis of nucleic acids as well as of bile acids, porphyrins, creatine phosphate, and other amino acids. On a molar basis, glycine is the second most common amino acid found in proteins and enzymes being incorporated at the rate of 7.5 percent compared to the other amino acids. Glycine is also similar to gamma-aminobutyric acid and glutamic acid in the ability to inhibit neurotransmitter signals in the central nervous system.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Only the L form of amino acids are constituents of protein. Glycine is an important part of GTF (glucose tolerance factor). The prostate gland produces fluid that contains glycine and researchers think that it may have a positive influence on normal prostate function.  It is present in considerable amounts in prostate fluid. Glycine may play a role in maintaining the health of the prostate, since a study of 45 men with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) found that 780 mg of glycine per day for two weeks and then 390 mg for the next two and a half months, taken in combination with equal amounts of the amino acids, alanine and glutamic acid, reduced symptoms of the condition. This effect has been reported by others. Glycine also enhances the activity of neurotransmitters (chemical messengers) in the brain that are involved in memory and cognition.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Function and Benefits of Glycine

  • Glycine is used by the nervous system and functions as an inhibitory neurotransmitter, which makes it important to help prevent epileptic seizures
  • Glycine is also used in the treatment of manic depression and hyperactivity
  • Glycine also participates in the major energy producing biochemical processes in the body
  • This amino acid is also found to be produce in prostate fluid present in males so it is considered to be important for prostate normal functioning.
  • Glycine is the part of glutathione which is a coenzyme involved in many biochemical reactions. The important function of glutathione is that it helps in the maintenance of the cell integrity by protecting –SH group of hemoglobin, catalase and lipoproteins of the cell membrane. So glycine has an important antioxidant action.
  • Glycine is necessary for central nervous system function and a healthy prostate.

Deficiency Symptoms of Glycine

Few people are glycine deficient, in part because the body makes its own supply of the non-essential amino acids, and because it is abundant in food sources.

Rich Food Sources of Glycine

Glycine is mainly found in protein rich food.

  • Animal sources: Fish, dairy foods, meat, cheese etc
  • Plant sources: beans, soybean, spinach, pumpkin, kale, cabbage, cauliflower, burdock root, cucumber, kiwi , banana, etc
  • Glycine is a nonessential amino acid, which means that it is manufactured from other amino acids in the liver; it does not have to be obtained directly through the diet.

What is Ayurveda?

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Ayurveda or the Ayurvedic medicine system is the traditional healing system of India, which originated over 5,000 years back.

 

Ayurveda is a 5000 year old Indian medicine system that is getting ever more popular in the Western part of the world. It’s a holistic system essentially aimed toward feeling well and living in harmony with yourself and your surroundings.

According to Ayurveda one of the most important means to achieve this is a balanced diet; not to be confused with the Crash-diets the Western culture is generally used to. Instead of leaving out all “bad” foods an Ayurvedic Diet means adjusting your cooking to go well with your person and will help you feel better in general and being able to cope better with the hurdles that everyday life may put in your way.

The fundamentals of Ayurveda can be found in Hindu scriptures called the Vedas — the ancient Indian books of wisdom. It is believed to be the oldest healing science in existence; from which all other systems emerged that’s why it is also called ‘The Mother of All Medicines’. The term Ayurveda has coined from two Sanskrit words–ayur, which means life, and veda, which means science or knowledge thus Ayurveda literally means “the Knowledge of life” or “the science of life”. It is a holistic healing science that not only deals with treatment of diseases but also is a complete way of life, as it believes that life is a combination of senses, mind, body and soul. Hence Ayurveda does not limit itself to body or physical symptoms but also gives a comprehensive knowledge about spiritual, mental and social health. Ayurveda helps us to understand our body; our particular nature; and our individual mixture of elements at a deep physical, mental and emotional level. This knowledge further guide us to identify activities, conditions, herbs and foods that either keep us healthy and in balance, or make us ill and throw us out of balance. In this way Ayurveda help an individual to discover the knowledge of living and health.

  • In Ayurveda changes are done bit by bit without forcing yourself to anything. Pay attention to your body and let it lead you. Begin with the elements that seem easiest and most natural to you and notice the subtle effects this will have. Your mind will adjust slightly with every single step you take and effortlessly guide you to the next if you learn to pay attention to yourself.
  • Let this list serve you as an orientation and suggestion of what many people find easy and natural to adhere to. It is certainly not the only way achievable nor a policy that has to be followed exactly — should you feel any other way might suit you better, by all means, don’t hesitate to follow your own direction.
  • You should also leave out everything that you don’t feel at ease with for once; it might come to you more naturally in the future after you have adjusted your mind a bit more to an Ayurvedic Diet.

 

Ayurveda is also considered as a sister science of yoga. Both the Ayurveda and yoga developed parallel to each other and have been supportive of one another since ancient times. As a “flexible body brings a flexible mind” – so too does a balanced and purified system help bring about success on the mat and access to a more ‘sattvic’ or harmonious being.

