Nutrition: Minerals

The body also needs minerals in varying amounts to aid in it performing various functions. Lets start!

Of all the essential minerals in the human body, calcium is the most abundant. It is needed in blood clotting, muscle contraction (helps in exercise!) & it forms bones and teeth - 99% of calcium in the body is actually located in the bones and teeth. Calcium comes from green veggies, nuts, seeds, beans, dairy products and fish with bones - if you feel so inclined ha

Chromium, a trace element, needed in the production of glucose tolerance factor, which helps the body utilize insulin - so it helps to stabilize blood sugar. It is also involved in the synthesis of fatty acids and cholesterol. Fermented foods, raisins, grapes, beets, black pepper and wholegrains all contain chromium.

Potassium is an essential mineral needed to regulate water balance, levels of acidity and blood pressure. Potassium, together with sodium, work together for the nervous system to transmit messages as well as regulating the contraction of muscles - potassium is one of the big ones - very important that your potassium, magnesium & sodium levels are in check! Potassium is also required for carbohydrate and protein metabolism. Find it in legumes, nuts, avocado, bananas, dark leafy greens and mushrooms. 

Iron is one of the human body’s essential minerals. It forms part of the blood that carries oxygen throughout the body. People with low iron levels tire easily because their bodies are starved for oxygen. Iron also helps muscles store oxygen. Low iron levels have varying impacts on the body, they impact how the body functions (during exercise especially) and they impact an individuals overall health. If you’re a woman, you have to be extra cautious of this mineral. Find it in both heme and non heme foods including red meat, legumes, dark leafy greens, sunflower seeds. 

Magnesium is an essential mineral for the human body. It is needed for quite a few things - protein, bone, and fatty acid formation, making new cells, it is used in the activation of B vitamins, it helps relax muscles, it is also used in energy production and blood clotting. Phew! The production and use of insulin also requires magnesium. Find it in dark leafy greens (these things are just the best, aren’t they?!), avocado, cacao, bananas and dried fruit.

Selenium is an essential trace mineral. Selenium activates an antioxidant enzyme (glutathione peroxidase), which may help protect the body from cancer. Yeast-derived forms of selenium have induced “apoptosis” (programmed cell death) in cancer cells in test tubes and in animals.  Selenium is also essential for healthy immune functioning. Selenium is also needed to activate thyroid hormones. Find it in fermented foods, brazil nuts, eggs and fish. 

Sodium functions with chloride and bicarbonate to maintain a balance of electrically charged particles in our body fluids and tissues. Sodium has the property of holding water in body tissues. Sodium stimulates muscle contraction and also helps to keep calcium and other minerals soluble in the blood, as well as stimulating the adrenals, so don’t think it isn’t needed! That said - high sodium levels can cause high blood pressure. Find it in everything! Salt! Fermented foods, pickles, seaweed.

Zinc is an essential mineral needed to repair wounds, maintain fertility in adults, synthesize protein, help preserve vision, boost immunity, and protect against free radicals! Get zinc from oysters, mushrooms, seaweed, broccoli and leafy greens!

for the MIT Technology Review about people with missing genes making them immune to diseases such as HIV and high cholesterol. Researchers are looking into the genomes of thousands of people hoping to develop new drugs to block these specific genes in normal people. A really interesting read, full article here. Many thanks to AD Jordan!!!

Snapshots of Life: The Hard Working Hepatocyte

The humble hepatocyte handles a lot of the body’s maintenance and clean up work. It detoxifies the blood, metabolizing medications and alcohol. It secretes important proteins that regulate carbohydrates and fats—including both the good and bad kinds of cholesterol. It’s also the most common cell in one of the few human organs that regenerate: the liver. When this organ is damaged, hepatocytes begin dividing to repair the tissue.

Image: Magnified image of a hepatocyte: nuclei in blue; actin fibers in red, yellow, orange, and green.


