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Calcium and Iron -- how to get more?

 
 
jespah
 
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Reply Fri 16 Jan, 2009 06:41 pm
@hamburger,
Salt -- I suspect they are both preserved with it, yes?
ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 16 Jan, 2009 07:23 pm
@jespah,
The trick is to find fresh sardines, or anchovies. Delicious, marinated.

Not possible in the land of sand, at least for me. Here herring, sardines, anchovies, come in tins, or, upscale, in jars.

Since salt is an osmosis factor, I can imagine playing with that.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Fri 16 Jan, 2009 07:24 pm
@jespah,
The trick is to find fresh sardines, or anchovies. Delicious, marinated.

Not possible in the land of sand, at least for me. Here herring, sardines, anchovies, come in tins, or, upscale, in jars.

Since salt is an osmosis player, I can imagine working with that.
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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Fri 16 Jan, 2009 08:20 pm
jespah, you know that the thyroid medication depletes the natural calcium
in your body and you need to replenish it. Food alone doesn't have enough
calcium, so you should add a calcium supplement. I also take thyroid medication and I've been taking 1000 mg of calcium for years now, and so far haven't had a deficiency.
jespah
 
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Reply Sat 17 Jan, 2009 08:52 am
@CalamityJane,
I take a multivitamin every day & it's got calcium in it. It is ... a balancing act. Smile
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djjd62
 
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Reply Sat 17 Jan, 2009 09:04 am
reading through some of the posts, and noticed izzies list of foods with various levels of calcium and iron

i remember reading an article about chinese and japanese people not having the same issues with osteoporosis as north americans, and yet they consume almost no milk or cheese, apparently the calcium from sea vegetables and green leafy vegetables like kale and bok choy is more readily absorbed and utilized than calcium derived through dairy
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Diane
 
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Reply Tue 21 Apr, 2009 05:49 pm
Jes, you are a wonder. Any pics?

I've never been an intelligent eater, but cutting down on trans fats and eating more fatty fish (and taking lipitor) the bad fats have gone down to a decent level. Before, my cholesterol testing couldn't be read becouse the high< is it DHL? screwed up the entire test. Now it's much better and if I'd really get with the program, it wouldn't be a problem.

I'm turning into a slug as far as excersise goes.

You are an inspiration!
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Diane
 
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Reply Tue 21 Apr, 2009 05:52 pm
Yikes! Not Lisinopril, but Lipitor.
jespah
 
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Reply Wed 22 Apr, 2009 05:37 pm
@Diane,
Plenty of pics. C'mon over to m'giddy topic. Wink
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Countrytype
 
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Reply Wed 27 May, 2009 04:35 am
@ossobuco,
Channa dal flour is chickpea flour - find it at any store in a neighbourhood where many Indian immigrants shop. Note that if you eat chickpeas alone, without other carbs and/or protein sources for several weeks, you will develop a major nutrient deficiency much like rabbit-eater's starvation, leading to paralysis. (Not that anyone in their right mind would only eat chick peas, but I read this while reading an account of concentration camp survivors and as a chickpea-loving ex-vegan I found it fascinating and chilling.) I also know several people who might eat only chick peas for several weeks based on their bulk buying habits and small budgets.
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Countrytype
 
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Reply Wed 27 May, 2009 04:38 am
@Green Witch,
Yes! I agree with you completely. Iron pans - make spaghetti sauce and stir fry and chili in them to get a little extra iron. Oil pan well and bake it regularly to season it as the seasoning comes off if you make too many acidic foods in it.

Organic fats and nut or fish oils are very good for you and need not be completely avoided for health, despite low fat diet claims. They are what your brain is made of, and your body can't make them from food but must ingest them to renew them. All in moderation. I like walnuts in my stirfried kale with tomatoes, or a soy sauce and tahini blend drizzled on my kale or swiss chard and tomato or apple. Saute the greens in the iron pan with a little orange juice. Eat beets and oranges.
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Pepijn Sweep
 
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Reply Mon 21 Jun, 2010 02:54 am
@jespah,
I had to change my eating habits a while ago. One meal with lots of vitamines & iron is fried chicken livers with a tapenade of lemon peel, garlic and parsley. Lots of parsley for the iron ! I eat it once a week; chicken liver also has a lot of vitamine B12.

Also I started to bake my own bread. I mix the flour with nuts, fruits or bean flour to balance my diet. Extra fibres like rolled oats are easy to add as well. Hardly needs salt. Use dairy products instead of water and add one egg for the extra calcium.

PepI
jespah
 
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Reply Mon 21 Jun, 2010 06:56 am
@Pepijn Sweep,
I've found nuts to be very helpful for iron (I also tend to not have enough fat in my diet, and pay for that with dry skin). Calcium has been mainly solved with religiously having yogurt every day.
Pepijn Sweep
 
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Reply Mon 21 Jun, 2010 07:18 am
@jespah,
Maybe yoghurt-pudding ? Or ┬┤hang-up` (hang yoghurt in a clean cloth over-night so the liquid drips out) is really nice with small parts of dark (not milky) chocolate...
jespah
 
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Reply Mon 21 Jun, 2010 07:22 am
@Pepijn Sweep,
Is the hang kinda like Greek yogurt? I definitely prefer the yogurt less, uh, soupy for lack of a better expression. I get a lot of liquids in these days, don't need even more from the yogurt if yanno what I mean.
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RexRed
 
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Reply Sun 18 Jul, 2010 05:01 am
Canned tuna should be a mercury issue more so than a salt issue. Dietitians/toxicologists recommend adults consume no more than two cans of tuna a week due to its exceedingly high mercury content. Pregnant woman should avoid it altogether and children should eat tuna even less frequently.
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RexRed
 
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Reply Sun 18 Jul, 2010 05:22 am
Vitamin D carries calcium to the bones and if levels are low it doesn't matter how high your calcium intake is it won't make it to your bones and teeth etc. You really can't overdose on vitamin D (According to most internet articles I have read..) Both of my current doctors frowned when is said that.

I have just recently been diagnosed with a Vitamin D deficiency. Within the next few days i will be getting an appointment in the mail from my primary care physician for a specialist where they will probably be giving me injections. I have been on 6000 IU a day for the last 6 months and my vitamin D level has gone from 20% to 35% and hung there at 35%. It has been critically low for perhaps many years. Vitamin D is what allows many nutrients into the cell not just calcium. My levels for someone my age should be at 65%.

I had been through two physical therapies and 5 doctors for bone aches and not one checked my vitamin D levels until I went to an osteopathic doctor and that was the first thing he checked. And bingo I am on the road to a cure for my back joint pains and back muscle spasms. Even raising my levels to 35% from 20% has been like night and day and i have lost at least a degree off of my pain levels.

I am baffled why so many doctors did so many tests and did not check my vitamin D levels for bone pain. One doctor tried to put me on dangerous fibromyalgia drugs which I refused to take. In hind sight it was a very wise move. I don't take many of the drugs suggested many my physicians.
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