Principals of Ayurveda

All matter is thought to he composed of five basic elements
( panchamahabhutas ) which exhibit the properties of
earth (prithvi), water (jala), fire (tejas), wind (vayu) and space (akasha).
These elements do not exist in isolated forms, but always in a combination,
in which one or more elements dominate. According to Ayurveda,
the human body is composed of derivatives of these five basic elements,
in the form of doshas, tissues (dhatus) and waste products (malas).

Tridosha
The most fundamental and characteristic principle of Ayurveda is called “tridosha”
or the Three Humours. Doshas are the physiological factors of the body.
They are to be seen as all pervasive, subtle entities, and are categorized into
vata, pitta and kapha.

Vata regulates movement and is represented by the nervous system.
Pitta is the principle of biotransformation and is the cause of all metabolic processes in the body.
Kapha is the principle of cohesion and functions through the body fluids.

Together, these three doshas determine the physiologic constitution
of an individual.Health is described as a balance of all three doshas(bodily Humours).

Dhatu
The tissues are classified into seven categories:
Rasa(plasma), Rakta (blood cells),Mansa ( muscular tissue),
Meda (adipose tissue), Asthi (bony tissue), Majja (bone marrow)
and the Shukra (reproductive tissue).

Mala
Three main waste products are Mutra (urine), Purish (faeces) and Sweda (sweat).

 

Find out what benefits you

Get familiar with the principle of “Gunas” Don’t worry it’s not difficult:

  • “Sattvic” foods: in general are the juicy, easy to digest, tasty, organic, freshly made – they stimulate a sharp and focused state of mind, so try and get some more of these.
  • “Rajasic” foods: are eggs, caffeine, chile, alcohol, garlic, high quality meat as well as fermented and freshly canned foods. We require them to realize out projects by supporting stamina and providing a decisive state of mind.
  • “Tamasic” foods: are e.g. leftovers, alcohol (long term effect), meat, mushrooms, onions and frozen as well as fermentes foods. They plenty of a lot of energy to digest and give us the need to finish a project and rest; possibly they can put the mind in a lackluster state. That said, they’re really not “bad” but in our current culture we’re usually already getting enough of them so try and cut back on their intake.

Indium: An important mineral for the overall well being of our bodies.

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Indium was always thought of as an element that did nothing for the human body and was thus a non-essential mineral. It was only recently that this mineral has been regarded as essential for human health. Indium is a rare trace (or micro-) mineral believed to support several hormonal systems in the body and may elevate immune activity and reduce the severity and duration of a plethora of human conditions.It is believed that indium may provide aid to the hypothalamus and pituitary glands. These two master hormone producers have the job of maintaining optimal output of hormones for the body. Once this stasis is achieved, a great many other hormone-producers become stimulated, causing a domino effect and helping retard aging and various health problems.

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It is not found in food or water; in fact, although it is not ordinarily found in the human body at all after approximately 25-30 years of age, those people taking indium experience beneficial results immediately. Some of the short-term benefits reported by many indium users include: increased energy, an enhanced sense of well being – the so-called “indium high”, and a reduced need for sleep. Long term benefits of indium include (but are not limited to) a gradual correction of many chronic illnesses such as: ADD, improved blood pressure, stress-related problems, healthier body weight, autism, and a reversal of visible signs of aging. It is believed that when taking indium one feels rejuvenated and energized because the hormonal system is working better.

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Functions and benefit of Indium

  • This element seems to support the body’s hormone systems, including the body’s two master hormone producers, the pituitary and hypothalamus glands. These master hormone glands have both responded to the presence of indium. Their roles in the body are to provide the appropriate amount of hormones for various bodily processes and mental states. When these two glands are working optimally, the body’s other hormone-producing glands also work properly, making the entire hormone system function properly.
  • Water soluble indium is considered non-toxic when taken orally. People who have supplemented with water soluble indium report immediate benefits, such as increased energy levels, less need for sleep, and an elevated sense of confidence and well-being.
  • The main function that indium performs is to enhance food and essential mineral absorption such as copper, chromium, manganese, zinc etc, which have always been considered as essential minerals for your health.
  • They also report benefits from long-term supplementation, including normalized blood pressure, less feeling of stress, a return to normal body weight, and improvement in Attention Deficit Disorder.
  • indium include (but are not limited to) a gradual correction of many chronic illnesses such as: ADD, improved blood pressure, stress-related problems, healthier body weight, autism, and a reversal of visible signs of aging. It is believed that when taking indium one feels rejuvenated and energized because the hormonal system is working better.
  • Libido Returned To Normal For Both, Male and Female
  • Menstrual Problems
  • Migraines

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Some symptoms of an indium deficiency:

  • Cancer
  • Some glandular disorders
  • Depression
  • Lack of energy
  • Obesity
Whether these health concerns are alleviated because of the direct action of indium, or because of the increased action of other minerals that indium helps to absorb, is not very apparent. Regardless, it can be said without any doubt, that indium is in fact a mineral that cannot be relegated to the status of non-essential any longer.
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FOOD SOURCES OF INDIUM ~ IS NOT PRESENT IN FOOD TODAY
  • Indium is not found in food in the United States.
  •  Indium exists in such small amounts, and is not water-soluble in nature, that it is simply not in the food chain.
  • It is for this reason that it is designated a trace mineral (micro-mineral).
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Nickel : The trace mineral that aids in iron absorption, as well as adrenaline and glucose metabolism.

