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?
I spent some time with John Biethan, our man in the US today on blab.im talking about Green Smoothies.
I’m a bit left-of-centre about Alkaline Green Smoothies as you will see.
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.
If you are wondering what’s right for kids I’d seriously recommend downloading this page in its entirety.
3 Simple Diet Hacks to get over it.
Followers of our New Alkaline Diet are already well aware that your diet should be liberally supported by the ‘four horsemen’ of health, Calcium, Magnesium, potassium and sodium. Many alkaline diet promoters reckon that’s all you have to do.. but it isn’t so easy – especially when we have pre-existing conditions.
Why? Because if you are already not absorbing your food efficiently, you’re stuck at the traffic lights! You can’t access the benefits of the foods!
Digestion is complex and as we learn more about the role of the bacteria in our gut, it’s getting more complex rather than less. There’s a fine and amazingly balanced interrelationship between your food, digestive enzymes and our digestive juices. If you are working perfectly all these factors just groove together to create 100% digestion.
If not, putrid food will be the result. In your gut. And putrid food has all sorts of health effects including bone scavenging.
So what are the hacks that make for easy and complete digestion vs. putrefaction? A little knowledge goes a long way, and enzymes play a leading role in the interplay.
Let’s talk about enzymes first, because the knowledge you gain will allow you to see how and why our 3 hacks work so well.
Basically, we are talking about 3 states of food in the gut:
Putrid food, and
Digestion, simply put, is the breaking down of complex foods to simpler foods.Proteins become amino acids. Starches become simple sugars.
Putrefaction causes proteins to break down using gut bacteria into chemical form, such as toxic indol and skatol. That painful gas and bloating you experience is the result.
Ordinary rotting isn’t the same as putrefaction. As food rots, it simply “goes bad”, in the same way a meat would rot if out of the fridge. Rotting naturally happens. It doesn’t need the specific bacteria involved in putrefaction.
Fermentation on the other hand, happens when yeasts turn sugars into toxic chemicals. (methane, acetaldehyde, alcohol). If you are one of the many with an overgrowth of yeast in the gut, fermentation may be performing in a gut close to you!
Digestion. What really happens down there.
Let’s look at the three main processes involved. Hopefully you’ll understand what happens to the food you toss down your throat.
1. In the mouth
Digestion really does begin as you chew your food. Thorough chewing is important – and there are many many ‘experts’ who will tell you how many times you should chew food. Good chewing permits the primary enzyme in your saliva, amylase, to penetratre and saturate your food and initiate the process of breaking down starches into sugars.
Chewing does, as we all know, break down food mechanically. Your teeth grind and incise the food into ever smaller pieces. This is the beginning of opening up the surface of the food to begin nutrient extraction. Other things also happen. Did you know, for instance thet you have a minicomputer in your mouth? Not only does it calculate the pH of the food to alert the stomach ofthe need for an exact amount of acid production.. it also tells the stomach what sort of food is coming ‘down the chute’ to further enhance the stomach’s preparation.
It’s also a digestive organ in its own right. Some nutrients and substances in food – e.g. simple sugars and certain vitamins – care capable of being absorbed directly into the bloodstream through the mucous membranes of the mouth.
2. In the stomach
Most of us think of the stomach as the place digestion happens. It’s not. It’s a food preparation station. It mixes food with strong acid and enzymes to prepare it for its journey of conversion to energy. Well… it is a little bit of a digester. Proteins do get broken down at this stage, and starch digestion begins.
The stomach digests food chemically and mechanically. The mechanical part is the churning that takes place using the powerful muscles surrounding the stomach.
3. The ‘Gut’. (Intestines)
Food passes through the pyloric valve at the bottom of the stomach (An intersting valve – it’s tripped to open based on pH!) and enters the small intestine. Smnall is a bit of a misnomer: it’s smaller in diameter than the colon, but far longer – about 30 feet long! It needs thirty feet to allow the food plenty of time to be broken down through the digestive process.
