Calcium is the most abundant mineral in the body. It has been known for its property to build and maintain healthy strong bones and teeth. However, it has several other important functions. Ninety nine percent of calcium in the body is found in the bones and teeth where it functions to maintain their strength as well as structure. 59 The remaining one percent is in the blood, muscles and the fluid between cells. Calcium is necessary for the transmission of messages in the nervous system. It is necessary to produce the voltage that stimulates the heart muscles causing it to beat and pump blood. It is needed for blood vessel contraction, as well as for the secretion of hormones and enzymes. Most importantly though may be that calcium helps to maintain body fluids at a pH level of about 7.4 and is therefore crucial to disease prevention as degenerative diseases like cancer cannot live in an acidic environment. Maintaining a healthy 7.4 pH – 7.5pH provides human cells with the ability to replicate DNA, the essential building block of human beings. This replication is critical to create new cells, facilitating repair of the body. In fact in the medical journal LANCET, calcium was shown to reduce incidence of cancer. 60 In 1931 Otto Warburg won the Nobel Prize in medicine for his discovery that cancer occurs in the absence of free oxygen (anaerobic). This means that cancer is caused by a lack of free oxygen in the body and therefore whatever causes this to occur is the cause of all cancers. In chemistry, alkali solutions (pH>7.0) absorb oxygen while acids (pH <7.0) tend to expel it. A mild alkali is able to absorb over 100 times as much oxygen as a mild acid. When body fluid pH drops below 7 (except in stomach and urine) oxygen is driven out of the body, thereby facilitating the environment which is the cause of cancers. An acidic body will lead to health problems not the least of which are headaches, inflammation, aches, pains, cramps, acne, and eczema. 61 Your blood must always remain at an alkaline pH of 7.4 so that it can retain oxygen. Adequate mineral consumption including calcium ensures an alkaline 7.4pH. 62
Among the other many benefits of eating almonds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, leafy greens, broccoli and unrefined molasses are that they all contain natural calcium so they will boost calcium levels in your body to keep the bones and teeth healthy, balance pH, and more. However, taking additional calcium (primarily coral calcium or calcium citrate w/ magnesium and vitamin D) ensures adequate availability to the body to offset potential deficiency due to overconsumption of protein, basic deficiency due to substandard dietary habits, and to combat the evils of excitotoxins which I will cover later.
Always remember that if your consuming dairy products you should only use those that have no hormones and no antibiotics. (excerpt #2)
Milk, as stated in the book, Diet for a New America, by John Robbins, contains 5x the contaminants of plant based foods. Findings show unsafe levels of pesticides, fertilizer byproducts, hormones, and antibiotics. These have been linked to an increase in the allergic response by the body increasing the likelihood of developing an allergic reaction to dairy products. Some people become allergic to milk because they are allergic to the contaminants in milk. Dairy with or without allergic response is also a culprit of and linked to a large number of other problems like acne, anxiety, ADD, and cancer. A key note here as well is that there may be a connection being made to food allergies and arthritis. For example, some allergies like lactose intolerance can lead to immune system dysfunction leading to an inflammatory response. This can aggravate arthritis symptoms especially since arthritis itself is an inflammatory condition. Another interesting note, a study funded by the National Dairy Council itself revealed that high protein and phosphorus content in cow’s milk actually leaches calcium from the body. 53 Cows milk is 15% protein where human breast milk is 5% protein. 54, 55 Calcium found in dairy is also widely found in other healthy sources such as fortified grains, kale, collard greens, mustard greens, cabbage, kelp, seaweed, chickpeas, broccoli, red beans, soybeans, tofu, seeds, rawnuts (almonds) and molasses.
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