I follow Cassie’s Alkaline Paleo diet, in case you haven’t noticed.
This means that I don’t eat as much fruit as I used to because it’s loaded with the nastiest of the sugars, fructose. When I DO decide to indulge, it’s on a fresh local orange, or an organic apple, peeled and usually steamed then daubed with a smothering of coconut yoghurt.
So this article made me feel a bit better about my naughty diet diversion.
Our normal blood pH of the body is 7.35 and this will be maintained at all costs.
If it falls, the body will take bicarbonate from the blood stream, or calcium from the bones and teeth to compensate.
If this goes on long enough, your teeth and bones will turn to mush. Before ‘mushing’, bones become brittle and break easily.
This is usually a sure sign of osteoporosis, as I discovered when I fell off my son’s electric skateboard and broke my leg. You may also begin losing tooth enamel.. or you’ll simply lose your teeth or enrich your dentist with a mouthful of crowns. Again, I know. My dentures attest to the power of a daily guzzle of CocaCola as a high school kid. I was the Coke guzzling champion!
And of course, many scientists assert that diseases like cancer, bacterial infections and yeasts are related to an acidic body.
There are hundreds if not thousands of websites talking about pH balance now. When we introduced the concept to Australia in 2000 the word ‘alkaline’ just wasn’t seen. Now it’s the choice of much-publicised celebs, and the vast majority of these websites basically agree with or copy each other, saying that excess acidity causes yeast infections and that the simple answer is a high alkaline diet.
Is it that easy? Well.. not exactly. Certainly our immune system performs best in an alkaline environment. And in this environment, beneficial flora are happier.
But this is not the full answer.
We now know that the connection between candida albicans and an alkaline body is not as clear as we had hoped. Candida flourishes in an acidic environment as low as pH 2, but it also exists happily in a body pH of 8- healthily alkaline.
Yes, our body does prefer being slightly alkaline. It’s default 7.35 is enforced with some quite strong support systems. Getting a higher pH therefore, is virtually impossible. We can therefore say that Candida survives in any pH the blood is capable of.
Meat, dairy and grains are on the acidic side. Most Fruits and vegetables test alkaline. Almost every website will advise you to follow the 80/20 rule of ingesting 80% alkaline forming foods, and 20% acid forming foods.
Meat inevitably gets a bad rap – often because the website owner is a vegetarian, But meat has an offsetting effect that no one seems to want to mention.
Meat protein stimulates the release of the hormone insulin. (Growth factor or IGF-1). Increasing IGF-1 triggers bone growth and mineralization – so there’s an incredibly important role for meat if you agree that a major purpose of the alkaline diet is maintenance of our bones and teeth. As a long term vegetarian, when I fell off the skateboard i was forced to accept the unpalatable observation that 12 years of alkaline diet had NOT given me strong bones. I was forced to take a broader view and make changes. I cut out all sugar, reduced carbs as much as I possibly could, and made the huge decision to eat grassfed beef for its unparalled array of amino acids and its Vitamin K2. I reduced fructose laden fruits and kept up the dark leafy greens. As a result, my annual Dexascan showed me my bone strength was improving.
I understand many people will want to disagree with this, and I honour their ethical standpoint, but I have researched this for over 3 years, and I believe that early man was vegetarian by necessity with meat as a luxury. The paleo man carved up the bison he had killed and the tribe converged, seeking the fat and organs before the meat. They knew innately that this was the best the bison could contribute to their survival odds.
Since grains have entered the scene they have (for the most part) displaced vegetables. The result is obvious. Most of us now tend to eat an acidic diet.
Today, grains these days account for about 38% of Americans diets. So our acid loading has dramatically changed post grain-era.
It’s my opinion that ethics aside, when eating to combat candida, meat ‘s ability to stimulate the release of the hormone insulin and IGF-1 means it has a place in serious health endeavors.
Dr Robert O Young once wrote an article on the amount of Kale one should eat a day to achieve pH balance. I nearly fell over when I saw the mountain of kale I’d be buying weekly!
Grains, however are still the big nasty – especially wheat, which contains sulphuric acid. Yes, Battery acid.
No, bread isn’t going to burn you like battery acid. Wheat contains diluted amounts, but there is no escape from the truth that if you eat it, consuming green vegetables will go some way to offsetting the acidity.
If you are thinking of switching to oat bread, be aware that oats have even more sulphuric acid than wheat!
Way back in 2000, Dr. Linda Frassetto, Todd, Morris and Sebastian published a study on the worldwide incidence of hip fractures in elderly women. The conclusion still holds true.
With a 50/50 meat to vegetable intake of 1:1 the incidence of hip fractures was 200 out of 100,000.
In women that ate a vegetable to meat ratio between 2:1 and 5:1, hip fractures were less than 10 out of
If Dr Frasetto and her team had performed this study using the SAD (Standard American Diet 1/3 meat, 1/3 grains and 1/3 vegetables) the results would have been even worse.
Our easy access to grains via our modern food system, and our reduced vegetable consumption has resulted in 53% of women with a fractured hip by age 50. Men? 21%.
If you cast back in your memory, you’ll most likely remember a family member that died shortly after suffering hip fracture.
This is a TERRIBLE statistic.
One Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Study of over 9400 women discovered that bone density starts decline in women at 25 and men at 40. At age 40 the women are zooming ahead. At age 70, both sexes begin an acceleration of bone loss. By age 80, 97% of women have osteoporosis.
It’s not just wheat.
Many grains cause blood sugar level spikes. Sugar, of course, causes our body to move from ketosis (fat burning) to glycation, where sugar becomes the fast fuel, the supercharged alternative to the traditional source of energy. That’s why we call it a ‘sugar high’.
Glycation is the result of the bonding of a protein or lipid molecule with a sugar molecule. Our cartilege is an early casualty because it is very susceptible to glycation.
Cartilege cells simply lose fexibility.
We know it as Arthritis. Perhaps it should be called ‘Grainitis’.
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In my opinion, the perfect alkaline diet or for that matter the
best diet to follow, would be one consisting of 30 to 40% meat
and the rest fruits and vegetables. Ditch the grains, especially
‘Experts’ and the public do share some opinions, but it seems to me that there are some gaping holes.
Look at this survey conducted by the New York Times.
The term was last updated in 1994, so frankly, an update is long overdue. At the same time, defining “healthy” has never been more complicated.
Countless new exotic foods have arrived on our tables over the past two decades and, (thanks to the Internet and social media), we’re now bombarded with more conflicting messages than ever about what’s ‘healthy’ and what’s not.
The New York Times chose a good time to conduct an interesting survey comparing the opinions of American citizens and hundreds of professional nutritionists on approximately 50 common foods. And of course, opinions vary greatly.
Foods that nutritionists consider much healthier than the general population does.
These include (of course!) tofu (89% of nutritionists vs. 58% of Americans), quinoa (89% vs. 58%), and hummus (90% vs. 66%).
Why such differing opinions? The NYT suggests it may be because these foods are relatively new to the mainstream American diet. Perhaps people have yet to accept them in their minds.
Foods that the American population thinks are much healthier than the experts do.
The widest gap occurred with granola bars, with 71% of the public saying they’re healthy, but only 28% of nutritionists agreeing. Similar differences exist with granola (47% of nutritionists vs. 80% of public), coconut oil (37% vs. 72%), and frozen yogurt (47% vs. 80%). Many of these foods contain added sugars, of which nutritionists may be aware, while the general population is not.
The Times reports that this will hopefully change soon:
“In May, the Food and Drug Administration announced a new template for nutrition labels, and one priority was to clearly distinguish between sugars that naturally occur in food and sugars that are added later to heighten flavors.”
Other foods about which both experts and the public disagree.
