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Nutrient Density Score Chart

posted by Estelle September 29, 2012 0 comments
Nutrient Density measures the benefits you get from a food compared to the number of calories it contains. Nutrient dense foods give you the most nutrients possible for the fewest calories. One way to measure nutrient density is the ANDI (Aggregate Nutrient Density Index) scale. Dr. Joel Fuhrman developed this scale and the nutrients included in the scale are calcium, carotenoids, lycopene, fiber, glucosinolates, iron, magnesium, niacin, selenium, B vitamins, vitamin C and E, and zinc. It also measures ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) which is a method of measuring the antioxidant capacity of foods. One thing to keep in mind is that the ANDI scale does not measure protein or fats, so remember that when you are formulating your diet and be sure to add in your beans and avocados!

 

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The Importance of Vitamin D

posted by Estelle October 21, 2011 0 comments

It is no wonder that we see a deficiency in vitamin D amongst the population when everyone is lathering up in sunblock and staying indoors to avoid the sun. There are 30,000 genes in the body and vitamin D has been shown to influence over 2,000 of them. Which explains why a lack of this important vitamin influences so many diseases:

 Cancer  Hypertension  Heart disease
 Autism  Obesity  Rheumatoid arthritis
 Diabetes 1 and 2  Multiple Sclerosis  Crohn”s disease
 Flu  Colds  Tuberculosis
 Septicemia  Aging  Psoriasis
 Eczema  Insomnia  Hearing loss
 Muscle pain  Cavities  Periodontal disease
 Athletic performance  Macular degeneration  Myopia
 Pre eclampsia  Seizures  Fertility
 Asthma  Cystic fibrosis  Migraines
 Depression  Alzheimer”s disease  Schizophrenia

 

Vitamin D and Cancer
 
Cancer, Heart Disease and Diabetes are among the top 3 killers of the United States so we need to make vitamin D more of a priority in our lives. 
Vitamin D has a protective effect against Cancer in many ways, here are a few:
• Increasing the self-destruction of mutated cells (which, if allowed to replicate, could lead to cancer)
• Reducing the spread and reproduction of cancer cells
• Reducing the growth of new blood vessels from pre-existing ones, which is a step in the transition of dormant tumors turning cancerous

 

Researchers have shown that increasing levels of D3 can prevent diseases that claim nearly 1 million people each year. Other studies have shown that you can decrease your risk of cancer by more than half, simply by optimizing your your level of vitamin D exposure.
 
Vitamin D levels in your blood fall to their lowest point during flu seasons. If you have low vitamin D, you will not be protected by your body’s own antibiotics (antimicrobial peptides), which are released by vitamin D. This means that a person with a low vitamin D level is more vulnerable to contracting colds, influenza, and other respiratory infections.

Unfortunately, conventional medicine’s answer to preventing the flu is the flu shot. What they don’t tell you is that flu shots don’t work.

Aside from not working, flu shots contain dangerous additives, like mercury-containing thimerosal, formaldehyde, aluminum, phenol and detergents. The idea that nearly every man, woman and child in the United States should voluntarily line up to be injected with this concoction, as the CDC strongly recommends, is illogical, pointless and dangerous.- Dr. Diane Spindler

A better and safer way to prevent the flu is increase your vitamin D intake. Some foods that are high in vitamin D are:
Collard Greens
Blackstrap Molasses
Kale
Tahini
Almonds
Broccoli 
Bok Choy


Children need 2.000 IU a day of vitamin D and Adults need 5,000-10,000 IU a day. Vitamin D3 can be taken in pill, capsule, liquid drops, or as a skin cream. Different people need different forms for optimum absorption.