4
Jul

Proteins

How much do we need and how important are they? First of all, when we eat protein, the body breaks it down into amino acids. These amino acids are then used to make other proteins. For example, amino acids are used to build cells of the immune and muscular systems, hormones, enzymes, hemoglobin and neurotransmitters. There are 8 essential amino acids that we must obtain from our diet (the liver produces the rest):

• Isoleucine – helps energy production and muscle building
• Leucine – essential for growth, heals skin and bone injuries
• Lysine – helps calcium absorption, bone growth and collagen. Also helpful for cold sore treatment
• Methionine – prevents fat buildup in the liver and helps prevent fatigue
• Phenylalanine – important for brain neurotransmitters, pain and depression
• Threonine – tooth enamel and collagen formation
• Tryptophan – helps with mood, insomnia and other sleep issues
• Valine – essential part of other proteins
• Arginine and histadine are considered essential for young children for growth

It’s very important for someone who is vegetarian to eat very well in order to ensure they don’t develop anemia (low iron). In other words, they must eat lentils or other dried beans (kidney, navy, lima, chickpea, soy) together with whole grains in order to obtain all the essential amino acids the body requires. Whole grains include brown rice, quinoa, millet, amaranth, buckwheat or spelt. Whole wheat pasta or bread is not a whole grain! Eggs are another excellent way of obtaining a complete protein.

Faulty Digestion If the body is not digesting proteins properly, they can wind up in the small intestine as small proteins instead of amino acids. When this occurs, the intestine becomes inflamed and rotting of food begins. The intestines will also become “leaky” allowing undigested foods to enter the blood stream. The immune system will consider these as foreign to the body and will attack them, resulting in an allergy. Note that infants are born with a leaky gut and cannot properly breakdown any protein (or grains) other than mothers milk for up to one full year.

Excess Protein Excess protein puts strain on the liver and kidneys, which have to deal with the waste products of metabolism. One waste product is ammonia. It is toxic to us and the liver must convert it into another form for the kidneys to eliminate. By the way, strenuous exercise is one way we produce an accumulation of ammonia in the body!

What about protein powders? Aminos are great to take as they can be absorbed directly into the blood stream. They are best taken between meals. They must be taken in moderation and for no more than 2 consecutive months at a time. Protein is also best taken within 1 ½ hours after a workout/before bed. This allows the body to rebuild muscle. Look for those containing stevia as a natural sweetener. Avoid those with aspartame or splenda (sucralose). Contact us for some good brands.

DID YOU KNOW?

• The body can only process 25 grams of protein at one time
• The body recycles protein
• When it comes to protein, it’s quality, not quantity that’s important
• The average person only requires 15% of their daily intake from protein, 65% from GOOD carbs and 20% from GOOD fats
• All 8 essential aminos have to be present together for the others to be used

John and Christine Ng
(905) 825-3528

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26
Apr

So, Where do I get my calcium? That’s a question that many clients ask me when considering the possibility of eliminating dairy from their diets.

The simplest way to answer that is with another question. Where do cows get all their calcium from? Do they drink milk? No, they eat lots of grass and greens! Unfortunately over the years, we’ve forgotten that calcium comes from other sources than cows’ milk. Some excellent sources include beets, broccoli, collards, kale, kidney beans, parsley, sesame seeds, almonds, brazil nuts, salmon or sardines with bones and especially sea vegetables.

There’s also a few other things to consider. When mammals are weaned, their body stops producing the enzymes required to digest milk – one of these enzymes is called Lactase. Lactase is used to break down Lactose, the carbohydrate in milk. About 90% of Japanese, Chinese, Mediterraneans, African Americans and Jews have this issue. In North America, 25% of Caucasians are lactose intolerant (Colbin, 1986).

It’s also not enough to consume foods high in calcium; the body has to be able to utilize it properly as well. There are several types of foods in our diet besides cows’ milk that affect calcium balance.

Sugar – Refined white and brown sugars have little or no mineral content and create acidity in the body. To neutralize this acidity, the body must use its own alkalizing (buffering) minerals to metabolize them. If necessary, the body will take these from storage areas such as our bones and teeth. Calcium and Magnesium are examples of buffering minerals.

High protein foods, coffee, pop, alcohol, table salt, wine, vinegar, citrus, refined products (including white flour, packaged goods), and tobacco (a nightshade) also affect calcium balance in the same way. In summary any acid forming food consumed in excess has the potential to deplete these buffering minerals.

What about Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis should be related to calcium loss rather than lack of intake. Eat lots of greens, drink plenty of clean water (not the spring kind), do some weight bearing exercises, and don’t overdo it with acid forming foods! Take a good quality supplement prior to menopause containing Calcium, Vitamin D, Magnesium and Phosphorous. Remember, when it comes
to calcium levels, it’s much easier to prevent bone loss than correct it.

If you want to know more about acid forming foods email us at contactus@noallergiesplease.com

DID YOU KNOW?

· The recommended daily allowance for calcium is now up to 1200mg per day.

· Why do we have one of the highest rates of osteoporosis even though our dairy intake in North America is high?

· Goats’ milk and cheeses are much more easily digested by us than cows’ milk.

· Synthetic Vitamin D added to milk may cause calcium to be deposited in the joints.

· The ideal ratio of calcium to phosphorous is about 2:1. Any more phosphorous can actually prevent calcium absorption — cows’ milk is about 1:1; human milk about 2.5:1

· Sesame seeds have 1160mg of calcium per 100 grams versus 118 for cow’s milk.

· Calcium requires high stomach acid levels in order to be metabolized.

· Calcium from plant sources is generally better absorbed.

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