These include popcorn and a number of high-fat foods, such as steak, pork chops, whole milk, and Cheddar cheese. The split in opinions hovers between 50-60% for each group, which isn’t surprising.
“Years ago, the nutritional consensus was that fat, and particularly the saturated fat found in dairy and red meat, was bad for your heart. Newer studies are less clear, and many of the fights among nutritionists tend to be about the right amount of protein and fat in a healthy diet. The uncertainty about these foods, as expressed both by experts and ordinary Americans, reflects the haziness of the nutritional evidence about them.”
Until time and further studies reveal more information, it may be helpful to know what the nutritionists said when asked how they eat on a daily basis. When given a list of dietary descriptions, such as Atkins, Paleolithic, Organic, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, and Mediterranean, the majority (57%) said they follow “no special rules or restrictions.”
Rather than singling out and labeling certain foods as “good” or “bad,” it’s probably best to focus on eating healthily overall (and not feeling guilty for the occasional less-than-healthy treat).
Ian: What is ‘healthy’ food to you? And.. when will someone decide on what is ‘healthy’ water?
Firstly, we need to look at whether we are talking about ‘alkaline food’ or alkaline-supporting food.
There are very, very few alkaline foods, but many foods that support us to alkalize in the body.
This covers many interpretations, from the production of sodium bicarbonate in the stomach, to improved support against acidifying inflammation.
So I’m suggesting water cress is firmly placed in group two.
Watercress: Carcinogen Chaser.
Watercress is an often-overlooked, leafy green food source. It’s a close cousin of mustard greens, cabbage, and arugula. And.. it’s a powerful anti-carcinogen. It can help starve tumours of essential blood and oxygen significantly inhibiting the activation of carcinogens.
Many natural health writers score it as among the top 36 foods that help cleanse our entire body. We can give our liver a big boost with the cleansing action of watercress. It helps to release enzymes in the liver that clean it out and help rid it of toxic buildup. It contains glucosinolate compounds, which have been found to have anti-cancer properties.
A phase II clinical trial demonstrated and presented at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) showed that watercress extract taken multiple times a day can significantly inhibit cancer.
The trial showed that the watercress extract detoxifies environmental carcinogens and toxins found in cigarette smoke. (It also discovered that the effect is stronger in people who lack certain genes involved in processing carcinogens).
Researchers found that the compound, phenylethyl isothiocyanate (PEITC), (that’s where it gets that unique peppery taste), can interfere with the function of a protein that plays a critical role in cancer development.
“Cigarette smokers are at far greater risk than the general public for developing lung cancer, and helping smokers quit should be our top cancer prevention priority in these people,” said Jian-Min Yuan, M.D., Ph.D., associate director of the UPCI’s Division of Cancer Control and Population Science and an epidemiologist with Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health. “But nicotine is very addictive, and quitting can take time and multiple relapses. Having a tolerable, nontoxic treatment, like watercress extract, that can protect smokers against cancer would be an incredibly valuable tool in our cancer-fighting arsenal.”
Dr. Yuan, who also is Pitt’s Arnold Palmer Endowed Chair in Cancer Prevention, and his colleagues enrolled 82 cigarette smokers in the randomized clinical trial. The participants either took 10 milligrams of watercress extract mixed in 1 milliliter of olive oil four times a day for a week or they took a placebo. Each group of participants then had a one week “wash-out” period where they didn’t take anything and then switched so that those getting the placebo now received the extract. They all continued their regular smoking habits throughout the trial.
In one week, the watercress extract reduced activation of the carcinogen known as nicotine-derived nitrosamine ketone in the smokers by an average of 7.7 percent. It increased detoxification of benzene by 24.6 percent and acrolein by 15.1 percent, but had no effect on crotonaldehyde. All the substances are found in cigarette smoke.
Participants who lacked two genes involved in a genetic pathway that helps the antioxidant glutathione remove carcinogens and toxicants from the body saw an even bigger benefit to taking the watercress extract, which increased their detoxification of benzene by 95.4 percent, acrolein by 32.7 percent and crotonaldehyde by 29.8 percent.
A phase III clinical trial in hundreds of people must be performed before the treatment could be recommended for smokers, and Dr. Yuan warned that while eating cruciferous vegetables, such as watercress and broccoli, are good for people, they are unlikely to have the same pronounced effect as the extract.
Read my article on celery yet?
And my article on the humble cucumber?
We recently posted about the amazing health benefits of the humble cucumber.
But what salad is complete without a crunchy celery stick?
Celery is often overlooked. many of us think of it as “crunchy water” and assume it has little nutritional value.
Oh Boy, How wrong we can be!
But I always have a problem talking about alkaline diet foods. Am I talking about the food’s ability to help my alkaline balance to be regained, or am I talking about the health benefits beyond alkalizing? It’s my humble opinion that beyond the alkalizing benefits, much of the ‘pH Miracle’ cures we read about come from the additional super-properties of these basic foods. Celery is no exception.
Celery is in the Apiaceae / Umbellerifereae family. It’s been recorded as grown as far back as 1323 BC in Egypt, Europe and the Mediterranean. When Tutankhamen was entombed, he was garlanded with celery leaf. (A bit late to get the health benefits, unfortunately!)
More than a billion pounds of celery are harvested each year in the US, primarily in Michigan and Florida. It’s used in soups, appetizers, entrees and as an addition to tuna and chicken salads. We consume as much as six pounds of celery over the course of a year. (Yes, most of it water, I admit.)
It’s a “negative calorie” food – only 16 calories per cup chopped serving.. Our body almost burns as many calories digesting it as celery itself contains.Low caloric content combined with the high-fiber definitely make celery a fabulous food for weight loss goals. It has an extremely high rate of nutrition compared to a very small amount of carbohydrates. And.. of course.. it’s also an alkaline food, helping to balance acid levels in the blood.
Celery and Your Brain
Scientists have now discovered the link between a flavinoid compound called luteolin and brain health. Older mice in a recent study retained youthful brain functioning when their diet was enriched with luteolin.
This flavonoid works throughout your entire body to fight the effects of free radicals that can speed up the cellular aging process.
Linked to a decreased risk of heart disease and cancer, it’s reasonable to say that celery (which is high in luteolin) reduces inflammation naturally. This is especially beneficial to the brain. Inflammation is believed to be a leading cause of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and multiple sclerosis.
Celery and Total Wellness
Proven carcinogen detoxifiers phthalides, coumarins and polyaceylenes found in celery enhance white blood cell effectiveness.
Pthalides lower stress hormone levels in the blood and relax muscles around the arteries. Blood vessels dilate smoothly, resulting in lower blood pressure.
The abundance of heart-healthy calcium, potassium and magnesium found in celery also regulates blood pressure. Pthalides increase the body’s secretion of bile which helps to lower cholesterol and prevent clogging of the arteries.
Inflammation is the primary cause of the pain we experience from arthritis, gout, and asthma. Coumarins found in celery control inflammation and lower swelling in and around joints. Coumarins have proven effective in lessening the severity of asthma, treating muscle pain and getting rid of migraines.
How about a Celery Smoothie
packed with vitamins, minerals and compounds that balance acidity in the blood, this vegie smoothie goes a long way toward total body health minus the fat and carbohydrates. Rinse or scrub each vegetable and trim the ends! Super easy and delicious.
2 medium carrots
2 celery stalks
5 – 6 leaves leaf lettuce
1/2 golden delicious apple
1 small beet.
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Fructose linked to gene damage
Fructose is a natural sugar commonly found in fruits, corn and plants. So.. it’s ‘natural’, right? Must be Ok, right?
Wrong. Especially now it’s used in many processed and ultra-processed food products and soft drinks as a cheap sweetener, usually in the form of high-fructose corn syrup.
