What’s The Best Source of Iodine, Best Calcium for Bone Health and More : Renegade Health Q & A

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Greens not only look amazing, but they’re loaded with bone supporting minerals.

There’s been a lot of talk about food policy this week…

Now it’s time to focus on you.

Here are 4 questions we received from readers that cover how to get iodine in your diet, if you should be concerned about your smoothies and juices oxidizing, what types of calcium are good for bone health, and why I slighted the Chinese herbs in my “Top 6” list a few weeks ago.

Let’s get started…

Lauren asks:

How can you boost your iodine without supplements and iodized salt?

Hey Lauren, thanks for your question here!

Most people would tell you that seaweeds like kelp, dulse and Irish moss will do the trick. And they’re right…

About three-quarters right.

The other quarter is that if you have a health issue that can be attributed to low iodine (likely thyroid), you’re going to want to test your iodine levels (or thyroid levels) to ensure that the iodine in the seaweed is being absorbed.

You can eat the healthiest diet in the world, but if you’re not using the nutrients properly – you’re not going to get the results that you want.

So my advice is to work with a practitioner who can test your iodine levels (the skin absorption test is not accurate) and see if the most natural approach – eating iodine rich sea vegetables – is working for you.

If it is, continue to put kelp and other sea veggies on your salads, in your smoothies or recipes. (Annmarie sneaks Irish moss into salad dressings and desserts!)

If this natural approach is not working, then try a whole food extract of iodine (most likely from kelp) and then last option, use an iodine supplement.

Next up from Rose…

Coral calcium is my recent miracle supplement. for calcium and pH.But i am concerned its bad calcium! im not sure what ionic minerals are. are they also called colloidal? can you elaborate on this please?

Hey Rose, thanks for posting.

Coral calcium is not my preferred choice of calcium because it is in a particular form called calcium carbonate.

Calcium carbonate has been shown to cause issues like kidney stones because the body is unable to use the calcium effectively and when this happens it’s deposited in the kidneys – and possibly other places as well.

Calcium citrate is a more appropriate and bio-available form of calcium, so if you want to take a singular calcium supplement than this would be a better choice.

With that said, the most effective way to help build strong bones and maintain a healthy blood pH is not by taking calcium alone. Vitamin D, Vitamin K, silica, and magnesium all play their role (as well as many others) in supporting bone health.

Some people can reverse bone loss just by eating a very green heavy diet. This provides calcium in a bio-available form, a variety of minerals and can help prevent many other diseases.

Others benefit from taking a bone health supplement that contains some of the minerals and nutrients I mentioned above – some even contain herbs like nettles and horsetail which are high silica plants. The Innate brand bone health product is the first that comes to my mind here.

So to increase your chances of getting the best results, I’d switch to a product or diet that is high in those important nutrients and monitor your bone scans to see if what you’re doing is working.

On the colloidal vs. ionic mineral discussion, I’ll handle that in a complete article in the next few weeks, since it deserves it’s own space.

Deb wants to know about juices and smoothies…

People say that it is important to drink your fresh juice or smoothie soon after making it because it will oxidize. Why is this an issue? As soon as you cut into a fruit or vegetable, it begins to oxidize. People make salads, etc., and don’t eat them right away and it doesn’t kill them. What’s the significance of eating oxidized food?

Hey Deb, basically it’s important to drink fresh juices and smoothies… no matter when you get to them.

So with that said, let’s get into the details.

Smoothies and juices do oxidize after they’ve been blended or extracted. What this means is that the nutrient density of the food can degrade. What’s not affected is mineral content. Enzymes, antioxidants and vitamins are the most susceptible.

So just because you don’t drink your juice for an hour or so – or keep it in the fridge for a few hours later – doesn’t mean that it’s become as nutrient poor as a fast food milkshake.

The optimal solution is to drink them right away, the next solution is to pour them in air tight containers like a Mason jar and store them in the refrigerator – or a cooler.

Please keep in mind, you’ll still get amazing benefit from these drinks up to, sometimes, 24 hours after juicing or blending them depending on how their stored. And even if they’re less nutrient dense, they’re still ridiculously better than drinking a pasteurized, bottled juice.

So juice, blend and store away!

(NOTE: With all that said, for those with illness that need maximum nutrition, I’d suggest drinking the juices and smoothies right away.)

Finally, Justin wants to know why I didn’t add any Chinese herbs on my “Top 6” list…

How come you dont like any of the Chinese Herbs such as Reishi, Cordyceps, He Shou Wu, and the many others?

Hey Justin! Sorry you feel like I slighted an entire body of medicinal culture and wisdom in my 6 favorite herbs post.

I like Reishi, Cordyceps, He Shou Wu and others, I just don’t use them as much as the others that I mentioned.

When it comes to herbs, there are a few things to consider…

1. Which ones you really need in a given time period.

2. Which ones will therapeutically or medicinally be effective for a certain ailment.

3. How many can your body, liver, system take.

4. What you’ve set aside for your budget on top of a healthy whole food diet.

I’ve used all the herbs you’ve mentioned and would use them again. Right now, I’m spending some time exploring the Ayurvedic herbs and am excited about sharing them!

Hope that helps!

I want to know your thoughts: What do you do to save your smoothies and juices? What Chinese herbs do you like? Do you recommend a good bone health supplement?

Live Awesome!

Kevin Gianni

Kevin Gianni is a health author, activist and blogger. He started seriously researching personal and preventative natural health therapies in 2002 when he was struck with the reality that cancer ran deep in his family and if he didn’t change the way he was living — he might go down that same path. Since then, he’s written and edited 6 books on the subject of natural health, diet and fitness. During this time, he’s constantly been humbled by what experts claim they know and what actually is true. This has led him to experiment with many diets and protocols — including vegan, raw food, fasting, medical treatments and more — to find out what is myth and what really works in the real world.

Kevin has also traveled around the world searching for the best protocols, foods, medicines and clinics around and bringing them to the readers of his blog RenegadeHealth.com — which is one of the most widely read natural health blogs in the world with hundreds of thousands of visitors a month from over 150 countries around the world.

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