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Most people are aware that we need calcium for our bones, but did you know that magnesium is just as, if not more, important for maintaining healthy bones?
Nourishing Foods for Your Bones
Milk—We’ve all been told to reach for a cup of milk to provide calcium for our bones. But which milk is best? Most milk that is available is pasteurized and from factory farmed cows fed antibiotics and hormones. If we look back to our ancestors and current research studies, we see that raw milk (from pastured cows and goats) provides more health benefits than conventional milk. Eating grass and browsing provides the vitamin K2 in the milk that is not available in commercial milk.
Read Dr Price’s studies of traditional cultures in his book Nutrition and Physical Degeneration to learn about the powerful benefits of raw milk. Other books have been released in the last several years with current research in support of raw milk from pastured cows. Check out The Untold Story of Milk and The Raw Milk Revolution.
Dark Leafy Greens—We need the proper ratio of calcium and magnesium for bone health, not just calcium alone. Dark leafy greens are a rich source of magnesium and Dr Terry Wahls of Wahls Protocol suggests eating 6-9 cups a day. Try kale, arugula, watercress, collard greens, spinach, beet greens, and Swiss chard with your meals.
Salmon—Oily fish like salmon, sardines, anchovies, tuna, trout, herring, mackerel, halibut, oysters, clams and mussels are good sources for vitamins A and D, and are rich in omega 3’s for maintaining good bone health. Choose wild caught over farm raised to stay away from GMO fed fish.
Raw Cheese—Raw cheese, like raw milk, from pastured cows and goats has vitamin K2 that only comes from cows that are grass fed. Cheese and full fat dairy products from pastured cattle to ensure you are getting optimal health. For more information on vitamin K2, check out Vitamin K2 and the Calcium Paradox.
How to Protect Your Bones
Eat a wide variety of the traditional foods listed above and eat them several times a week to maintain healthy bones and optimal nutrition for your health.