Nickel is one of the trace mineral or micronutrient in our body since it is present in very small amount in the our body but it plays an important part in overall health of the human body and in bodily processes. Nickel  aids in iron absorption, as well as adrenaline and glucose metabolism, hormones, lipid, cell membrane,  improves bone strength and may also play a role in production of red blood cells. Optimal growth, healthy skin, bone structure, enhances alkaline phosphate.

Nickel and  Cobalt share left / right-sided cell receptors and are essential to human health. While a Cobalt + Vitamin B12 relationship is well documented, a similar, but less documented affiliation applies to Nickel + Vitamin C.  Also less documented is the control nickel and cobalt exert over the muscular walls of the body’s arteries.  Cobalt specifically affects the right coronary artery, resulting in vasodilation with low levels, and vasoconstriction with high levels, while nickel exerts the same effect on the left coronary artery.

Functions of Nickel

  • Nickel is found to be beneficial being an important cofactor to various enzymes where it acts to accelerate the normal chemical reactions occurring in our body.
  • This element has been shown to take part in reaction catalyzed by oxidoreductases and hydrolyses (e.g. urease)
  • Nickel is in RNA and DNA of our body where it functions in association with these nucleic acids.
  • It probably has a role in stabilizing RNA structure.
  • It is found to be helpful in normal bone functioning and health.
  • Nickel is an important factor in the cell membrane and the lipid also.

Deficiency of Nickel

Since it is traced element, deficiency of it us rare. But it is found that due low amount of nickel in the bodies of some individual certain liver as well as kidney diseases arise in them.

Rich Food Sources of Nickel

It is found in many foods and these include both animal as well as plant sources.

Plants are the main dietary source of nickel. Plants grown in soil contaminated with nickel will have a higher content of nickel in them. Some rich sources of this mineral  include fruits, in some vegetables, grains , peas, dried beans, chocolate, nuts and oats. Animal foods are a poor source of nickel, while drinking water contributes to nickel considerably.

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Germanium : The trace mineral that enhances the body’s natural healing power.

Germanium is a trace mineral with no Recommended Daily Amount (RDA) established.  It is abundant on the surface of the earth and is in most plants. Germanium is believe to be highly beneficial to good human health. In fact, germanium has many important medicinal properties. In the body, germanium attaches itself to oxygen molecules. This has the unexpected effect of making our bodies more effective at getting oxygen to the tissues in our body. The increased supply of oxygen in our bodies helps to improve our immune system. It also helps the body excrete harmful toxins.  Germanium is one of the most important reasons why natural foods, such as garlic are recommended by nutritional practitioners. Many disease states, such as osteoporosis, heart disease, immune system dysfunction and cancer have all been shown to respond to germanium therapy.  It is also a powerful analgaesic, which enhances the effects of the body’s own endorphins.

The increased supply of oxygen in our bodies caused by germanium has many other exciting effects as well. Taking germanium supplements is effective in treating arthritis, food allergies, elevated cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, and even cancer. Germanium can also be used to control pain in the human body.

Perhaps the most exciting thing about germanium is that it can stimulate the human immune system to fight cancer cells. This is exciting for two reasons. First, and most obvious, it helps fight cancer – one of the most deadly diseases in the world. But more importantly, it is not toxic to human cells. In fact, germanium is completely harmless to human cells, even cancer cells. Since it works by stimulating our immune system, which fights the cancer, it doesn’t damage the rest of the body like many other cancer treatments. Testing of new cancer treatments with germanium are underway, and perhaps we will soon see new, less damaging, cancer treatments using the element germanium.

In plants, this process helps protect them from infections by viruses, bacteria and fungi as well as increasing growth and protecting them from the cold. In humans, it seems the effects are both related to oxygen regulation and strong antioxidant activity

 Germanium Function 

  • Antioxidant
  • Boosts the immune system
  • Helps chronic Epstein Barr virus syndrome
  • Helps correct distortions in the electrical aggregate of the human body
  • Helps rid the body of toxins and poisons
  • Improves cellular oxygenation
  • Intracellular electrical impulse initiator
  • Maintains the homeostasis in the body
  • May be analgesic
  • May have antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-tumor activity
  • May reduce high blood pressure
  • Reduces high cholesterol levels
  • Useful as part of a cancer treatment program
  • Useful in the treatment of hiv/aids

Germanium deficiency

Although germanium deficiency per se is not recognised, a lack of germanium is associated with infection and immune disorders, heart disease and high cholesterol, arthritis, osteoporosis, cancer and many other conditions.

