Posts Tagged ‘calcium’

We Are What We Eat: Calcium

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It’s important to remember that we are made of the elements of this earth, and we get those elements into our bodies by eating. Calcium is the fifth most abundant element in the earth’s crust, and it is also the fifth most abundant element in our oceans, so it should come as no surprise to learn that it is also the fifth most abundant metal by mass in our bodies, and is an essential element for every living organism. In Hollywood, the Fifth Element may be love, but in the rest of the world, it’s calcium.

When we hear the word calcium we automatically think of bones and teeth. And milk. We know that these are related, milk bones and teeth, we know that bones-and teeth- are made mostly of calcium, and therefore we should make sure that we get enough of it. And milk is a good source of calcium, so drink lots of it. It’s that simple, right? Well, sort of.
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Show Some Love for Wheat Germ

At one point in time, not too long ago, the only place you could purchase things like granola, natural peanut butter, stone milled whole wheat flours and local organic produce was in a “health food store”. These stores catered to what was then a slightly alternative crowd, discriminating members of the purchasing public that were tired of canned goods, highly processed foods and convenience based products of dubious provenance and even more questionable nutritional value. These hippies were on the fringes for a time, but thankfully things eventually started to change.

 

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As more consumers became more aware, supermarkets began to stock “health food” and whole, fresh and local foods to meet the growing demand. Nowadays it is common to be able to buy an organically raised free-range hen, some chia seeds and kale chips in the same store where you get your Kraft Dinner and Fruit Loops.  Continue »



Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush

Messy mulberry trees grow all over our fair city, dropping their fruit all over the place and staining sidewalks, courtyards and innocent umbrellas. But the mulberry tree has a remarkable legacy that goes back thousands of years and has influenced trade and culture, legends and mythology from China, to Turkey, from the Roman Empire to an English Nursery Rhyme. Continue »