Previous studies have already found it to be to be hazardous to health, leading to insulin resistance, obesity and elevated blood pressure to name just a few.
A new study has increased this list further. Scientists at the University of California found that, “A diet high in fructose can kill hundreds of genes in a way that could lead to several diseases”. Interestingly, the researchers found an omega-3 fatty acid, docosahexaenoic acid(DHA), was able to go some way to reversing the effects.
In our opinion it’s perhaps the most insidious element of the ongoing acid assault on our health and wellbeing. because it’s mainly in fruit, we see it as healthy.
Here’s a chart that assists us to work out just how much of this is sneaking into our systems via our fave fruits and smoothies.
Most people think a cucumber is a vegetable ( technically a fruit) that we add as an afterthought in salads and side dishes. But it’s a ‘power’ alkaline diet essential, simply because it’s so easy to eat!
But.. even I don’t see cucumbers in the grocery store and say, “Wow, I just gotta have those amazing cucumbers!”
I feel guilty about brushing them off. Cucumber is an amazing vegetable with an impressive nutritional profile. It can even be eaten in place of your daily multivitamin.
More about this humble veggie
Cucumber, or Cucumis sativus, is of the same family as melon and squash. Chefs divide them into two groups, slicing and pickling. Slicing cucumbers generally have thick skin and are larger than the thin-skinned pickling cucumbers.
Cucumber has even escaped the eyes of researchers, being upstaged by the cruciferous crew (broccoli, cabbage, etc.) Now it’s been discovered it contains three beneficial lignans (lariciresinol, pinoresinol and secoisolariciresinol), which have been associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease as well as several different types of cancer, including ovarian, prostate, breast and uterine.
Cucumber: a nutritional powerhouse
Forget the Brazilian or Tibetan Goji berries.Cucumber is a real superfood. It contains almost all the vitamins you need each day, including B vitamins, vitamin C, fiber, vitamin K1, copper, potassium and manganese. You can keep your supplement costs down with just one cucumber daily in place of a multivitamin.
Want an energy boost?
Don’t reach for that third cup of coffee. Chomp on a cucumber instead. The carbs and B vitamins in cucumber provide sustaining energy that can last for hours.
Drank too much?
To avoid having your night out turn into a morning nightmare, try eating some cucumber. Eat a cucumber right before bed and your hangover pains will be lessened. Cucumber contains a mix of B vitamins, and essential alkaline electrolytes that keep you hydrated and feeling great after a night out on the town.
Too much sugar?
Snack on cucumber slices rather than reaching for sugary snacks. Keeping a little dish of sliced cucumber by your work desk. With a sprinkle of sea salt and a little pepper, this snack will keep you satiated all day long!
Boil a few slices of cucumber on the stove. Breathe in the steam. The aroma of cucumber can promote feelings of calm and relieve anxiety. Add a few drops of anxiety-busting lavender essential oil into the mixture.
Suffering from halitosis, or bad breath? Good alkalizers don’t have it and cucumbers support us in alkalizing. Think about it: how about eating cucumber instead of reaching for sugar laden breath mints. and… phytochemicals in cucumbers can kill bacteria that cause bad breath and cavities. Try a slice after each cup of coffee or meal for breath that stays fresh all day long.
Are you stopped up?
There are any number of reasons for constipation. It may, for instance, be the result of stress, medication or eating a highly processed diet. Cucumbers are high in fiber, which can keep you regular and keep your digestive system working at full speed.
Do you need a detox?
Cucumber not only contains a lot of water, which helps keep the body hydrated, but it also has detoxifying properties. A study from 2013 published in the journal Fitoterapia found that cucumber has “a cleansing action within the body by removing accumulated pockets of old waste materials and chemical toxins.” Want to detox? Eat a cucumber… or three! Better yet, eat cucumber daily to keep toxins from building up.
The blend of nutrients in cucumber make it ideal for boosting the immune system and treating common ailments like the common cold and flu viruses. The anti-inflammatory properties of cucumber fight inflammation of the nose and throat when you are suffering from a cold. And of cxourse, the cucumber’s alkaliune minerals are working 24/7 to rebalance the acidity that is causing low immunity.
High blood pressure?
High levels of potassium in cucumber help regulate blood pressure by boosting electrolyte levels and mitigating the damaging effects of sodium overconsumption.
Cucumber, is high in antioxidants. This prevents the spread of free radical damage that can lead to premature aging and cancer.
Nutrients in cucumber make it effective at relieving inflammation both internally and externally. Place fresh cucumber directly onto swollen areas to reduce puffiness within just a few minutes.
Every once in a while, we just feel bloated. All we need do for relief is eat a cucumber! The high water content and alkaline potassium in cucumber make it a mild diuretic that can ease bloating.
Cucumber is high in alkaline magnesium, calcium, plus vitamin K1 — all essential for bone health. Eat cucumber regularly if you are eating a low-meat or low-dairy diet.
Ian: I have a whole cucumber every day in my work lunch. They accompany just about anything!
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How do you set yourself up for the day? A natural alkaline ‘shot’.
I love to get up early, a bit of yoga, meditation without fail, a shower, a healthy paleo breakfast,and then out the door. Sound familiar?I think my morning routine is already exceptional. But I have a mighty elixir that compliments my regimen fabulously.
Perhaps you’ve read that warm lemon water wets your mojo working in the morning and optimizes your health. You may even drink warm lemon water with Himalayan salt, or warm lemon water with honey in the morning.
But… have you tried warm lemon water with cinnamon, and the most essential ingredient to this morning elixir, turmeric? (Yes, a bit of honey if you must!)
If you haven’t it, this one, you may be missing out on an truly great way to start your day. Lemon and turmeric are very powerful tools that have a wealth of health beneficits.
Lemons have that tasty, tart flavor with so many health-promoting properties. A study published in the Chemistry Central Journal (2015), says lemons possess a treasure trove of natural metabolites.
Listen to this:
“Citrus fruits exhibit plentiful bioactivities including antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, antimicrobial and anti-allergy activities, as well as cardiovascular effect, neuroprotective effect, hepatoprotective effect, obesity control, etc.”
But wait for it:
Couple lemon with turmeric, and your health and wellness benefits increase almost exponentially!
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a yellow-orange spice that is part of the ginger family. Native to tropical South Asia, turmeric is well known in traditional Asian medicine and cuisine.
More recently, its health benefits have been recognized in Western medicine. According to a study published in theJournal of Nephropathology (2012), “Turmeric, a neglected Asian traditional drug might reemerge as remedy and/or preventive tool for various illnesses including different type of cancers, obesity, type-2 diabetes, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, CKD [chronic kidney disease] and ESRD [end stage renal disease], which are steadily increasing globally, claiming many lives and tremendous amount of resources worldwide.”
Just one of a number of active ingredient in turmeric, curcumin, has been the focus of several academic studies.
Curcumin may alleviate inflammation:
According to research from the Department of Stomatology at the University of California, San Francisco, curcumin possesses anti-inflammatory properties. The research, published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine(2004), found that curcumin, “may exert its anti-inflammatory activity by inhibition of a number of different molecules that play a role in inflammation.”
Curcumin’s anticancer potential:
Curcumin may play a vital role in cancer prevention, according to a study published in BioMed Research International (2014). Previous research has highlighted curcumin’s antioxidant, antibacterial and antitumor properties, according to the study, which concluded, “Curcumin, a vital constituent of the spice turmeric, is an alternative approach in the prevention of cancer.”
Therapeutic applications of curcumin:
According to a review study published in the AAPS Journal (2013), “curcumin has shown therapeutic potential against a number of human diseases,”including multiple types of cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, arthritis, peptic ulcers, psoriasis, H. pylori infection, Alzheimer’s disease, acute coronary syndrome, atherosclerosis, diabetes, and respiratory tract infections.
