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Did you know? About Osteoporosis

14 Jun

A Plant Based Diet Reduces The Risk For Osteoporosis

Studies show that consuming a plant based diet reduces the risk for osteoporosis, on the contrary a diet high in animal products increases the risk for such.

Osteoporosis is characterized by a decrease in bone mass and bone structure deterioration. It is estimated that 10 million Americans have osteoporosis. Women over the age of 50 (or post menopausal) are at increased risk. Osteoporosis is a very important health concern, since it leads to bone fractures and disability.

Over the years we have heard that to increase bone density we have to consume more dairy (due to the high calcium levels dairy contains), but now we know that dairy creates and acidic condition in the blood. The body tries to compensate this acidity by adding a buffer which is calcium and this calcium is extracted from the bones. So bone density is decreased by this constant compensation.

A plant based diet reduces this acidity so calcium stays in the bones and the density remains within healthy levels. Studies on different populations reveal that those consuming the least dairy products have much lower incidence of osteoporosis than those countries where more dairy is consumed.

Food of the Week: Garlic

13 Feb

Garlic has been around for thousands of years and has been known for its medicinal properties ever since. It contains antibacterial, antiviral, antiparasitic and antifungal agents.

The most important active ingredient is allicin which is activated when the garlic is chewed or crushed. Other components are manganese, magnesium, selenium, zinc, vitamins B and C, calcium, iron and folate.

Garlic is a good anticoagulant, it protects against atherosclerosis, decreases high cholesterol levels and is known to have anticancer properties as well.

Garlic is used for detoxifying, it is recommended to take 1 or 2 garlic cloves a day.

Greens with Garlic Sauce

  • 5 baby bok choy heads, halved lenghtwise
  • 1 bunch chard, chopped and center stems removed
  • 1 bunch spinach, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons tamari sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seed oil or peanut oil

Mix water and tamari sauce together in a bowl.

In a large pot over medium heat, add 2 tablespoons olive oil with garlic cook until garlic turns golden. Add baby bok choy heads and chard. Add half of the water and tamari mix and cover. Cook for about 5 minutes, then add the spinach and the rest of the water and tamari. Cook for another 5 minutes, remove from heat and add sesame seed or peanut oil and black pepper. Enjoy!

Remember eat healthy, be happy!