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What is calcium?

You’ve heard about it since you were a youngster. All the milk ads are load with comments about calcium. But do you really know what it is?

It’s a mineral that can be found in tons of foods but is has multiple functions.  Virtually all the calcium in the body is stored in your teeth and bones. Why, structure and foundation! We’ve heard all the conversation about “calcium building strong bodies and calcium for bones!”

Calcium uses in the human body

Did you realize that calcium is needed by the human body to help your muscle movement? Your nerves require it to help transport messages to the brain so it can communicate with other parts of the body.

It also plays a very important role in the human body’s transportation system, the blood vessels. It plays an integral in the movement of blood through the blood vessels (veins, arteries, and capillaries) and to facilitate the release of hormones and enzymes which play an important role in all aspects of the human body. It’s also essential to bone health, cardiovascular health, muscle maintenance, circulatory health, and blood clotting.

Calcium, the most abundant mineral in the body, is found in some foods, added to others, available as

Foods containing calcium

Foods containing calcium

a dietary supplement, and present in some medicines (such as antacids). It is required for vascular contraction and vasodilation, muscle function, nerve transmission, intracellular signaling and hormonal secretion, though less than 1% of total body calcium is needed to support these critical metabolic functions

Calcium foods

Foods are a major source of calcium and they come in some of everyone’s favorite foods. Some of these include:

  1. Milk, yogurt, and cheese are the primary food sources of calcium
  2. Calcium rich vegetables include kale, broccoli, and chinese cabbage
  3. Fish having soft bones like canned sardines and salmon
  4. Grains (like breads, pastas, and unfortified cereals), even though they aren’t loaded with calcium can help to add enough calcium to the diet because of the quantity they are consumed.
  5. How about breakfast cereals? Breakfast cereals, fruit juices, soy and rice beverages, and tofu all have it.
  6. Here are some other calcium foods and vegetables with calcium: almonds, blackstrap molasses, broccoli, enriched soy and rice milk products, figs, and soybeans.

What are the best calcium supplements?

If you don’t get enough calcium in your diet you must turn to calcium supplements. Calcium carbonate is the most common supplement and needs to be taken with food. Why? Because the only way the human body can break down calcium so it can be used in the body is through using hydrochloric acid which your stomach releases during the digestive process.

Many individuals opt to take another form of calcium supplement referred to as calcium chelate. This supplement is already to bound with an acid and can be consumed at any time of the day.

There are also other dietary supplements which provide only calcium or calcium with other nutrients like vitamin D.

You’re probably familiar with a couple highly recognized calcium dietary supplements called carbonate and citrate. If you’ve had acid reflux or acid indigestion you’ve taken calcium carbonate in Tums and Rolaids.

Calcium citrate is commonly suggested for people over age 50 and is absorbed well on an empty or a full stomach. The main reason for this is low levels of stomach acid which happens to be a common problems for people older than 50. Plus, older people absorb calcium citrate more easily than calcium carbonate.

But here are some additional types of calcium in supplements and fortified foods including  gluconate, lactate, and phosphate.

So what happens if I don’t get the daily recommended dose of calcium?

Initially, you won’t realize that a calcium deficiency is occurring. But gradually, calcium below recommended levels create health problems like low bone mass (osteopenia) and increasing the risks of osteoporosis and bone fractures.

If you’ve got these symptoms, you should immediately contact your physician: numbness and tingling in the fingers, convulsions, and abnormal heart rhythms that can lead to death if not corrected.


There’s been quite a bit of conversation at the dinner table regarding gluten. But, what exactly is gluten and how does it affect our lives?

If you’ve ever eaten some dry cereal then you’ve most likely consumed some gluten.

Let’s define gluten!

Hyperosmolar hyperglycemic nonketotic syndromeIt’s a byproduct of a variety of proteins and is usually found in wheat, barley, rye and other grains. Gluten is used to add substance chewiness to baked goods. If you’ve had problems with runny foods, you’ve most likely used gluten as a binder. But gluten has other uses such as adding additional flavor as well as providing additional protein.

So what’s the fuss about gluten?