On the surface of the small intestine we have millions of villi – hair-like projections – effectively magnifying its surface area and therefore increasing its effectiveness.. At the right point in the digestive process, nutrients pass across the villis’ cell membranes and enter the bloodstream.
Healthy flora in the small intestine enhance the digestive process. They break down food even more, but as we are now finding, they also enhance immunity, synthesize important vitamins, reduce inflammation, and even increase bone density.
All through this process, our most important enzymes are carrying out vital digestive processes.
The Role of Enzymes In Digestion
It’s just impossible to describe every job that enzymes perform in our body. Enzymes are absolutely crucial for the proper function of all of our body systems, including digestion.
A digestive enzymes’ function is to break down chemical bonds in fats, carbohydrates, and proteins. Enzymes ‘micronise’ foods into miniscule substances that are then bioavailable at the cellular level. Without them, nutrients are remain locked in the food. They will never reach the tissues and bones that need them.
The 3 Main Groups of Digestive Enzymes
Proteases break proteins into amino acids, thus separating their bonds and liberating them into the bloodstream. Pepsin begins this job in our stomach. The small intestine secretes more proteases, completing the breakdown process, and the amino acids enter the blood stream through the intestinal wall.
Lipase is produced by the pancreas. Mixed with bile, it breaks down fats into fatty acids and monoglycerides small enough to pass through the intestinal wall and into the blood. In the blood, digested fat particles produce new compounds, such as hormones and cell walls. Of course, if there are any extra fats, they get stored in the fat cells. Yes, fat, doing essential service to our wellbeing!
Carbohydrases work to break down carbohydrates into simple sugars. As we spoke about earlier, amylase in the saliva initiates this process. It begins again in the small intestine. Amylase from the pancreas breaks the starches and sugars into single molecules (primarily glucose, fructose, galactose). When these simple sugars enter the blood, you are getting pure energy. Any excess is stored as fat.
What about water? Should you be drinking it, how much and what sort of water?
There are many different opinions on this topic. Somew say never drink water with a meal, based in the idea that water will dilute or change the pH of the food, ths upsetting the body’s calculations about the right amount of acid produced. The fact that all Italians drink alkaline water with their meal seems to reject this idea quite thoroughly. There seems to be no ill effect for millions of Italians!
I personally drink a glass of water before a meal. I don’t like to drink during a meal for the reasons above. Of ourse I drink hydrogen rich alkaline water. There are a few holdouts who still insist that we should be drinking distilled water.. but there are very few advocates of this today, simply because of the overwhelming science supporting alkaine hydrogen-rich water.
I always make sure to include vegetables with my meals. They are the Yin of the Yang in my diet, and provide so many health-supporting advantages, not the least being reduced inflammtion, improved antioxidant capability and better immunity.
OK. Time for the 3 Digestion Hacks.
(Hope they don’t disappoint you by appearing too obvious. The effect of following them is profound.)
Hack 1. Chew, chew, and chew.
Your mouth is where chemical and mechanical digestion begins. In our high speed polluted lifestyle, chewing is easily set aside so we can net surf more, talk more, or play more. Poor old chewing isn’t ‘fashionable’. The bicarbonate ions in your saliva also begin your natural alkalizing process. Salivary bicarbonate activates another enzyme, cellulose, which begins the breakdown of food fiber.
Hack 2. Eat Foods That Support Enzyme Production
Your body manufactures some enzymes from various substances, and some foods, like pineapple and papaya, contain enzymes.
Print out this list of enzyme friendly foods.
Coconut flesh (not oil)
Yogurt (plain, unsweetened)
Shitake, Reishi, and Maitake mushrooms
Raw foods are also a betetr source of enzymes than cooked food, so keeping up a good supportive raw food portion of your diet is a great strategy.
Hack 3: Cook to save your enzymes to save your life.
