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Half of Women Will Have Osteoporosis by Age 60 But Doing This Could Stop It from Happening to You

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In the glow of youth, we often don’t worry about what our health will be like as we grow older. With more women dying from heart disease than ever before, and now half of the entire female population being diagnosed with osteoporosis (loss of bone density) by the time they reach age 60, it’s time to do something. Like, now.

What’s even more worrisome is that 1 in 5 women will suffer a fall by the time they are 60, and break their hip. Due to osteoporosis, it could mean that the bones don’t heal, and they never walk again.

Moreover, women as young as 20 are testing with low bone density.

There’s an incredibly simple solution though, and it just so happens to affect heart disease risk, too.

Become Vegetarian or Vegan

It may sound shocking and completely unrelated, but here are some interesting facts about why becoming a vegetarian could dramatically reduce your risk for this disease:

The excessive consumption of meat is causing bone density loss.

In one study it was discovered that the renal acid load from meats, cheese, and other animal products could be contributing to bone loss. The study states,

“One of the most hotly debated controversies in clinical nutrition today is whether a diet higher in protein has a positive or negative effective on bone strength and bone mineral density (BMD).

Those who are against protein point to the fact that vegetarians tend to have stronger bones than people who eat more meat and the clinical trials showing increased loss of calcium in the urine when meat or protein intake is increased.

On the other hand, those who believe more protein is beneficial to bone strength point to clinical trials in which children who consume more protein tend to build stronger bones than those who consume less.

In some studies of older Americans who consumed more protein, the risk of bone fracture was reduced. . .

If we look at this problem from an evolutionary perspective, two things are clear.

First, from the fossils of our ancient ancestors, it is clear that their bones were far stronger on average than those of Americans today.

Second, our ancient ancestors were for the most part hunter-gatherers and ate a diet that was likely considerably higher in protein than the diet of most Americans.”

But here is the caveat – our ancient ancestors didn’t eat as much highly processed, acid forming, antibiotic-laden, unethically slaughtered meat as we do today. The meat we eat now is highly acid-forming in the body, which leads to yet another study.

Any activities which cause low-grade chronic inflammation also contribute to osteoporosis. Though eating meat is not the sole culprit – a sedentary lifestyle, refined sugar, refined fats, etc. also add to acidity – meat eating does indeed cause inflammation.

An overly acidic diet is a key cause of chronic inflammation. In a healthy body, the natural biochemical balance is four parts alkaline to one part acid. To achieve this balance, a person needs to consume roughly 80 percent alkaline foods and 20 percent acidic foods.

Meat eating, particularly of red meat, has also been linked to higher incidences of heart disease, by Harvard researchers, and is an acid-creating food.

Fruits, vegetables, nuts, sprouts, seeds, and healthy fats like those found in hemp and flax seed, etc. are alkaline-supporting foods. They are also more easily digested by our bodies and lower chronic inflammation.

Eskimos Have Lower Bone Density

Yet another study looked at the bone mineral content of Eskimos, who are famous for eating a primarily meat-based diet to their harsh climate.

The study reports,

“Direct photon absorptiometry was used to measure the bone mineral content of forearm bones in Eskimo natives of the north coast of Alaska. The sample consisted of 217 children, 89 adults, and 107 elderly (over 50 years).

Eskimo children had a lower bone mineral content than United States whites by 5 to 10% but this was consistent with their smaller body and bone size.

Young Eskimo adults (20 to 39 years) of both sexes were similar to whites, but after age 40 the Eskimos of both sexes had a deficit of from 10 to 15% relative to white standards. Aging bone loss, which occurs in many populations, has an earlier onset and greater intensity in the Eskimos.

Nutritional factors of high protein, high nitrogen, high phosphorus, and low calcium intakes may be implicated.”

Though it is common knowledge that our soil is not as rich with vital minerals as it was before industrial agriculture, plant based foods still provide minerals, in their correct balance, to prevent or greatly slow osteoporosis.

Vegetarian and Vegan Foods to Build Strong Bones

Moreover, cheese and milk products (animal based proteins) are not the only source of calcium.

Spinach, collards, kale, Swiss chard, lettuces, rhubarb, mustard and turnip greens, and even broccoli all contain calcium.

Pumpkin seeds, Brazil nuts, Adzuki, lentils, chickpeas, pinto, Kidney beans and squash all have high levels of phosphate.

A word to the wise though – skip soy altogether. The reason so many more woman than men suffer from Osteoporosis is that estrogen interferes with mineral uptake. Soy, especially GMO soy, and other estrogen mimicking foods can make it hard for your body to build strong bones.