It is possible for an individual to develop an allergic reaction to products containing gluten. Much the

same as peanut allergies and other food allergies, steps have been taken to alleviate these gluten symptoms by developing gluten free diets to prevent catastrophic problems to the human body.

What Foods Have Gluten?

Are you a person that likes a bowl of soup in the cold of winter?

If so, you only need to check the label to find out if your soup contains gluten. How about that Thanksgiving or Christmas Day turkey gravy, they too contain gluten. French fries go hand-in-hand with ketchup but so does gluten.

I guess you’re getting the picture about what types of food gluten plays a role in. But, here are more common examples: vinegar, salad dressings, marinades, bouillon, spices, coffees, dairy products, and liquors.

So what has gluten in it from the cereal family, look at these grains which contain gluten: durum, spelt gluten, einkorn, farro, graham, kamut, and semolina.

What’s interesting about gluten in foods is that it’s included in some of the many popular and well publicized food varieties. However, because of its ability to enhance foods in a variety of ways, gluten can also be included in a variety of other foods that are not as obvious.

Did you know that gluten is a protein supplement?

Vegan and vegetarian diets employ gluten supplements to maintain the necessary amount of protein the human body needs. Additionally, imitation meats or wheat meats, such as seitan, many times are manufactures with concentrated gluten.

What are the four Gluten Proteins?

There are four major proteins associated with gluten, two are found in wheat and two are found in corn and rice. Glutelins and prolamins are found in wheat and albumins and globulins are found in corn and rice.

While gluten and wheat seem to be linked together, those proteins are more prevalent with regard to health related problems such as celiac disease. Glutelins are the proteins which cause the most problems. These are dangerous because of the manner in which the human body acids break them down. They’re primarily responsible for gluten intolerance.

Approximately 80% of the protein in wheat is comprised of prolamin called gliadin and the glutelin called glutenin. As these molecules are bound by chemical reaction, they begin to stretch and harden. Once this process begins, the dough develops a light, airy loaf which can be described as chewy. The end result is many of these proteins are commonly found in flour and other baking products.


They usually occur just when you don’t need one, if you ever needed one in the first place,  blackheads.

What are blackheads?

Otherwise referred to as an “open comedo”, blackheads sometimes are referred to as a precursor to acne. They’re the product of an all out attack by bacteria on the pores on the epidermis, the outer layer of the skin. In full bloom, a blackhead or open comedo implies a mass of skin debris with the color black that is positioned over the opening.

Did you know that blackheads could also be yellow in color? So are they then called yellowheads?

No, but the beginning of the problem starts with an enlarged hair follicle becoming filled with skin debris.

So what causes blackheads?

The primary cause of blackheads is an excess of the sebum, the oil produced by the sebaceous gland. There are many factors which impact this condition. However, blackheads are a condition that generally occurs around puberty.

As hormone production increases, the sebaceous glands overproduce sebum resulting in excessive

what causes blackheads

What causes blackheads?

levels of DHT (dihydrotestosterone). Dihydrotesterone is responsible for the clogged pores which eventually form blackheads from the overactive oil glands.

A blackhead can develop into a pimple, which is also known as a papule or pustule.

What is a blackhead and how do they form?

Blackheads, and acne form as the hormone levels go off the chart and finally reach the outer layer of the skin, the epidermis. The sebaceous glands, which produce sebum (the oil) become extremely stimulated. With the overproduction of oil, the pores receive too much oil and become clogged. As the oil is exposed to the outside elements, it eventually becomes black, hence the term blackheads.

Do you put on a heavy application of make-up?

If so, you’ve just become a great candidate for blackheads. Topical oils and make-up can make an already bad condition worse.

Do blackheads affect only people of one type of skin?

Blackheads are not partial and will affect individuals having any type of skin. However, if you have oily skin, you are more likely to develop blackheads.

How important is cleaning the skin on a regular basis?

Cleaning your skin on a regular basis or having a skin care regimen plays an important role in blackhead prevention. Since blackheads are a direct result of clogged pores, as dead skin cells begin to slough off they’re more likely to clog the pores if the skin is not cleaned on a routine basis. This normally results in excess buildup of sebum.

Can dirt cause blackheads?