So.. here’s my secret morning elixir.
What you’ll need…
1/2 a lemon, squeezed for juice
1/4 – 1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp honey if you can’t take it!
1/4 tsp cinnamon powder
1 cup warm water.
How to make it…
Mix the lemon juice, turmeric and honey into your cup of warm water. Stir well. Sprinkle cinnamon on top and continue to stir your morning elixir as you drink it (this will ensure that the turmeric doesn’t settle at the bottom of your cup.
Turmeric with its main active ingredient, curcumin, may be that one healthy addition to your morning routine you’ve been looking for. I enjoy this elixir nearly every morning with fruit, which adds a sweet, delicious twist.
And to all my alkalizing friends.. you are setting yourself up with the best alkalizing juice in the world. Just go easy on the honey, honey!
Answer: A true “alkalarian diet” is 80% + raw, but “raw diets” are not always alkaline.
The raw food diet is built on one basic premise… cooking your food destroys enzymes, leaches minerals, damages vitamins, and denatures antioxidants. All of which are true.
The Alkaline Diet (acid – alkaline diet / pH diet) is built on one basic premise as well…certain foods contribute to acidification of your body, and some help to alkalize your body. It just so happens that most foods are more alkaline forming when they’re in their raw state.
Alkaline diets are mostly raw, but raw diets aren’t necessarily alkalizing.
For example… raw foodists may eat a lot of raw fish (sushi), raw dairy (cheese), or raw meat (tartare) – all of which are acidifying. You’ll also see a lot of “raw treats” in raw food books (like cookies, ice cream, etc)…which are also acidifying. While raw food diets are certainly much more healthy than our conventional cooked diets, eating just “raw” isn’t going to necessarily help you get your pH up.
If you are acidic, then you need to get more alkalizing foods into your diet. Our Alkaline Diet and Defence Program is free right now and you can dive right in the what we can say is your most comprehensive resource on the Web. Click on the link and you’ll find your invitation.
As you’ll see in the lessons, foods are more alkalizing in their raw form, but you have to be eating the right kinds if you want to get your body back into a pH balanced state.
Kale is simply one on the healthiest food choices you can put on your table.
It’s a member of the cabbage family, power packed with vitamins A, K, C, with serious amounts of B vitamins as well as trace minerals. And… it’s low in carbs and calories.
However… there’s another really important attribute of Kale.
Along with Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Bok Choy Pak Choy and cauliflower, kale is a cruciferous vegetable, meaning the flowers take the form of a cross. It also means that like other cruciferous vegetables, kale is rich in a chemical called sulforaphane, and this may be one of kale’s most important health attributes.
Sulforaphane is a sulphur-rich chemical that activates a gene pathway in animals as well as humans called Nrf2. When Nrf2 is ‘turned on’ by consuming sulforaphane rich foods, several important health-promoting mechanisms fire up. These include a reduction in inflammation, enhanced antioxidant protection, and powerful amplification of our ability to detoxify potential damaging chemicals.
Kale and all the other cruciferous vegetables are smart choices well beyond their simple nutritional content – they actually change the expression of our DNA for the better.
And.. now we also know that alkaline superfoods like Kale remove fluoride!
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And a big reason we deliver so many is its good fluoride performance. It is the ONLY water filter we have seen that has actually been tested for fluoride reduction over its expected lifespan. We used Griffith University’s NATA accredited laboratory, at great expense) because we wanted an independent point of reference for our customers who, we know DO care abot what goes into their bodies.
The lab tests show around 80% net reduction. We have nothing to compare this to because we have never seen any other comparable tests.
We HAVE seen some products blithely claimed UP TO 98%. Sadly, consumer groups have never have the time or resources to ‘out’ people who make claims like this.
So this news is going to be big news.. and a real validation of what we’ve been talking about for 16 years.
I was just sent some REALLY interesting scientific studies that say that alkaline urine will remove much more fluoride from the body than acid urine. Wow.
Now.. if it’s not a ‘Wow’ for you, let me explain. The team here have been following our own version of the alkaline diet for well over a decade. i attribute my thriving good (69 next month) health to our diet which ALWAYS has good amounts of dark leafy greens – the alkaline ‘manna from Heaven! We’ve also been drinking alkaline water for all of that time from our own water alkalizers. So yes, my pee is alkaline! Or at least it was last time I checked.
The studies are clear. If your pee is alkaline, the fluoride that has got into you through either water, fluoride soaked foods, toothpaste… can be removed by an alkaline diet which in turn changes the pH of your pee.
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Relationship between urine pH and fluoride levels here
The merck manual explanation of the elimination of drugs by the kidneys here
(you can get on pubmed and find reams of the studies on individual drugs).
Heres an example of the effect of urinary PH on amphetamine excretion. In this case making the urine very acidic can treat an overdose (notice that the excretion rates have a similar difference with fluoride.
Here is one on adrenaline, although I suspect changes in the blood maybe even more interesting. It’s a small study..even so the effects are so pronounced that it reaches statistical significance.
We have great respect for the work of Rob Verkerk and his Alliance for Natural health. He has spent years in direct opposition to the EU supplement rules AKA Codex. he’s campaigned relenlessly for sensible food guidelines and we agree with his ideas. ANH has even created a program called Food4Kids. Here’s their full agenda.
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INFLAMMATION: IT’S A “HOT” TOPIC.
It seems connected to avirtually every known chronic disease — from diabetes to obesity, heart disease to cancer, autism to dementia… even depression.
Inflammatory diseases such as allergies, asthma, arthritis, and autoimmune disease are also increasing at dramatic rates. Doctors are trained to shut off inflammation with aspirin, anti-inflammatory medication such as Advil or Motrin, steroids, and increasingly powerful immune suppressing medication with the usual associated side effects.
Doctors are really not trained to find and treat the underlying causes of inflammation in chronic disease. Hidden allergens, infections, environmental toxins, an inflammatory diet, and stress are the real causes of these inflammatory conditions, but that’s a big ‘ask’ for a 15 minute standard consultation.
Let’s look at one ‘niche’ of inflammation. Autoimmune diseases now affect 24 million people. They include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, thyroid disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and more. And yet.. these are often addressed using powerful immune suppressing medication and not by addressing the cause. A bit like taking a lot of aspirin while you are standing on a tack. The treatment isn’t more aspirin or a strong immune suppressant. It’s removing the tack.
Inflammation Causes Disease
To cool off inflammation in the body, first we must find the source. Functional medicine, the emerging 21st century paradigm of systems medicine, teaches us to treat the cause, not only the symptoms, to ask the question WHY are you sick, not only WHAT disease do you have.
Autoimmunity: What it is and How it Occurs
We are facing an epidemic of allergic (60 million people), asthmatic (30 million people), and autoimmune disorders (24 million people). As we already said, autoimmune diseases include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis,celiac disease, thyroid disease, and the many other hard-to-classify syndromes in the 21st century.
These are all autoimmune conditions, and at their root they are connected by one central biochemical process: A runaway immune response also known as systemic inflammation that results in your body attacking its own tissues. Your immune system is your defense against invaders. It’s your internal army and has to clearly distinguish friend from foe — to know you from others. Autoimmunity occurs when your immune system gets confused and your own tissues get caught in friendly cross-fire.
Your body is fighting something — an infection, a toxin, an allergen, a food or the stress response — and somehow it redirects its hostile attack on your joints, your brain, your thyroid, your gut, your skin, or sometimes your whole body.
This immune confusion results from what is referred to as molecular mimicry. Conventional approaches don’t have a method for finding the insult causing the problem. Functional medicine provides a map to find out which molecule the cells are mimicking.