We are focusing on the small details and hiding the misery in the world. Look at the smoker and we miss global warming, war, and the crap we eat—not the bad guys but smoking. I smoke and they talk about cancer, I eat and they talk about cholesterol, I make love, it’s AIDS. Before AIDS and cholesterol and cancer there’s the pleasure of making love and eating and smoking. I have to die someday, so if the thing that gave me pleasure all of my life kills me instead of me going under a truck, that’s fine. Besides, why should I live so that when I die I give fresh meat to the worms? I hope that I am rotted and they don’t want to eat me. F@#$ck the worms.
—  Marjane Satrapi

anonymous asked:

What do you do when your sick?:(

Oh oh oh I don’t know what you are but I have a little tea remedy!

Honey has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-microbial properties. Many studies have shown that it is effective at fighting external and internal infections. Cinnamon is also beneficial as it contains anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and antioxidant properties.They’re both really powerful immune boosters! Ginger apparently inhibits oxidative damage,inflation,nausea,vomiting,cancer,asthma,dementia, ulcerative colitis, cardiovascular diseases, platelet aggregation and cholesterol.

So here’s a lil’ honey/cinnamon/ginger tea recipe! :D

Ingredients (For One Cup)

  • 1.25 cups of cold water
  • 1/2 of a 3 inch Ceylon Cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1 teaspoon honey


1. Grate half a teaspoon of ginger. 

2. Put 1.25 cups cold water on the stove and add 1/2 a half stick (3 inch stick) Ceylon Cinnamon and ginger and bring it to a slow boil. That means setting the stove top setting to 4 out 10 or medium low.

3. You need to bring the Cinnamon stick to a slow boil to properly release the Cinnamon. It will take 15 minutes to come to a boil, longer if you make more cups. 

4. If you use Ceylon Cinnamon sticks you can break it into smaller pieces. Cassia Cinnamon is much harder to break into smaller pieces.

5. Once the water with the cinnamon sticks start to boil, remove from stove top and let it rest for 2 minutes. Even at this stage you will see the water will look a muddy brown and not the deeper red. Be patient. let it rest for 15 minutes and suddenly you will see the water turn into a deep red.

6. Reheat. Since you had to cool it down to release the Cinnamon, the tea is now luke warm. That means you have to reheat it. A medium heat is best.

7. Strain the water into a mug to separate the tiny pieces of ginger and pieces of Cinnamon stick. Note the honey should NOT be added to the water when boiling as it will destroy all the goodness of the honey.

8. Enjoy.

“Extended” Breastfeeding

FACTS about breastfeeding after 1 year:

  • After 1 year, human milk has significantly increased fat and energy contents, compared with human milk before 1 year.  Babies’ brains are growing and NEED the extra fat & especially human cholesterol.
  • In the second year (12-23 months), 448 mL of breastmilk provides (Dewey 2001):  29% of energy requirements, 43% of protein requirements,36% of calcium requirements,75% of vitamin A requirements,76% of folate requirements, 94% of vitamin B12 requirements, 60% of vitamin C requirements . Note that this is exactly what baby humans need; cow’s milk is designed to grow baby cows which have smaller brains per body mass.
  • Nursing toddlers between the ages of 16 and 30 months have been found to have fewer illnesses and illnesses of shorter duration than their non-nursing peers (Gulick 1986).  In other words, the longer that toddlers are allowed to nurse, the lower their risk of disease.  There is also a proportionate increase in IQ for babies and toddlers who breastfeed longer, i.e. higher IQ for breastfeeding over 1 year vs. 6-12 months.
  • Some of the immune factors in breastmilk increase in concentration during the second year and also during the weaning process. (Goldman 1983, Goldman & Goldblum 1983, Institute of Medicine 1991).
  • In cultures where mothers and babies are not pressured to wean prematurely, babies self-wean  naturally between 2.5 and 7 years of age, with most babies self-weaning around age 3 or 4. (Dettwyler) 
  • The longer babies are allowed to nurse the better socially adjusted they are. Per the researchers, ‘There are statistically significant tendencies for conduct disorder scores to decline with increasing duration of breastfeeding.’
  • Breastfeeding toddlers (babies > 1 year), helps them learn to self-soothe and self-regulate, manage frustrations (some parents report avoiding the “terrible twos” altogether) and lessens pain from bumps and bruises (breastmilk contains analgesics, i.e. natural pain-killers).  Nursing toddlers are easier to handle in the doctor’s office, too!
  • Breastfeeding toddlers (babies > 1 year) helps them make a gradual transition to childhood, “Meeting a child’s dependency needs is the key to helping that child achieve independence. And children outgrow these needs according to their own unique timetable.”  Children who achieve independence at their own pace are more secure in that independence then children forced into independence prematurely.
  • The longer mothers breastfeed, the lower their risk of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and heart disease.
  • Older babies/toddlers nurse fewer times per day, most people are usually unaware they are nursing.
  • Babies that are old enough to “ask” to nurse are also old enough to say “thank you”, one of the sweetest experiences any mother can experience!

