June 5, 2015, Day 20
Atomic Number: 20
– Approximately 99 percent of the body’s calcium is stored in the bones and teeth.
– It is used in exocytosis (durable, energy-consuming process), especially neurotransmitter release, and muscle contraction.
– Long-term calcium deficiency can lead to rickets, poor blood clotting and in menopausal women to osteoporosis, increasing the risk of fractures.
– Over-retention can cause hypercalcemia (elevated levels of calcium in the blood), impaired kidney function and decreased absorption of other minerals.
– Several sources suggest a correlation between high calcium intake and prostate cancer.
– Vitamin D is needed to absorb calcium.
– Vegetable sources of calcium include seaweeds such as kelp, wakame and hijiki; nuts and seeds like almonds, hazelnuts, sesame, and pistachio; blackstrap molasses; beans (especially soy beans); figs; quinoa; okra; rutabaga; broccoli; dandelion leaves; and kale, spinach, chard and rhubarb, amaranth, collard greens, and chicory greens.
– To retain calcium: reduce sodium intake, avoid animal protein, don’t smoke, avoid caffeine and stay active.
Lunch: 2 Wholemeal Sandwiches (1 Fat-Free Vegan Cheese, 1 Seitan Chicken & Stuffing)
Dinner: Pupusa, Cassava Stew
Drinks: 3 cups of Coffee & Soy Milk, 750 ml Water