A new study by researchers at the University of Wisconsin shows that high-protein diets can rob your body of calcium, even if you get plenty in your system. In fact, the study further shows that vegetables are a better source of calcium than cow milk because it doesn’t have the same protein that would absorb the calcium that your bones should be getting.
The report specifically focused on the differences in bone density in vegetarians and omnivores and found, perhaps surprisingly, a higher bone density among the vegetarians. Dr. Neil Nedley claims this is further scientific evidence that shows a higher risk of osteoperosis and loss of bone density among people with high meat diets. Past studies have also shown that people who consume too much protein were likely to have the excess protein “leeching” calcium from the bones despite meeting the daily minimum calcium intake.
There are multiple other reasons that meat-heavy diets can lead to weaker bones. Calcium is required to simply neutralize the acids found in meat. Sulfur, which is found in high concentrations in meat, also prevents your body from properly absorbing calcium. High fat content which is found in meat also combines with calcium and is eliminated from the body rather than absorbing the calcium alone.
Researchers cited vegetables as a healthier source of dietary calcium than any animal product. Among the top protein sources are soybeans, greens, lentils, kale, turnip greens, hazelnuts, figs, and leafy greens that also have other beneficial properties like helping you prevent cancer. It is also important for meat eaters to consider adding a calcium daily supplement to your diet to increase your calcium levels and prevent your proteins from making you calcium-deficient.
It turns out weight lifting is not just great for your muscles, bones, and joints – it’s great for your brain too.
Several new studies show that weight lifting is not just a great way to keep your heart and body healthy, it’s also an important step in preventing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Although we typically view osteoporosis as a disease most prevalent in women,
one in every five sufferers of osteoporosis are men. Roughly 2 million American men have osteoporosis and as many as 12 million are at risk of developing the disease. Luckily, The Clay Times Journal has some helpful tips on how men can reduce their risk and ensure that you avoid bone loss.
Researchers at Oregon State University are calling for the recommended daily allowance for vitamin C to be doubled to 200 milligrams a day in a new article in Critical Reviews in Food Science in Nutrition. Led by Professor Balz Frei, the article describes the current levels of vitamin C intake as the minimum amount to prevent scurvy. He calls for raising the current 75-90 milligrams minimum but 100% to increase cell and tissue saturation.
What you eat is what you are.
We know all to well how important healthy diet is.
Consuming healthy, nutrient dense foods have a direct positive impact not only on the way we feel, but also on our appearance.
Unless we are dealing with issues of heredity, certain medications or an underlying medical condition, the health of our skin, nails and hair is a reflection of our nutritional status.
According to four-time Ironman champion and guest coach for CNN Health’s Fit Nation, Chrissie Wellington, the most important part of your body to train is your mind. Having seen the obsession over logbooks, cardio training, weight training, and everything inbetween, when it comes down to it, every athlete realizes that “a strong mind is the most powerful weapon of all.”
Wellington says that she really learned this from her coach who told her “You have to get over your [mental weakness] the same way as you improve your athletic weakness – by knowing and training it.” Chrissie believes that it was not simply her heavy muscle and cardio training but her mind that carried her to her toughest victories.
Among her tips for training minds, which she will use as a coach on Fit Nation, is the power of positive attitude. It is important for people to think positively and fill their minds with positive images and thoughts rather than worry, fear, or other negative thoughts. This also helps you develop focus and discipline as you are being driven by your positivity, not being weighed down by negativity.
Wellington suggests creating a mantra for yourself. Her’s is “Never, ever give up – and smile.” but everyone is different. Smiling is also important because it puts you into the right positive attitude. A mantra also helps you stay focused on your goal and is a constant reminded of why you are doing what you are doing.
Most importantly, Wellington says, is to develop the habit of training yourself to be strong minded. This includes a continual self-assessment of both your attitude and your body language. You can’t suddenly decide you are strong-minded, you have to train your mind like you would any muscle. Ultimately, Chrissie says the top thing to remember is to focus on your goals and why you are going for them. Oh, and an uplifting song like Cool Runnings really helps too.
Those who have dealt with hair loss at some point in their lives understand how frustrating it can be to deal with this condition. The underlying issue is often not obvious, and even when the cause has been successfully identified, hair loss can be difficult to reverse.
Amino acids are a vital component to hair growth. They are even more than that, they are the building blocks from which the body creates the proteins necessary for life. They link together to form short chains, otherwise known as peptides which then form larger structures called proteins.
For most of us it is extremely difficult to talk about hair loss. It is understandable, as this issue affects millions and it is a highly sensitive subject amongst men and women alike. Our hair is one of the key elements of our appearance, which is worn with pride by those who are blessed with a full head of beautiful hair. Those, on the other hand, suffering from excessive hair loss often lose their self-confidence as a result. If you are one of the many losing his or her hair for seemingly no reason, you may wonder why all this is happening. While millions of people experience hair loss, and some will see their hair re-grow without doing anything, many will need treatment.
If you are one of the millions suffering from mild to severe hair loss, otherwise known as alopecia, or you simply want longer and healthier hair, you might have been researching the options available to you. Many people are taking biotin supplements, as biotin is often regarded as the “hair growth vitamin.”