May 4, 2010Read: Isaiah 53 "But he was wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities and by his stripes we are healed." --Isaiah 53:5

If you happened to see the Kentucky Derby last week, you were witness to a fantastic story, both on and off the track. One man's name was selected among 67,000 others, then given $100,000 to place a bet on any horse in the field. Winner take all.

When Glen Fullerton entered Churchill Downs that morning, all he had was a gift and a choice.  And after all the advice and the pre-race odds, he used both. The split-second that Super Saver crossed the finish line in front of nineteen other horses to win the fastest two minutes in sports, Glen Fullerton became a wealthy man.

It seems we walk into this life a lot like Glen did the Derby; with a gift, a choice and a super Savior to do the rest.

--J.P .

SAVING THE BONE SAVIOR What foods interfere with, or improve, the absorption of calcium? Continuing with our discussion on bone health, we want to briefly touch on those kinds of foods that might hinder absorption of the bone-boosting mineral calcium. Again, our source is the National Osteoporosis Foundation.

Foods with high amounts of oxalate and phytate reduce the absorption of calcium contained in those foods. Spinach, rhubarb and beet greens are examples of foods that are high in oxalate. While these foods can be an important part of a healthy diet, they are not good sources of calcium.

Legumes, such as pinto beans, navy beans and peas, are high in phytate. You can reduce the phytate level in beans or legumes by soaking them in water for several hours, discarding the water, and then cooking them in fresh water.

One hundred percent wheat bran is a food that provides fiber but is unfortunately also high in phytate. It is the only food that appears to reduce the absorption of calcium in other foods eaten at the same time (for example, eating wheat bran cereal with milk). If you are taking calcium supplements, you may want to take them two or more hours before or after eating any foods with 100% wheat bran.

A diet that is too high in animal protein, sodium, and caffeine can decrease calcium absorption. A person’s daily calcium needs increase when they get too much protein and sodium. You can offset the calcium loss from caffeinated drinks such as coffee and tea by adding milk or extra calcium to your diet. If you consume any foods or drinks that may interfere with calcium absorption, you may want to take your calcium supplements at a different time of day.