One in eight women will develop a thyroid disorder in their lifetime. Iodine deficiency is the most common thyroid disorder. The thyroid gland produces a hormone which helps the body use energy, stay warm, and keep the brain, heart, muscles and organs working normally. Deficiencies can range from low energy, dry yellowish skin, tingling and numbness in extremities, Raynaud’s phenomenon, weight gain, forgetfulness, personality changes, depression, anemia, prolonged heavy periods, and hair loss. Iodine is essential for production of this hormone and we can only get iodine from consuming it. Components in soy, flax seeds and raw cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage…) counteract iodine. These components called goitrogens interfere with the production of the thyroid gland. As a vegan I personally consume quite a bit of these goitrogens so I thought it would be a good idea to make sure I was getting enough iodine in my diet.How can you get your iodine? Well thats the tricky part, it’s in salt if you are purchasing salt with iodine and eating 1/4 a tsp of it daily. My family uses little to no salt and we use sea salt which has no iodine in it. It’s also in seaweed, so if your eating sushi or snacking on ocean plants three times a week your in good shape. It is also found in dairy products because they clean the cows utters with it and it gets into the product. My choice was to take 150 mcg of a kelp supplement I purchased at my health food store every other day and honestly I can see some results. You need to be careful with how much you take, the thyroid is a sensitive little guy and needs the perfect amount or it can lead to hypothyroidism which is an enlarged thyroid gland. Check this article out http://www.naturalnews.com/031876_iodine_supplements.html it goes into more info on the aspects of iodine.
Today is my birthday—a good day for a post about mother’s milk.
Over the weekend, I posted a video by Dr. Walter J. Veith entitled “Sitting on a Time Bomb.” Since then, I have discovered another one of his educational videos. It is entitled “Udderly Amazing” and features 80 minutes worth of non-stop scientific information about why humans should NEVER drink any cow’s milk and shouldn’t drink any milk at all after weaning.
Dr. Veith was educated in South Africa and received his PhD in Zoology in 1978. You can view his complete bio by clicking here, but here is just a snippet to give you the idea of his educational background.
Since meeting this man via video (thanks to Leo Schwaiger) over the weekend, I have been quite impressed with his extensive documentation of facts, his relaxed style, his presentation skills and his sense of humor. In the video featured here today, he made some key points early in his presentation.
The mother’s milk of humans contains the lowest percentage of protein of all 5500 mammals on the planet. He presented a chart showing the protein content in mg./liter for humans, horses, cows, goats, dogs, cats and rats. Alongside that data, he showed the number of days required for each of those mammals to double their weight after consuming only their mother’s milk.
Beginning with humans, and continuing through all of the seven other animals—to rats, the number of days went from 120—60—47—19—8—7—4.5 for the rats. The human milk contains 1.2 mg/liter of protein while the rat’s milk contains ten times as much—11.8 mg./liter—enough to double the infant’s birth-weight in less than five days.
Hence, Dr. Veith’s comments on the video, “If it’s protein maximization that we’re seeking, we should be drinking rats milk—not cow’s milk.” Don’t have time to watch this video right now? You might want to save it for the weekend:
You can find the rest of J Morris Hicks post at Healthy Eating Healthy Word. I was reading this post this morning and thought it was interesting information on milk protein, it would be worth checking out the full post on the link above.
Just got done watching this touching documentary about a man that set out to change his life thru fasting and on his way changed a lot of other people lives. He started out with a 60 day juice fast, and continued eating a whole food diet. He lost 90 pounds and made a huge change in his life in every way. It was really worth the time to sit down and watch it. On his website Fat Sick and Nearly Dead he has some good recipes for not only juice but other healthy foods. I am going to get out the juicer and try one of his recipes for breakfast in the morning.
There are so many things you can find out about yourself through a blood test. I got this from the Amarillo Medical Specialists, LLP web site. It shows some of the different results that you can expect to see when doing your blood results.
Your blood test results explained and lab tests reviewed:
- Waste Products
- Blood Fats
- Risk Factors
- Thyroid Antibodies
- Lab Normals
I went early this week for my first blood work check in 32 years. I really didn’t know what to expect. The doctor called yesterday with my results and I was very pleased. My blood sugar, red blood count, white blood count, vitamins, organs, all came up perfect. My HDL (good cholesterol) was 74 and LDL (bad cholesterol) was 82, total cholesterol was 170. I wish I would have gotten this test done before I started this diet so I could have done the comparisons but it was good to know that I was getting enough of all the essential components to have a healthy running machine, like protein and calcium.
