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A Crucial Nutrient for Heart Health & Bone Strength

How Vitamin K Prevents You from Turning into a Walking “Coral Reef”

Complicating the problem of calcium deposits are nanobacteria that actually use this bad calcium to their advantage, forming hard shells of calcium phosphate that serve as defensive armor against your body’s immune system, like a clamshell shields a clam.

When the shells harden, toxins such as mercury, pesticides, and plastics are trapped in there, which is why it is so hard for you to get those toxins out of your body. This encapsulated space also forms an excellent hiding area for opportunistic viruses, bacteria and fungi.

Overconsumption of calcium creates other mineral deficiencies and imbalances, and Western civilization vastly overconsumes calcium.

According to Rudolf Steiner, creator of biodynamic farming:

“Most calcium is gravitational and channels or conducts forces which accelerate gravity. The more calcium supplements one takes, the quicker one is dragged back into the Earth for recycling.”

You don’t want to turn into a human coral reef — or be “recycled into the Earth” before your time!

By getting adequate vitamins D and K, your body will work synergistically to escort calcium to where it’s needed, while preventing it from accumulating where it shouldn’t.

So, What REALLY Increases Bone Strength?

As it turns out, you need a combination of plant-derived minerals for strong bones.

Your bones are actually composed of at least a dozen minerals. If you just focus on calcium, you will likely weaken your bones and increase your risk of osteoporosis as Dr. Robert Thompson explains in his book, The Calcium Lie.

It’s more likely your body can use calcium correctly if it’s plant-derived calcium. Good sources include raw milk from pasture-raised cows (who eat the plants), leafy green vegetables, the pith of citrus fruits, carob, and wheatgrass, to name a few.

But you also need sources of silica and magnesium, which some researchers say is actually enzymatically “transmuted” by your body into the kind of calcium your bones can use. This theory was first put forth by French scientist Louis Kevran, a Nobel Prize nominee who spent years studying how silica and calcium are related.

Good sources of silica are cucumbers, bell peppers, tomatoes, and a number of herbs including horsetail, nettles, oat straw, and alfalfa.

The absolute best source of magnesium is raw organic cacao. Yes, healthy high quality chocolate is extremely rich in magnesium!

A great source of trace minerals, which are important for many of your body’s functions, is Himalayan Crystal Salt, which contains all 84 elements found in your body.

The bottom line?

The absolute best way to achieve healthy bones is a diet rich in fresh, raw whole foods that maximizes natural minerals so that your body has the raw materials it needs to do what it was designed to do.

Of course, the same can be said for your heart — or any other part of your body.

To Wrap it Up …

In order to achieve the best possible health, you have to devise a plan of attack from multiple angles. These suggestions will synergistically help keep your heart, blood vessels, organs and bones healthy.

1. Optimize your vitamin D either from natural sunlight exposure or an oral supplement, as described above. Check your blood levels regularly.

2. Optimize your vitamin K through a combination of dietary sources (leafy green vegetables, fermented foods like natto, raw milk cheeses, etc.) and a K2 supplement, if needed. Although the exact dosing (for oral supplementation) is yet to be determined, Dr. Vermeer recommends up to 185 mcg daily for adults. You must use caution on the higher doses if you take anticoagulants, but if you are generally healthy and not on these types of medications, I suggest 150-300 mcg daily.

3. Make sure you do weight-bearing exercise, which has profound benefits to both your skeletal and cardiovascular systems. My favorite is the Peak Fitness system but it is also very important to do strength training exercises to produce the dynamic electric forces in your bones which will stimulate the osteoblasts in your bone to produce new bone..

4. Consume a wide variety of fresh, local organic whole foods, including vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, organic meats and eggs, and raw organic unpasteurized dairy. The more of your diet you consume RAW, the better nourished you will be. Minimize sugar and refined grains.

5. Consider a high-quality animal source of omega-3 fatty acid supplement—my favorite is krill oil.

6. Make sure you are getting enough restorative sleep each night.

7. Handle the stress in your life since it has a significant impact on your physical and mental well-being. My favorite de-stressing tool is the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT).

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Dr. Mercola

Dr. Mercola has been passionate about health and technology for most of his life. As a doctor of osteopathic medicine, he treated many thousands of patients for over 20 years. In the mid 90’s he integrated his passion for natural health with modern technology via the internet and developed a website, Mercola.com to spread the word about natural ways to achieve optimal health.

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4:20AM PDT on Aug 27, 2011

Thanks

6:31AM PDT on Aug 23, 2011

very good info- thanks!

12:41AM PDT on Aug 9, 2011

Very interesting article. Noted with thanks.

6:22PM PDT on Aug 2, 2011

Raw foods is not recommended for people with a comprised immune system. Will you people, who write these articles, keep that in mind! These articles that blithely recommend raw foods, and vegan diets drive me crazy! Just eating raw fruit, besides bananas, is a risk for me.

2:46PM PDT on Jul 28, 2011

It is usually better to get nutrients from food, but since so many people are deficient in vitamin D and/or cannot metabolize it efficiently, people may need to take a supplement.

4:05AM PDT on Jul 27, 2011

is it better to get it from food, or a pilll?

3:07AM PDT on Jul 27, 2011

I take a supplement.

1:01AM PDT on Jul 27, 2011

Thanks

7:26PM PDT on Jul 26, 2011

thanks for the article.

6:19AM PDT on Jul 26, 2011

I take Viactiv caramel chews for Vitamin D. They are like candy and healthy! Thank you.

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