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Quick Tip: Soft drinks can damage your bones

Monday, June 1st, 2009

To reduce your risk of osteoporosis cut down on soft drinks. Soft drinks are high in phosphoric acid and sugar, making these drinks highly acidic. Calcium is the main mineral the body uses to neutralise that acid. Phosphoric acid depletes calcium levels by causing it to be pulled from the bones. Calcium is excreted out of the body via urine when this happens, and this lowers blood calcium levels. To remedy this, the parathyroid gland restores calcium balance in the blood by pulling even more calcium from your bones. It’s a downward spiral. Soft drinks aren’t the only culprits. A diet high in red meat and caffeine, with few vegetables and fruits (which are alkaline, even the citrus fruits, once they’re digested) will be highly acidic, causing the body to utilise calcium to neutralise the acid.

Quick Tip: Boost your heart health with flaxseed

Monday, June 1st, 2009

A great way to maintain a healthy cardiovascular system is by adding flaxseed (linseed) to your daily diet. Flaxseed actually contains what is called alpha-linolenic acid, which is a fatty acid essential in controlling blood pressure. They can also boost your digestion; just make sure the flaxseed is crushed for easier consumption and absorption.

Quick Tip: Berry good for you

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Berries of all kinds are good for you and contain plant nutrients called anthocyanidins. These are incredible antioxidants with naturally high levels of resveratrol, which helps fight heart disease and cancer. So the next time you want to eat something sweet, juicy, and good for you, reach for blueberries, cranberries, raspberries, or strawberries.