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Eat For Healthier Bones! A list of Calcium Rich food You Need!

Eat For Healthier Bones! A list of Calcium Rich food You Need!

Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the human body.

Though its most known for strengthening teeth and bones, it is also vital for maintaining healthy cells , hormone secretion, blood coagulation, as well as playing an important role in muscle contraction and relaxation.
In short, the body needs calcium to function.

As such there are a range of problems and health risks that can arise from having insufficient calcium. Calcium deficiency is surprisingly common and is considered by some to be a global public health problem, as such it is important to consider your own calcium intake.

Some problems are extremely serious, not only are you at a higher risk of developing diseases like Osteoporosis, but you can develop weak nails, hair loss, and even seizures.

The Warning signs of Calcium deficiency:

  • Lethargy or being overly fatigued
    If you find yourself usually tired during the day when there is no cause for it, this could be warning sign.
  • Tooth Decay
    If you find that your teeth are often aching , or feeling unusually sensitive, or even that there are visible holes in your teeth, this could be a sign of tooth decay, and with it, that you they are not being maintained through calcium intake.
  • Muscle weakness
    If you find you find yourself becoming strangely weaker. This could be a symptom that they aren’t being maintained through calcium.

If any of these sound familiar, its worth considering boosting your calcium with calcium rich foods (there is a list of such foods below), talking to your doctor, or cutting down on food which affect calcium absorption.

Foods which affect Calcium absorption

Surprisingly, improving Calcium levels in the body is not just about consuming Calcium rich foods, but also slightly decreasing your intake of foods which affect the way Calcium is absorbed into the body.
As such consuming them can negatively affect the calcium levels in the human body.
The following foods, nutrients, and minerals have this effect.

  • Sodium.
    Sodium is common in a great many food types (not just kinds which contain high levels of salt). In particular pre-packaged or pre-prepared meals, and canned foods and sauces are rich in Sodium.
    Sodium affects Calcium in your body by increasing the amount of Calcium excreted through your urine. So if you are consuming calcium rich foods and Sodium rich foods, some of the calcium consumed could be totally wasted by the Sodium.
  • Caffeine
    Caffeine has a small affect on both the levels of Calcium the body takes in, and the levels the body excretes. For example a cup of coffee causes a loss of roughly 3 milligrams of Calcium.
  • Alcohol
    Alcohol has been shown to negatively affect the way Calcium is absorbed into the body. However exactly how much is lost, and how much alcohol is required is as of yet unknown.

Top 10 Calcium Rich Foods That You Can Add To Your Diet

Its recommended that you consume and absorb 1000 – 1,500 milligrams of Calcium per day, what should you consume to best reach this number? Here are top 10 Calcium rich foods that you need for a boost!

Milk

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    Though there has been some doubt cast about how good milk is as a source of Calcium due to its high levels of fat and protein. I feel the math speaks for itself One glass of milk contains roughly 300 milligrams of Calcium. Less than half of this amount (131 milligrams) will be lost in the processing of the protein. As such you’ll gain 169 milligrams of Calcium.

    Cheese

      All dairy products are sensational sources of Calcium. One ounce of Cheese contains a staggering 224 milligrams of Calcium. However, like milk, cheese is quite fatty and thus I recommend it be consumed in moderation.

      Cheese is of course, incredibly versatile, if used in conjunction with a meal featuring one or more of the foods on this list, you’ll get a great amount of Calcium quite easily.

      Broccoli 

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        Broccoli is a pretty miraculous vegetable.
        A handful of Broccoli can contain more than 86 milligrams of Calcium. What’s more, surprisingly Broccoli contain more Vitamin C than an Orange , so an increase in Broccoli in your diet is very much recommended.

        Kale

          Like Broccoli, Kale is incredibly nutritious. A 13 grams of cooked Kale will provide you at least 93 of milligrams of Calcium as well as being a fantastic source of Vitamin C and Vitamin K.

          I recommend stir fried Kale and Broccoli as a good, easy, and calcium rich recipe to try.

          Figs

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            Figs

            are a delicious, calcium rich fruit. In fact, 8 dry figs contain as much as 107 milligrams of Calcium, 10% of your daily recommended intake.
            As they are great by themselves, they make an easy, uncomplicated snack. However Fig Jam is also a great source of Calcium.

            Oranges


              Oranges, as you well know are a rich source of Vitamin C, but also, a single orange can contain more than 65 milligrams of Calcium. Like Figs, they are delicious by themselves. However I think they are best enjoyed in a class of (fresh, not from concentrate) orange juice.

              Tofu

                Tofu is most known as a vegetarian meat/protein substitute, however it is also a fantastic and rich source of Calcium. Half a cup of Tofu can contain almost half of your daily recommended Calcium intake. Its important to note that the amount of Calcium in Tofu is dependent on the agent used to prepare the Tofu before packaging and selling. There should be an indication of the levels of Calcium in each packet of Tofu.

                As it is a staple of Vegetarian and Vegan Cooking, it is extremely versatile. It takes the taste of whatever it is cooked with.
                For a calcium and protein rich breakfast, I recommend Tofu Breakfast Tacos

                Almonds 

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                  Almonds are a nutritional powerhouse, containing a healthy amount of protein, Vitamin E, and Potassium. Though they contain fat, the fat contained is monounsaturated fat, which lowers cholesterol levels.
                  One ounce of Almonds contains as much as 75 milligrams of Calcium.

                  Like Figs and Oranges, they can be enjoyed by themselves as a healthy snack.

                  White Beans


                    Raw or cooked, these little beans pack a powerful amount of Calcium. 80 Grams raw, or 200 grams cooked white beans will give you 132 milligrams of Calcium. Also white beans are a great source of fiber, protein, and Iron. Making them a great addition to your diet

                    A delicious recipe using white beans has got to be Ravioli With Tomatoes, White Beans, and Escarole a meal that is quick to prepare, and one that contains 270 milligrams of Calcium per serving.

                    Sardines


                      Sardines, while salty, are an extremely nutritious fish. An ordinary tin or can of Sardines, will be packed with Calcium (for example: 60 grams of Sardines amounts to as much as 351 milligrams of Calcium.
                      But that’s not all, Sardines are also an extremely rich source of Vitamin D, an essential vitamin that is somewhat rare in food.

                      A fancy Sardines recipe comes from Jamie Oliver, Harissa sardines with couscous salad


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                      Last Updated on August 15, 2018

                      7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                      7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                      Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

                      Video Summary

                      Why is it important to train up our core strength?

                      There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

                      This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

                      Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

                      In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

                      One Exercise, multiple benefits

                      There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

                      By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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                      When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

                      Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

                      In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

                      What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

                      What will happen when you start doing planks every day

                        1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

                        Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

                        • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
                        • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
                        • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
                        • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

                        2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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                          Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

                          Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

                          3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

                            Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

                            4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

                              Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

                              A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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                              A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

                              On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

                              5. You’ll improve overall balance

                                Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

                                6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                                  Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                                  7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                                    Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                                    How to hold a plank position

                                    1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                                    2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                                    3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                                    4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                                    5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                                    6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                                    7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                                    Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                                    Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                                      How to improve your plank time gradually

                                      1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                                      2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                                      3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                                      Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                                      Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                                      You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                                      • Prolapse
                                      • After prolapse surgery
                                      • Pelvic pain conditions
                                      • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                                      • Previous childbirth
                                      • Overweight

                                      Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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