High-temperature grilling, deep-frying, and barbecuing destroy nutrients (and produce harmful substances like carcinogenic acrylamide), Use use these cooking methods sparingly.
Steaming, parboiling, and gentle sauteeng actually makes some nutrients more absorbable. In soups, water-soluble nutrients are easily absorbed. Bone broth used in conjunction with any dish as a soup or broth is a fabulous health boost.
Summarizing, a diet rich in organic grrens, raw fruit in moderation and amino-acid rich grassfed meat and dairy is going to support enzymes, and keep you supplied with a full spectrum of amino acids. And guess what that looks like? The New Alkaline Diet! (Downloadable free here)
Polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) – another totally scary chemical term – seems to be something the bald eagle likes to consume. recently a study of Michigan’s bald eagle population discovered that they are the most contaminated birds on the planet. Banned flame retardant chemicals were found in their livers.The population of bald eagles in the region is stable, but the PBDE compounds have shown, in other birds, to impair reproduction, development, disrupt hormones, and even cause weird behavior.
I guess the most iconic animal in the United States won’t catch on fire too easily…
Originally, companies started putting PBDEs into furniture cushions, electronics and clothing in an effort to slow the spread of flames if they catch fire. Chemicals quickly built up in people and the earth. Despite a phase-out beginning in the early 2000s, PBDEs are still persistent. They are still found in the air, the dirt and yes, everyone on the planet.
The eagles were probably exposed to chemicals that ended up in water, and then in the fish that they eat. Because they are at the top of the food chain, they naturally tend to accumulate higher concentrations than living things lower down. This also makes them early warning indicators for these types of pollutants.
And who else is at the top of the food chain? That’s right, you and me.
Environmental Health News says: “PBDE concentrations were “among the highest found in liver tissues of any wildlife,” the authors wrote, with one eagle measuring 1,538 parts per billion PBDEs in its liver. Americans have some of the highest levels of PBDEs in their bodies worldwide, with studies of U.S. breast milk finding median PBDE concentrations of about 30 ppb, though the types of PBDEs vary.”
Ian: So.. what can we do when we are already contaminated? For me, I love my life so I’m committed to eating good clean food and as many detoxifying greens as possible. I eat meat to get the widest range of amino acids and I drink high H2 water and use high H2 supplements.
Cassie and Ian shoot the breeze over breakfast and bring up some interesting cultural history about acid and alkaline food that may change your mind.
Dr Ben Kim is one of my fave natural therapists and he really does a recipe well when he does it.
In this one he uses my favourite greens of all, the fragrant tasting Pak Choy.
Take a look here at the step by step preparation.
One more thing: this recipe is a great example of the difference between the New Alkaline Diet and the Old Alkaline Diet. It has small amounts of chicken – organic free range, we assume. The ‘Old’ diet would have said any chicken is too acidic. Not so.
Cassie was cleaning up her computer this morning after retrieving it from the clutches of a virus which played havoc with her browser. She found a post she had written for her Alkaline Paleo Diet blog which she had written over a year ago but had never actually added to her blog.
It really inspired me! There are times when it seems the world conspires to cause you trouble. I’m sure you can relate to that, and yesterday was one. It’s always the same: my busy frantic mind thinks that the way to happiness and peace is to work harder, think harder and try harder. Now.. although her post isn’t exactly about that, it still inspired me right out of that mindset and reaffirmed the reason I go to the AlkaWay ofice every day.
This is a small excerpt.
“I believe the whole subject of my decision for my dietary choice is in the end about my own self-empowerment.
Can I decide for myself what I need to eat for my bodies health? Or am I at the mercy of my cravings or someone else’s food cult? Because whenever I decide that someone else is going to fix me I have given my power away. And when I give my power away to someone else’s ideas I know now that I will be assured of the limited consequences of this choice. This choice will lead me to finally ignoring my body and its needs because I tried all those things that someone else told me to do and they didn’t work so I gave up.”
