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  • Feeding Your Brain, Part 2




    DairyIt’s been awhile since my last post, but it couldn’t be helped, as I was in an accident and home healing. I am almost myself again due to the incredible ability of our bodies to heal, when given what it needs to do so.

    Now that I’m back, I’d like to continue the segment on ‘Feeding Your Brain’.

    Another Critical Mineral for the brain is Calcium. Unfortunately many parents and children have been brain washed into believing that the best source for this mineral is cows milk. It’s amazing that with all the scientific data, that proves the opposite, they still tell us this and people believe it. Yesterday my daughter went to a sports event at the Mariners Center. She said they had all kinds of booths and were giving out free stuff. She was given a small book on smoothies, which she took as she thought, ‘Mom would love to have it’. She’s always thinking of others. I thanked her for it, opened it up, and you guessed it, the recipes all had dairy products in them in one form or another.

    Then I looked at that back and guess what it said?……..’Developed by the team of Registered Dietitians at Dairy Farms of Canada’. Interesting. I wonder who gives them their paycheck! Obviously the have an invested interest, which I know first hand and it stinks. (Pardon my expression). Every single pamphlet; the ones on running, weight, exercise etc., were all promoting and/or produced by the Dairy industry. I’ll give them this, they know how to market lies very well, but there you have it.

    We may not have billions of dollars like the dairy industry, but the one thing that we have that’s even better is our common sense. As mothers, our love for our children and others, and OUR amazing ability to TALK and spread the word, can grow like wildfire. Throughout history there have always been those that stand in the way of what’s right. But, knowledge, understanding and the TRUTH has and will always prevail. True knowledge is the key. So ladies be strong, open your mouths and let others know the truth, but remember to be tactful and discerning. You don’t want to beat someone over the head with it. Even if they look at you afterwards like you have ten heads, that’s okay. They’ll remember what you said and even tell someone else what you said, and that they think you’re crazy. But that’s ok too, because they just spread the word for you without even realizing it, and best of all, the person they are telling might just be the person that needed to hear the information.

    Remember seeds spread, even if the one spreading it doesn’t mean to. It gets left for someone else and then it grows.

    CalciumHere are some important facts on why we need Calcium and what the true best sources are:

    Most of us know that it’s important for developing health strong bones, but did you know that it is also vital in stimulating the activity of the neurons in our brains? It is also important for the hundreds of other cellular processes that go on in our bodies, for example: it strengthens the nervous system, aids our heart rhythm, helps in muscle function and contractions, normalizes our metabolism, activates some enzymes, and aids in blood clotting, etc.

    Here’s something you’ll find interesting. Studies show that children and adults who have brain related difficulties are also intolerant to dairy products. Calcium supplements are no better, as the FDA has found that many of them contain lead. That’s right, amazing what they try to feed us. This is why it’s so important to be informed.

    As for dairy milk (which they say is the best source of calcium), it has only 295 mg per cup, and guess what? Our bodies can’t even use it. That’s right, instead of helping us build strong bones, it robs our bodies of the calcium and other minerals already found in our bones, all in an effort to neutralize the acid build-up caused by the foreign milk and the SAD diet. The body fights very hard to get rid of it. So much for ‘Does a body good’, not to mention the allergies it causes in children and adults.calcium source

    Here is just a small list of foods (there are so many more, but this will give you a good idea), that contain highly absorbable calcium for our bodies. The kind our body really needs!

    The REAL food that “Does a Body Good” (in 3 1/2 oz) are:

    Sesame seeds – 1160 mg. Sesame seed milk (1 cup) – 1125 mg.
    Kelp – 1093 mg.
    Dulse – 296 mg
    Almonds (soaked) – 234 mg. Almond milk (1 cup) – 604 mg.
    Dried Fig – 126 mg
    Broccoli – 103 mg

    Other really good sources: Turnip greens, Beet greens, Kale, Swiss Chard, Parsley, Spinach, Fennel, Cress, Celery, Cabbage, Zucchini, Yellow squash, Pumpkin, Buckwheat, Hemp seeds, Brussels sprouts, Brazil nuts, Hazelnuts (Filberts), Apples, Bananas, Dates, Peaches, Pears, Prunes, Raisins, Raspberries, Strawberries, etc.

    Of course this post would not be complete without a yummy recipe that is easy, quick, and will load you up with calcium as well. So without further ado:

    “The Preparation of good food is merely another expression

    of art, one of the joys of civilized living”

    calcium smoothieCalcium Power Smoothie

    This smoothie has a wonderful purple color
    1/4 cup soaked almonds
    1 Tbsp. each of hemp seeds, sesame seeds, and chia seeds
    2 -3 large organic banana’s (fresh or frozen)
    2 cups water ( make sure it’s good water)
    1 handful of Kale, Swiss Chard, and Romaine lettuce (you can use other greens if you like)
    2 cups berry mix (blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, etc.) frozen or fresh

    Blend everything together in a high speed blender until smooth. Pour into playful glasses and enjoy!

    Until next week. Cheers to your health!

    Monique




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    1. By Ardis on May 8, 2008

      Monique,
      Thank you so much for this post. There is so much written adressing protein and B12 concerns on a vegan/raw diet but not a whole lot on various minerals. I’ve been analyzing my diet on fitday.com for a while and it is calcium and zinc that seem to consistently fall short…not too short, however, and I figure I get more usable sources of these but, nonetheless, it is nice to hear you address the issue. I’d be interested to know what your thoughts are on zinc (there are only so many pumpkin seeds a gal can eat! :) if you ever feel so inclined. Thanks for the great post!

      Love,
      Ardis

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    2. By Shannon on May 13, 2008

      Glad you are feeling better, Sweetie, we missed ya! Also enjoyed your post- keep tellin’ it like it is!
      Bless! Shannon

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