“But… What about calcium”? – one of those one-liners you come across every other day when you decide to fuel your body with plants only.
This question stems from the modern myth that dairy is the best and most reliable source of calcium. So let’s clear the air about calcium: Why does our body need calcium? How much do we actually need on a daily basis? What are the best plant-based calcium sources that get us there? And what about all the ‘other’ stuff that you get when eating plants instead of dairy?
The common belief that dairy = the ‘best’ source of calcium can be debunked in multiple ways.
When I was a child, living in England, I woke up every morning to bottles of fresh milk on our doorstep delivered by the local milkman. TV adverts promoted the “goodness of milk”; the proteins, essential vitamins and calcium, needed by everybody to build strength and grow.
At elementary school, we received one free bottle of milk a day during our morning break. I hated it. The smell, the taste, the texture. The skinny pink plastic straw.
I was in Whistler the other day with the kids and we had just finished lunch and were about to head over to the swimming pool. Just as I got everyone loaded in the truck, I get a text from my husband who was off to work for the week; “Could you please pick me up some groceries. Attached a list and Thanks!!!”
Well, maybe not panic, but it is very important that we focus on consuming foods that are grown organically. “Organic” seems to be a popular buzzword these days and it can be confusing to know whether the investment in such foods is justifiable when compared to foods that are conventionally grown.
However, investing in organics is no doubt worth it for our health and the health of the planet. Plainly put, our government and health care system has completely failed to protect and educate the public on the dangers of modern food production.
Orthomolecular Medicine News Service, March 27, 2018
Commentary by Helen Saul Case
I was born and raised in a household where we used vitamins instead of medicines. Consequently, I am very familiar with utilizing high-dose vitamin C to prevent and cure illness. Now that I have children of my own, vitamins help keep them healthy, too. I think you can do the same for your family. While I am not a doctor, and you should always work with yours, here are answers to some of the most common questions I have received about vitamin C. Topics addressed include its use in children, during pregnancy and lactation, for the treatment of illness, for the prevention of vaccination side effects, as well as help with vitamin C dosing, form, and frequency.
I’m a mom. Like most moms, my days are mainly spent trying to get to the end of them with everyone fed and accounted for. A year ago, right around her 1st birthday, my daughter decided she’d had enough of boob milk and she was ready for the world of “real food”. And it suddenly dawned on me – for the millionth time since becoming a mom – I knew nothing!
Type 2 diabetes is so tightly connected to diet and lifestyle factors, that by changing what you eat and the amount of physical activity you do, you can actually prevent and reverse the condition! (1) Incidences of Type II Diabetes are at an all-time high in North America. (7) Dr. David Mathews describes it as “The Black Plague of the 21st century.” These sky-high incidence levels, are a direct reflection of the current and rather poor state of the “Standard American Diet” (SAD)(4).
What if you found out that there is an easy way to improve your current health, prevent or treat chronic disease, lose weight and enable your gut flora – your micro biome – to flourish, thereby reducing inflammation and improving immune function? Fiber. I know. Sounds boring and old school. But nothing could be further from the truth. Fiber, one of the most crucial dietary elements, hides in the shadows of the wholly misguided macronutrient debate of protein versus carbohydrates versus fats. Fiber should be leading the conversation.
Do you feel like you're doing your best to eat well, manage your stress, exercise regularly and avoid environmental toxins? Do you feel that even with this effort you are still feeling sluggish, foggy headed and pushing through the everyday?
Or, maybe you have more obvious deficiencies like eczema, frequent colds or digestive issues.
Can you imagine living your life without an autoimmune disease? Close your eyes, and stay with this feeling for a minute. If you would be fully healed, what would you be doing? What would people say? What would you say? How would it feel? Stick with it, maybe even write it down so you can come back to this when you need some extra motivation.
Despite the rampant occurrence of this term -it is buzzing in the popular media and on the internet- it still is a hard one to digest.
Breaking it down will give you some clarity: our body has its own system, the immune system, which protects us from outside dangers. We don’t have to think about this, it is an automatic reaction. In some cases, the immune system gets confused and attacks its “self”; it attacks our own body. When that happens, one is diagnosed with an autoimmune disease.
‘Tis the season for giving gifts, taking a break and spending time with loved ones. But before all that takes place, there’s the pre-holidays rush to get through…
At work this means prepping for the annual holiday break – busy times. At home this means trying to dress up your Christmas tree “Hallmark” style to create the ultimate Christmas atmosphere – busy times. Also skimming through cookbooks, family recipe notebooks, and food blogs to make this year’s menu another jaw-dropping event catering to everybody’s needs – (very) busy times.
