raw milkRaw milk provides an excellent source of calcium. Calcium is an essential macromineral whose roles in the body are relatively well-known. It strengthens bones and teeth, improves the body’s alkalinity, helps our heart muscles to contract and relax properly and more.

Like all minerals, calcium doesn’t work alone, but in tandem with other nutrients such as magnesium and vitamin D. For this reason, obtaining our calcium from whole foods — foods whose nutrient profiles have been optimized by nature for superior absorption — is the best way to remain healthy.

Good natural sources of calcium

Seaweed — It is common to find seaweed in any “best of” list, and for good reason: since seaweed grows in the ocean and is thus unaffected by soil erosion (the process that has significantly reduced the nutritional value of most land-based vegetables), its nutritiousness has remained intact for centuries. And, as it happens, seaweed has always been rich in calcium.

Perhaps the best seaweeds in this regard are kelp, kombu and wakame. One hundred grams of each contain between 150 and 170 grams of calcium, as well as countless other essential nutrients, including iodine. Avoiding seaweed sourced from the Pacific Ocean is a good idea due to possible radiation contamination.

Chia seeds — Though chia seeds are best-known for their high protein and fiber content, they contain similarly impressive levels of calcium. In fact, 1 ounce of these versatile South American seeds provides us with 179 milligrams of calcium, which is 17 percent of our recommended daily allowance (RDA). Of course, it’s easy to consume far more than 1 ounce of chia seeds per day, making them one of the easiest foods to consume for correcting a calcium deficiency.

Blackstrap molasses — Blackstrap molasses is the dark, treacle-like byproduct of the sugar cane refinement process. Since it is derived from the sugar cane plant, whose tall roots grow deep into the soil, it contains a large number of nutrients that are seldom found in such quantities elsewhere, including calcium. Specifically, 1 tablespoon of blackstrap supplies us with 123 milligrams of the mineral, or 12 percent of our RDA. Blackstrap is also a good source of magnesium, manganese, selenium, potassium and iron, and makes a great sweetener in baking.

Sesame seeds — These nutty and delicate seeds, which belong to one of the oldest oilseed crops grown on Earth, supply our bodies with 88 milligrams of calcium per tablespoon. Like chia seeds, sesame seeds are incredibly versatile and can be sprinkled on salads and cooked meals, or simply eaten as a snack.

Raw milk — According to the Weston A. Price Foundation, 8 ounces of raw milk — unprocessed milk straight from the cow — supplies our bodies with 300 milligrams of calcium. Additionally, it contains certain minerals, such as phosphorus and magnesium, which aid the calcium’s absorption rate. Unfortunately, milk subjected to homogenization and/or pasteurization does not fare as well. These unnatural processes damage the nutritional structure of the milk, and inhibit the absorption rate of its nutrients.

Incidentally, this fact also applies to other dairy products. Yogurt, cheese and kefir are all excellent sources of calcium when made from raw milk. When made using processed milk, however, their nutrient profile is compromised.

Certain leafy greens — Due to soil erosion, most green vegetables — once considered among the finest sources of calcium — are now shadows of their former selves nutrition-wise. Fortunately, a number of hardy greens do retain some of their nutritional power. Kale is probably the best example of these (1 cup of chopped kale contains 101 milligrams of calcium), with broccoli and spinach in second and third place respectably

Article Source: www.naturalnews.com/calcium_bone_health

Originally posted 2014-08-11 10:06:54.

healthy-bonesBone strength starts to deteriorate once we hit our mid-30s. These expert tips will help boost bone mineral density to keep your skeleton strong.

1. Eat a diet that is nutrient-dense and made up of a range of wholefoods, ideally cooked from fresh. Aim for good quality meat, pulses (lentils and beans), fish, tinned sardines, dairy products, nuts, fruit and a wide variety of vegetables. Keep crisps, cake and confectionary to a minimum, as they don’t have any health benefits.

2. For the body to absorb and use calcium effectively, it needs sufficient levels of vitamin D. Make sure you get enough exposure to sunshine in the summer – up to two 10 minute sessions of exposure to sun without sunscreen per day is fine if you have very fair skin and the recommended 15-20 minutes per day puts you at risk of burning (always use sunscreen the rest of the time). Eat foods that contain vitamin D, such as eggs and fortified breakfast cereals. You may want to consider a supplement, particularly if you are a pregnant woman or over 65 – your doctor will be able to advise.

