A LAYPERSON USING NUTRITION FOR PREVENTIVE HEALTH CARE MEANS BEING SURE TO PLAN YOUR MENU TO REGULARLY INCLUDE THE FOODS LISTED BELOW.
***HERE, I AM FOCUSING ON BONE HEALTH***
Compiled by Nancy B. Detweiler
Vitamin K2 May Help Improve Bone Health and Lower The Risk of Osteoporosis – · Vitamin K2 is emerging as a key factor in regulating calcium in the body.
- Insufficient vitamin K2 leads to decreased bone mineral density, a key factor in osteoporosis, and an excess of calcium in the arterial wall, which increases the risk of heart disease.
Foods rich in K2
Japanese dish called natto
Natto, fermented soybeans, is particularly rich in K2.
Many foreigners avoid natto like the plague. I believe that it’s more of the texture and smell that gets people more so than the taste. When it comes to natto, there are three types of people; either 1) you love it, 2) you hate it, or 3) it grows on you.
- Hard cheese
Butter – made from pasture fed cows
Fermented foods, such as sauerkraut, cheese and natto (a soy dish popular in Japan), contain substantial amounts of vitamin K2.
Foods good for your bones
Dark leafy greens such as bok choy, Chinese cabbage, kale, collard greens, and turnip greens. Dark greens also have vitamin K, which can reduce your risk for osteoporosis
Figs – fresh or dried
Almonds, almond butter
Milk from plants
Prunes – Fresh or dried
“Research has found that eating [prunes] every day, along with calcium and vitamin D, can help improve your bone density by slowing the breakdown of bone in your body.”
Molasses- alternative sweetner
“Unlike refined white sugar, molasses is a source of calcium.”
***CALCIUM – MAGNESIUM RATIO VERY IMPORTANT***
Since I have followed Adele Davis’ nutritional suggestions all of my adult life, I recommend her guidelines.
The 11 most nutrition-dense foods on the planet
Has high content of iodine, a mineral that is used to make thyroid hormones.
Shellfish – Clams, oysters
Shellfish are among the most nutritious foods in existence.
Potatoes really are one of the world’s most perfect foods.
They contain a little bit of almost every nutrient we need and there have been accounts of people living on nothing but potatoes for a long time.
If you cook the potatoes and then allow them to cool afterwards, they also form large amounts of resistant starch, a fiber-like substance with many powerful health benefits.
Loaded with powerful antioxidant substances, including anthocyanins and various phytochemicals, some of which can cross the blood-brain barrier and exert protective effects on the brain.
(Unwashed blueberries can be kept in the freezer all year round.)
Whole eggs are so nutritious that they’re often referred to as “nature’s multivitamin.”
See my article researched and written when a family member became deathly ill.
More than 90% of Americans are choline-deficient. Egg yolks are the richest source of choline.
Egg yolks are the richest source of choline.
Symptoms of a choline deficiency may possibly include:
low energy levels of fatigue
mood changes or disorders
Eating a small square of quality dark chocolate every day may be one of the best ways to “supplement” your diet with additional antioxidants.
SUMMARY: Sadly, a focus on preventing conditions of physical dis-ease is rarely connected to Nutrition. Few, if any public schools, offer classes in Health and/or Home Economics.
So why do we eat?
Some might answer incredulously, “Because I’m hungry!” But do you know “hungry for what?” The body roars when it is hungry for “nourishment” that allows it to operate as it innately knows how to function for our well-being. Our bodies are marvelous healers, IF we give them the proper nutrients to do the work. But they need our conscious help! If we simply pay no attention to our body’s call for particular nutrients, whatever need the body has goes unattended. At times, we may unconsciously eat the nutrient for which our body is calling and jokingly state, “I’m carving ___________.”
With devastating results, nutrition has been viewed by the Western Medical Establishment as irrelevant in training doctors. In Ty Bollinger’s documentary, THE TRUTH ABOUT CANCER, we heard doctors state that their years of medical training had included no mention of nutrition, or at most. two hours in which they were told some think nutrition can be helpful.
As a minister, I made many hospital visits. I was appalled at the nutritional habits of doctors. Many smoked during their “breaks.” One of the most appalling happened late one night. My parishioner was to have surgery to correct the mistakes made in her initial surgery. The surgeon had been in surgery for hours, with no nourishment. He exited the surgical department long enough to tell the family and me that he would take my parishioner as soon as he had a bite to eat. I watched as he purchased a candy bar and hurriedly ate it. He then did the surgery on a woman who had almost died due to mistakes made in the previous surgery. I knew then that nutrition played no significant role in western medicine and in the concept of nourishment for well-being and proper functioning.
Americans desperately need to connect good nutrition with holistic well-being! “Dem bones” must be nourished in order to support and carry our bodies properly.
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