Challenge # 1
What: Eat at least one of the alkalizing Foundation Foods that contain magnesium.
Why: While calcium has taken center stage in the non-prescription osteoporosis arsenal, more often than not, magnesium has been all but forgotten. Yet magnesium is crucial to your bone health.
Besides its involvement in over 300 essential body reactions, magnesium acts synergistically with calcium. In fact, no less than 65% of magnesium found in the body is deposited in the bones.
Magnesium also helps regulate the parathyroid gland, which is the primary organ that controls bone mineralization. It also plays a role in the production of stomach acid, necessary for digestion and proper nutrient utilization.
How: The Foundation Foods that contain magnesium are:
- Pumpkin seeds
- Lima Beans
- Swiss chard
Challenge # 2
What: Do six Native Squats, preferably scattered throughout the day.
Why: Native Squats tone just about all the major muscles of your body and mainly the thighs, lower back, and glutei. Plus the Native Squat position is a great way to enhance your flexibility because it stretches the hip muscles, helping prevent hip pain, especially if you spend long hours sitting down. No less important is that practicing this position helps improve your balance.
To sum it up, the Native Squat can strengthen your bones, keep you flexible, and prevent falls.
How: Simply follow the video, and remember to keep your feet flat on the floor and your knees spread apart so the thighs are not parallel to each other.
Important: until you get the hang of it, practice the Native Squat while holding on to a solid structure.
I hope you’ll enjoy this challenge, and let me know how you did.
To your health!