Where Do Autoimmune Disorders Happen?
Interestingly, autoimmune disorders occur almost exclusively in developed countries. People in poor nations without modern amenities like running water, flush toilets, washing machines, and sterile backyards just don’t get these diseases.
If you were a farm kid with lots of animals, you are also less likely to have any of these inflammatory disorders. Playing in the dirt, getting dirty, and being exposed to bugs and infections trains your immune system to recognize what is foreign and what is “you.”
In this country, autoimmune diseases, when taken all together, are a huge health burden. They are the eighth leading cause of death among women, shortening the average patient’s lifespan by eight years. The annual health care cost for autoimmune diseases is $120 billion a year representing nearly twice the economic health care burden of cancer (about $ 70 billion a year). (i)
Unfortunately, many of the conventional treatments available can make you feel worse. Anti-inflammatory drugs like Advil, steroids, immune suppressants like methotrexate, and the new TNF-alpha blockers like Enbrel or Remicade can lead to intestinal bleeding, kidney failure, depression, psychosis, osteoporosis, muscle loss, and diabetes, not to mention overwhelming infection and cancer.
When used selectively these drugs can help people get their lives back. But they are really not a long-term solution. They shouldn’t be the end of treatment, just a bridge to cool off inflammation while we treat the root cause of the disease.
9 Steps to Overcoming Autoimmune Disease
- Check for hidden infections — yeast, viruses, bacteria, Lyme, etc. — with the help of a doctor, and treat them.
- Check for hidden food allergens with IgG food testing or just try The UltraSimple Diet, which is designed to eliminate most food allergens.
- Get tested for celiac disease, which is a blood test that any doctor can do.
- Get checked for heavy metal toxicity. Mercury and other metals can cause autoimmunity.
- Fix your gut. For details, see my blog on irritable bowel syndrome.
- Use nutrients such as fish oil, vitamin C, vitamin D, and probiotics to help calm your immune response naturally.
- Exercise steadily regularly — it’s a natural anti-inflammatory.
- Practice deep relaxation like yoga, deep breathing, biofeedback, or massage. Stress worsens the immune response.
- Look at your inflammation habits in your food and water. Alkalize and get a regular supply of infused hydrogen water.
The answers may be right in front of you.
Treat the underlying causes of your illness and you will begin to experience vibrant health once more.
(i) Nakazawa, D. (2008). The Autoimmune Epidemic. Simon & Schuster. New York.
(ii) Siegel, C.A., Marden, S.M., Persing, S.M., et al. (2009). Risk of lymphoma associated with combination anti-tumor necrosis factor and immunomodulator therapy for the treatment of Crohn’s disease: a meta-analysis. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 7(8): 874-81.
This is designed for educational purposes only and is not engaged in rendering medical advice, legal advice or professional services. If you feel that you have a medical problem, you should seek the advice of your Physician or health care Practitioner.
We’ve had quite a long association with Pete Evans.
He actually uses our products every day in the form of our UltraStream So I have learned a few things about him. He’s certainly a guy who leads with his jaw.
I do wonder what all the social media storm against Pete Evans is for.
One thing I have learned is that people are very protective over their knowledge and health and diet is a particularly sensitive issue. I remember another ‘lead with your chin’ lady who wrote a book about veganism, suggesting that broad acre farming was responsible for the ‘ethnic cleansing of many thousands of small animals whose home was naturally in open prarie or paddock. At a press conference a (I assume) vegan jumped out from behind her and hit her in the face with an acid-laced cream pie. Horrible.. but evidence of how aggressive people can be over food choices.
So what were the big objections to Pete Evans’ 2 week trial with Mike Willesee? The comments I bothered to look at came from either Vegans or established dieticians.. and I have to say that the Paleo diet is indeed a challenge to anyone attempting to adhere to the old and now disproven theories of diet we were brought up on.
Experts are Speaking up on Paleo diet
Never mind that very qualified medical professionals like David Perlmutter and cardiologist Dr William Davis (and an increasing number of others) agree with the basics of a no-grain diet. Never mind that Mike Willesee, a man steeped in bad diet and lifestyle emerged from the test wanting to continue. Never mind that Pete Evans may be a bit of a wild card, as I said, leading with his chin.
I see the Paleo Diet situation as akin to the Climate Change Debate. It took time for the established order to understand and respond to the fact that they just could not keep on polluting in the name of progress. The evidence for the Paleo diet is clear, whether you, like the climate denialists, want to nit pick about what he eats on his TV show, or whether fermented nuts are good for you.
Big changes are always accompanied by big resistance. It’s true ona grand scale as it is on a small personal scale: we are all inherently scared of change. But if the science is right, there’s a much bigger and (up until now) hidden factor at work here. Our power to think clearly about diet is affected by our addictions – as strong, we are reliably informed – as cocaine. These addictions cause our mood swings, many of our unexplained health problems, and our mental fuzz. They are, simply, sugar and wheat.
I have no issue with anyone expressing themselves. But if I see someone under the influence of drugs I always think I should relate to the person behind the addiction because the addiction is presenting a false face to the world. The real and perfect person lives somewhere in there, smothered emotionally and mentally as well as physically by a ‘habit’ that has true power over them. It remains to be seen and accepted that people with these addictions cannot help but protest because their ‘reality’ is totally in opposition to removing the sources of their addiction.
A ‘Pete Evans Challenge’
I’d like to lay down a challenge to the people with the most heat with Pete Evans. Go here, and I’ll hold our online Alkaline Paleo Course open and free for now (normally $95). Put yourself through our New Alkaline Diet and Defence Program.
Expose yourself to some theories you may disagree with.
Argue with us; we have a forum for that purpose.
But try us out.
I can only say that like Pete Evans I have come to a clearer mind, better daylong energy, and a greater than ever appreciation of food without bread/sugar driven eating rampages.
That old saying ‘Don’t Shoot the Messenger’ seems apt here. Pete Evans, I admit, isn’t the ideal messenger. But the message is what it’s all about, is it not?
I have to admit, I wasn’t fun to live with when anyone got between me and food when I was hungry. How about you? Do you get angry? If so blame your caveman within. He or she is talking to you.
Where does this anger come from? And why doesn’t everyone get like I did?
The Side Effect of My Type of Hunger
Everything you eat – carbohydrates and proteins – are converted through digestion into simple sugars (such as glucose). there is a proviso: IF you are not in ketosis!
These nutrients enter your bloodstream, then they are distributed to your organs and tissues and consumed as fuel.
Obviously, the amount of these nutrients circulating in your bloodstream start to drop if not replenished.
Sufficiently low blood-glucose levels will send a signal to your brain which interprets it as (in caveman terms) a life-threatening situation.
Unlike most organs and tissues in your body which can use a variety of nutrients to keep functioning, your brain is critically dependent on a little glucose to keep on thinking about sabre toothed tigers. If you are in ketosis, it will ‘mainline’ on ketones, converted from fat. But, as I discovered, getting into ketosis means getting off the ‘fast action’ sugars and carbs that supply an excess of glucose.
I found it quite disconcerting. My normal easy going nature became quite agressive, and I had trouble concentrating. The worst aspect of it was that i thought this was normal.
This diagram from Amanda Saltis’ article demonstrates the process.
More ways of seeing if you are like me.
Besides a drop in blood-glucose concentrations, another reason people can become hangry is the glucose counter-regulatory response. Let me explain.
When blood-glucose levels drop to a certain threshold, the brain sends instructions to several organs in your body to synthesise and release hormones. These hormones increase the amount of glucose in your bloodstream.
There are four main glucose counter-regulatory hormones.
(a) Growth hormone from the pituitary gland situated deep in the brain;
(b) Glucagon from the pancreas;
(c) Adrenaline, which is sometimes called epinephrine,
(d) Cortisol, which are both from the adrenal glands.
