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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 February 21, 2019

                      Top 9 Foods for Incredible Brian Health And Brain Power

                      Top 9 Foods for Incredible Brian Health And Brain Power

                      Your brain is the most intricate and powerful organ in your entire body. It’s essentially a super-computer with brain power like a Ferrari.

                      If you have a Ferrari, would you put cheap gasoline in it? Of course not. You want to put in high-octane performance fuel to get the most out of your investment.

                      When it comes to the brain, many people are looking for the top foods that will supercharge the brainpower to help focus better, think more clearly and have better brain health.

                      In this article, we’ll look at the top 9 brain foods that will help create supercharge your brain with energy and health:

                      1. Salmon

                      Salmon has long been held as a healthy brain food, but what makes this fish so valuable for your brain health?

                      It’s important to understand that your brain is primarily made up of fat. Roughly 60% of your brain is fat. One of the most important fats that the brain uses as a building block for healthy brain cells is omega-3’s.

                      Omega-3’s are essential for building a healthy brain but one of the most important omega-3’s for your brain is DHA. DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) forms nearly two-thirds of the omega-3’s found in your brain.[1]

                      Omega-3’s and DHA in particular help form the protective coating around our neurons. The better quality this coating is, the more efficient and effective our brain cells can work, allowing our brain power to work at full capacity.

                      Studies have shown that being deficient in DHA can affect normal brain development in children, which is why so many infant formulas and children’s supplements are beginning to include DHA.

                      Being deficient in DHA as an adult can cause focus and attention problems, mood swings, irritability, fatigue and poor sleep.

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                      2. Blueberries

                      Blueberries top the list as one of the most beneficial fruits to maximize your brain health and performance.

                      Blueberries have some of the highest content of antioxidants, particularly anthocyanins, than any other fruit, which helps protect the brain from stress and promote healthy brain aging.

                      Blueberries antioxidant content also help reduce inflammation, which allows the brain to maintain healthy energy levels.

                      Blueberries have begun to receive attention for their connection to brain performance.[2] Studies have demonstrated that eating blueberries on a regular basis can not only improve brain health but also brain performance as well including working memory.[3]

                      Blueberries not only taste great but are low in calories, high in Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Manganese.

                      3. Turmeric

                      Turmeric is a very impressive spice that has well-researched and proven to have tremendous benefits for your brain. Turmeric’s main compound that benefits the brain is called curcumin, which is responsible for turmerics bright yellow appearance.

                      Curcumin has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-cancer properties.[4]

                      Curcumin increases the production and availability of two important neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine, two important neurotransmitters involved with happiness, motivation, pleasure, and reward.

                      Curcumin has been well documented to have powerful anti-depressive effects. In one study, it was found to be as effective for depression as popular medications such as SSRI’s like Prozac.[5]

                      Curcumin has also been shown to:

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                      • Increase blood flow to the brain.[6]
                      • Increase BDNF production, a powerful stimulator of neuroplasticity.[7]
                      • Increase DHA availability and synthesis in the brain.[8]
                      • Increase antioxidant levels in the brain to prevent brain aging and inflammation.[9]

                      4. Coffee

                      Coffee is the wonderful elixir of energy that many people cherish every single morning. The biggest reason people drink coffee is to get a dose of caffeine.

                      Caffeine is a natural neurological stimulant that not only gives you energy but also prevents adenosine, a neurotransmitter involved with feeling tired, from binding in the brain.

                      Many people are surprised to find that coffee actually contains a large quantity of antioxidants called polyphenols, which are important for reducing inflammation in the brain and keep your brain energized. The antioxidants in coffee also provide a neuroprotective effect, protecting the brain from stress and damage. [R]

                      Coffee can also:

                      • Improve alertness and concentration.[10]
                      • Help with neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson’s disease.[11]
                      • Reduce your risk of depression.[12]
                      • Improve your memory.
                      • Provide short-term boost in athletic performance.[13]

                      5. Broccoli

                      What was your least favorite food as a kid growing up?

                      Most likely, broccoli was your answer.

                      Broccoli may not have been your top choice, but it might be the top choice for your brain.

                      Broccoli contains a compound called sulforaphane. Sulforaphane has been shown to promote the proliferation and survival of brain cells by reducing inflammation and boosting production of BDNF. It has also been shown to boost neurogenesis, the production of new brain cells.[14]

                      Broccoli is also loaded with important nutrients Vitamin K and Folate. Vitamin K plays a vital role in protecting brain cells.[15] Folate plays a crucial role in detoxification and reducing inflammation in the brain.

                      6. Bone broth

                      Bone broth wasn’t just created to combine with soups, you can actually drink bone broth by itself.

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                      Drinking bone broth has become one of the biggest trends in the health and wellness industry and for good reason. Bone broth isn’t actually a new thing. Bone broth has been used for centuries as a healing tonic to promote health and longevity.