Normal amounts of Germanium in the diet

Germanium is present in many natural foods, comprising around 1mg/day in an average western diet. High intakes of synthetic germanium (50-250mg/day) have been shown to be detrimental to health, although this seems to depend on the form taken.

Best natural food sources of Germanium include:

Aloe vera, Broccoli, Celery, Comfrey, Ginseng, Goji berry, Garlic, Mushrooms (especially shitake), Rhubarb, Sauerkraut, Suma, Seeds  Tomato juice and Vegetables

Manganese : Importance of this trace minerals to your health

Manganese is a mineral which is found in human body and comes under trace minerals category. This mineral plays a major role in activating the enzymes of the body, which are important for metabolism of amino acids, carbohydrates, fatty acids and cholesterol.  Manganese activates the enzymes known as glycolsyltranserferases and xylosyltransferases, which are important in the formation of bone. It has also been theorized that manganese is involved in the production of the thyroid hormone known as thyroxine and in maintaining the health of nerve tissue. Manganese is essential for maintaining good blood sugar level and cholesterol level. It is important to know that manganese is an antioxidant and thus fights free radicals and prevents our body from the damages caused by free radicals.

Manganese is necessary for the activating enzymes as well as other minerals within the body and for proper sex hormone production. It aides in immune response and sugar and fat metabolism. Also useful to build protein such as nucleic acid. Manganese is a trace mineral concentrated mainly in the kidney, liver, pancreas, skin, muscles and bones. It helps in active absorption of biotin, vitamin B1 and vitamin C.  Besides all these manganese is important for our nerves and very important to cure inflammation and sprains.

What is a Manganese Deficiency?

Manganese deficiency is associated with nausea, vomiting, poor glucose tolerance (high blood sugar levels), skin rash, loss of hair color, excessive bone loss, low cholesterol levels, dizziness, hearing loss, and compromised function of the reproductive system. Severe manganese deficiency in infants can cause paralysis, convulsions, blindness, and deafness.

It is important to emphasize, however, that manganese deficiency is very rare in humans, and does not usually develop unless manganese is deliberately eliminated from the diet. In addition, it has been suggested that magnesium substitutes for manganese in certain enzyme systems if manganese is deficient, thereby allowing the body to function normally despite the deficiency.

Most fruits contain manganese, but the following fruits have a significant amount: (Apple, Apricots, Avocado, Banana, Blackberries,  Blackcurrants,  Blueberries, Boysenberries, Cranberries, Dates, Gooseberries,  Grapefruit, Guava, Loganberries, Pineapple,  Pomegranate,  Raspberries, Strawberry)

Vegetables: (Amaranth leaves, Asparagus,  Beets, Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Butternut squash, Carrot, Celery,  French Beans, Kale, Leeks, Lima Beans, Okra, Parsley, Parsnip, Peas Potatoes, Sea Vegetable, Spinach, Spirulina, Squash – Winter, Sweet PotatoSwiss Chard, Taro)

Most nuts contain manganese, but the following nuts have a significant amount: ( Almond, Buckwheat,  Coconut,  Filberts/Hazelnuts, Macadamia Nuts,  Oats,  Pecans,  Pine Nuts/Pignolias,  Pumpkin Seeds,  Rice Brown,  Rye,  Spelt,  Wheat – Durum, Wheat – Hard Red, Wheat – Hard White)

Most legumes are a good source of Manganese but these are the highest.
(Adzuki Beans, Edamame, Garbanzo Beans, Lima Beans, Navy Beans,Pigeon Beans, Soy Beans,White Beans, Winged Beans)

The functions of this mineral are not specific since other minerals can perform in its place. Manganese does function in enzyme reactions concerning blood sugar, metabolism, and thyroid hormone function. Deficiency is rare in humans

Phosphorus : This mineral is also essential for growth and repair of cells in the body.

Phosphorus is another important mineral that is required in the body for the necessary for nourishment of the brain and the growth of the bones, teeth and hair. Phosphorus is also necessary for the growth and repair of cells in the body. It is also believed that phosphorus helps in maintaining proper heart health and prevention of cancer.  Along with calcium, phosphorus is required in order to have strong bones and teeth.

Phosphorus is the second most abundant mineral in the body and 85% of it is found in the bones. The rest of the body’s phosphorus is found in the blood, the fluid around and in cells, and in various organs like the heart, kidneys, brain, and muscles, where it is involved in many critical functions. It’s main purpose is for building strong bones and teeth, but this mineral is used by practically every cell in the body.