So, truthfully, there is no such thing as “extended” breastfeeding or “still” breastfeeding much as there is no such thing as “extended” walking or “still” walking.   Breastfeeding, like walking, is part of being human and begins and ends when it is evolutionary and developmentally advantageous.  In the case of breastfeeding, that is birth to somewhere between 2.5 and 7, end of story.   Anything other than that is premature weaning–and we all need to accept and acknowledge that.

Of course, some women may choose to wean early for various reasons, but we owe it to ourselves to acknowledge and OWN those reasons.   Furthermore, nobody should be judged for weaning at any time, but listened to, UNDERSTOOD and accepted. Through this kind of supportive dialogue, mothers are more likely to breastfeed longer, and start to think about whether, if any, booby traps kept them from achieving their personal breastfeeding goals.   No matter when a mother weans,  every ounce, every day counts!  Cheer moms on first, listen and seek to understand before you educate.  Don’t leave an angry rant on a blog. 😊

What made you decide to breastfeed longer than you intended?   What have you done that has worked to encourage other moms to nurse longer than they intended?

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I’m going to put something down on paper if for no other reason, because it’s starting to build up inside me. Not build up in the eruption of passion kind of way, but in the cholesterol sense, blocking the blood flow to my soul and filling me inadvertently with inability. I learn more and more every day that I only care to be seen in words, and I only care how I seem through them. I can be obnoxious and inconsiderate and loud when it’s inappropriate; I make up my own version of socially acceptable, only to further violate it as my whims dictate. To be short, I’m indelicate; I am not a creature of grace. Yet grace is my aim, as is eloquence, as is poise. I am myself authentically unconcerned, but turn my fingers to the pen, turn the ink to the word and I’m a slave. I’ll take the bloody knuckle discipline to learn the conventions, just so I can break them in, turn the rules into a million shards that ricochet off in every direction, and maybe one ends up lodged sharp, entering smooth and quickly so you don’t even know I’m there until you find me in your heart. Nothing is so drained of inspiration as the clear cut, and nothing so inspired as the mess.

November 20th, 2014

I care for rescue hens who are still young enough to lay eggs and I do. not. get. how humans can eat chickens’ eggs when there are other protein options around. Even overlooking the mind-boggling cruelty of most egg production and the grievous health damage of animal cholesterol, it is just so NASTY. Like, it is a period. That comes out of the same hole as their feces. How is that in any way delectable? Just. No.

anonymous asked:

You are pretty but you know that you can't be healthy while being over weight that's bullshit I'm a girl no offense

Oh excuse me, are you a doctor? Because every check-up I go to, they tell me that I am perfectly healthy, have great blood work, good cholesterol levels, etc. Fat does not automatically equal unhealthy and if you really think that, your ignorance is astounding.

anonymous asked:

I want to go vegan, but I'm worried I will lose my beautiful muscles and become soft and chubby (there's nothing wrong with that by the way) but I love my muscles!! What are ways I can keep strong and be vegan at the same time??