Here’s the full version of what she wrote.
Here’s yesterday’s lunch. Like to hazard a guess about how ‘alkaline’ it is? (Hint: it’s in the detail!)
The Alkaline Diet is a bit of a problem when you get right down to trying it out.
All foods have different acid and alkaline mineral content, but the charts most websites offer don’t take into account that many so-called alkaline foods also have large amounts of acid-forming minerals or substances. A babana is a perfect example. Although high in potassium, it’s also loaded with fructose, a highly acidifying form of fruit sugar.
We’ve been helping people over come this difficulty for years now. First step was to find a good source of alkalien food lists. The only one we found was Dr Susan E Brown’s Acid Alkaline Food Guide, because she has based her easy-to-use lists on the work of Dr Russell Jaffe, who spent countless hours measuring the acid/alkaline balance of foods, but also ‘calibrating’ his findings based not just on pH but also on the biological effect of the particular acid or alkali.
We designed our Alkaline Food Chart based on their work.
So if you look at my lunch yesterday, (that I absolutely enjoyed, by the way), it may not look particularly alkaline balancing.
Let’s take a closer look!
1. Cos lettuce picked straight from our garden: Medium alkalizer
2. Wild caught Salmon: Medium acidic
3. Kalamata Olives: Medium acid-forming. If I’d chosen green olives, they would have been medium alkaline forming.
4. Tiny Tom tomatoes from the garden: Low acid forming.
5. Cucumber from the Farmers’ Market: Low alkaline forming ability
6. Fresh Snow peas: Low alkaline forming ability
7. Cassie’s home made Mayo: Low acid forming.
8. Dill Pickles: Medium alkaline forming
Now… looking at this, the simple way would be to say that I consumed a total of 4 alkaline forming foods, and three acid forming foods. But.. what about how MUCH I ate? And what about whether I am deficient in the minerals that are being replenished. We Aussies, for instance, are almost all deficient in Magnesium. So what looks simple isn’t simple at all. But there’s something else on my plate. Did you notice? Fresh Lime, straight from our own tree! Highly alkaline forming! So my quarter lime could have easily tipped the balance to alkalizing. We use either lime or lemon with almost every main meal. I have even trained my palate to use the squeezed lime as a mouth refresher after my meal. Wow! It’s amazing!
Summarizing, my alkaline forming ‘secret strategies’ make it easier for me to avoid this balancing act. here they are; the result of 15 years of deep and meaningful alkalizing. I just use lime and lemon any time I can, as often as I can, and I also consume leafy greens as often as I can.
With Cassie’s support, and because I found I had severe osteoporosis, I’ve also eliminated the BIG acidifiers, sugar grains and bread, which also happen to be seriously addictive. Once my addiction eased up i found I was also eating far less, including meat. As an addict I would eat anything in front of me. Anytime. Anywhere. A walking vacuum cleaner. Now meat doesn’t ever become the big acidifier it can when you consume too much. Dr Susan Brown points out in her Guide that excess meat converts directly to acid and is stored in our fat!
I have watched some alkaline diet advocated who have somehow ‘arranged’ the alkaline science to suit their own diet preferences – usually raw or vegetarian. however a diet high in fresh fructose-laden fruit, especially juices, is an acid time bomb. Ask me – I was a vegetarian for 14 years and I directly attribute my osteoporosis to the diet. They are slowly coming around, leading em to wonder if they ever really examined thew science in detail.
A Non-Radical Approach
|So an alkaline diet doesn’t have to be radical. You can also supplement your food with alkaline electrolytes, or alkaline green powder which easily takes you up to the recommended 6 serves of green vegetables a day without the bulk. Cassie eventually gave our diet a name; The Alkaline Paleo diet, and although she doesn’t post much on her blog today, the info there is still excellent and still helping a lot of people.