These last two glucose counter-regulatory hormones are stress hormones. They are are released into your bloodstream in many stressful situations, independent of the physical stress of low blood-glucose levels.
Our ‘fight or flight’response releases Adrenaline. It is one of the major hormones released into our bloodstream in response to a sudden scare, such as when we see, hear or even think something that threatens our safety.
The flood of adrenaline you get during the glucose counter-regulatory response promotes a similar response.
Nature and nurture
Hunger is also linked to anger becasue, believe it or not, both are controlled by the same genes. The product of one such gene is neuropeptide Y. It’s a natural brain chemical released into the brain when you are hungry.
It stimulates voracious feeding behaviours by acting on a variety of receptors in the brain, including one called the Y1 receptor.
Besides acting in the brain to control hunger, neuropeptide Y and the Y1 receptor also regulate anger or aggression. So people with high levels of neuropeptide Y in their cerebrospinal fluid may also show high levels of impulse aggression.
As you can see, there are several pathways that made me you prone to anger when I was hungry. Angry hunger is surely a survival mechanism that has served humans and other animals well.
We have to admit that if hungry organisms (us) stood back and graciously let others eat before us, our species probably wouldn’t be here today.
While many physical factors contribute to angry hunger, psychosocial factors also have a role. Culture influences whether you express verbal aggression directly or indirectly, for instance.
And as we are all different across all of these factors, it’s little wonder there are differences in how angry people seem to get when they’re hungry.
Dealing with hungry anger.
The easiest way to handle hunger-anger would seem to be to eat something before you get too hungry. While you may yearn for quick-fix foods, (foods that keep you in the acid hunger cycle), these foods generally induce large rises in blood-glucose levels that come crashing down fast. Think breads, and sugars, now known to be highly addictive, creating addict-like responses.
￼Ultimately, they may leave you feeling angrier and hungrier. It was only when I went ‘cold turkey’ with carbs and sugars that my hunger-anger ceased, I stopped scanning the table for other people’s leftovers, and getting angry.
In these cases, it can help to remember that, with time, our glucose counter-regulatory response will kick in and our blood-glucose levels will stabilise.
Ketones help keep my hunger under control because my brain can use ketones in place of glucose for fuel. In fact ketones are my natural ancestral brain food! Am I always in ketosis? As long as I limit my addictive carbs and sugars. Yes, I have a ketone tester which tells me immediately whether I am in ketosis or not. I am never half in ketosis, so I am either an addict to hunger-anger, or I am not.
And.. like any addict, I really didn’t understand my addictive state. If you’d like to know more about my diet turnaround, here’s a link to our New Alkaline Diet and Defence Program.
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Ian: SO True! My extra best meals are at home.
In most areas of life, the old saying “You get what you pay for” holds true. But when it comes to healthy dining options, the more expensive option may not be the best.
Ruopeng An, a kinesiology and community health professor at the University of Illinois looked at eight years of data collected by the National Center for Health Statistics in its National Health and Nutrition Survey, covering 18,098 US adults from 2003-2010.
H discovered that people who dine out at full-service restaurants are no healthier than people who opt for fast food. Instead, eating at home is the healthiest option by a significant margin. An’s findings were published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
For instance, according to a report on the university’s news website, people who ate at full-service restaurants consumed about 58 more milligrams of cholesterol each day compared to people who ate at home. Those who ate fast food ate only 10 milligrams more than at-home diners, on average.
An found a similar result when he looked at sodium intake. Eating at a fast food restaurant added about 300 milligrams of sodium to a diner’s daily intake. But eating at a full-service restaurant added 412 milligrams.
Meanwhile, at-home diners consumed about 10 fewer grams of fat each day compared to both fast-food and restaurant diners.
When it comes to saturated fat restaurants proved slightly better. Fast-food diners consumed 3.49 more grams per day versus at-home diners, while restaurant diners consumed 2.46 additional grams each day.
“These findings reveal that eating at a full-service restaurant is not necessarily healthier than eating at a fast-food outlet,” he said, according to the university. “In fact, you may be at higher risk of overeating in a full-service restaurant when eating fast food. My advice to those hoping to consume a healthy diet is that it is healthier to prepare your own foods, and avoid eating outside the home whenever possible.”
An said public health campaigns ought to be focused on limiting eating out in general, rather than on simply avoiding fast food.
– See more at: http://www.hcplive.com/physicians-money-digest/lifestyle/full-service-restaurants-no-healthier-than-fast-food-study-finds?utm_source=Informz&utm_medium=HCPLive&utm_campaign=Trending_News_#2_07-18-15
The recent death of 45-year-old Chris Wilcock in the UK has turned the diet pill market upside down – again.
Plans are now on the table to re-examine how diet pills are currently regulated with a major sreview expected. The ex pub landlord suffered cardiac arrest, collapsing at home. He had taken a number of diet pills. It was later discovered that he had the caffeine equivalent to 300 cups of coffee in his body.
Robert Verkerk PhD of ANH International commented:
“Based on the reports, it sounds like the T5 tablets Mr Wilcock was taking were likely to have been adulterated. The typical caffeine level is a daily dose of most T5 products would represent around 2 cups, not 30 cups, of caffeine. There is actually ample legislation to ensure food supplements are safe, including EU general food, food labelling, hygiene and claims legislation. The problems that arise with safety tend to be with online rather than retail sales. The difficulty is more to do with enforcement than it is with the paucity of any legislation. It is notoriously difficult to monitor and regulate online sales, and, because of that, the main take home has to be that consumers only purchase products from reputable suppliers.”
Ian: Yep. Anything goes in the wild world of internet ‘cheaper’ deals. If you’d like a diet program with NO pills, perhaps you’d enjoy our Alkaline Diet and Defence Program. Sign on here.
Over the last 15 years we’ve watched as literally thousands of website owners argue back and forth over the advisability of eating meat and its effect on our alkaline balance.
Now.. I know one study isn’t gold standard.. but this one seems pretty clear. I liked the way the study was carried out with a good comparison, and the results are also very clear.
Controlled High Meat Diets Do Not Affect Calcium Retention or Indices of Bone Status in Healthy Postmenopausal Women
Calcium balance is decreased by an increased intake of purified proteins, although the effects of common dietary sources of protein (like meat) on calcium economy remain controversial.
We compared the effects of several weeks of controlled high and low meat diets on body calcium retention, using sensitive radiotracer and whole body scintillation counting methodology. Healthy postmenopausal women (n = 15) consumed diets with similar calcium content (∼600 mg), but either low or high in meat (12 vs. 20% of energy as protein) for 8 wk each, in a randomized crossover design. After 4 wk of equilibration of each diet, calcium retention was measured by extrinsically labeling the 2-d menu with 47Ca, followed by whole body scintillation counting for 28 d. Urinary and blood indicators of bone metabolism were also determined for each diet. Calcium retention was not different during the high and low meat dietary periods (d 28, mean ± pooled SD: 17.1 and 15.6%, ±0.6%, respectively; P = 0.09). An initially higher renal acid excretion in subjects consuming the high meat compared with the low meat diet decreased significantly with time. The diets did not affect urinary calcium loss or indicators of bone metabolism.
In conclusion, under controlled conditions, a high meat compared with a low meat diet for 8 wk did not affect calcium retention or biomarkers of bone metabolism in healthy postmenopausal women. Calcium retention is not reduced when subjects consume a high protein diet from common dietary sources such as meat.
Whilst I don’t agree with everything she says (she likes distilled water!) I do like much of the things Dr Virginia Golschmidt of Saveourbones has some great things, like this great – and simple – alkalizing recipe.
