So, as we welcome in August, I have two questions for you. How are you feeling? And where are you right now? Enjoy each day of this month fully in the moment, and with this, the richness that comes from being present to whatever life provides.
I can’t help but feel sorry for August. It is a month that gets short-changed as it seems to be considered a transition or bridge month. It leads out of the summer and provides entrance to September—with back to school, back to more structured work schedules, shorter days, getting darker earlier. I am as guilty as anyone with how I undervalue August. By July 31, I am feeling sad that summer is over, I am getting anxious about all the back to school preparations, and I feel the desire for crisp nights and sweaters.
This August brings even more of this, as I help pack up both of our daughters.
Claudia is preparing for her senior year in college, which in and of itself is
a shocking realization of how quickly time flies. And Emily is embarking on her
college journey as a freshman. Right now our playroom is the holding station
for all the dorm room gear. Sheets, mattress toppers, printers, clothing (and
more clothing!) abound, and each time I walk past, I feel the rise of anxiety...do
they have all the right things? What are the move-in dates? Did I fill in all
the paperwork? With Claudia, my thoughts go beyond this time to the “what is
next?” Grad school? Job? Apprenticeship? And for Emily, how will her transition
be? Will she get a compatible roommate? How will she handle this brave new world
With all of this transition around me, I feel more determined than ever to celebrate
August—and each and every day in it. I know that all the packing and moving
will get done and all the transitions will be experienced, so it will be important
for me to seize each day and be present to it and to myself, not just the events
taking place around me. This means making sure that my routine, although up-ended
with all the activities of the month, will include taking time to care for myself,
so that when all the August transitions are over, I am feeling strong, supported,
and grounded rather than exhausted and surprised by the unexpected emotions that
letting go—of the girls, of summer, of an ease of living—brings up.
So, my August mantras are two-fold: “How am I feeling?” and “Be here now.” At the end of each day, taking 10 minutes to self-assess: How am I feeling? How is my physical being? Did I take the time to eat well? Take my supplements? Did I express myself fully and completely? If I held back, what remains to be said or done? Did I exercise? Did I laugh, love, experience joy and connections to those I love, my co-workers, the world around me? Did I do something that left the immediate world around me a better place? I think of this assessment as a good way to connect to a tripod of support: nutrition/supplements, exercise, and expression.
My August supplement protocol will change to incorporate Catechol for the additional stresses as well as Polyvite and Phytocal
O. I find that when there are increased demands on me, I need to make sure my foundational supplements ground in daily life.
So, as we welcome in August, I have two questions for you. How are you feeling?
And where are you right now? Enjoy each day of this month fully in the moment,
and with this, the richness that comes from being present to whatever life provides.
And to all of you who are sharing in the August rituals of back-to-school, enjoy!
Happy August, one day at a time!
Calcium From the Sea: A New Discovery, A Superior Calcium
Peter J. D'Adamo, ND, MIFHI
Of all sources of calcium, Maerl has one of the lowest levels of undesirable contaminants - and one of the highest levels of absorption. Using Maerl calcium as a base, Dr. D'Adamo has crafted Phytocal®, four different mineral formulas using unique cofactors and micro-mineral ratios specific to each blood type.
Calcium-mineral Supplements - Is there really a difference?
It's been well substantiated that calcium is an
essential nutrient. After protein, fat and carbohydrates, calcium is
the body's most abundant nutrient. Calcium carries the highest RDA of
any other nutrient for a good reason. Calcium is required to form bones
and teeth and is also required for blood clotting, transmission of signals
in nerve cells, and muscle contraction. Decades of research have linked
calcium's association with lowering high blood pressure and balancing
cholesterol levels. Calcium is crucial, but what's the best source of
calcium? Is one source of calcium better than another? Is there really
a difference? Naturally, the most ideal source of balanced calcium,
as well as other minerals and trace minerals, is from the foods we eat.
But our daily Calcium needs often cannot be met by food alone - especially
considering today's busy lifestyles and the depleted soil in which many
of our modern foods are grown. It can be difficult to get a balanced
source of any essential nutrient.
A Brief History of Calcium Supplementation
In the early years of supplementation, all calcium was
pretty much the same; a ground up inorganic substance (typically
oyster shell) packed into hard tablets that early nutritionists hoped
the body could absorb. Problem was, the body absorbed very little
of this substance - much of it passed through the body untouched
and unused. Thus the search for the perfect calcium began. Other
sources and processing techniques have been explored: sulphate, lactate,
phosphate, citrate; chelated and "micro," but
not all sources of calcium are ideal for all blood types. And what
about absorption? With all the new technology, have we seen much
fact, studies reveal that the body absorbs less than 10% of the most
popular calcium tablets containing calcium lactate, calcium phosphate,
or calcium carbonate. Through the years, the challenge with all of
these approaches remained the same - either the calcium sources
were unfriendly to some blood types, or the inorganic source of the
calcium remained the same. Regardless of processing, the body still
had to deal with absorbing an inorganic substance and attempting
to convert it to a useful substance in the cells. This processing
of nutrients requires energy from the cells - energy that could be
better utilized in other important cellular tasks. What's more, even
though those single-nutrient hard calcium tablets remain popular at the
drug store, it's become standard knowledge that calcium must be taken daily
with the appropriate complex of supporting nutrients, such as magnesium.
