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Harvesting Nutritional Food—And Finding It
This site gives consumers a nutritional food locator, and shows the best organic food and markets that are close to home. You can find the best farmers markets and other places to buy fresh produce and meats, as well as other goodies. A section of featured products from the siteís online store is included, as well as a forum, event listing and informational newsletter. A section of photos of nutritious foods is included. If you're interested in a personal chef serving Aspen Co. that specializes in nutritional food, see personal chef Flourish.

Facts About Calcium: Everything You Need to Know About this Important Mineral
Have a burning question about calcium-rich foods, calcium intake, calcium supplements or calcium deficiency? Do you want to know how much calcium you need a day? This page on Live Science has it all, including some very interesting news items, e.g., how parrots use tools to scrape shells for calcium, calcium pills are linked to artery buildup, calcium is not as great for bones as once thought, and the drinking habit calcifies man's pancreas. Risk factors for osteoporosis are also noted: low calcium intake, improper diet, lack of exercise, smoking, excessive use of alcohol, being thin or having a small frame, advanced age and family history of the disease.

Fighting Kidney Stones through Better Nutrition
Kidney stones are a very painful condition caused by the passing of the stone as it blocks the flow of urine and causes stretching of the ureters and the kidney pelvis. The condition can cause the block of urine, and chills, nausea and high fever are signs of infection. You can help pass stones faster by increasing your fluid intake. Eating a low-protein diet, and increasing vegetables and fiber, also helps. This page on the National Kidney Foundation website gives some nutrition tips to beat kidney stones, including limiting protein to three ounces at lunch and dinner. This is because kidney stones are popular where people eat diet protein (thatís why vegetarians rarely get stones.) This site includes tips and give specific foods that one should eat, such as barley, bran, corn, rye, oats, brown rice, and more.

The Basics of Nutrition
When we hear the word nutrition, what comes to mind? This site gives an overivew about what nutrition is (a science that studies the relationship between diet and states of health and disease) and also includes examples of conditions that can be overcome by eating the right foods. It includes a history of nutrition and diet, as well as information about weight loss, nutrition and longevity, teaching nutrition to students and dietetic associations.

How Calcium Lowers Polyp Risk, Colon Cancer
Colon polyps are growths that form inside the colon, and many of these have the potential to become cancerous. With colon cancer as the second most common cancer in Western societies, it makes sense to try to decrease the risk of colon cancer in yourself and those you love. A number of dietary factors might contribute to colon cancer risk. A diet that is rich in vegetables appears to be the most protective. In contrast, eating fried or darkly browned meat frequently more than doubles the risk of colon cancer, apparently because cancer-causing chemicals form during high-temperature cooking of meat, the article says. Read on to learn more about how you can prevent colon cancer.

Osteoporosis: Nutritional Supplements
This article by Harvinder S. Sandhu, M.D., who is affiliated with Cornell University, gives some useful tips for maintaining healthy bones such as reducing the amount of protein in your diet, avoiding carbonated beverages, increasing calcium intake, getting more Vitamin D and exercising. Sometimes supplements are helpful if you do not eat enough calcium-rich foods. Osteoporosis affects more than 28 million people in the United States, affecting both men and women. For more information about calcium and magnesium and osteoporosis, youíll want to read this useful article on supplements for better nutrition.


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