1. Hearty Stew
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- ½ medium red onion, diced
- ½ cup quinoa
- ½ cup carrots, shredded
- ½ cup green beans
- 1½ cups vegetable broth
- 5 tomatoes, cut up in small pieces
- 1 cup lima beans, cooked
- ½ teaspoon sea salt (adjust to taste)
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon parsley flakes
- In a large saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat and sauté the onion until soft.
- Add the quinoa, carrots, 1 cup broth, tomatoes, salt, pepper, and parsley. Bring to a boil, then simmer until quinoa is tender, 12 to 15 minutes.
- Stir in beans and cook for about 5 more minutes. You can add more vegetable broth to reach desired consistency.
She points to a 2015 study of alkaline potassium salts’ effect on bone resorption. (Worth a read!)The study, published in the journal Osteoporosis International, also revealed that high intake of potassium salts significantly reduces the excretion of calcium and acid in urine.
“This means that excess acid is neutralized and bone mineral is preserved,” said lead author Dr Helen Lambert from the University of Surrey.
“Excess acid in the body, produced as a result of a typical Western diet high in animal and cereal protein, causes bones to weaken and fracture. Our study shows that these salts could prevent osteoporosis, as our results showed a decrease in bone resorption.”
Although bone resorption and bone formation is a natural process, allowing bones to grow, heal and adapt, in osteoporosis, the balance is shifted so that more bone is broken down than is built up, leading to fragility and fractures.
Almost everybody who starts our New Alkaline diet has to deal with cravings. I’m sure even Elle McPherson went through them.
Unless you never ate sugar in your life, you’ve had cravings. Yet… knowing that it’s a common problem doesn’t make it any easier for you.
We’ve found that these tactics help a lot. We are asking a lot to give up your ‘crutch’ your ‘Mother’s Little Helper’ so the least we can do is show you what we have learned about overcoming cravings.
There are a few tactics we have found that work for almost everybody.
5 Crave Stopping Hacks
1. Sleep Enough.
It sounds like an odd first hack, but short on zeds does make you crave junk food. It’s also a sure way to make sure that you don’t have enough willpower to resist because you feel like well… crap..
Without sufficient sleep, 2 things happen.
a) You overproduce cortisol. This makes you hungrier, particularly for sugar.
b) Your body sends less glucose to your prefrontal cortex , your impulse-control center. You have less control over your actions (and your cravings).
How important is sleep? Try living without it.
2. Eat Enough Healthy Fats.
We usually crave non-NAD (New Alkaline Diet) foods because we’re just not eating enough, especially when first starting on the diet. Remember that you’re cutting out a lot of the nasty starches and sugars, so you need a replacement. The health-friendliest and most satisfying way to replace it is with good fats, such as coconut oil, pastured beef fat, avocado fat etc.
Make sure that you eat enough food at every meal. If this doesn’t seem a problem,Sounds like it shouldn’t be a problem, but when you’re changing diet, you often under eat without even knowing.
3. Avoid Snacking.
If you are already a snacker you’ve trained your body like a puppy to beg for food at regular hours. Continue to snack regularly, and you’ll continue to be reminded snack at those times because your body will expect it.
I know, I know. You don’t like this suggestion. just remember the AA maxim. One day at a time.
Once you say no to snackaddiction (and begin eating only nutritious NAD foods), your hunger pangs will cease because you’re getting off the up-down mood cycle so evident in over-acidic people.
4. Drink More Water: alkaline hydrogen rich pure water if possible..
Drinking has the same problems as eating. Being dehydrated supercharges your cravings. You don’t need to drink gallons, but definitely make sure you drink water regularly.
5. Go Cold Turkey.
There’s no easy way to say this. Just do it. We admit we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable. Face it, Kiddo. If you could have changed your diet, YOU WOULD HAVE! Sugar is by far the most addictive part of non-NAD foods. It isn’t easy to give up processed sugar cold turkey, but if you can do it, your cravings will be much easier to control sooner rather than later. I can absolutely say that my whole food preferences, servings size and enjoyment have all changed as I gave up on sugar (and grains and acidic foods!)
Are you in? Or are you still trying to manage the addict?
PS: Hey, if this resonates with you… we KNOW where you are!
If you want help – really want help – we’ll send our New Alkaline Diet E-Book (150 pages of 15 years of research and hard earned experience)AND add you into the queue for our online program.
Go here to get it free now. We are about to put a price tag on it and convert it to kindle so don’t muck about.
3 Steps to Sugar, Carb and Acid freedom
As a ‘normal’ Western Diet human, my years of processed foods, poor exercise levels, and “normal” western eating patterns literally programmed my body to burn NOTHING but calories and sugars from the foods I consume each day INSTEAD of burning off body fat that’s stored on your body.
The most popular exercise programs take way too much time and use old-school methods that cause you to crave more carbs and calories – especially calories from sugar – FORCING your body to burn sugars and waste away nothing but stored energy. Look around at gym and see how many members are scoffing energy drinks.
In this state, every time I eat and exercise, my body is busy fighting a losing battle. The eating and the exercising doesn’t have to change: my metabolism has to change.
Fortunately, I’ve discovered a way to reset my body’s fat burning switch so that my body burns fat FIRST every time I move and exercise.
It’s a super simple 3-step metabolic primer from weight loss guru Shaun Hadsall that seems to turn off your body’s “addiction” to burning sugars, while making your most stubborn fat your “go to” energy source in LESS that one week’s time.
1: Try consuming zero starches or fruits for 3 or 4 days in a row during the week.
We are doing this to accelerate depletion of glycogen energy stores and start your body burning mostly fat again. Consume protein in every meal to help increase satiety and keep your body in an anabolic high-energy fat-burning environment.
You can burn a ton more belly fat by using this approach just a few days of the week.
2: Increase your fat intake and double (at least) your servings of green cruciferous veggies on deplete days.
When you lower carbs for a few days you’ll need energy from other sources. Friendly ‘good’ fats and cruciferous veggies should be first choice to help provide this needed energy.
Try extra fish or krill oil, olive oil, coconut oil and raw nuts to increase your fat intake — And spinach, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus, arugula, green beans, brussels sprouts and cabbage – all great choices for your veggies.
We are trying to provide all the fiber, vitamins, and minerals necessary to maximize fat-loss during a lower carb phase. And we should experience a BIG DECREASE yin cravings .
3: Double your daily good water intake, while depleting carbs.
Almost everyone underestimates the effectiveness of proper hydration for UNDOING the damage of over-eating, getting rid of excess water retention, and supporting other metabolic processes that burn fat. Of course in my case I supercharge this process by only drinking ultra pure alkaline hydrogen rich water from my own invention, the UltraStream.
Don’t foregt! If you had high carb meals in the last 2 days you’ll be holding almost an extra 3 grams of water for every gram of carb you consumed. So if you carbed up over the weekend, we’re talking an extra 700 to 1000 grams of water sloshing around between cells!.
Here’s a good rule of thumb. Consume 5% of your total body weight in ounces of water on your carb deplete days. So if you weigh 70kg then you should be shooting for 3.5 litres of water minimum.
Hey, do yourself a favour. Chart it, journal it, log it.. but any way you do it, record it! After 3 or 4 days of using this strategy, your body and hormones will be PRIMED to burn PURE fat when you exercise. And it’s very possible that if you didn’t record your progress, you won’t even realise. That’s the power of our mind’s ability to resists change!
And remember.. this all depends on a good exercise strategy continuing, because that’s what is burning energy and forcing you to change over the a fat burning metabolism.
Ian and Cassie discuss the reality of living on a pension in Australia and eating good clean healthy food. Can it be done on $65 a week?
What do you think?
Ian Hamilton: Hi guys. Ian Hamilton and Cassie Bond again. We just got an email from a lady called Alma. I’m going to read it out to you.