Better Questions, Better Answers
Up until now, the calcium question had been: "How can we make this substance better tolerated and absorbed by the body?" Dr. Peter D'Adamo asked a better question: "Can we find another source of natural calcium not only friendly to all blood types, but also one that the body can utilize readily with greater efficiency?"
Better questions yield better answers, and Dr. D'Adamo found that natural calcium source: Maerl, a small red seaweed found only in the isolated areas off the coast of Southwest Ireland. Of all sources of calcium, Maerl has one of the lowest levels of undesirable contaminants - and one of the highest levels of absorption. Using Maerl calcium as a base, Dr. D'Adamo has crafted Phytocal®, four different mineral formulas using unique cofactors and micro-mineral ratios specific to each blood type. Maerl-based sea calcium is composed of a wide variety of essential nutrients including calcium, magnesium, boron and zinc. Maerl is the only natural source of calcium with a broad enough buffering range to insure a phenomenal rate of bioavailability and utilization. In fact, in studies, Phytocal Maerl-based sea calcium achieved nearly double the buffering capacity of all other sources of calcium. What is "buffering capacity?"
“I've developed a blood type-specific calcium-mineral supplement derived from a type of sea calcium of high purity and bioavailability. It is only found in one location in the ocean off the Beara Peninsula, in South Western Ireland. Our sea calcium grows for around five years in the crystal clear, pollution-free Atlantic waters, absorbing minerals and nutrients from the sea. The seaweed then falls to the ocean bed, where it becomes calcified. Local tidal patterns wash and gather it into one deep bed, the location of which is known to only a few people.”
~ Dr. Peter D’Adamo
Maximum Buffering: Maximum Absorption
We all have differing levels of acid/alkaline content in our bodies and digestive processes. These levels affect the absorption of minerals and vitamins. A supplement that is readily absorbed by one person may have trouble entering the system of another. Phytocal's unique sea-calcium is buffered by nature, which helps the calcium maintain a consistently high level of absorption from person to person, despite the differences in the acid/alkaline levels.
Calcium Tips Right For Your Type
Blood Type O
Type O should continually supplement their diet with calcium, since the Type O Diet does not include dairy products, which can be the most concentrated source of this mineral. With the Type O tendency to develop inflammatory joint problems and arthritis, the need for consistent calcium supplementation becomes clear.
Writes Dr. D’Adamo in his book Menopause; “You may have heard that a high-protein diet can lead to excess calcium loss, which can be a concern for any midlife woman. However, this is not a danger for Blood Type O, since you have naturally high levels of intestinal alkaline phosphatase, an enzyme made by the intestine to split dietary fat and help assimilate calcium. Furthermore, the high-protein Type O Diet actually causes an increase in intestinal alkaline phosphatase.”
Dr. D’Adamo’s Phytocal O®features balanced levels of the micro and macro minerals magnesium, iron, copper and zinc; manganese to help insure proper joint and ligament function, and micro-trace amounts of iodine to enhance thyroid function. Phytocal O also features nettle leaf (Urtica dioica), an important aid to proper intestinal assimilation.
Blood Type A
Dr. D’Adamo: “Low levels of intestinal alkaline
phosphatase and low hydrochloric acid make it difficult for
you to digest meat and can make you vulnerable to osteoporosis.” Thus,
additional calcium from middle age onward is advisable for
Dr. D’Adamo’s Phytocal
A® features higher levels of the important antioxidant
selenium, the gastric activating cofactors betaine hydrochloride,
rennet and gentian root, plus the mineral-rich herb horsetail. Phytocal
A® also features significant levels of the important
calcium absorption enhancer ipriflavone, and a small dose of
vitamin A to enhance the activity of the calcium absorbing
enzyme intestinal alkaline phosphatase.
Blood Type B
Dr. D’Adamo: “Like Type O, you have relatively high levels of intestinal alkaline phosphatase to aid protein digestion and calcium assimilation.”
Phytocal B® features the blood type B-appropriate higher levels of magnesium, an important nutrient for nerve and muscle function; chromium to help balance carbohydrate function and proper doses of iron and copper—two important blood-building nutrients. Phytocal B also features higher levels of vitamin D and vitamin K -- important calcium absorption cofactors.
Blood Type AB
Dr. D’Adamo “Low levels of intestinal alkaline
phosphatase affect your bone health. Type AB has the highest incidence
of osteoporosis of all the blood types.”
AB®features blood type AB-appropriate higher levels
of the important co-minerals magnesium, manganese and molybdenum;
the stomach-acidifying cofactors betaine hydrochloride and rennet.
Phytocal AB also features yellow dock as a gentle source of iron.
How much calcium do you need?
How much calcium do you need?
The recommended level of calcium for adults age 19 through 50 years is 1000 milligrams per day. An intake of 1200 milligrams of calcium per day is recommended for those age 51 years and older. In other countries, calcium recommendations are lower, as low as 600 milligrams daily for adults.