Health Benefits of Phosphorus

  • For strong bones and skeletal structure
  • For strong teeth, formation of tooth enamel, and healthy gums
  • For energy and metabolization of fats and starches
  • For growth and body repair
  • For heart regularity
  • For arthritis
  • For speedier recovery of burn victims
  • For cancer prevention
  • For cell health
  • Human body requires phosphate to produce energy and manage it. It also plays a crucial role in synthesizing proteins, fats and carbohydrates.
  • Phosphate is also required to maintain fluid and electrolyte balance in the body.
  • With so many uses to its credit phosphate is indeed very important for the body, and lack of the same can result in adverse effects on us.
  • Phosphorus is a vital component of DNA and RNA, and links the structures of both.
  • Phosphorus also plays a crucial role in transmission of nerve impulses within the body

Phosphorus Deficiency Symptoms

  • Almost eighty five percent of phosphorus in our body is found in the bones and the teeth, the remaining is found in the blood, muscles, organs such as brain, kidney, etc and fluids in and around the body cells.
  • Any deficiency of phosphorus in the body can produce a number of symptoms and diseases. Some of the commonly experienced symptoms of phosphorus deficiency are weak bones and teeth, tiredness, reduction in appetite, pain and stiffness in the joints, lack of energy, occurrence of infections and confusion.
  •  Besides these symptoms, there are numerous phosphorus deficiency diseases too which can occur if there is an imbalance in the calcium-phosphorus reserves in the body.
  • Such a phosphorus deficiency in humans can lead to diseases such as arthritis, rickets, pyorrhea and decaying teeth.

List of High Phosphorus Foods

Fruits:

  • Avocado
  • Blackcurrants
  • Breadfruit
  • Dates
  • Grapes
  • Guava
  • Kiwi
  • Lychee
  • Mulberries
  • Passionfruit
  • Pears
  • Pineapples
  • Plums
  • Pomegranate

Vegetables:

Nuts:

  • Almonds
  • Brazil Nuts
  • Buckwheat
  • Cashews
  • Oats
  • Pine Nuts/Pignolias
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Quinoa
  • Rye
  • Spelt
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Wheat – Durum
  • Wheat – Hard Red
  • Wheat – Hard White

Most legumes are a good source of Phospherous but these are the highest.

  • Adzuki Beans
  • Black Beans
  • Black Eye Peas
  • Fava Beans
  • Edamame
  • Garbanzo Beans
  • Kidney Beans
  • Lima Beans
  • Navy Beans
  • Pigeon Beans
  • Pinto Beans
  • Soy Beans
  • White Beans
  • Winged Beans

Calcium :The Best Foods For Bones: Fruits and Vegetables

Calcium is a mineral most abundantly found in the human body. It is the main constituent of the skeleton and helps in the formation and maintenance of our bones and teeth. Calcium plays a significant role in the contraction of muscles and secretion of certain hormones and enzymes. Expansion and contraction of blood vessels is dependent on calcium. It plays an important role in the clotting of blood. In short calcium is necessary for good health of our body. Therefore it should be consumed in sufficient amounts regularly.


Calcium is present in most dairy products and also in eggs, leafy vegetable, nuts, legumes and whole grains.The digestive system breaks down the calcium consumed, and facilitates its absorption in the body. Vitamin D plays a crucial role in the absorption of calcium. Major part of the absorbed calcium is stored in the bones, and the remaining is present in blood. Hence the short term Calcium 
deficiency can be balanced by using up the calcium stored in the bones. But if this deficiency lasts longer, the calcium in the bones start depleting and it can lead to various health problems.

Basket of bok choy.Calcium Benefits

Before taking a look at the calcium benefits, you should note that all the bones and teeth in the human body are made up of calcium. Therefore, one can get a hint of the uses and importance of calcium to human beings. The following are the important health benefits of calcium.

  • One of the major calcium benefits is that it is essential for the proper growth and development of the human skeletal system. Therefore, right from babies to teenagers, all are advised to have calcium for proper growth.
  • Uses of calcium also include its role in neuro-transmission. Calcium in the body helps in the release of neurotransmitters.
  • Similarly, calcium is also required for maintenance of healthy teeth and gums. Calcium deficiency can lead to disorders of the teeth.
  • Calcium deficiency is a condition that is caused when the body lacks the required amount of calcium. Osteoporosis is one of the diseases caused due to calcium deficiency.
  • Conditions like arthritis and osteoporosis; and other deficiency diseases can be prevented and treated to a great extent if a person has a regular intake of high calcium foods in his diet.
  • Interestingly, maintaining proper weight is also one of the major health benefits of calcium. If one has a proper intake of calcium, the body does not release the parathyroid hormone, which consequently prevents the production of fat.
  • If you suffer from a chronic or ongoing back problem, you may be suffering from a calcium deficiency, or low levels of calcium. Proper levels of calcium in the body prevent back and joint pain.
  • Some of the lesser known benefits of calcium include its use in having healthy nails and hair.
  • One of the coral calcium health benefits is that it helps in enhancing the immune system.
  • It is also believed that good or healthy levels of calcium in the body help in maintaining proper blood pressure and prevent hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • If you are suffering from premenstrual difficulties or blues, you should check your body calcium levels. Having healthy levels of calcium help in prevention of these blues.
  • Lastly, benefits of calcium supplements include treatment of headaches, muscle cramps, fatigue, depression, etc.

