Acidity has been linked to pain, excess weight and many other health issues. Fortunately, making your body more alkaline (the opposite of acidic) is easy. Here are 10 ways to alkalize your body for more energy and vitality:
1. Start your day with a large glass of water with the juice of a whole, freshly-squeezed lemon. While lemons may seem acidic, they have the opposite effect on your body as it metabolizes them.
2. Eat a large green salad tossed in lemon juice or apple cider vinegar and extra virgin olive oil. Greens are among the best sources of alkaline minerals, like calcium.
3. Snack on raw, unsalted almonds.Even better when activated overnight by simply soaking in water. Almonds are packed with natural alkaline minerals like calcium and magnesium, which help to balance out acidity while balancing blood sugar.
4. Drink an almond milk or coconut smoothie with added green goodness like spirulina, chlorella, or other greens. Choose almond milk over cow’s milk, since the latter is acid and mucus forming.
5. Go for a brisk walk or some other exercise. Exercise helps move acidic waste products so your body can better eliminate them.
6. Breathe deeply. Ideally, choose a spot that has fresh, oxygen-rich air.
7. Go meat-free for a day… or longer if you like. During the metabolism of meat, there is an acid residue left behind.
8. Skip the sugar-laden dessert or soda. Sugar is one of the most acidic foods to consume. You need over 30 glasses of neutral water just to neutralise the acidity of ONE can of soda.
9. Add more veggies to your diet. No, potatoes don’t count. But sweet potatoes are a good choice (provided you’re not slathering them in sweeteners or butter). Pumpkin, Carrots, Cauliflower, Kale, Silver beet, Asparagus, zucchini and other vegetables are also excellent choices.
10. Sprout it out. Add more sprouts to your daily diet. They are extremely alkalising and supercharged with nutrients and energy-boosting enzymes.
Published: 351 days ago
Millet is an ancient seed, not a grain.
Originally hailing from Africa and northern China, even enjoyed by the pre-roman german tribes, and still remains a staple in the diets of about a third of the world’s population for it’s great nutrient density. Rich in iron, B vitamins and calcium, millet has a mild corn flavour and is naturally gluten-free and very soothing and hydrating for the gut. These little yellow beads have a really lovely and light texture when cooked, are relatively quick-cooking because of their small size, and are incredibly versatile in dishes ranging all the way from breakfast to dinner.
When preparing millet I always recommend soaking overnight, or keeping it on soak in the refrigerator as it makes it even more nutritious and quicker too cook. Another option is to toast it in a pan before adding any liquid to enhance the nutty flavour of the grain. Then, there are two general ways that you can cook it.
12 Health Benefits
1. Millet is alkaline and it digests easily.
2. The Hunzas – who live in a remote area of the Himalayan foothills and are known for their excellent health and longevity – enjoy millet as a staple in their diet.
3. Millet will hydrate your colon to keep you from being constipated.
4. Millet acts as a prebiotic feeding microflora in your inner ecosystem.
5. The serotonin in millet is calming to your moods.
6. Millet is a smart carb with lots of fiber and low simple sugars. Because of this it has a relatively low glycemic index and has been shown to produce lower blood sugar levels than wheat or rice.
7. Magnesium in millet can help reduce the effects of migraines and heart attacks. A cup of cooked millet provides 19% of the daily value for magnesium.
8. Niacin (vitamin B3) in millet can help lower cholesterol.
9. Millet consumption decreases triglycerides and C-reactive protein. Scientists in Seoul, South Korea concluded that millet may be useful in preventing cardiovascular disease. Nutrition Research. April 2010; 30(4):290-6.
10. All millet varieties show high antioxidant activity. A team of biochemists analyzed the antioxidant activity; all varieties showed high antioxidant activity. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 9 June 2010; 58(11):6706-14.