“I’ve written to you about ten days ago. There are a huge proportion of older Aussies out there alone, like me, who do care about their declining years, and want to be effective in living as well as we can. So as I said before, in the age of pension, I can’t possibly buy this amount of food over a fortnight, so again, what is there available in cheaper choices, I can use to a similar effect, to strike a balanced, alkaline way of living? This list is a huge amount of animal product.
In the past, I thought it was amongst the highest acid forming food possible. Once I have paid my way in this world, I have a hundred and thirty dollars to buy two weeks household and groceries. That is sixty-five dollars a week. I think your idea is wonderful, and I do hope you can find a way to help those like me who do not use credit cards, do not smoke or drink alcohol, or use recreational drugs, and who do grow their own greens when able. Best Wishes.”
Wow. Sixty-five dollars a week. That’s tough.
Cassie Bond: That’s a challenge.
Ian Hamilton: That is a challenge. We wrote to …
Cassie Bond: Living alone also is more expensive.
Ian Hamilton: Living alone. It is, isn’t it?
Cassie Bond: Yeah.
Ian Hamilton: Hopefully, she doesn’t have to pay rent, but it sounded like …
Cassie Bond: No, she’s saying, after all that.
Ian Hamilton: After all of that. Yeah.
Cassie Bond: Sixty-five dollars.
Ian Hamilton: Wow. A___, I can’t do the maths for you. Cassie and I put together an email that we sent to you. A few things about the way we live, and we are not great consumers. We are not particularly interested in being great consumers.
Cassie Bond: Why don’t I just explain what I actually said in the letter?
Ian Hamilton: Yeah.
Cassie Bond: For me, it’s really important that we have absolutely no processed food. We do have some, however, and I’ve actually made a little list of that. Do you want to just mention them?
Ian Hamilton: Well, half of it was the meat.
Cassie Bond: Well, no. Processed foods.
Ian Hamilton: Oh, the processed food. Yes, tinned fish, prosciutto, salami. That’s about it.
Cassie Bond: We have a little bit of that in our salad every day, just to give a little bit of taste. The most important thing, though, A___, is that, in actual fact, when we, for instance, buy a steak, say the steak’s about that big, we cut it in half and that’s our dinner. We don’t have a lot of meat. What we do have on that meat, is usually something we have. I make my own pesto or mayonnaise, or if you can eat butter, you can have butter on there. That, along with lots of greens, occasionally maybe some sweet potato, is what we eat for our dinner.
It’s the fats that will fill you up. It’s not the protein.
Ian Hamilton: This is the key.
Cassie Bond: It’s not really going to be the vegetables, it’s going to be the fats.
Ian Hamilton: The healthy fats.
Cassie Bond: You’ll find as you start eating more fat less carbs, you’ll actually get more full. You’ll feel a full feeling. Well, you don’t have to eat a lot of protein to get that full feeling, it’s from the oils.
The other thing we put on our vegetables apart from the mayonnaise or the pesto, is also just some olive oil and some lime, or lemon, and some salt. Very easy dressing, but it just adds a bit more, and makes it very tasty.
Ian Hamilton: The olive oil, of course, we got that from Italy. They always put olive oil on their food. The lime is a fabulous alkalizer, and the salt, if you’ve stopped having high carbs, you actually do need salt.
Cassie Bond: You do need more salt. The other things is breakfast. Well, yes, we do have bacon with our meal, but, as Ian’s pointed out, the bacon we get is like really, really thin.
Ian Hamilton: It’s a millimeter thick. It’s gorgeous.
Cassie Bond: What we actually end up with is not very much, but if that’s too much, just have it a couple of times a week.
Ian Hamilton: Yeah. I’ll just say something about the meat there. When we got off our carb and sugar addiction, we probably halved our meat anyway. We reduced our whole food intake, because your carb and sugar addiction is getting you into this mood swing, where you need it all to feel good, and you are always hungry. I called myself the human vacuum cleaner. I would eat anything on the table, but that just doesn’t happen anymore. In terms of economy and good food, both those things are working for you.
Cassie Bond: Fats, again fats. Fats are in the eggs, and when you start to have a bit more bacon, there’s fat in the bacon. If you’re not having the bacon, the eggs have still got a fair bit of fat in them. They will actually fill you up for breakfast.
Ian Hamilton: Look at the times we used to buy the meat with no fat. Lean meat was the [goal 00:04:47]. Ridiculous.
Cassie Bond: Yeah, I agree. Lunch. All right. We have the salad, we have a little bit of, as you said, prosciutto …
Ian Hamilton: Lots of lettuce.
Cassie Bond: Ian has some salami, I don’t have it as I have a reaction to the garlic. We have plenty of greens, vegetables, which we do, when we can, we grow ourselves.
Ian Hamilton: We’ve got two hundred cos lettuces in at the moment.
Cassie Bond: Yeah, we do. It’s very exciting. Apart from that, anything else we buy is usually just fresh fruit and vegetables, which are in season. They are going to be the ones that are going to be the cheapest. We don’t eat a lot of fruit, which is the most expensive of those.
Ian Hamilton: Why?
Cassie Bond: Because it’s full of fructose, which is sugar. It’s all right as a special treat.
Ian Hamilton: You’re getting your greens from your veggies. The fruits, yes people make a lot of noise about all the good things in fruits, but, yes, you can get it from the veggies anyway. You don’t need the volume of fruits that we have accustomized ourselves to, especially juicy fruit. Juice is a massive fructose hit.
Cassie Bond: We did say that tinned fish is quite a cheap way of getting some fish. If you can afford a fresh fish, we do have fresh fish once a week. Not a big serve again, and pesto’s wonderful on that. Yummy. Occasionally, we do have some sweet potato. We don’t have white potato. We don’t have sweet potato every single night, just occasionally as a special treat. It’s all very unprocessed food. We don’t really buy much in the way of processed food. I’m trying to think what else we actually …
Ian Hamilton: Coconut oil.
Cassie Bond: Well, we do buy some coconut oil …
Ian Hamilton: That is a luxury.
Cassie Bond: … And we buy olive oil. Well, it’s a luxury, but if you know you can eat butter, if you can eat butter, that’s great, eat butter, but we can’t. We can’t eat any dairy, either Ian or I, so we just stay away from cheese and …
Cassie the Dietician isn’t Cassie the researcher and originator of the New Alkaline Diet. THAT Cassie is my partner, but Cassie the Dietician is also a brilliant researcher on a parallel path to us here at AlkaWay. She’s very much into Paleo and Low Carb, so are we.
So I’m happy to add some links to some of her excellent posts in a series of blogs.
Cassie has worked hard gathering facts about diet beliefs that frankly, are not true. And then busting them.
The first one I want to cover is her ideas about breakfast. There is an idea floating around that our modern high speed lifestyle should just ‘drop’ breakfast and a cup of black ‘Joe’ is a good substitute.. or a doughnut at brunch.
As far as I’m concerned, I am NOT a Buddhist Monk whose first meal comes after a morning of meditation.
I want my tummy to KNOW what’s going on. In that sense am an an equal opportunity employer. I employ my digestive system to digest the healthy food I supply it, and it knows what is going to happen at 7am, around midday and about 7 at night, and it has the freedom to adjust its schedule to suit!
Cassie the dietician says that breakfast is not optional in a health-centered lifestyle! She’s not heavy about what you eat for breakfast because she’s not precious! She says that if eggs aren’t really your thing, that’s okay! She uses the acronym PFC to work out if a specific meal or a food is P-Protein, F= Fats and C= Carbohydrate balanced.. and she’s been very busy creating PFC balanced breakfasts for us. take a look at her top fave breakfast suggestions here.