That’s one of the biggest myths about being vegan. Of course many people lose weight since the cholesterol intake and fat most of the times decreases when eating vegan, but If you want to maintain your muscles intact you just need to learn how to eat; this is the key. 

It is relatively easy to get the recommended amounts of protein provided a vegan diet when caloric intake is sufficient. Not so much a combination of proteins but strictly follow a varied and balanced throughout the day.

Doing exercise of course it’s almost a must if we want to have our muscles toned and overall to be in good shape. everything can be achieved with good education and commitment.

Jim Morris. 75 years old. Vegan


Billy Simmonds. Vegan Bodybuilder.


Krys Vegan, Personal Trainer


Amanda Riester. Vegan boxer and bodybuilder


Cholesterol-Lowing Drug Reverses Memory Deficit in Mice

A common statin drug taken by millions of Americans to lower their cholesterol level also may reverse certain types of learning deficits, according to a new study in mice.

The statin drug lovastatin dramatically improved memory and restored normal cognitive function in mice specially bred to have a genetic disorder called Noonan syndrome. People with this disorder tend to have developmental delays as well as heart defects, unusual facial features and short stature.

The study appears today (Nov. 10) in the journal Nature Neuroscience.

Approximately 1 in 2,000 babies are born with Noonan syndrome. Because lovastatin already is an FDA-approved drug for heart health and is generally considered safe, the researchers who did the study said they hope that they soon can test lovastatin in children and adults with learning disabilities caused by Noonan syndrome or related disorders.

"Noonan syndrome interferes with the changes in brain cells needed for learning, which results in learning deficits," said Alcino Silva, a professor of neuroscience at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and senior author on the paper. Lovastatin acts "on the root of the problem and reverse[s] these deficits. This enables the process of learning to physically change the brain and create memory," he said. 

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A dairy brand that sells yoghourts that supposedly relieve constipation and lower cholesterol levels a.k.a. we make you believe every fucking fairy tale that we come up with.

And people buy them.

And they’re literally eating those things for months and years and nothing happens and they still buy them.

Oh, advertising. Thou art powerful.

What your doctor won't tell you

Two types of cholesterol- HDL and LDL
LDL (lousy) EXCLUSIVELY comes from meat, milk, cheese and eggs.
HDL (good) cholesterol is made in our bodies. Our bodies make enough HDL for daily function. ANY extra cholesterol is BAD cholesterol…
I’ll tell you this because I don’t have an agenda. I don’t make money from the worlds most prescribed pharmaceutical drug EVER Lipitor… Or Crestor, Zocor, Pravachol, Zetia, Tricor………….

 answered: play fighting over the last red velvet cupcake or slice of bacon

"No, you." 

"No, you have it. Seriously." 

"Clint. Please, my cholesterol is high anyway, I shouldn’t be having bacon at all, let alone the last slice." 

It’s meant to be a joke, but Clint suddenly looks worried, and that wasn’t the idea at all. 

"No, hey, I’m kidding," Phil says hurriedly. "My cholesterol’s really low. Have the bacon." 

Phil holds out the final piece using the tongs he’s been chasing Clint around the kitchen with for the last five minutes.

"Fine," says Clint at last, holding out his hand. It’s a really good bit of bacon, crisped to perfection; they’ve spent the whole of their breakfast discussing how good that one last bit of bacon looks. Phil wants Clint to have it because he wants Clint to have everything he wants. Phil would give Clint all his bacon forever if he wanted it.

Clint, bacon in hand, leans in for a kiss and a smile, which even after all this time still makes Phil feel warm inside. 

"Here," Clint says once he’s pulled back. He half pulls, half snaps the bacon into two halves and holds one out. "Sharesies." 

Phil grins and takes his piece. “Sharesies, then.” 

anonymous asked:

Do u have any links on the negative facts on dairy consumption? I'm writing my choice paper on that topic haha. It's okay if u don't have time!