11. Millet is gluten-free and non-allergenic. A great grain for sensitive individuals.
12. Millet’s high protein content (15 percent) makes is a substantial addition to a vegetarian diet.
- Development and Repair of Body Tissue
- Substantially Lower Type 2 Diabetes Risk
- Prevent Gallstones
- Protective against Breast Cancer
- Protective against Childhood Asthma
- Cardiovascular Benefits for Postmenopausal Women
Published: 355 days ago
What’s the “D” about?
Vitamin D is not a vitamin as such but more of a steroid, and usually created in abundance as the skin gets exposed to sun.
This exposure will result in the body converting cholesterol (that’s sitting underneath the skin) along with other minerals, vitamins and amino acids into a cocktail that is an incredibly rejuvenative growth hormone/steroid that we call Vit. D.
So basically rub yourself in natural(non-toxic) sun lotion and build up your exposure to the sun one day at a time, so you don’t get burned and get the maximum amount of rays on you. The best source of vitamin D comes from nature itself. A Boston University study indicates that 10 to 15 minutes of midday sun three times a week causes the body to manufacture its own vitamin D and reduces the risk of hypertension. Dark-skinned individuals should stay in the sun for at least 20 minutes, and senior citizens 30 minutes.
However as a lot of jobs these days rely on the indoors we are great of to back our bodies with Vit D and Vit’D supportive wholefoods and herbs.
Some of the most common conditions associated with Vitamin D deficiency include:
- Breast Cancer
- Crohn’s Disease
- Prostate Cancer
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Gum disease
- Colon Cancer
- Celiac disease
- Skin Cancer
Additionally, bones can become brittle, thin and impaired bone mineralization when the body lacks Vitamin D. Kidney and liver disorders are also tied to the deficiency.
Good wholefood sources
(besides good quality and “unrefined/un-medicated” animal products) are algae’s and fungi’s that are sun exposed organic microorganisms, as they will convert their own cocktail of minerals, vitamins, amino-acids and cholesterol into the steroid of Vitamin D.
Some natural food sources of Vitamin D include:
- Blue-Green Algae
- Mushrooms (non radiated) for Research click here
- Sea Mineral complex
- As well as Green sprouts/grasses like wheatgrass, barley grass etc.
Herbs that Aid some of the Vitamins connected to the Vit.D conversion process:
VITAMIN A Enhances immunity, prevents eye problems and skin disorders. Important in bone and teeth formation. Protects against colds and infection. Slows aging process.HERBAL SOURCES: Alfalfa, borage leaves, burdock root, cayenne, chickweed, eyebright, fennel seed, hops, horsetail, kelp, lemongrass, mullein, nettle, oat straw, paprika, parsley, peppermint, plantain, raspberry leaves, red clover, rose hips, sage, uva ursi, violet leaves, watercress, yellow dock.
VITAMIN B2 (Riboflavin) Needed for red blood cell formation, aids growth and reproduction, promotes hair, skin and nail growth. Important in the prevention and treatment of cataracts. HERBAL SOURCES: Alfalfa, bladder wrack, burdock root, catnip, cayenne, chamomile, chickweed, eyebright, fennel seed, fenugreek, ginseng, hops, horsetail, mullein, nettle, oat straw, parsley, peppermint, raspberry leaves, red clover, rose hips, sage, yellow dock.
VITAMIN B12 (cyanocobalamin) Helps prevent anemia. Protects nervous system, improves concentration, aids digestion. HERBAL SOURCES: Alfalfa, bladder wrack, hops.
VITAMIN D Essential for calcium and phosphorous utilization. Prevents rickets. Needed for normal growth of bones and teeth. Helps regulate heartbeat. Prevents cancer and enhances immunity. Aids thyroid function and blood clotting. HERBAL SOURCES: Alfalfa, horsetail, nettle, parsley.
CALCIUM Builds and protects bones and teeth. Helps maintain regular heartbeat. Prevents muscle cramping.HERBAL SOURCES: Alfalfa, burdock root, cayenne, chamomile, chickweed, chicory, dandelion, eyebright, fennel seed, fenugreek, flaxseed, hops, horsetail, kelp, lemongrass, mullein, nettle, oat straw, paprika, parsley, peppermint, plantain, raspberry leaf, red clover, rose hips, shepherd’s purse, violet leaves, yarrow, yellow dock.
