I am always surprised when I tell someone I don’t eat dairy or meat that they still ask: “Where do you get your calcium and protein from?” or “Do you eat a lot of beans and rice?” My answers nowadays: “I get those nutrients from almost every single piece of food I put in my mouth. Virtually all foods in nature have calcium and protein as part of their make up” and “I love beans and rice and eat many varieties of both fairly regularly, but maybe not anymore often than you do.”
Health issues linked to magnesium deficiency
Magnesium is a key nutrient in the following areas in the body:
- Cardiovascular Health (healthy heart and circulation)
- Bone Health (without magnesium your bones don’t exist)
- Muscle Health (avoid cramps or muscle soreness)
- Nerve Function (mental and physical)
- Energy Production
- Stress Management
- Healthy Blood Sugar Balance
Considered one of the most ancient common vegetables, cabbage is also one of the most economical and healthiest vegetables today. Although cabbage is technically a biennial herb of the mustard family, centuries of cultivation have produced other forms of the cabbage family that we are familiar with such as kale, kohlrabi, cauliflower, broccoli, and Brussels sprouts.
Have you jumped on the bone broth bandwagon? Bone broth has become trendy and popular in food circles lately, but you may be surprised to learn that this food has traditionally been used as a health tonic for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine, and other cultures.
Did you know Vitamin D is not really a “vitamin”, it is more like a hormone. Our bodies produce it when the sun’s rays react with cholesterol after being absorbed by your skin. So what happens when you avoid the sun, live in a northern climate, or use a daily dose of sunscreen? No sun rays are absorbed, which means no Vitamin D is produced. Most hormone levels decline as we age, and the same is true for Vitamin D production.
Chances are you are already a banana eater, unless you have shied away from them because of negative ads you may have seen on the Internet making them seem unhealthy. On the flip side, you probably “don’t like” beets, so you are nowhere near close to eating enough of them for optimal health. Let’s vow to change our attitudes toward bananas and beets, and start consuming them more often! Here’s why:
The 3 added super foods in this “go green” smoothie are not greens in the most common or traditional sense, they are concentrated supplements from outstanding green ingredients that provide optimal energy and nutrition from unique sources. (more…)
This homemade almond milk recipe is time consuming, but easy. It also tastes amazing and completely different than traditional store bought almond milk. Almonds are high in healthy monounsaturated fats, which can help with cholesterol levels. They also have healthy levels of the antioxidant Vitamin E, magnesium, potassium, calcium, and are a very good source of amino acids and protein.
I love this recipe because it uses fresh spinach instead of frozen. I do not love the flavor of frozen spinach! This is a comfort recipe and so good. This fresh spinach lasagna is also perfect for a crowd, as it serves 12! If you make it gluten free, no one will ever know.
There is a statistic I heard years ago that stated women in the United States have the highest rate of osteoporosis, and also consume the most amount of calcium from dairy products and supplementation. This correlated with a famous Harvard Nurses Study that reported women consuming the most calcium, ironically had the weakest bones.
Everything in life is about balance. When we only get one side of the story, we become out of balance and suffer the consequences. This holds true as we look at the relationship between calcium and magnesium. We have been so hung up on “calcium for your bones” for so many years, we have forgotten about, or never even knew about, the importance of magnesium.
I love Tabouli salad! Especially the traditional Lebanese preparation. It has so much delicious parsley, and so many wonderful health benefits! If you are looking for more ways to get greens into your diet, this is a very delicious way to do it. Parsley is green and high in chlorophyll, so we know it is good, but check out how good!
The more we learn about aloe, the more we love it. Let’s look at the nutritional value of Whole Leaf Aloe Vera. Keep in mind these nutrients are found in trace amounts, but WOW this is a long list of goodness! Most consumers know aloe as a topical skin soother, many know it as a juice, or a whole-leaf juice concentrate for the savvy consumer. No matter what, think of aloe as a super food that we should ingest regularly!