The minerals (Vitamin D, Calcium, Magnesium) and foods that can optimize your healthy weight loss.
With all the benefits that come with having healthy vitamin D levels – 80 percent less belly fat, 40 percent less fat of all kinds, a lower risk of developing cancer, multiple sclerosis and type 2 diabetes we wondered if there wasn’t something else that could help optimize the nutrient’s function.
And there is: keeping one’s body at a slightly alkaline pH level. “The average American diet produces about 30 to 50 points of excess acid waste a day,” observes James E. Dowd, M.D., and associate professor of medicine at Michigan State University in East Lansing and author of the Vitamin D Cure. And this excess acid not only puts a huge strain on your kidneys – which have to process it into waste – but also on your entire body, which undergoes a stress response in an effort to neutralize the waste so it can be safely excreted.”
It’s that all body stress response that results in abdominal fat, insulin resistance, increased internal inflammation and mineral deficiencies. Your body uses the natural antacids magnesium, potassium and calcium as a last resort to neutralize excess acid waste so it can be flushed out in the urine. But this often creates a deficiency in these crucial minerals.
How does that relate to vitamin D and all the fat burning good it can do? If you don’t have enough magnesium to jump start your bodily functions, you won’t be able to produce the activated form of vitamin D. So magnesium function as a critical helper of vitamin D, which in turn, helps calcium. Researchers have found that when you are low in vitamin D (below 20ng/ml), your ability to absorb calcium drops by 50 percent. In other words, without enough magnesium, your body can’t activate enough vitamin D. Without enough vitamin D, your body can’t absorb enough calcium. That’s why Dr. Dowd recommends supplementing with all three magnesium (500 mg), calcium (1,000 mg) and vitamin D (4,000 to 10,000 IU mg) if you eat a typical acidic American diet.
Which brings us a strategy that’s even better than covering your bases with supplements: Alkalinizing your body with food and drink. When you reduce intake of acid promoting foods, like fatty meats and cheese, and increase consumption of alkalinizing fruits and veggies, your body is able to maintain the magnesium levels necessary for vitamin D to function optimally, a diet philosophy can be summed up as “greening up and burning fat” It is recommended that you eat three times as much fresh produce (specially greens) and lean meat by weight.
A Weight Loss Success Story! It worked for Suzanne
“My pant size dropped”
Over the years, Suzanne Pantazis had fallen into the rut of thinking she wasn’t worth the time required to improve her health. Luckily, her two children inspired her to make a change. The first step: avoiding processed foods and opting for alkalinizing fare. She also started taking 4,000 IU of vitamin D, and worked up to 10,000 IU daily. Right away Suzanne’s body showed its gratitude. “There were lots of weeks when I lost weight!” She raves. Plus her cholesterol dropped, her body arches eased, her brainpower improved and her energy soared. “I’m much more joyful now,” says Suzanne, who went on to lose 102 pounds and is the author of A Better Life Awaits. Instead of doubting her worth, she’s celebrating it. She relays, “Someone I used to work with came into the office and asked to see Suzanne. When I said, I am Suzanne her jaw dropped. What more could I ask for.
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