The Pharmacy companies tell you

The Pharmacy companies tell you:

You need more calcium.

Do you

We suggest you stop taking those calcium pills or chews. That is because you are already getting much more calcium than you think.

The recommended intake for calcium is about 1,000 mg to 1,200 mg per day.
Many folks take multivitamins or calcium chews. A popular brand contains 500 mg of calcium in one chew. We have heard of
people taking four of these chews a day – that is double the calcium your body needs.

In addition, taking this many chews means you are getting too much vitamin D. Fat-soluble vitamin doses use international units
(“IU”) instead of weight (mg). In one calcium chew, you get 500 IU of vitamin D. The daily recommendation is about 600 IU to 800 IU.
Take more than one chew and you are well over optimal levels of vitamin D.

Aside from the usual foods like cheeses and whole milk, there are a number of other naturally high-calcium foods and foods with
added calcium, such as orange juice, soy milk, and cereals.
If you have cereal with soy milk and a glass of orange juice for breakfast, that is already 76% of your daily recommended amount.

Before you reach for another glass of milk, remember that it is not as safe for your bones as you think.
A study in 2014 found that women who drank three or more glasses of milk per day did NOT have fewer fractures than those who
drank less. Instead, the mortality rate for men and women participating in the survey increased with each daily glass of milk consumed.
Researchers believe the culprit could be galactose, a sugar found in milk that increases inflammation. And inflammation plays a role
in many diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, and arthritis.
That is why if you do drink milk, be sure to opt for whole milk and limit it to one glass a day. The fat will keep you feeling full,
and you will get plenty of calcium and other nutrients. If you opt for the low-fat or skim varieties, you are missing the calories
your body needs which sets you up to over eat as you will still feel hungry.

Get your calcium from a variety of sources, including cheese, yogurt,
fortified orange juice, leafy greens, and fish.

To build better bones, get enough sunshine and walking. Since we need vitamin D to help calcium build bones correctly,
make sure to get it from the best source.

Keep your system in balance with foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans, fish, avocados, and bananas.
Add sea salt to your meals. Regular table salt has iodine, which is important, but sea salt contains some other minerals required for good,
strong bone structure – like boron, zinc, and manganese.

Do your research and remember that these tips will help keep your
bones strong without paying for the damaging calcium pills that Pharma would like you to take.

No Magic Bullets

From your doctor to the media to your family, our society aggressively pushes us toward taking pills and easy cure medicine
whenever we are not feeling well

Stop. Think. Drug companies are not out to save the world. They are businesses, and businesses operate to make money.
Many doctors end up paying attention to the marketing messages about drugs rather than the reasons you got sick in the first place.

Some drugs are not helpful. Some are just downright dangerous, with the potential side effects
far outweighing the potential benefits. And in some situations, we have seen rampant prescription drug abuse and dependence.

While many drugs can be valuable and necessary, they do have proven side effects and unknown risks. Any time you take a drug,
you are potentially endangering yourself.

There is no magic bullet that instantly, harmlessly cures any illness you might have.

We are not saying you should dump all your meds and refuse new prescriptions. But do not choose them casually.
Look for alternative ways to get the health outcomes you need.

If you are going to take a new medicine, please, please, please ask your doctors about the interaction of your family history and your genetics.
It could be that the science warrants a different treatment.

Yes, it is going to force your doctors to be sure they are on top of the risks and benefits of the drug choice. But they should be.
That is what they are there for.

Remember, your doctors, the drug company, and even the government do not care about your health like you do.

Try these three common sense things to stay in good health:

Move your body:

Exercise strengthens your heart and other muscles. It allows your heart to pump out more blood with each beat,
therefore allowing it to beat slower and maintain a good blood-pressure range.

Regular exercise optimizes your muscles by allowing them to pull oxygen from your blood more efficiently.
As the need for oxygen increases, exercise even allows you to grow more blood vessels.
This makes oxygen more readily available and also expands the networks of passage through which blood may travel through your body.

Do this. Exercise for at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week. It does not have to be difficult stuff. Take a 30 minute walk every day.

Eat more of your vegetables and less of the white killers:

White flour, white potatoes, and white sugar are refined carbohydrates.
They can harm your heart because the processing of these foods removes the healthy elements
that you get from eating whole grains. The processing also destroys the natural structure of food and as a result,
the food spikes your blood sugar much higher than their less processed versions.

Processing often adds harmful ingredients into these foods – like high-fructose corn syrup.

Eating non-starchy vegetables on a regular basis can lower your blood pressure, prevent blood sugar spikes,
and lower your risk of heart disease and stroke.

Eating a variety of vegetable types and colors will ensure your body will get the combination of nutrients it needs.