IRON Essential for metabolism, and the production of hemoglobin. HERBAL SOURCES: Alfalfa, burdock root, catnip, cayenne, chamomile, chickweed, chicory, dandelion, dong quai, eyebright, fennel seed, fenugreek, horsetail, kelp, lemongrass, licorice, milk thistle seed, mullein, nettle, oatstraw, paprika, parsley, peppermint, plantain, raspberry leaf, rose hips, sarsaparilla, shepherd’s purse, uva ursi, yellow dock.
MAGNESIUM Prevents calcification of soft tissue. Helps reduce and dissolve calcium phosphate kidney stones. Helps prevent birth defects. Improves cardiovascular system.HERBAL SOURCES: Alfalfa, bladder wrack, catnip, cayenne, chamomile, chickweed, dandelion, eyebright, fennel, fenugreek, hops, horsetail, lemongrass, licorice, mullein, nettle, oat straw, paprika, parsley, peppermint, raspberry leaf, red clover, sage, shepherd’s purse, yarrow, yellow dock.
How Much Vitamin D Do We Need?
The current recommendation for vitamin D is 200 IU per day for children and adults up to 50 years old, 400 IU for 51-70 year olds, and 600 IU for those age 71 years and older.5 These recommendations are more than 10 years old. Because of more recent research on the role of vitamin D, experts are suggesting intakes of 800 IU or more per day for the average adult and 400 IU for children, with higher intakes recommended to treat deficiency.
Can We Get Too Much Vitamin D from Food or from Supplements? Will Our Bodies Make Too Much Vitamin D?
It is possible to get too much vitamin D, especially by overdoing supplements. Excess vitamin D can cause the body to absorb too much calcium and can lead to kidney damage. The highest safe level of vitamin D for people to take is controversial, with some researchers using up to 10,000 IU per day without seeing problems. A conservative recommendation is to stay below 2,000 IU per day. If you have had kidney stones, check with your health care provider before going above 1,000 IU per day.
Don’t worry about producing too much vitamin D following sun exposure because your skin stops producing it once you’ve had enough.
What Happens If Someone Doesn’t Get Enough Vitamin D?
A vitamin D deficiency leads to nutritional rickets, a condition that causes weak and deformed bones in babies and children. Symptoms can include a delay in learning to walk, low height-for-age, and bowing of the legs and arms.
In adults, not getting enough vitamin D can increase risk of osteoporosis and other diseases.
What About Vitamin D For Breast-fed Babies?
Breast milk is the ideal food for infants. Human milk, however, contains little vitamin D. If a nursing mother is vitamin D-deficient, her breast milk will be even lower in vitamin D than usual. To prevent vitamin D deficiency in breast-fed babies, the American Academy of Paediatrics recommends that breast-fed babies be given a 400 IU/day vitamin D supplement beginning within the first few days after birth.
Another possible way to prevent vitamin D deficiency in a breast-fed infant is for the mother to take a vitamin D supplement daily containing up to 4,000 IU of vitamin D.11 High-dose vitamin D supplements, used by the lactating mother, have been shown to markedly increase breast milk vitamin D content.11,12 While there is some possibility that a baby will be able to make adequate vitamin D following sunlight exposure, there are many factors that interfere with vitamin D production (skin pigmentation, pollution, season, amount of clothing, location, and sunscreen). This is why supplemental vitamin D is recommended.
Vitamin D Can Make or Break Your Health, So Get the Right Kind!*
There’s overwhelming evidence that vitamin D is a key player in your overall health. This is understandable when you consider that it is not “just” a vitamin; it’s actually a neuroregulatory steroidal hormone that influences nearly 3,000 different genes in your body. Receptors that respond to the vitamin have been found in almost every type of human cell, from your brain to your bones.