Of course, I support it with alkaline ionized water from our mighty UltraStream, but although it’s a great alkaline water producer, its great benefit is its ability to supply me with a constant supply of molecular hydrogen, which in turn (may) assist me with issues such as free radicals, inflammation and allergies. (and perhaps a huge amount more, according to the 400+ studies!) I sincerely believe that any diet without good hydration is like havinga good car with bad oil. Dumb… and dumber!
We hear it time and again: Dietary fat is not good for us, it promotes heart disease and gives us dangerously high cholesterol levels. No matter how many studies show that a low-fat diet is in fact making us sick… and fat, this advice just never seems to change… at least, that is until now.
• A recent study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found that cutting your carbohydrates — NOT fat — will do more to help you lose weight and protect your heart than any tasteless, low-fat diet ever could.
• Not only did the people in this study lose weight eating eggs, butter and red meat, but they showed a healthy increase in HDL ‘good’ cholesterol.
• Another earlier study, also published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, found that a kind of dairy fat called margaric acid can “significantly reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease.” And guess where you can find a great source of this margaric acid? In butter!
• Last year, a big study, published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, found that a Mediterranean-type diet — rich in olive oil and other good fats, like those found in nuts — will slash your diabetes risk by a whopping 40 per cent. And, for people who already have diabetes, following the Mediterranean diet lowered their heart attack and stroke risk by 30 per cent.
Now… fats are acidic.. and yet here we see healthy fats and their proven benefits. So where does that leave the alkaline diet? Well, alkaline diet is all about reducing acid-producing foods and increasing alkaline-producing foods. Which is good advice.. but perhaps a little simplistic given the facts we’ve just read about.
My experience with our own Alkaline Paleo diet, which translates as lots of greens, healthy fats and just enough meat, would appear to fulfil more of the requirements we are seeing emerge than juust reducing acid-producing foods. And here’s the thing. The acid-producing foods – grains, pasta, carbs, sugar are all seriously addictive. It’s been our experience that by shifting the focus of our diet away from these foods, quite miraculous things happen.. like actually losing your 24/7 nibble habits. Less mood swings. no cravings… and a need for less rather than more meat.
Here’as another thing… you’ll hear a lot about alkaline balance from the alkaline diet devotees.
So tell me this.. if that translates into more alkaline minerals, why not short circuit the recommended and dreaded 9 Vegie servings a day – and take the alkaline minerals in their raw form?
Getting alkaline minerals from greens seems a bit like reading a telephone book from the Letter ‘A” to find your friend Ziggy Zbinski.
We’ve been taking shots of our Alkaline Booster recently and can both report a definite pick up energy effect. Strange.. we’be had the product, people have been buying it for years, but we didn’t regularly use it ourselves!
Well, things change. We can now say yes, it really does work and almost immediately. With summer dehydration and electrolyte loss it’s going to be front and centre in our daily regime.
We talk a lot about the effect of acidifying foods on this website, and the alkaline diet.
Cassie and I and the AlkaWay team have benefited greatly by modifying our diet to include far more greens and other alkalinizing foods, and intentionally cutting our sugars and carbs, both of which are acidifying. I can say that I enjoy my food more than ever, eat less, and have a far more balanced mood variation than I’ve ever had. If you know someone with varying ‘upsandowns‘ through the day I can guarantee they are over-acidic. But there’s something more that can undo all our good alkalizing food effects. It’s stress.
So.. why is stress so damaging?
Stress And Alkalinity
Stress acidifies your body by stimulating production of the hormone cortisol.
But that’s not all. There are other side effects of stress.
We craves sugary foods when we are stressed, according to a Brazilian study. We have all experienced this. That’s why we call our ‘sweetie treats’ “comfort food”!
In the study, 31 of the 57 participants exhibited symptoms of stress, while the remaining 26 had no symptoms. The study concluded that “Stressed women are more prone to [sweet cravings]…” Why? Most likely due to the effect of stress on the endocrine system – levels of leptin, the “hunger hormone,” were higher in participants who were stressed and craving sugar.