No! This is a misconception. Blackheads are not caused by dirt but by oxidized oil. While dirt can accentuate other skin conditions including eczema, and psoriasis it does not cause any condition by itself. Try to avoid over-cleaning the skin as it will lead to inflammation and skin irritation.

Does overuse of moisturizers, sunscreens, and make-up cause blackheads?

Yes, overuse of these items will result in clogged pores and sebum buildup.

Are blackheads hereditary?

Severe acne has been reported as hereditary but there is no genetic link to blackheads.

Can food play a roles in the development of blackheads?

Food will not result in the development of blackheads or acne. There has been extensive research dedicated at developing a link between dairy products and acne however the results are inconclusive.

Can stress bring on an acne or blackhead attack?

Stress will not cause acne or blackheads to form. However, stress does play an important role in this problem. It has been shown that individuals under tension or stress are more prone to rub or pick their blackheads or acne.

For more information regarding acne, you may want to read these other articles.

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What Is Fibromyalgia Syndrome?

You’ve heard of fibromyalgia but don’t really know what it is. It’s a mysterious disease highlighted by one or more accompanying symptoms which can occur individually or in tandem. Usually, the disease is associated with some type of pain so here are some of the more common symptoms:

  • anxiety or depression
  • the pain threshold begins to deteriorate as well as the tender points
  • fatigue and the feeling of being tired becomes overwhelming
  • pain management decreases along with widespread pain across the human body

If you’re a woman you are more likely to experience fibromyalgia pain than men. Fibromyalgia is a condition that affects approximately 12 million Americans each year. But, did you know that fibromyalgia symptoms in females occur 10 times more than in males, with the average age being 25 to 60.

So What Are Fibromyalgia Symptoms?

If this scenario sounds like you, you may be a candidate for Fibromyalgia. You wake up each morning only to still be extremely fatigued. Trying to get out of bed becomes a chore to the point that some of the tender points on the human body may provide excruciating pain. So consider these fibromyalgia facts:

What is Fibromyalgia?

What is Fibromyalgia?

Are you having trouble sleeping?

When you get into a deep sleep, it’s only for a short period of time leaving you fatigued, moody, or depressed.

When trying to accomplish even the smallest of tasks your muscles feel like they’ve been seriously overworked and or even torn or pulled.

Are you experiencing a burning, twitching, or stabbing pain in the muscles?

If so, you may have fibromyalgia symptoms.

Do you have any pain in the joints, especially around the neck, should, hips, and back areas?

If the answer is yes, are you having additional issues with sleep or exercising on a routine basis?

Here are some other symptoms to be on the lookout for:

  • abdominal pain
  • anxiety and depression
  • chronic headaches
  • difficulty maintaining sleep or light sleep
  • dryness in mouth, nose, and eyes
  • fatigue upon arising
  • hypersensitivity to cold and/or heat
  • inability to concentrate (called “fibro fog”)
  • incontinence
  • irritable bowel syndrome
  • numbness or tingling in the fingers and feet
  • painful menstrual cramps
  • stiffness

Did you know that fibromyalgia can disguise itself to look like other problems? It has similar sign and symptoms to these other problems: osteoarthritis, bursitis, and tendinitis. Many specialists will look at diagnosing fibromyalgia in the same vein as arthritis, but its pain is similar to bursitis or tendinitis because it is targeted in a single location. Other symptoms reported include pain and stiffness.

How is Fibromyalgia diagnosed?
Bad news here! Unfortunately to date there are no blood tests that can diagnose the disease or any fibromyalgia causes. Physicians are forced to rely on a complete physical exam accompanied with an extensive family history as the sole fibromyalgia test. Normally, doctors will go through a process of elimination with regards to other conditions or diseases before narrowing their diagnosis.

While blood and laboratory tests will not provide a diagnosis, they can be utilized to eliminate other conditions. Many physicians will ask for a CBC (complete blood count) in addition to glucose which can present itself with problems similar to fibromyalgia.
Extensive thyroid testing can also be recommended. An underactive thyroid (hypothyroid) can mask itself with symptoms similar to that of fibromyalgia including pain, fatigue, muscle aches, and a depressed feeling.