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Nuts & Seeds :Nuts and seeds can bolster bone health in several ways. Walnuts and flaxseeds are packed with omega-3 fatty acids. Peanuts and almonds contain potassium, which protects against the loss of calcium in urine. Nuts also contain protein and other nutrients that play a supportive role in building strong bones.

Calcium Dosage

As there are numerous benefits of calcium, it is wise to include it in your diet.  If you are looking for the dosage of calcium, essential for men and women, then note that men and women of age 15-24 require 1200 mg of calcium. Whereas those aged 25 and above, require a dose of 800 mg of calcium. You should consult the doctor to know about the calcium requirement for babies and children. Supplements should be taken on a doctor’s prescription and consultation.

  • Babies between 1-3 years age should consume 500 mg of calcium.
  • Children between 4-8 years age should consume 800 mg of calcium.
  • Children between 9-18 years age should consume 1300 mg of calcium.
  • Adults between 19-50 years age should consume 1000 mg of calcium.
  • People who are 51 or older should consume 1200 mg of calcium.

Calcium Deficiency Symptoms

Early Signs and Symptoms
Calcium deficiency in a person can be easily detected by observing his nails and skin. Inadequate calcium levels in the body make the nails brittle and the skin dry. Yellowing of the teeth also signals calcium deficiency. The early signs of calcium deficiency are muscle cramps, eye twitching, leg tensions, weakness, muscle aches and sleep disorders. Sweating in cold weather is also a symptom of low calcium levels. If these symptoms are not identified at the right time, prolonged calcium deficiency may lead to other health problems.

General Calcium Deficiency Symptoms
Calcium deficiency is mainly associated with skeletal abnormalities. The bones become brittle and are prone to fracture. It causes reduced bone density making them thinner and weaker. If ignored in the early stages, it can lead to several bone disorders like osteopenia, osteoporosis and osteomalacia. There are some less common symptoms of calcium deficiency like hypertension, kidney stones, unusual menstrual cramps and miscarriages.

Calcium Deficiency Symptoms in Women

The absorption of calcium in the body decreases with age. Hence there should be regular supply of calcium through the diet to fulfill the calcium needs of the body. Calcium deficiency in young girls causes problems like irregular period, menstrual cramps, late puberty and anemia. It tends to lower the resistance of the body making them prone to various infections. The requirement of calcium is highest during pregnancy. It is required for the formation of the bones of the baby. Hence women should consume the required amount of calcium during pregnancy. Severe bleeding, lack of breast milk, extended lying-in period can be some of the calcium deficiency symptoms in women after childbirth.

Lack calcium in the diet can pose a risk to osteopenia and eventually osteoporosis in menopausal women. Hence they should include adequate calcium intake to prevent bone loss during this period.

Calcium Deficiency in Children

Infants and adolescents have a higher need of calcium as compared to rest of the age groups. They need this extra calcium for the growth and formation of their bones. Sometimes children are born calcium deficient as a result of calcium deficiency in their mothers. Such children tend to develop weak bones which do not grow properly. They also fall prey to indigestion and diarrhea. Consumption of adequate amounts of calcium at a younger age keeps serious conditions like osteoporosis and osteomalacia at bay during later years. Osteomalacia in children is commonly known as rickets which causes softening of bones leading to fractures. Hence it is very important for children to have a calcium rich diet.

What About Calcium??

Most people believe that by eliminating dairy from their diets, they will have eliminated their best source of calcium.

Not so.

First, there is serious debate as to how much calcium we really do need in our diets. And the truth is it’s not just about the calcium you consume, it’s the calcium you absorb that is the most important.

Without a healthy inner and proper digestion, you can be sure that you are not absorbing most of the calcium you consume anyway, so correcting your digestion should be your utmost goal.

Second, if you are following the proper food combining on your plate is from non-starchy land or sea vegetables, you will be getting plenty of calcium from ocean and dark green leafy vegetables.

Yes, dark green vegetables are a terrific source of calcium. In fact, just one cup of collard greens has more calcium in it than a cup of skim milk!

Spinach, kale, okra, mustard greens, turnip greens, cabbage, broccoli, and all sea vegetables are also excellent sources of calcium. Try to get plenty of these in your diet throughout the week.

Sea vegetables are not only calcium rich, they are the broadest food-source of all of the minerals your body needs, which are essential to proper calcium absorption.