In Conclusion

You can reduce inflammation overall by cutting back on refined sugars, and getting to the gym ore often. But, it seems that simply by reducing your animal protein consumption, you’ll likely still walk after the age of 60.

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Fitness Coach Shares Army Technique To Fall Asleep In 2 Minutes

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We’re guessing that at least a few of you may have had a few nights – if not countless ones – where sleep didn’t necessarily come easily.

Indeed, about one in four Americans has experienced a strong bout of insomnia at some point each year. The sleeping disorder leads to poor health, weakened immunity and daytime fatigue, among other problems.

However, self-proclaimed fitness expert and personal trainer Justin Agustin claims that he knows the secret to slipping into a good night’s rest within minutes.

Agustin recently shared the video on TikTok, captioning his video with the exciting title: “Technique to falling asleep in two minutes!” 

The clip has since racked up several million views, around 300,000 likes and thousands of comments, with many verifying that the technique worked for them.

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“This technique was developed in the military to allow soldiers to fall asleep at any time, any place – even on the battlefield when the environment is extremely uncomfortable and there’s a lot of noise happening … Sleep for a soldier is crucial,” Agustin explained.

“According to my research, this was developed mainly for fighter pilots who need 100 percent of their reflexes and focus, which we all know decreases with the lack of sleep,” he added. 

“You simply have to start by ‘calming your body’ by shutting down and relaxing each part of your body, from ‘head to toe’. 

“Start by relaxing the muscles in your forehead,” Agustin continued.

“Relax your eyes, your cheeks, your jaw and focus on your breathing. Now go down to your neck and your shoulders. 

“Make sure your shoulders are not tensed up. Drop them as low as you can and keep your arms loose by your side, including your hands and fingers.” 

As you do this, you should ‘imagine this warm sensation going from your head to all the way down to your fingertips. 

“Take a deep breath and slowly exhale, relaxing your chest, your stomach, down to your thighs, knees, legs and feet,” he said.

“Again, imagine this warm sensation going down from your heart all the way to your toes.” 

Continuing, Agustin explained that the purpose was to “clear your mind of any stresses.” 

“To do this, think of two scenarios: One – you’re lying in a canoe on a calm lake with nothing but a clear blue sky above you. Two – you’re lying in a black velvet hammock in a pitch black room. 

“At any time when you start thinking of anything else or you start getting distracted, repeat these words for 10 seconds: ‘Don’t think, don’t think, don’t think.’” 

Agustin claims that one can perfect this technique by practicing it every night for no less than six weeks, saying: “Apparently, 96 percent of people who mastered this technique are actually able to fall asleep within two minutes of shutting their eyes.” 

A number of commenters vouched for the technique, with one claiming: “I’m a military brat and was taught this. I also had a veteran as a psychology teacher in college who taught this. it definitely works.” 

Another said: “I didn’t know this was a military thing. A college prof told me about this. I fall asleep before I reach my feet.”

While a third commented: “We learned this at summer camp back in the late 70s. I love it.”

However, one commenter wryly noted: “Tik Tok don’t help either.”

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In World First, Man Receives Heart Transplanted From Gene-Hacked Pig

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In a groundbreaking world first, a 57-year-old man in the U.S. has become the first person in the world to receive a heart transplant from a genetically-modified pig.

The revolutionary procedure’s apparent success offers hope to hundreds of thousands of people who are struggling with failing vital organs amid scarce supplies of human organs.

The patient, David Bennett of Maryland, is in good shape days after the experimental seven-hour operation took place in Baltimore on Friday, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.

The surgical procedure is the result of years of fervent efforts by researchers to develop pigs whose organs would be compatible with the human body, and was made possible by recent advances in gene editing and cloning technology. The heart transplant was preceded months ago by a successful kidney transplant in New York which also used an organ harvested from a genetically engineered pig.

“This is a watershed event,” said David Klassen, chief medical officer at the United Network for Organ Sharing, reports New York Times. “Doors are starting to open that will lead, I believe, to major changes in how we treat organ failure.”

The University of Maryland doctors received a special dispensation from regulators to carry out the procedure due to the fact that Bennett’s death was certain in the absence of a transplant.

Surgeon Bartley Griffith, who took part in the transplant, expressed pride in taking part in bringing the world “one step closer to solving the organ shortage crisis,” reports BBC. Roughly 17 people die every day in the U.S. while awaiting transplants, which are in extremely short supply.

“People die all the time on the waiting list, waiting for organs. If we could use genetically engineered pig organs they’d never have to wait, they could basically get an organ as they needed it,” said Christine Lau, Department of Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

“Plus, we wouldn’t have to fly all over the country at night-time to recover organs to put them into recipients.”

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