Last year I injured my shoulder at the gym. It was so bad I couldn’t swim or weight train or even lift my l left arm over my head for yoga poses for a full 8 months while it healed. Fortunately I worked with a knowledgeable rehab trainer and awesome physiotherapist, Line Troster, and have now regained full mobility in my shoulder. The bad news is, I recently went for a bone density scan and was dismayed to learn I had gone from low risk to medium risk for osteoporosis. I’m sure the reason for this is my enforced 8 months of inactivity and isn’t just a given because I happened to turn 55.
Osteoporosis is on the rise in north America – and while inactivity and obesity are factors, there is also a direct correlation between cow’s milk and osteoporosis. Cow’s milk has been found to actually block the absorption of calcium and drinking milk and is not the bone-healthy option it was once considered to be, and prescription drugs are certainly not the answer. I recently did an article that explores these findings about cow’s milk and gives healthy, proven methods for getting your calcium “without the cow”. To receive your free copy of this article please send me your request by email to: [email protected]
My shoulder injury forced me to give up my much loved activity that I thrive on and disrupted my life but in the grand scope of things it was minor compared to the debilitating effects of chronic osteoporosis.
Spring is a wonderful time of renewal. The birds at the cottage are shopping around looking for new nesting sites and refurbishing old ones. A young swallow couple will soon be moving in.
This time of year that we all look forward to is a time to consider prevention as well as rebirth; Thus I have created for you a new recipe for bone building ginger tahini rolls that will help us all stave off debilitating symptoms of osteoporosis.
Zucchini Ginger Tahini Rolls
3 tablespoons tahini
1 tablespoon ginger
2 dashes wheat free tamari
Fresh dill for garnish
1 baby carrot sliced for garnish
1. Create horizontal ribbons of zucchini with a peeler.
2. Mix the tahini with lemon juice, tamari, and ginger.
3. Lay out a zucchini ribbon and spread the creamy mixture with a butter knife
4. Roll and place on the serving platter
5. Garnish with dill and one small piece of carrot
Health properties of Zucchini Ginger Tahini Rolls:
- Anti-inflammatory useful for aches and sprains, bursitis
- High potassium and magnesium content important for bone building
- Add to food or boil to make tea
- Great source of quality bone building magnesium, phosphorous, copper and manganese and zinc.
- Zinc deficiency has been shown to be associated with fractures in older men and women
- High phosphorous and magnesium content makes them winners with their ability to bring down high blood pressure, promote healthy weight and build strong bones
- Effective antioxidant offers protection from free radicals
- Contains the body’s most powerful antioxidant “glutathione” which neutralizes certain carcinogens.
- Also shares some of the antimicrobial immune boosting qualities of garlic. So garlic move over and share the stage with DILL!