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Calcium-Rich Plant Foods Better for Bones than Dairy

Updated on May 5, 2020

One of the most common health concerns that I receive questions on is how to prevent osteoporosis. I routinely review bone scan test results and food diaries of people who diligently follow conventional recommendations on calcium intake and are discouraged by worsening test results.

In my experience, the most common mistake that people make is eating too much dairy. Many health practitioners routinely advise their patients to get anywhere between 1200 to 1500 milligrams of calcium every day, and many people turn to milk, yogurt, cheese, ice cream, and other dairy products to meet this requirement. Read more

 

Korean Miso Stew Recipe Pictorial

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Snapshot of Korean miso stew made with enoki mushrooms and green pea shoots on August 3, 2016. Once you are comfortable with miso, you should feel free to include any vegetables you like.

Every once in a while, I feel the need for some authentic Soon Doo Boo JiGae, a hearty, miso-based stew that's chock full of fresh vegetables and silky soft tofu. If you grew up in a Korean home or have had the pleasure of trying Soon Doo Boo Jigae at a Korean restaurant, you probably know exactly what I'm talking about - it's a need that cannot be defined. Read more

 

A Simple Mobility Exercise to Reverse the Effects of Slouching

If you work at a desk or counter on a regular basis, chances are that you slouch forward to some degree, at least enough to cause mild to moderate tightening of the muscles that line your chest, anterior shoulder region, and even your upper arms.

This is a stretch that can you can do daily to help reverse these and other effects of slouching. Read more

 

2 Simple Exercises For Better Balance

Heel raises and toe raises work the posterior and anterior lower leg muscles and tendons. They also improve proprioception and balance. I suggest doing 1 to 3 sets of both, 10 to 20 repetitions per set. Read more

 

Mobility Training to Help Prevent and Address Sciatica

This is a look at a handful of mobility exercises and foam rolling tips that are generally helpful to those looking to prevent or overcome mild to moderate sciatica. Read more

 

What To Do In the Months Ahead

Last week, I shared a few thoughts on what I expect to happen in the months ahead - for those who may have missed this, please feel free to view:

https://drbenkim.com/new-normal.htm

Many thanks to all those who wrote in with positive feedback and questions on the points that were touched upon.  What follows are my answers to a few of the questions that I received. Read more

 

What I Expect To Happen In The Months Ahead

Recently, I was interviewed by a high school student on a variety of health and economic matters.  When asked to name three things not related to food that we can do every day to support optimal health, I replied with the following:

1.  Prioritize getting high quality sleep daily - this one habit alone is arguably the single best way of supporting our physical and mental health. Read more

 

A Fun Way To Keep Your Shoulders Healthy

If you look through our archives, you’ll find a more comprehensive guide on hanging and brachiating to develop and maintain optimal shoulder mobility. Read more

 

Full Body Strength and Conditioning Ideas for All Ages

This is a follow-up to a previous video on how to build more useful strength with a focus on integrating upper body, core, and lower body conditioning for better overall body awareness and neural activation.

Start with a basic squat with a boxing stance where one foot is forward and your arms are up in front of you with your fists hugging the sides of your head for protection. Read more

 

How To Develop More Useful Strength

When doing strength work, it’s ideal to combine upper and lower body movements, which fosters better overall body awareness and neural activation.

Virtually all non-sedentary activities of daily living and sports require integrated activation of the upper body, core, and lower body. Read more

 

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