SIX FOODS THAT WEAKEN BONES Adapted from an article by By Melanie Haiken, Caring.com Some ingredients actually leach the minerals right out of the bone, or they block the bone’s ability to regrow. Learn about Salt, Soft Drinks, Caffeine, Hydrogenated Oils, Vitamin D, and Alcohol.
1. Salt Salt saps calcium from the bones, weakening them over time. One study compared postmenopausal women who ate a high-salt diet with those who didn’t, and the ones who ate a lot of salt lost more bone minerals. Most people on a western diet ingest double what they should have daily... Key foods to avoid:processed and deli meats, frozen meals, canned soup, pizza, burgers and fries and canned vegetables. . 2. Soft Drinks Soft drinks pose a double-danger to bones. The fizziness in carbonated drinks often comes from phosphoric acid, which ups the rate at which calcium is excreted in the urine. Meanwhile, soft drinks fill you up and satisfy your thirst without providing any of the nutrients you might get from milk or juice. . 3. Caffeine Caffeine’s action is similar to salt (but not as bad), leaching calcium from bones. For every 100 milligrams of caffeine (the amount in a small to medium-sized cup of coffee), you lose 6 milligrams of calcium. ... can become a problem if you tend to substitute drinks like iced tea and coffee for beverages that are healthy for bones, like milk and fortified juice. . 4. Vitamin A ...Found in eggs, full-fat dairy, liver, and vitamin-fortified foods, vitamin A is important for vision and the immune system. ...it’s possible to get much more than the recommended allotment... Postmenopausal women, in particular, seem to be susceptible to vitamin A overload. Studies show that women whose intake was higher...had more than double the fracture rate of women whose intake was more sensible. . 5. Alcohol ..a calcium-blocker; it prevents the bone-building minerals you eat from being absorbed. And heavy drinking disrupts the bone remodeling process by preventing osteoblasts, the bone-building cells, from doing their job. ...not only do bones become weaker, but when you do suffer a fracture, alcohol can interfere with healing. . 6. Hydrogenated oils ...the process of hydrogenation, which turns liquid vegetable oil into the solid oils used in commercial baking, destroys the vitamin K found in the oils. Vitamin K is essential for strong bones. Sources are green leafy vegetables, and a little from canola and olive oil. If you’re eating your greens, you don’t need to worry about this too much. Avoid baked goods like muffins and cookies, and read labels to avoid hydrogenated oils. .
Lemons are both purifying and nourishing, and they stimulate digestion. For reducing toxins, drink unsweetened lemonade as many times during the day as desired.
Ghee (clarified butter) is among the best rejuvenating and longevity-promoting foods. It aids digestion and calms the nerves. Ghee's rate of absorption is high, making it an excellent medium for transporting the nutrients of other foods to the tissues.
Dates and Figs are prized as excellent sources of energy. They also help build tissues. Eat one or two every day.
Almonds are nourishing and life-supporting. Ayurveda recommends blanching and peeling almonds because their skins are slightly toxic. Eat several almonds daily to increase strength and energy.
Mung Beans are among the best legumes for their supreme digestibility and health-giving qualities. They are beneficial when people are sick or otherwise in need of very light food. Mung beans are particularly nourishing when mixed with rice or other grains.
Ginger is often referred to as "the universal medicine." It promotes good digestion and helps remove ama. Dried ground ginger is more concentrated in its flavor and its effects. To aid digestion, sprinkle a thin slice of fresh ginger with lemon juice and salt, and eat one-half hour before a meal.
Cumin Seeds serve as a digestive aid and ama-reducer for all doshas. To help remove toxins, start the day by drinking warm water mixed with a pinch of powdered cumin and ginger.
Lassi is a beverage prepared by mixing one part yogurt into two parts water. It is an excellent nutritive digestive aid, taken during or after a meal. You can flavor lassi either with raw sugar or honey and a little ground cardamom, or with toasted ground cumin seeds and salt. Juicy, Seasonal Fruits are both highly nutritive and purifying. Juicy fruits should be completely ripe for maximum healing value.
Green, Leafy Vegetables are both nutritive and purifying. Their bitter flavor stimulates the liver, helps balance blood sugar, and aids skin conditions. Prepare with a little ghee or oil.
Cow's Milk is considered a vitalizer by Ayurveda and recommended for those emaciated after injury. Ayurveda recommends bringing milk to a full boil to remove the qualities that can cause excess mucus. To further reduce milk's clogging qualities, add a pinch of ginger and/or black pepper. Also, milk should be imbibed separately from foods with any taste other than sweet.
Water is universally beneficial for everyone, and assists virtually all healing. It promotes digestion and, when imbibed while hot, is particularly effective for removing ama.
I have adapted the following notes from Chapter 7 of "The Way of Cartouche: An Oracle of Ancient Egyptian Magic" by Murry Hope, and related website here. . Cartouche may be used to send healing to others in need or to effect self-healing. Several Cartouche carry healing rays, but the three main ones are: * Horus, which deals with specifically with physical complaints and naturally with conditions affecting the eyes; * Bast, whose energies are oriented toward mental problems or psychological conditions; and * Thoth, which covers the imbalances that cause disease in the first place. . (More details about each cartouche can be found in the book or here online.) . For sending healing to another, select the cartouche which will fit your patient's needs, place it with an object, photograph or letter that carries his or her energies (vibrations), and let the energies do their work. Or, if you feel it would carry more reality for you, meditate upon both the cartouche and your patient and visualize the energies transferring from one to the other. . Some of the other symbols also carry energies that are conducive to physical healing: * Isis, the Comforter; * Anubis, the Patron of Anesthetics; * Ankh, the Conveyor of the Life Force; and * Sirius, the Giver of Strength. . For self-healing, follow the instructions given with each cartouche in Murry Hope's book. . Horus Patron of Families & Homes Courage, Creativity, Balance, The Arts, Beauty, Family, Strong healing energies for conditions affecting the physical body. Family situations, family loyalty, reliability and devotion. A good omen for those who feel they have been unfairly treated. Personal charm and charisma. Nurture creative talents be they musical, dancing, painting etc . Bast Patroness of Cats Happiness, Intuition, Protection, Success, Devotion, Mental Healing, Generosity, Caution. Mental worries will soon pass and be replaced with happiness thus bringing with it good health. Also stands for devotion, generosity and the arts (acting, painting, dancing or singing). Walk with care and caution in whatever area of life is under consideration and you will succeed. Follow your intuition. Psychic protection. Liking for warmth, attention and affection. Give out as you wish to receive. Fidelity to the family unit. Happiness, inner peace and a need to express yourself . Thoth Patron of Healers Healing, Education, Fate, Karma, The Law, Education. Healing of the spirit. Interest in alternative therapies, herbal/homoeopathic remedies or natural healing gifts. Knowing the appropriate response or action for each situation as it arises. Matters of Law, writing ability and the spoken word. Skills in formal medicine. Creativity and faith in life's possibilities. Renewed hope, inner peace. Actions and feelings bringing a sense of inner peace. Teaching. Love of Learning.
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