Sugar is a super acidifier, and – get this – it actually destroys bone cartilage by combining with protein and creating degenerative compounds known as AGEs (Advanced Glycation End products).Sugar definitely ‘AGEs” our bones.
And that’s not all. Sugar increases calcium excretion in the urine.
You know that stressed and anxious feeling? Those stomach pains have a source. It’s stress affecting your thyroid, And… the hormones regulating your metabolism also get thrown off. Your digestion takes the effects of this disruption, making it difficult to ‘get things moving’.
In that situation, our body’s regular toxin removal process is ‘out of whack’. When we can’t absorb waste, poisons begin reabsorbing via the intestinal wall creating an acid tide beyond the colon.
Feeling sluggish is a drag. Stress can contribute to this feeling of exhaustion for a number of reasons.
Stress precipitates worry and anxiety, keeping you from getting a good night’s sleep. But you won’t rest for another reason.And it’s cortisol as the culprit once more. Stress triggers the production cortisol. This is what gives your body what it needs to respond in its ‘fight or flight’ response: increased heartbeat, dilated pupils to see more dangerous dinosaurs, tight muscles that are ready to run if need be, and more O2 to your brain for lightning reactions.
We can’t remain in this state, so the cortisol eases off, and we crash.
here’s a super obvious fact that we hear over and over and amazingly, IGNORE.
Regular exercise iWILL keep our energy levels up and cortisol levels regulated. It’s weird. You may be tired out, but the answer is right in front of you. Regular exercising several days a week will actually keep cortisol levels stable, so you have more energy in the end.
I know this one! Before I gave up gluten I’d have a bad back every six months, and every time it got worse! At the time, in my ignorance, it seemed not to have anything to do with strenuous activity or “throwing my back out.” Now I realise that beyond my diet remedy, it could simply be stress.
Stress tightens your muscles in the flight or fight response, and our muscles react by aches or pain. I sat at my computer for long periods each day, and my back and neck got very bad. Now as I write I’m standing and do so most of the day with a special computer stand. If I hadn’t done something about it, poor posture and spinal misalignment would be the result. I also make sure I stop, take a brisk walk and periodically stretch.
If stress causes sugar cravings, then reducing stress – and reducing sugar – would help weight loss.
Stress = Sugar = Weight = Stress = Sugar = Fat
In one study 61 women ate the same basic diet (high in sugar and fat).
After a year, they were evaluated for weight gain. It was discovered that those in the highest stress group gained more weight – especially abdominal fat – than those with less stress.
A recent study of obese men that changed nothing in their diet except the water they drank showed that just drinking hydrogen rich water allowed them to lose weight. The perfect diet supplement; Water!
6. Poor Memory
We all know that stress affects your brain, even more so traumatic stress. Your memory zone – the hippocampus –may actually decrease in size under prolonged stress. Unfortunately reduced brain function can or does often lead to reduced cognitive and analytic abilities – which translates into a depressed frame of mind. As we all know from the many people who have preached it to us, a positive attitude makes for a better life, but when you understand that stress actually shrinks your brain this becomes more than a theory. You can see the mechanics of the problem.
You have to beat it before you lose it.
7. Hair Loss
It’s not only cortisol that gives us our stress response. There’s another group of hormones that spike: androgens. Stress itself will cause one particular androgens, dihydrotestosterone (DHT) to spike, and this one, can affect your hair follicles and even induce hair loss. Ever notice how some people’s hair always looks lifeless?
Luckily it can be reversed. Eating and drinking a pH-balanced diet and exercising daily can certainly help rebalance these hormones.
Alkalizing = Bone Renewal and involves our whole body
Go to your local doctor. Ask him or her about your osteoporosis, but don’t wait for your doctor tor ask you about your stress levels.