                      Much of the nutritional benefits and value of bone broth comes from its substantial vitamin and mineral content. Primarily calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium.

                      Your gut is called your second brain for a reason. Research continually shows that there is a direct and indirect connection between your gut and your brain. Your gut also houses and stores many important brain compounds involved with optimal brain performance. Therefore the health of your gut is vitally important for your brain health and performance.

                      Bone broth has become a go-to tool for helping heal the gut and provide the gut with the vital nutrient and resources it needs to heal and perform optimally.

                      With the vast amounts of nutrients that bone broth contains, it makes the list as a go-to food for your brain health.

                      Look for high quality, organic bone broth for the best results.

                      7. Walnuts

                      Walnuts are one of the top choices of nuts for brain health. Walnuts also look similar to a brain.

                      Amongst the wide variety of nuts available, walnuts contain the highest amounts of the important omega-3 DHA. DHA, as seen above, is a critical building block for a healthy brain.

                      Walnuts also contain high amounts of antioxidants, folate, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus, which help to lower inflammation.

                      Melatonin in walnuts is an important nutrient for regulating your sleep. Having low amounts of melatonin can make it challenging to get good quality sleep and getting poor quality sleep can dramatically impair brain health and performance.

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                      8. Eggs

                      For years, eggs were put on the nutritional naughty list; but now, eggs are finally getting the credit they deserve. Eggs can provide a tremendous boost to your brain health and longevity.

                      Eggs, particularly the yolks, contain a compound called choline. Choline is essential for building the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Acetylcholine plays an important role in mood, memory, and intelligence.

                      Egg yolks contain some of the highest quantities of choline. This is very important because low levels of choline can lead to low levels of acetylcholine, which in turn can cause increased inflammation, brain fog, difficulty concentrating and fatigue.

                      9. Dark chocolate

                      You’re about to love chocolate even more because chocolate, particularly dark chocolate, is great for your brain.

                      Chocolate boosts levels of endorphins, your brains “feel good” chemicals. This is why you feel so good eating chocolate.[16]

                      Chocolate also increases blood flow to the brain which can help improve memory, attention, focus, and reaction time.[17]

                      Dark chocolate contains high levels of magnesium, which has been coined “natures valium” for its ability to calm and relax the brain.

                      Lastly, dark chocolate has one of the highest antioxidant profiles out of any other food, including popular superfoods like acai berries, blueberries, or pomegranates.[18]

                      Conclusion

                      Your brain is a high performing organ and it uses quite a lot of energy, roughly 20% of the bodies energy demands.

                      In order to maintain a healthy brain, you need the right fuel to ensure that your brain has all the nutrients it needs to perform as well as adapt to the stress of life.

                      If you want to keep your brain performing well for a lifetime, then you want to make sure you are including as many of these brain health foods as possible.

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                      Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

                      Reference

                      [1] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: DHA Effects in Brain Development and Function
                      [2] Canadian Science Publishing: Enhanced task-related brain activation and resting perfusion in healthy older adults after chronic blueberry supplementation
                      [3] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Cognitive effects following acute wild blueberry supplementation in 7- to 10-year-old children.
                      [4] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Curcumin: the Indian solid gold.
                      [5] Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects. 2nd edition.: Turmeric, the Golden Spice
                      [6] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Effect of combined treatment with curcumin and candesartan on ischemic brain damage in mice.
                      [7] Science Direct: Curcumin reverses the effects of chronic stress on behavior, the HPA axis, BDNF expression and phosphorylation of CREB
                      [8] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Curcumin boosts DHA in the brain: Implications for the prevention of anxiety disorders.
                      [9] PLOS: A Chemical Analog of Curcumin as an Improved Inhibitor of Amyloid Abeta Oligomerization
                      [10] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Effects of Caffeine on Cognitive Performance, Mood, and Alertness in Sleep-Deprived Humans
                      [11] American Academy of Neurology: A Cup of Joe May Help Some Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms
                      [12] American Academy of Neurology: AAN 65th Annual Meeting Abstract
                      [13] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Effects of caffeine on the metabolic and catecholamine responses to exercise in 5 and 28 degrees C.
                      [14] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Hyperammonemia induces glial activation, neuroinflammation and alters neurotransmitter receptors in hippocampus, impairing spatial learning: reversal by sulforaphane
                      [15] Oxford Academic: Vitamin K and the Nervous System: An Overview of its Actions
                      [16] Diana L. Walcutt, Ph.D: Chocolate and Mood Disorders
                      [17] Health Magazine: Chocolate can do good things for your heart, skin and brain
                      [18] Chemistry Central Journal: Cacao seeds are a “Super Fruit”: A comparative analysis of various fruit powders and products

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