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How important is calcium in your diet?

How important is calcium in your diet?

Very: Calcium is very important- it helps build strong bones-- the body also needs calcium for muscles to move and for nerves to carry messages between the brain and every body part. In addition, calcium is used to help blood vessels move blood throughout the body and to help release hormones and enzymes that affect almost every function in the human body. ...Read more

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Dr. Arthur Heller
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Diet (Definition)

refers to all the physical matter humans (like all living creatures) must take in on a recurring basis; only partially for energy. Like all life on planet humans are open systems which keep tearing down their structure & require intake of atoms/molecules from which to rebuild their structure. Intestinal lining cells replaced ~every 3 days. CaPO4 in bones ~every 6 years, ...Read more


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How important is protein in your diet?

How important is protein in your diet?

Extremely: Our tissues are made of protein. Muscles, hair, joints, blood, skin are all proteins. Without protein in the diet, the body will waste away its own muscles. ...Read more

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How important is iodine in your diet?

How important is iodine in your diet?

Essential: It is essential, but luckily only a small amount is required. It is in certain vitamins and also present in iodized salt and bread made by batch processing in factories. It's also present in leafy green vegetables. ...Read more

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How important is fish oil in your diet?

How important is fish oil in your diet?

Good for the heart: The american heart association recommends that adults either eat two or more fish meals each week, or take a one-gram fish oil capsule daily. ...Read more

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In what way is folic acid beneficial to your health?

In what way is folic acid beneficial to your health?

Required for DNA: Folic acid is used by the body in the manufacture of dna, so you need it for your own normal metabolism. It is well known that a normal level of Folic Acid in the body decreases the risk for neural tube defects (spina bifida) in babies. ...Read more

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To much sodium, what is the diet to prevent?

To much sodium, what is the diet to prevent?

Low salt diet: Low sodium diet. Stay away from processed foods, don't add salt & read labels. ...Read more

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Serum calcium only shows how much calcium is in blood. How do you know how much calcium is in your muscles objectively and bones?

Serum calcium only shows how much calcium is in blood. How do you know how much calcium is in your muscles objectively and bones?

DEXA scan: You ask an interesting question and although like many radiological procedures there is an element of inference in it you would be best served by talking to your doctor about getting a dexa scan also known as the dual energy x-ray absorptiometry scan. This attempts to estimate bone density and this is conceptually closer to your question although only a skeletal biopsy could answer for sure! ...Read more

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How important is fiber in regards to weight loss and blood sugar?

How important is fiber in regards to weight loss and blood sugar?

Fiber is quite: important regarding bowel regularity. slowing absorption of sugar, normalizing blood sugars and maintaing a healthy weight. ...Read more

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How important is the pH for your well being and how could raise it with supplements?

How important is the pH for your well being and how could raise it with supplements?

Depends on…: What ph you're referring to. Stomach ph is very acidic to help digest foods & kill germs that enter the GI tract. There r concerns that antacids & acid blockers may interfere with these functions. Blood ph ideally stays between 7.35 & 7.45 (slightly basic/alkaline); if it gets too acidic or too alkaline, the body uses many methods to restore normality to prevent damage to vital proteins & enzymes. ...Read more

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How important is your parathyroid? Where a parathyroidectomy is recommended due to high calcium.. How will you function without parathyroid?

How important is your parathyroid? Where a parathyroidectomy is recommended due to high calcium.. How will you function without parathyroid?

You will improve: Criteria have been established when to operate on an overactive parathyroid. It is recommended for all under age 50 as well as older people with bone loss, a very high calcium and those with kidney stones. Generally this is due to one overactive gland which is removed and the remaining 3 glands will allow the blood calcium to remain in the normal range. Many people have less fatigue afterwards. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat imbalance of gut flora , is it best to change your diet as well as supplementing with probiotics?

What is the best way to treat  imbalance of gut flora , is it best to change your diet as well  as supplementing with probiotics?

Diet,herbs,probiotic: Canidida & unfriendly flora thrive on sugars, so a low-sugar & starch diet helps, as well as high vegetable fiber intake, as this breaks down into beneficial prebiotics & short chain fatty acids. I advise taking herbs to kill dysbiotic microbes, such as garlic, oregano oil, olive leaf extract, uva ursi & berberine extract, as well as a quality probiotic. It may take a few months of treatment. ...Read more

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How come it is important to include a variety of foods in your diet?

How come it is important to include a variety of foods in your diet?

Nutrients vary: A variety of fruits/veggies are important in the diet b/c eat one provides different essential nutrients and minerals to the body. Man made variations are not as important because they are usually stripped of most nutrients compared to those made naturally. Eat 7-9 servings of veggies/fruits/day for good health. ...Read more

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What is the most important factor in staying healthy through the years? Diet or exercise?

Both!: That said, i favor exercise to maintain health. Regular exercise has many health benefits that are independent of weight. Meaning it is better to be overweight and fit, than normal weight but out of shape. I always push exercise first. Once that is a part of the regular schedule, work on healthy eating habits. Diet should include healthy foods and be in moderation. Hope that helps! ...Read more

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What is the best way to increase the level of vitamin K in the diet of a vegetarian?

What is the best way to increase the level of vitamin K in the diet of a vegetarian?

Leafy vegetables: Kale provides the most vitamin k with 882?g (1103% dv) per 100g serving, or 547?g (684% dv) per cup chopped. It is followed by dandelion greens (535% dv per cup chopped), collards, cress, spinach, turnip greens, mustard greens, beet greens, swiss chard, broccoli raab, radicchio, and finally lettuce with 62.5?g (78% dv) per cup shredded. ...Read more

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How important is nutrition to maintaining your health?

How important is nutrition to maintaining your health?

Next to genes: Nutrition and exercise are the most important factors under the control of a person in maintaining good health. Having good genes may be more important, but that is set at the time of conception. ...Read more

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What is the best diet to eliminate low blood sugar?

What is the best diet to eliminate low blood sugar?

First the cause: If you have low blood sugar, the cause has to be established before treatment can really be instituted for prevention. Certain foods may exacerbate hypoglycemia depending on which you have. Metabolic disorders, Insulin resistance/diabetes, possible Insulin tumor, etc.You need to establish a diagnosis of hypoglycemia with lab tests. Blood sugars have to be less than 65 mg/dl to be considered low. ...Read more