Believe me, I know this from personal experience.His or her job is to identify and treat symptoms, and to target a particular body part or system – such as the bones and bone turnover – with drugs. A bit like applying weed killer to improve your lettuces in the garden!
So.. what is your alkalizing strategy? Do you have one? Do you even know you need one? Don’t feel bad about not knowing. You are still in the majority, but take comfort in the fact that you now know that you can do something…. NOW!
You can begin with simple alkaline electrolytes.
You can add some alkaline sachets to your water bottle.
You can take on an alkaline diet weight loss challenge.
You can buy an alkalizing jug.
You can order alkaline greens shake in powder form.
You can order powdered green alkalizer.
You can install your own alkaline UltraStream.
You can stop eating sugar.. and carbs.. and wheat.. and.. and!
Or you can do nothing and wonder.. has my brain already changed?
Whatever you do, let us know about your own alkalizing story. We share stories because we help people like you by sharing!
I recently had a very interesting talk with a doctor friend. He had a patient he’s known for years call him up and tell him he had terrible gout. Dr Gerry asked him what he’d done differently, and he said he’s bought a juicer based on the amazing health benefits promised on a cable TV advert. And no sooner had he embarked on his intensive juice detox, than the gout descended!
Gerry told him to chuck the juicer. Perhaps a little harsh.. but his patient took his advice and now has no gout.
So what was going on? Isn’t juicing fresh frut and vegetables good for you?
Most health experts now say that sugar has become number one public enemy for health conscious individuals now we as a society have slowly shifted away from smoking and tobacco products. Individuals throughout the developed world continue to eat far too much sugar – an amount considered unsafe by many doctors and researchers.
In the UK, for instance, fruit Juices and soda products are the main source of sugar for children between the ages of four and eighteen. This was pointed out by the most senior nutritionist in the country recently who advised limiting children and adults to a mere 150ml of fruit juice per day. That’s about half a glass, kids!
Additionally, he also specified that fruit juice should not be consumed alone and that providing it with a meal was a better choice for those who insisted on including fruit juices in their diet.
It’s a watershed moment for nutrition in the U.K. Never before was there a hard limit on what the daily intake of fruit juice was intended to be.
Many of us consume fruit juices thinking that it is a short-cut to getting our daily quota of fruits or vegetables (the suggested amount in the U.K. was five servings per day) but we are not aware of the high caloric content, high sugar content and its effect on your teeth. Fruit juice causes tooth decay for some people, particularly when taken in large quantities.
Much of the attention being paid to the health problems associated with fruit juice have come after a study published earlier this year in the Lancet journal where the researchers indicated that fruit juice was just as unhealthy as many sweetened beverages like sodas or energy drinks. The research, which was conducted at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, found that the increase in caloric intake associated with people who included several servings of fruit juice in their diet was directly tied to obesity and a host of other health problems.
Drink up! (Water please. Hydrogen water).
It’s not hard to see when a really good PR consultant is at work. The long leggy Elle McPherson suddenly appears on high volume newspaper weekend supplements promising her secret to feeling fabulous at 50. God Bless PR.
Elle, it seems, is a new director of a new company that produces yet another powdered greens supplement. This one of course promises everything the others promises.. energy, vitality, antioxidant, immunity etc etc etc.
Look, I’m actually jealous. Jealous of the company that can afford to have Elle get down to almost nothing and pose for us. It’s not voyeurism (well, maybe a bit!). The facts are she’s one stunning piece of humanity!
But is there anything about the Greens that make them special?
Let’s check on their ingredients compared to our SevenPoint2 Greens formulated by a top naturopath. We’ll see how the ingredients compare plus we’ll see whether it really is an alkalizer. I’ve taken this list direct from her website.
- Certified Organic Barley Grass*. also in 7.2 Greens
- Certified Organic Wheatgrass*, also in 7.2 Greens
- Pineapple, Also in 7.2 Greens but in organic certified form.