Hey lovebug! i’m copying this except from one of my previous asks: 

"Dairy is unnatural and unhealthy to consume. Even fat reduced dairy products contain 25% fat calories. There is as much fat in 1 glass of low fat milk as there are in 3 slices of bacon! Each day the average American consumes the equivalent amount of cholesterol contained in 53 slices of bacon just from milk and dairy products. Cholesterol is what contributes to heart disease, the number one killer of Americans! We don’t realize that cheese and butter is a concentrated form of dairy fat. All the water is removed, leaving the fat intact. Milk is linked to a number of health problems, including gastrointestinal, dermatological and respiratory, with symptoms that include bloating, cramping, diarrhea, constipation, acne, zits, hives, skin rashes, asthma and sinusitis. Studies have found that autism and schizophrenia in children may be linked to the body’s inability to digest casein, a milk protein; symptoms of these diseases diminished or disappeared in 80 percent of the children who switched to milk-free diets. A U.K. study showed that people who suffered from irregular heartbeats, asthma, headaches, fatigue, and digestive problems “showed marked and often complete improvements in their health after cutting milk from their diets.” Bovine (cow) proteins trigger allergies because they are foreign to our system. Ingesting dairy causes an inflammatory immune response ALWAYS! The body does not recognize it as a friendly food and the immune system works to rid the body of the foreign invader. It is known that American women consume tremendous amounts of calcium, yet their rates of osteoporosis are among the highest in the world. Conversely, Chinese people consume half as much calcium (most of it from plant sources) and have very low incidences of the bone disease. Medical studies indicate, that rather than preventing the disease, milk may actually increase women’s risk of getting osteoporosis. A Harvard Nurses’ Study of more than 77,000 women ages 34 to 59 found that those who consumed two or more glasses of milk per day had higher risks of broken hips and arms than those who drank one glass or less per day. Excessive consumption of dairy interferes with the absorption of calcium. Also the excess of protein in dairy is a major cause of osteoporosis, as dairy accelerates its development. Our body must leech calcium out of our bones to neutralize the acid created by protein consumption.

If you’re interesting in looking further into veganism, here are some documentaries + a list of informative books! 

1. Earthlings 

2. Home

3. 101 Reasons to Go Vegan

4.  Vegan Sense

5. The Best Speech You Will Ever Hear

Books to check out: 

80/10/10 by Dr. Douglas Graham, The China Study and Whole by T. Collin Campbell, Eat To Live by Joel Fuhrman, Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease by Caldwell Esselstyn, Skinny Bitch by Kim Barnouin, Diet for a New America by John Robbins, Eating Animals by Jonathon Saffron Foer, The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan, and Forks Over Knives by Gene Stone

lots and lots of love to youuuu! 

They walk among us. Natural experiments, living ordinary lives, unaware that their genes may hold the clue to the next superdrug.
Ten years ago, scientists discovered that some people are naturally missing working copies of a gene known as PCSK9. The consequences of the mutation were extraordinary. These people, including a Texas fitness instructor, a woman from Zimbabwe, and a 49-year-old Frenchman, had almost no bad cholesterol in their blood. Otherwise, they were perfectly normal. Drug companies pounced on the clue. To lower cholesterol, they would also try to block PCSK9. Now two separate drugs that disable the gene’s activity are nearing FDA approval. People taking the medications have seen their cholesterol levels plummet dramatically, by 75 percent. Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, the company behind one of these drugs, now says it’s building a giant database of human DNA information to locate more human outliers—what amounts to a large-scale, systematic search for the next PCSK9. At a new genetic research facility that Regeneron completed last month in Tarrytown, New York, the company has launched its systematic search with a plan to sequence the genomes of as many as 100,000 volunteers recruited from East Coast hospitals.
So far, 13,000 people’s DNA has been partly decoded, and the company is using software to search for deleted genes. By checking against the volunteers’ medical records, or by calling them in for intensive testing, the company expects to learn if the missing genes cause illness or, perhaps, have unusual protective effects.