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10 Dairy-Free Sources Of Calcium

It's well known that calcium is beneficial for bone health, but did you know it's also a vital nutrient for overall health? Calcium plays a crucial role in proper metabolic function, cellular permeability, electrical conductance in the nerves, muscle contractions, properly functioning glands, blood vessels, and blood clotting as well.

The idea that dairy products are the primary source of calcium for humans is simply not true. There are several sources of calcium that have absolutely nothing to do with the dairy industry.

Here are 10 dairy-free sources of calcium:

Top Vegan Foods For Healthy Hair

It's a scientific fact that the foods you eat will have either a positive or a negative impact on your body.

How could they not?

When you feed your body whole foods with their nutrients intact, your body reacts positively. Strong, healthy, beautiful hair is just one of the many benefits.

Here are the top vegan foods for healthy hair and the reasons behind each.

Juicing For Your Health

Juicing is an excellent way to get plant based nutrients, especially if you tend to shy away from fruits and veggies. It can also be a great way to incorporate a wider variety of fruits and vegetables into your diet because let’s face it, when is the last time you enjoyed kale? Or fresh ginger? Or chomped down on a handful of fresh parsley for that matter?

Juicing those not-so-popular veggies and herbs along with apples, carrots, and celery make it an easy, delicious, and tremendously healthy way to get the nutrients your body needs.

People often ask “what can I do with all the pulp left over from juicing?”

Read more for our suggestions:

9 Foods That Fight Inflammation

For years chronic inflammation has been linked to diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, and Asthma, but researchers now realize chronic inflammation may be at the very root of such diseases as Heart Attack, Stroke, Diabetes, Cancer, and even Alzheimer’s.

Inflammation is the body's first-aid response in healing itself from damage, which is a good thing. With a cut or a sprain it is our body's way of coming to the rescue by sending lots of white blood cells to start the healing process. Chronic inflammation in the body is different. It's a condition that occurs when the body's inflammatory process fails to shut down once the healing process is complete.

Read more to learn which foods that can help fight inflammation in your body.

What is Nutrient Density?

Nutrient density measures the benefits you get from food compared to the number of calories it contains. Nutrient-dense foods give you the most nutrients possible for the least amount of calories. For example, some energy bars provide you with 15 % of your daily folate requirement for about 200 calories. But a cup of raw spinach will give you the same amount of folate for only seven calories.

The Aggregate Nutrient Density Index, otherwise known as the ANDI scale was developed by Joel Fuhrman, MD. It measures the number of key nutrients in food, relative to its calories.

The nutrients included in the ANDI scale are...

Pairing Power Foods

Certain foods seem to go together like milk and cookies naturally. And then there are foods - power foods that are better when consumed together.

"Pairing certain foods can help the body absorb, store, and utilize nutrients," says Michelle Davenport, a nutritionist, and researcher at NYU School of Medicine.

You're most likely eating some of these combinations already. Here, we show five pairings that add up to more than just good food.

Avocados: Always In Season

It seems like no matter where you live, avocados are readily available, which is fantastic news for all of us avocado lovers.

But, if you've ever brought an avocado home from the grocer and found it to be less than perfectly ripe, then listen up, because if there's one thing you don't want to do, it's cut into an avocado before it's ready.

If you find yourself in this predicament, don't worry. Simply. . .

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