Slow down regularly:

Close your eyes rest primes our bodies to digest rather than to fight. During fight, our blood pressures and heart rates accelerate
ready to respond to some perceived threat. By taking us out of this state, rest effectively lowers our blood pressure and heart rates.
Rest helps mental health as well as physical. Rest does not have to last long to be effective.

Take control of your health.
Do not rely on drugs to do it for you.
There is power in navigating your own health outcomes.
Make use of that power. It is yours for the taking.

Can I Eat the Flowers

Edible and Beneficial Flowers

Do not assume that all flowers are edible, Some flowers are poisonous so always verify that a flower is safe to eat before trying it.
Do not eat flowers that have been exposed to pesticides like flower shop flowers, or dandelion from the average American yard.

Fruits and vegetables are not the only things you can eat straight from your garden. Many flowers also offer delicious health benefits when consumed. People have been eating flowers since before 140 B.C., when the practice was first mentioned in written record. Eating flowers fell widely out of fashion during the 20th century when we began producing and selling food on an industrial scale. Here are a few edible flowers and the benefits they have on our health:

Dandelion: Although it is generally regarded as a weed, dandelion consumption dates back to ancient Rome. According to records, they were used medicinally as early as the 10th century and appeared in Europe via the Welsh in the 13th century.

Dandelions contain antioxidants that fight off other harmful molecules called free radicals. These can damage the cells in your body.

The flower contains a type of antioxidant called carotenoids. It gives the bloom its yellow color. Carotenoids are known to reduce inflammation in the body and protect us from cancer.

The roots, leaves, and stems of a dandelion contain a type of antioxidant called polyphenols. The polyphenols in dandelions have been shown to influence insulin secretion and can play an important role in managing Type 2 diabetes.

The dandelion is versatile in the kitchen. You can eat the flower, stem, roots, and leaves of a dandelion. You can eat a dandelion raw or cooked. It can even be used to make jelly, honey, and wine

Honeysuckle: The honeysuckle flower contains anti-inflammatory antioxidants and can help with health problems like digestive disorders, upper respiratory infections, and rheumatoid arthritis.

The common and Japanese species of honeysuckle flower are generally safe to eat, other varieties have poisonous berries but the nectar is safe to eat.
The honeysuckle flower offers a sweet nectar that can be enjoyed when the flower is picked right from the stem and the pistil is gently removed from the base of the flower. Some people use the nectar to sweeten tea or create a syrup out of it.

Lavender: Doctors in ancient Greece and Rome used lavender to treat indigestion, headaches, and sore throats.

Lavender has a wide range of applications. It is commonly infused into baked goods, liqueur, tea, spice rubs, and herbal mixtures. It pairs well with both sweet and savory foods and can be eaten fresh or in dried form.

The smell of lavender calms the nervous system and is often used to promote relaxation, ease stress, anxiety, and depression, and induce sleep.

Purslane: Evidence suggests that people have grown purslane for consumption for 2,000 years, including the ancient Egyptians, Romans, and Greeks. It was also a part of medieval Arab and 13th century European cuisine.

Purslane is nutrient dense – containing omega-3 fatty acids, iron, vitamin C, B vitamins, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and vitamin A.

Purslane is a fleshy succulent that has edible leaves and flowers. It is best to enjoy either raw or lightly sauteed and can be used as a substitute for spinach or watercress.

Rose: There was a time during the 17th century when roses were in such high demand that royalty throughout Europe used rose flowers and rose water as currency in Europe.

Rose water has anti-inflammatory benefits and can help ease a sore throat by relaxing the throat muscles. Drinking rose water can increase the flow of your digestive bile, which help with bloating and stomach upset. It may also be used as a mild laxative.

Dried or fresh, rose petals make a colorful and subtly sweet addition to salad, granola, herb mixtures, infused beverages, butter, or sugar. Rose petals can also be made into a jam.

Squash blossom: Squash blossoms can be eaten raw or cooked. You can stuff them with cheese and lightly fry or bake them until the petals become crispy. Or you can use them as a colorful addition to a salad or a garnish.

Squash blossoms have been enjoyed as food in Mexico since before 7,000 B.C. Researchers discovered its remnants at numerous ancient archaeological sites in the highlands of Mexico and Northern Peru.

Squash blossoms are rich in nutrients. They are great for your eyes (vitamin A), your immune system (iron and vitamin C), male fertility (folate), and they help build bones (phosphorus).

Just remember, as we said at the top, do not use flowers that have not been exposed to pesticides (like those offered in a flower shop). Also, do not assume that all flowers are edible. Some are poisonous so always verify that a flower is safe to eat before trying it.