Factors which increase the risk of osteoporosis include small frame size, female gender, aging, heredity, cigarette smoking, excessive alcohol, steroid use, early menopause, prolonged immobilization, and inadequate vitamin D.
Here is a list of plant foods and their relative calcium content. In most circumstances eating a plant-based diet will tend to provide, at best, marginal amounts of calcium (amounts shown are approximate milligrams):
Soy or rice milk, commercial, 8 ounces (150-500)
Collard greens, cooked, 1 cup (357)
Blackstrap molasses, 2 Tbsp (342)
Tofu, processed with calcium sulfate, 4 ounces (200-330)
Audio Clip: Dr. Ginger Nash discusses the Blood Type Diet
Ginger Nash, ND, MIFHI
Dr. Ginger Nash discusses the Blood Type Diet on My Village Green
radio show, "The Essentials of Healthy Living." Great interview!!
Success Story: Woman Loses 100 lbs Eating Right for Her Type!
Smith says, “I’m going to eat this way for the rest of my life!”
Denise Smith, a teacher living in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, dropped
over 100 pounds by following the Blood Type Diet. Smith, a type O, says
that she eats a diet of lean protein, salads, beneficial vegetables. She
also follows the exercise recommendations for type O, by incorporating
Zumba dancing into her workouts. Smith says, “I’m going to
eat this way for the rest of my life!”
Agua Fresca, the traditional Spanish fruit and herb infused water is easy to make and a delightful change from plain water. The flavors can be as simple as a single flavor, or made more complex by adding complementary fruit flavors and herbs. Typically, non-sparkling waters are used, but you may also wish to make your own variation using mineral or sparkling water.
Watermelon Basil Agua Fresca
2 cups of seedless watermelon, cubed
10-12 leaves of fresh basil, roughly torn
1 half gallon of water
Place watermelon and basil in a large pitcher and pour water on top.
Refrigerate for two hours and then serve over ice. Garnish with a sprig
of fresh basil.
Lemon Lavender Agua Fresca
3 large lemons thickly sliced
¼ cup of fresh lavender
Place lemons and lavender in a large pitcher and pour water on top.
Refrigerate for two hours and then serve over ice. Garnish with a lemon
Pineapple, Sage, and Lime AguaFresca
2 cups of fresh pineapple, cubed
2 limes thickly sliced
10 sage leaves roughly torn
Place pineapple, limes and sage into a large pitcher and pour water
on top. Refrigerate for two hours and then serve over ice. Garnish with
a slice of lime.
Personalized Living Using the Blood Type Diet e-Cookbooks
The e-cookbooks are a great value at only
$9.95 each and can be read on any Kindle product, web browser, PC, Mac,
iPhone, iPad, BlackBerry, or Android phone.
The Blood Type Diet® App available
now for the iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. Just $3.99.
Note from a very, happy app user:
This is the most incredible, informative diet app I have ever seen!
I love it! Thanks so much and please keep updating it! An app to help
me better my life is priceless!
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Right For Your Type News
Envoironmental Working Group’s Latest Dirty Dozen Lists
Washington, D.C. – Environmental Working Group has released the eighth edition of its Shopper's
Guide to Pesticides in Produce with updated information on 45 popular fruits and vegetables and their total pesticide loads. EWG highlights the worst offenders with its new Dirty Dozen Plus™ list and the cleanest conventional produce with its list of the Clean Fifteen™.
Another Study Links Mom’s Diet and Childhood Obesity
What a woman eats when she is pregnant can influence her child's genetics in
ways that have long-lasting effects on their weight, finds research published
in the journal, Diabetes. This is the first study to show that maternal
diet is linked to epigenetic changes in people and that these changes are
related to body fat in children years later.
Low Levels Of Vitamin D In Older Women Lead To Weight Gain
Low levels of Vitamin D are linked to weight gain in older women, according to a new study by the Kaiser Center for Health Research in Portland.
Pounds increase as vitamin D decreases
Vitamin D is synthesized in the skin, after exposure to the sun. Scientists think decreasing levels of Vitamin D during the fall may trigger increased fat storage in anticipation of cold weather and less food.
Dietary Supplements Can Help Repair Spinal Cord Injury
A diet enriched with curcumin, a component of the popular Indian spice turmeric, and omega-3 fatty acid DHA can repair tissue damage and restore walking abilities in rats with spinal-cord injury, a new study claims.
The findings, published in the Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine, suggest that these dietary supplements help repair nerve cells and maintain neurological function after degenerative damage to the neck.
We all love pretty, polished toes during the summer, but some of the ingredients
in nail polish can be harmful to your health. Steer clear of the “big three” toxic
chemicals in nail polish: formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate, and toluene. These
chemicals have been shown to disrupt hormones and affect the nervous system.
While many companies are phasing out these ingredients, it has been difficult
because they help to harden the polish and suspend the color.
The good news
is that many companies now use safer ingredients in their formulas and are
working to develop more natural polishes with the same staying power as chemical
ones. Some chemical free brands to try: Deborah Lippmann, Dr.’s Remedy Enriched
Nail Polish with Tea Tree oil, Zoya Nail Polish, Suncoat Water-Based Nail
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