The Best Foods For Bones: Fruits and Vegetables

Green Vegetables, beans, tofu, sesame seeds, and even oranges contain lots of usable calcium, without the problems associated with dairy. Keep in mind that you retain the calcium better and just do not need as much when you don’t consume a diet heavy in animal products and sodium, sugar, and caffeine.

Many green vegetables have calcium-absorption rates of over 50 percent, compared with about 32 percent for milk.  Additionally, since animal protein induces calcium excretion in urine, the calcium retention from vegetables is higher. All green vegetables are high in calcium.

The American “chicken and pasta” diet style is significantly low in calcium, so adding dairy as a calcium source to this mineral-poor diet makes superficial sense—it is certainly better than no calcium in the diet. However, much more than just calcium is missing. The only reason cow’s milk is considered such an important source of calcium, is that the  Standard American diet is centered on animal foods, refined grains, and sugar, all of which are devoid of calcium. Any healthy diet containing a reasonable amount of unrefined plant foods will have sufficient calcium without milk. Fruits and vegetables strengthen bones. Researchers have found that those who eat the most fruits and vegetables have denser bones. These researchers concluded that not only are fruits and vegetables rich in potassium, magnesium, calcium, and other nutrients essential for bone health, but, because they are alkaline, not acid-producing, they do not induce urinary calcium loss. Green vegetables in particular, have a powerful effect on reducing hip fractures, for they are rich not only in calcium but in other nutrients, such as vitamin K, which is crucial for bone health.

When we look for ways to increase our calcium intake, we typically think of dairy foods, which are an excellent source of this vital bone-building nutrient. However, many fruits and vegetables are also significant calcium sources. An added bonus to increasing our fruits and vegetable intake is the addition of dietary fiber, antioxidants and phytochemicals. Foods such as dark leafy greens, soy products, seeds, nuts and dried fruits can introduce variety into your calcium-rich meals.

Calcium Rich Fruits
Many fruits contain a good amount of calcium. Berries are on top of this list. But, there are also many other fruits which contain good amount of calcium. You can add a fruit serving from the mentioned below fruits to every meal, to increase the intake of calcium. You can also add berries and almonds to your cereal. You can have a mixed fruit salad of orange, berries, apples and bananas. You can also flavor your dishes with tamarind. Or make a fruit smoothie with nut/seed and berries and have it regularly to increase calcium intake.

  • Mulberries
  • Rhubarb
  • Roselle
  • Apples
  • Almonds
  • Banana
  • Avocado
  • Acai berries
  • Goji berries
  • Oranges
  • Pomegranates
  • Prickly pears
  • Kumquats
  • Tamarinds
  • Blackberries
  • Blackcurrants
  • Dates
  • Grapefruits

Calcium Rich Vegetables
Here is a list of the calcium rich vegetables. You can eat raw,  stir fry, grill, bake, steam or boil the below vegetables or add them to salads and enjoy them raw and fresh. You can also make some nice mix vegetable soups with the below veggies.

  • Okra
  • Parsnip
  • Amaranth leaves
  • Bok choy
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Butternut squash
  • Celery
  • French beans
  • Mustard spinach
  • Cabbage
  • Spinach
  • Ginger
  • Kale
  • Turnip greens
  • Garlic
  • Green soybeans
  • Sprirulina
  • Swiss chard
  • Chinese broccoli

 Calcium Rich Vegetables and serving.

  • Broccoli -  A cup of Broccoli contains about 180 mg of calcium.
  • Kale Cabbage -  This is a type of cabbage which is most beneficial for health. Well, half a cup of kale contains 90 to 100 mg of calcium.
  • Okra - Okra is not very rich in calcium, though it has a fair amount. Half cup of okra contains around 70 mg of calcium.
  • Turnip Greens - You can get between 100 to 125 mg calcium in half cup, cooked turnip greens.
  • Spinach - Spinach is also good when it comes to calcium content. There is around 300 mg of calcium in a single cup of spinach. Now we know, why is it the favorite food for Popeye!
  • Alfalfa Sprouts - A cup of raw Alfalfa sprouts has 11 mg of calcium. A single boiled or raw artichoke has around 55 mg calcium content.
  • Asparagus  – Half a cup of boiled asparagus has around 21 mg of calcium. Likewise in raw asparagus, 1 spear, the calcium content is 3 mg and half cup canned asparagus has 18 mg of calcium.
  • Canned Bamboo Shoots - The calcium content in 1 cup of canned bamboo is 11 mg.
  • Beets - (Canned) Beet is fairly good in calcium content. In a cup of beet, the calcium content is 44 mg.
  • Carrot  – A single cup of canned carrot juice has 57 mg of calcium. Raw carrot, on the other hand, contains 42 mg calcium in a single cup.
  • Celery  – A single cup of raw celery has 41 mg of calcium content.
  • Cauliflower Boiled half cup of cauliflower has 10 mg calcium.
  • Peeled, Raw Cucumber A single cup of peeled, raw cucumber contains 17 mg calcium.
  • Eggplant - A single cup of pickled eggplant contains 34 mg calcium.
  • Garlic  – A tea spoon of raw garlic has 5 mg calcium content.
  • Lettuce-butterhead -  A cup of raw, shredded lettuce contains 19 mg of calcium.
  • Edible Mushrooms  – One can of mushroom has 14 mg of calcium.
  • Mustard Greens  –  cup of chopped, boiled mustard greens contains 104 mg of calcium.
  • Onions  – One cup of chopped and raw onions contains around 40 mg of calcium.
  • Peas A cup of boiled peas contains 34 mg of calcium.
  • Green chillies -  Canned green chillies contain 50 mg of calcium in a single cup.
  • Tomatoes  – In a canned paste of tomatoes, without salt, you would find around 94 mg of calcium. On the contrary, 1 cup of green, raw tomatoes has only 23 mg of calcium.
  • Green Beans -  Green beans have a calcium content of 55 mg, when they are boiled and a single cup of it is considered.
  • Potatoes  – A cup of raw and baked peeled potatoes contains 26 mg of calcium.