- Apple, also in 7.2 Greens
- Certified Organic Alfalfa*, also in 7.2 Greens
- Spinach, also in 7.2 in organic certified form
- Goji Berry, Not in 7.2 but not an alkalizer
- Apple Pectin, Not an alkalizer
- Fructo oligosaccharides (FOS), Mainly indigestible and large amounts in the colon may provoke gastrointestinal symptoms.
- L-Glutamine, Not in 7.2 Greens
- Linseed Meal, Not in 7.2 Greens
- Psyllium Husk, Not an alkalizer and not in 7.2 Greens
- Lemon, Not in 7.2 Greens
- Lime, Not in 7.2 Greens
- Beetroot, Not in 7.2 Greens
- Carrot, in 7.2 Greens
- Natural Pineapple Flavour, Not in 7.2 Greens
- Natural Lime Flavour,Not in 7.2 Greens
- Xylitol, Not in 7.2 Greens
- Acai, Not in 7.2 Greens
- Pomegranate, Not in 7.2 Greens
- Calcium Citrate,Not in 7.2 Greens
- Papaya,Not in 7.2 Greens
- Probiotic Blend (Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Bifidobacterium Bifidum, Bifidobacterium Lactis, Bifidobacterium Longum),
- Certified Organic Spirulina*,Not in 7.2 Greens
- Astragalus Extract,Not in 7.2 Greens
- Broccoli, in 7.2 Greens
- Grape Seed Extract,Not in 7.2 Greens
- Kelp,Not in 7.2 Greens Good alkalizer.
- Magnesium Citrate, Not in 7.2 Greens Good alkalizer
- Milk Thistle Extract, Not in 7.2 Greens
- Eleutherococcus senticosus Extract (Siberian Ginseng), Not in 7.2 Greens
- Zinc Gluconate, Not in 7.2 Greens
- Dandelion Leaves Extract, In 7.2 Greens Good alkalize
- Maitake Mushroom Extract, Not in 7.2 Greens
- Shitake Mushroom Extract ,Not in 7.2 Greens
- Green Tea Extract, Not in 7.2 Greens
- Turmeric, Not in 7.2 Greens
- Aloe Vera, Not in 7.2
- Horsetail, Not in 7.2 Greens
- Sweetener (steviol glycosides),Not in 7.2 Greens
- Copper Gluconate, Not in 7.2 Greens
- Beta Carotene, Not in 7.2 Greens
- D-Biotin, Not in 7.2 Greens
- Selenium Methionine. *Certified Organic by the ACO and USDA. Not in 7.2 Greens
- Gluten Free.7.2
- Ingredients not in Elle’s blend. (we are assuming that if she doesn’t say organic, it ain’t.Organic certified Oat powder
- Organic Certified brown rice extract powder
- Organic certified Agave
- Organic certified parsley
- Organic certified Cabbage
- Organic certified dandelion leaf
- Organic certified carrot
- Organic certified kale
- Organic certified spinach
- Organic certified broccoli sprouts
- Organic certified rasberry flavour
- Organic certified guar gum
- Natural Lo Hai berry extract.
- –Ian’s Summary:I eat greens to alkalize. I don’t eat greens to change health symptoms. Elle’s Greens mix is similar to may products that cater to the fast lane idea of taking one supplement for everything. I’m not suggesting her blend does what others do, which is add so small an amount of these extra superfoods as to be irrelevant, but I’d like to know how much of these are in there.
So for me, it’s my choice – my right – to have a Greens that alkalize, and supplements that supplement!Now to the all-important $’s.
- Elle’s powder costs you $145 for just 300 grams. Yes, you can refill her super sexy pack for $85.00 So what’s that per kilo to try the product? $483.
- SevenPoint2’s Greens come in a 285g punnet. Nothing sexy about it and the cost is $70 or $233 a kilo. So.. roughly speaking, when you buy Elle’s product she costs her package at SIXTY dollars….Ah well. she s beautiful.