Just one example of an important gene that vitamin D up-regulates is your ability to fight infections, as well as chronic inflammation. It produces over 200 antimicrobial peptides, the most important of which is cathelicidin, a naturally occurring broad-spectrum antibiotic. This is one of the explanations for why it can be so effective against colds and influenza.
Optimizing your vitamin D levels should be at the top of the list for virtually everyone, regardless of your age, sex, colour, or health status, as vitamin D deficiency has been linked to an astonishingly diverse array of common chronic diseases, such as:
*Extract from DR. Mercola: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/02/23/oral-vitamin-d-mistake.aspx
Published: 356 days ago
Organic mesquite powder is extracted from the seeds of the mesquite plant, which is found in the southwestern United States and parts of South America. It’s Sweet with a slightly nutty wild flavour and a hint of caramel, and creates a great flavour in both food and drinks.
Mesquite is used as a staple food for centuries by desert dwellers, high in protein and contains a good quantity of of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. It has high levels of calcium, which is important for maintaining healthy hair, skin, and bone strength. It also is a rich source of dietary potassium, which is essential for proper water balance and healthy heart functioning. Organic mesquite powder is a great source of zinc, which is essential for a healthy immune system. It is also a fantastic source of lysine, magnesium, iron, and dietary fiber.
The seeds have been eaten by indigenous people for many years. The traditional method of preparation would be to grind the seeds into a powder, which could then be used as a sweetener, flour, or even used to make a drink.
Mesquite is also good for the environment and has social benefits for southwestern cultures. Mesquite trees, instead of eroding desert soil, keep it in place. Cultivating mesquite trees also provides cultures with a sustainable source of income, and it can keep regions from falling prey to desertification. Mesquite trees are also very durable, so they are easy to grow and cultivate.
Mesquite Powder in Your Diet:
Mesquite powder (or mesquite meal) is an excellent addition to smoothies, used in cooked or raw desserts, or stirred into food or drinks for extra flavour and nutrition.
1. Smoothies: Just a spoonful of this superfood powder adds a sweet, rich flavour to smoothies and shakes
2. Cooked Desserts: You can substitute up to half* the flour in a recipe with mesquite powder for added flavour and nutrition. Given mesquite’s naturally sweet flavour, you may also be able to reduce or cut the amount of sugar or other sweetener used in baking.
3. Raw Desserts: Mesquite is great in raw desserts. Although it can be used as a flour in baking, unlike most flours, it does not require cooking to taste great! Mesquite powder once again adds flavour, but also helps raw cookies, balls, and crusts bind together, as in the recipe below.
sources: onegreenplanet.org, organicmesquitepowder.com
Published: 477 days ago
Sodium is an extremely important electrolyte and an essential ion present in the extracellular fluid (ECF). One of the health benefits of sodium is the pivotal role it plays in enzyme operations and muscle contraction. It is very important for osmoregulation and fluid maintenance within the human body. Some other health benefits of sodium include improved heart performance, nervous system and glucose absorption.
Sodium is the primary ion and electrolyte within the body, and it is needed for blood regulation. Serious impairment of bodily function is caused due to the absence of sodium. It is a versatile element and occurs in more than eighty different forms. As an electrolyte, it regulates the bodily fluids and transmits electrical impulses in the body. Unlike other vitamins and minerals, heat has no effect on sodium. Therefore, it can be used in different ways and preparations without losing its effects. Also, it is an important constituent of nerves and helps regulate muscle contractions.
Although sodium is an essential nutrient in any balanced diet, it can also cause stomach cancer and hypertension. People suffering from kidney problems or edema should restrict their intake of sodium to protect against those health risks.
In short, sodium is a vital component in the human diet for the regulation of cellular activity and nervous system function. Supplemental doses of sodium are necessary when you sweat profusely, have sunstroke, or suffer from adrenal insufficiency. Sodium is regularly excreted in the urine, and poses no inherent toxicity or risk.