3. Stick to the alcohol guidelines – currently 14 units a week for women and 21 for men (a 750ml bottle of wine has 10 units; a single measure (25ml) of spirits has one). Too much booze is bad for bones – it interferes with the absorption of both calcium and vitamin D.

4. Do some varied resistance exercise. After the age of 30, we start to lose bone density as well as muscle mass. Key problems associated with poor bone density are spinal, hip and wrist fractures. We can stop this decline with exercise, which helps to maintain muscle mass and strength. Resistance exercise, such as weight lifting or using our own body weight, is ideal. Don’t get too hung up on lifting huge weights or putting yourself through a punishing regime. Some activity is better than none!

5. See your doctor if you’re worried about bone density – for instance, if family members have it you may be more susceptible as there is a familial link. Other warning signs are broken bones during routine activities on several occasions. Osteoporosis is most prevalent in the post-menopausal female population, particularly those with early menopause. If you or your doctor suspects you have low bone mineral density you will be sent for a DEXA (dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry) scan. If you are found to have low bone density, you’ll be advised to undertake high impact sports like skiing with care as you’re at increased risk of breaking or fracturing a bone if you fall.

Originally posted 2014-04-11 12:10:38.

Toothache pain can be extremely distracting and often become a sufferer’s sole area of focus. The time between experiencing toothache pain and seeing an emergency dentist can be excruciating. Tooth pain happens when the nerve is inflamed. Generally this occurs due to compromised enamel which is allowing material to enter directly into the pulp. Here are 12 home remedies for toothache pain.

12 Quick Remedies For Toothache Emergency

Baking Soda

Take a cotton swab and moisten it with a bit of water, dip it in baking soda (coat the swab really well with baking soda) then apply. You can also make a mouth rinse by mixing a heaping spoonful of baking soda in a small glass of lukewarm to warm water, dissolve the soda then swish the mixture in your mouth.

Oil Of Oregano

Mix a few drops with a bit of olive oil, then saturate a cotton ball with mixture. Can replace the olive oil with lukewarm water if preferred.

Salt Water

Salt reduces infection, pain, and inflammation. Warm salt water prevents the infection from spreading to other parts of the mouth. Mix a teaspoon of salt (either unrefined sea salt, Epsom salt, or ordinary salt) and a glass of warm water. Rinse your mouth with the solution.

Garlic

Garlic is nature’s most potent antibiotic. It prevents bacterial infection and contains sulfuric compounds including allicin which fight infection and inflammation. Apply the juice from crushed garlic to the infected area. Repeat regularly as needed.

Olive Oil

Olive oil contains a chemical called eugenol that kills bacteria and reduces pain. Use a cotton ball to apply olive oil to the affected area and sore gums. Repeat daily as needed.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is a natural disinfect that kills bacteria and relieves pain and inflammation. Mix 2 teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide and a tablespoon of warm water. Rinse your mouth with the solution without swallowing.

Cucumber

Slice a fresh piece of cucumber and hold it over the sore area. If refrigerated, you might want to bring the cucumber to room temperature before using (if sensitive to cold) otherwise a cool piece can be soothing.You can also mash a piece with a bit of salt and pack it around the sore tooth.

Wheatgrass

Simply chewing of wheatgrass leaves or using wheatgrass juice as a mouthwash is also helpful in fighting with toothache. Wheatgrass juice absorbs the toxins from gums, reduces bacteria, and avoids contamination.

Tea

Make a fresh cup of tea then take the used tea bag (still warm) and stick it in your mouth. Careful not to tear the bag. The tannins that are naturally in tea leaves can help numb things.

Alcohol

A bit of whiskey, brandy, scotch, or vodka can also be used as a natural home remedy for toothache. A strong mouthwash that contains alcohol will also be helpful.

Onion

Freshly cut onion can be placed on the area. Else, extract the juice of onion and apply on the troubled tooth with a cotton ball. Onion is a natural remedy to fix up the throbbing toothache. Onion is also considered as a natural antibiotic for curing tooth infection.

Cloves

Settle a dry stalk of clove onto the tooth. This is a helpful remedy in fixing up the toothache. A drop of clove oil or thick paste of ground clove with water or olive oil can also be used. Clove oil is an effective natural cure for fixing toothache from a broken tooth.

Originally posted 2015-09-22 10:19:27.