Do you ever find yourself feeling hazy? Do you find it harder to concentrate, forget people’s names more, or sleep lighter than you used to? It’s surprisingly very common. Cognitive functions in humans are declining at ever faster rates: Deaths due to Alzheimer’s are up 55% over the last 15 years and rates of Parkinson’s disease have gone up ‘significantly’. ‘Brain fog’ is a pretty new phenomenon affecting large numbers of us. Clearly, the problem is not going away anytime soon. These are new problems, Western problems – caused, like so many things, by the Western lifestyle and diet.
It’s 2017, and with the earth’s human population estimated to have surpassed 7.6 billion, we need to find a better way. A better way to eat, build homes, wash and groom our bodies, do businesses, and even brush our teeth - we need a better way to live. As a population that’s continually damaging our planet we can’t just up and leave our Earth and go to a new one, like cattle rotating pastures, so we need a solution.
A different article about stress. Why? Two reasons!
First: if you're reading about this subject you probably are dealing with stress and don’t have much time. So I have been very efficiently in writing this article: beginning with a short explanation of what stress is, followed by refreshing tips.
On Christmas Eve 2011 France Faucheux knew something was terribly wrong. Since July of that year, France, now 42, had been dealing with abdominal pain so intense she could barely think. Living a normal life and managing her cleaning business and caring for her family was out of the question.
In this blog I’ll explain the meaning of a whole health team, who should be in it, how to build one and how to rely on it so you benefit from having this team backing you up.
Most people don’t know the concept of having a whole health team on hand. They only consult 1 person when they’re ill. Usually an MD, their family doctor. Now, there’s nothing wrong with consulting your MD, but it is even better to have a whole health team to support you when you’re battling an illness.
In this article, you will find out how I clean my bathroom using a natural bathroom cleaner, how to keep those nasty bathroom smells waaay below the bearable threshold (this one is a gem and housemate-approved ;)). You’ll never be accused of having eaten too many beans or onions again!
Standard medication often is toxic and therefore comes with a list of unwanted side effects. Don’t you think it is a little contradicting that in order to get instant relief, we take a pill that relieves us from one thing, but brings about another? Where’s the logic in that? And furthermore: why are we putting extra strain on our bodies, that are already in distress, by using unnatural, synthetic, chemical and toxic substances to have this temporary, fake feeling of being healed?
Last weeks' article elaborated more about the word meditation: its origin and how it is used today. I also shared my experiences with meditation, the shifts I felt in my life after I started practicing 13 years ago.
But let’s stop talking about me, about my experiences. As I mentioned before, many studies prove what I am sharing with you now. In this second part, I would like to show you why and how meditation is good for you. There are many scientific studies that confirm my own experiences which you can find in the resources section at the end of this article.
To complete this article, I will explain the Four Foundations of Mindfulness, one of the fundamental ways to practice meditation
This is the first article in a series of two. This first article explains the word meditation: where it originated and its use today. Being able to experience anything is much more powerful than reading about it. That’s why I let you in on my experiences with meditation. Sharing the shifts, the changes, I felt in my life when I started practicing meditation 13 years ago.
Hi there. Since you’re reading this, I’m going to assume you have an interest in wanting to live healthily? Dare I utter the word … live clean? Even toxin-free?
Your floor might be bacteria-free after the use of that highly chemical, cleaning product but how healthy is it when it takes your breath away when adding hot water? When it stings your eyes? When it dries your hands so much you feel you need to wear re-moisturizer gloves after every cleaning sesh?
I agree. Not so good after all, hey? Whatever the reason for reading this, let’s just get down and dirty about how to get your house spick and span!
Richer Health is BIG on education. Nicolette Richer, founder and CEO of the health consulting company Richer Health, believes that education is one of the routes she wants to pursue to make her community, the province of BC, Canada, and then, the world (!) a healthier place.
What does it mean to eat a “raw food diet”? There are different ways of defining this term. What all definitions usually have in common is that this type of diet, or lifestyle choice, includes food that has not been homogenized, not been pasteurized, made without the use of synthetic pesticides, industrial solvents or any chemical food additives.
Open any health food recipe book, and you’ll find a section on one of these. Smoothies and juices are popular ways of boosting the nutrients in your diet, but which is better for health? We’ve laid out the pros and cons of each, so you can decide.
Did you ever ask yourself this question? More importantly, what do you believe?
Your belief is the first step of the healing process. Without this first step, it is useless to even go further.
"Whether you believe you can do a thing or not, you are right" - Henry Ford
"Everyone has a physician inside him or her; we just have to help it in its work. The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well. Our food should be our medicine. Our medicine should be our food. But to eat when you are sick is to feed your sickness.” - Hippocrates
If you suffer from a chronic disease or cancer and if you want to learn the most efficient and natural way to heal, this article is for you.
When it comes to our internal organs, the liver is a powerhouse for detoxification and helping to keep our bodies feeling energized, rejuvenated and revitalized. Over time our liver can become extremely burdened by exposure to toxins from the food we eat, the air we breathe and even the products we use. Seems like a lot of work for just 1 organ?