 Calcium Rich Fruits and serving

  • Apple -  Apple contains the highest amount of calcium in the form of juice. A cup of unsweetened apple juice has 17 mg of calcium, whereas, raw apples with skin and without skin have a calcium content of 8 mg and 6 mg, respectively.
  • Avocados  – One cup of avocado has a calcium content of 18 mg.
  • Banana  – There is 8 mg of calcium in a cup of banana. If the bananas are dehydrated, then the calcium content is 22 mg per cup.
  • Grapes  – Green grapes have a calcium content of 15 mg per cup. American grapes contain 13 mg of calcium per cup.
  • Lemon -  A cup of canned or bottled lemon juice contains 27 mg of calcium.
  • Orange  – One large raw orange has a calcium content of 74 mg.
  • Pineapple -  Canned, unsweetened, pineapple juice has 33 mg calcium in a single cup.
  • Cherries -  Sour cherries which are canned have 26 mg calcium in one cup and frozen cherries contain 20 mg calcium in a cup. Likewise, a cup of sweet frozen cherries has 31 mg calcium.
  • Cranberry 1 cup of whole raw cranberries has just 8 mg of calcium.
  • Watermelon -  A single cup of diced, raw watermelon has 11mg of calcium.
  • Strawberries - This yummy red fruit has a calcium content between 25 mg to 35 mg in any form – canned, frozen, or raw.
  • Pomegranates -  A single raw pomegranate has 5 mg calcium.
  • Apricots  – Dried and dehydrated apricots contain around 70 mg of calcium in a single cup and raw apricots contain 20 mg of calcium.
  • Acai Berries  – These have a fantastic calcium content, that is, 260 mg per 100 gm of acai berry powder.
  • Mangosteen - A cup of mangosteen contains around 24 mg of calcium.
  • Goji Berries  – Dried Goji Berries, also called wolf berries have a calcium content of 65 mg per 100 gm.
  • Blueberries - A single cup of blueberries, canned or frozen has around 13 mg of calcium.
  • Almonds - This central Asian dry fruit nut has a calcium content is 162 mg in a cup.

So, eat the above calcium rich fruits and vegetables  to provide the body with adequate amount of calcium. Because, if you don’t provide the body with calcium, then it will start taking calcium from the bones, which will over a period make your bones weak and susceptible to breaking

If the bodily calcium requirements are not met, it could lead to osteoporosis, hypertension, and other problems. Any kind of bony structure in our body can be weakened due to calcium deficiency. If there is an increase in the levels of calcium it results in fatigue, nausea, anorexia, constipation, depression, or increased urination. It can also result in the formation of kidney stones. Hence, in order to avoid the deficiency or the increased level of calcium, we need to take care that we do not consume too much of this mineral either through food stuffs or calcium supplements. A healthy diet involves a good amount of calcium rich foods.

For a normal, healthy adult, the daily requirement of calcium is around 1000 to 1300 mg. It fluctuates between this range depending on whether the individual is a male or female. But more or less, the requirements do not vary drastically for both the sexes. While for children, the calcium requirement is around 500 and 800 mg daily, for babies, it starts from 200 mg for a newborn to 270 mg for a one year old daily.


It should also be kept in mind that Vitamin D is needed to absorb the calcium properly, so it is elementary to have a good vitamin D content in our diets. So here again, a balanced diet comes into picture. An easy way to remember that we have all the essential nutrients is a food pyramid and have proper diet plan.

Now, after going through this article, reading the list of all high calcium foods, I am sure all the mothers who have read this would not need to rush behind their kids or nag them to have milk, for they know that when it comes to calcium, you need not always go the ‘milky way’. Grab some fruits or a bowlful of kale and you will get your quota of calcium!