Deficiency Symptoms: The recommended intake of sodium is 120mg/day. If you do not supply your body with enough sodium, the deficiency symptoms can range from irritating to fatal. One of the most seriously impacted areas of the body is the nervous system, which will begin to shut down. In general, sodium deficiency leads to the following:
- Low blood pressure
- Weight loss
- Muscular irritability
While the deficiency of sodium is dangerous, an excess of sodium can also cause high blood pressure, swelling of the neural tissues and nerves, and cerebral edema. If the situation is not alleviated, it can even lead to a coma.
Reduction in the amount of sodium also reduces the fat accumulated in the peripheral parts of the body. Furthermore, excess sodium elevates the chances of lung infection. Depletion of the level of sodium is an invitation to a host of diseases that can cause exhaustion, exertion and mental apathy.
Important Sources: Some of the best sources of sodium are ferments, sea & crystal salt (don’t use table salt), homemade soups, apples, cabbage, egg yolks, legumes and bananas. Even carrots and bicarbonate soda, turnips, leafy vegetables and dried peas are good sources.
Health Benefits of Sodium
Sodium is generally present in very small quantities in nearly every natural food. When it is added in form of salt,it is of importance to only use natural salt such as Sea or crystal salt as it contains a naturally balanced quantity. Table salt is poison and undergoes refinement that involves harmful chemicals. The health benefits of sodium in it’s natural form include:
Water Balance: Sodium is one of the minerals that helps to regulate fluid levels in the human body. Sodium and water balance are closely linked. Sodium gateways and channels are what pump water into the cell and regulate the amount of extracellular fluid in the body.
Sunstroke: It is caused due to the failure of the heat regulating system in the human body. This form of heat exhaustion is caused due to continuous exposure to very high temperatures. This exposure causes the body to lose its capacity to maintain normal temperature. This condition is further aggravated due to the loss of salt and water from the body. Thus, sodium plays a vital role in preventing sun stroke or heat exhaustion by replacing the loss of essential electrolytes. Besides water, drinking fluids containing salt and sugar is favorable against sunstroke. Salt can also be mixed with the juice of raw mangoes to provide even more relief. Sodium levels and fluid balance are very important for endurance athletes as well as those who live extremely active lifestyles.
Brain Function: The brain is very sensitive to change in sodium levels of the body; deficiency of sodium often manifests as confusion and lethargy. Sodium aids in keeping the mind sharp, and it is an important element for the development of the brain, since sodium works to improve brain function.
Muscle Cramps: These are caused mostly during the hot summer months due to electrolyte imbalance and dehydration. Along with properly hydrating the body, it is also important to supplement one’s body with sodium-rich juices and fluids to restore the amount of electrolytes.
Anti-aging: Sodium is an important hydrating product contained in many anti-aging creams. It defends against the free radicals that accelerate the aging process. Furthermore, it helps to restore youthful and healthy skin.
Eliminates Excess Carbon Dioxide: Sodium plays an important role in the removal of any excess carbon dioxide that has accumulated in the body.
Regulates Glucose Absorption: Sodium helps to facilitate the absorption of glucose by cells, resulting in the smooth transportation of nutrients in the body’s cell membranes.
Maintains Acid/Base Balance: By altering the proportions of acid-base alkali phosphates in the body, sodium controls the reaction of the kidneys and the frequency and content of urination.
Regulation of Fluids: One of the most notable health benefits of sodium is its ability to balance the osmotic pressure in the human body due to the regulation of fluid in the body’s cells.
Balance of Ions: Sodium shares an association with chlorides and bicarbonates in maintaining a sound balance between two types of ions, both positively charged ions and negatively charged ones.
Maintains Heart Health: Sodium can help to maintain normal contractions of the heart. It plays a vital role in maintaining the blood pressure of the human body, but an excessive increase in sodium content can dramatically boost the blood pressure and result in serious health complications.
Sources: vitamins-nutrition.org, organicfacts.net, sharecare.com