It has compelled Tanner to go in and get his done and I would recommend you to do the same. I think it is important to know what your bodies is getting to much of or not enough of. When you get a good report it’s like getting an A on your life report card. All that work of making good healthy choices pays off.
Protein requirements are complicated because the amount we need changes with age.
- Infants require about 10 grams a day.
- Teenage boys need up to 52 grams a day.
- Teenage girls need 46 grams a day.
- Adult men need about 56 grams a day.
- Adult women need about 46 grams a day.
One important exception is pregnant or lactating women, when the recommended intake rises to 71 grams of protein a day.
Another way to count protein requirements is as a percentage of calories. The USDA’s MyPyramid plan suggests that protein make up between 17% to 21% percent of total calories. The Institute of Medicine recommends we get at least 10% and no more than 35% of calories from protein.
I found this information on Web MD.
This spreadsheet from How Much Protein can help you compare protein levels in animal and plant proteins.
Other foods high in protein they didn’t list:
- Quinoa 6 grams per serving
- Couscous 8 grams per serving
- Quick Barley 5 grams per serving
- Soy products are also high in protein
Ever noticed how attractive and beautiful a big bowl of multi-colored fruits and vegetables are? The colors of fruits and vegetables are derived from a variety of chemicals called antioxidants. The individual differences in the antioxidants create the individual colors of the vegetables and fruits. Almost God’s way of saying, “Eat a beautiful meal–have a beautiful life.” By blending these diverse antioxidants (by literally varying the colors of your food) you can ensure you’re protecting your body, to the best of its ability, against free radical damage. Free radical damage is often quoted in cosmetic ads or on beauty products, but you don’t need L’oreal’s latest skin cream to protect you… an apple may work just fine. Read on.
Alright, it’s Science time! In a plants complex process of photosynthesis (oxidizing) they can produce particles called “free radicals” which are incomplete particles. These “incomplete” particles find a “whole” particle to attach to and deplete, in order to “complete” itself. This is also the way “free radicals” work in our bodies. Our bodies create low levels of free radicals throughout our lifetime being subjected to sun rays, smoking, pollution and many other carcinogenic elements. The damage that occurs causes our tissues to become rigid and limited in function and can lead to things like cancer, heart disease and other common ailments.
This is where antioxidants come in, they work as a shields to counteract free radicals and their negative effects. In plants and humans alike. So by consuming colorful antioxidant rich foods we create a shield to block the free radicals we are subjected to on a daily basis. The human body can only get these antioxidants by introducing them in the body. The only place they exist are in plants and vegetables. Animal protein can contain small amounts, but only as its introduced into animal’s tissue through consumption. Daily, diverse consumption of fruits and vegetables introduce high levels of antioxidants which, in turn, create a shield to protect against free radical damage. Better skin, decreased chances of cancer heart disease, etc. Sounds like a pretty good reason to opt for the veggie wrap at the company meeting, eh?
Vitamin B-12 is an essential vitamin that we need for optimal health. It is derived from a bacteria that animals eat and is transfered to us through consuming it. So if you don’t eat meat this is a vitamin that needs to be addressed. Vitamin B and C are water soluble vitamins meaning you have to take it every day unlike the fat soluble A, E, K, and D.
Why we need B-12 in our diet is to form and maintain red blood cells, form and maintain healthy nerve cells and to make DNA. So thats pretty huge, especially for our children that are growing and developing everyday.
Side effects from not getting enough B-12 include anemia, nerve damage, and infant delayed growth.
Sources we can consume other than meat at least 3 times a day include fortified soy milk, fortified breakfast cereals like special K and Total, Nutritional Yeast, and some of the meat substitutes are fortified. Infants up to 6 months, 0.4mcg; 7 to 12 months, 0.5mcg; 1 to 3 years, 0.9mcg; 4 to 8 years, 1.2mcg; 9 to 13 years, 1.8mcg; 14 to 18 years, 2.4mcg and adults need 2.4 mcg.
Supplementing is the easiest way to know you’ve got enough by taking a daily multi vitamin, we need the C to keep us well in this cold season, we need the D to keep our moods up since there is no sun out and after reading this you can see we really need B 12 if meat is not part of our diets. Check your daily vitamin to see if it has the right dose of B 12 and make sure to get your kids one too. I would recommend to get your vitamins from a reliable health food store or amazon. Especially the children’s vitamins because most of those out at walmart have some added ingredients that are not natural like high fructose corn syrup.
Here are a couple of sites I read you can look at if you want more information. http://www.mckinley.illinois.edu/handouts/vitamin_b12/vitamin_b12.htm