Alkalising can be a powerful way for us to support our cells so they can work at their best. A powerful way to accelerate healing in your body is to eat alkaline inducing whole foods. Alkalising foods can help to regulate our energy intake, assist our cardiovascular system and even how we metabolise proteins.
If you have a weight issue and/or suspect you may have a thyroid issue try having protein for breakfast instead of in the evening, this can make a huge difference.
What to Eliminate from Your Diet:
- Additive loaded processed and fast foods.
- Remove all foods containing refined flour and gluten including bread and other wheat products such as breakfast cereals and pasta. Gluten can cause gut problems like malabsorption syndrome and leaky gut syndrome.
- Remove all dairy products from your diet. Try unsweetened almond, macadamia or coconut milk instead.
- Avoid sugar, particularly refined sugars. Now I know this is a hard one because we are addicted to sugar but it is really important.
- Avoid alcohol because it is loaded with sugar too. If you cannot live without it then cut it down to one or two glasses, once or twice a week.
What to add to your diet:
- Eat whole foods… not processed or fast foods which are loaded with additives.
- Try going to your local health food store and creating your own breakfast power mix with non-wheat, no-GMO cereals, nuts and fresh fruits.
- Eat only pasture-raised, grass-fed animal meats that contain no hormones boosters and antibiotics.
- Fish like wild-caught salmon and sardines.
- Try unsweetened almond, macadamia or coconut milk instead of dairy milk especially if you suspect you maybe lactose intolerant. Actually you not lactose intolerant… you are an adult… milk is for infants (and preferably mother’s milk).
- Organic cold-pressed coconut oil (anti-inflammatory) or pure organic extra virgin olive oil (not for cooking on high heat as it breaks down into carcinogens, use coconut oil instead as it has the highest heat threshold).
- Eat lots of coniferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower.
- Add beans (not baked beans as they have sugar in them) and eggs into your diet.
- Introduce garlic and red onions to your evening meal.
- Eat lots of watermelon (richest source of L-Citrulline) and other melons, cucumbers, onions, garlic and chick peas which also contain L-Citrulline. (Your kidneys change L-Citrulline into another amino acid called L-Arginine and a chemical called nitric oxide. These compounds are important to your heart and blood vessel health. They can also boost your immune system.
- Natural food sources containing L-Arginine which include turkey (richest source), chicken, pork, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, spirulina (seaweed) and quinoa.
- Include a high-quality pre and probiotic formula
- Add an alkalizing booster powder containing Magnesium Carbonate, Citric Acid, Potassium Bicarbonate and bicarbonate of soda.
- Supplement with high-quality nutritional supplements, they are more expensive but have a better absorption rate and less additives, and preferably look for the highest grade pharmaceutical-grade rather than the lower medical-grade or the lowest grade cosmetic or nutritional grade supplements (most commonly found on chemist and supermarket shelves).
- Have protein smoothie for breakfast (PEA protein powder, chia seeds, mixed berries, bananas, strawberries, mangoes (skin and all) and other fresh seasonal fruits).
A Warning about Whey Protein Powders
Dr. Art Ayers, a former professor at Harvard University with a Ph. D. in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, had this to say about whey shakes:
“Avoid whey protein (a by-product of the dairy industry) as it may destabilize the gut microbiota by disrupting the gut flora. This is why it can facilitate weight gain or loss, since gut flora are involved in weight stability but at what cost. But whey shakes also have proteins that are partially digested to produce antimicrobial peptides and other factors that disrupt adult gut flora. I think that the whey shakes work temporarily, because they destabilize the gut microbiota that are providing part of the metabolic set point that helps the body to resist weight change from excess or insufficient dietary calories. Whey protein supplements contain peptides and hormones that may negatively impact human health.”
Dietary supplement ‘calcium caseinate’ is a protein that is obtained from casein present in skim and milk. Calcium caseinate, micellar casein, and milk casein isolate are the three types of casein proteins, out of which calcium caseinate is the lowest quality casein.
Calcium Caseinate does not contain pure casein but a highly processed variant of casein, called calcium caseinate. It cannot offer similar health benefits as offered by casein. Proteins that undergo heating (processing involves exposure to high heat) and various other chemical processes often lose many of the functional benefits. They are said to be denatured (different from their original, natural structure). Such proteins can prove to be harmful to your health.
Possible Side effects
- Those that are lactose-intolerant may experience stomach pain and bloating (excess gas and pressure in stomach). They are at a higher risk for developing gastrointestinal problems. Excessive consumption of this supplement may result in heartburn, indigestion, etc.
- Acid casein is treated with the chemical calcium hydroxide (alkali) to get calcium caseinate. Such chemical alkalies may curb and damage the nutrient-absorbing capacity of your digestive system.
- Because it is exposed to high heat during processing, the caseinate becomes an ultra thermolyzed protein combined with MSG (a by-product of protein thermolyzation). Consumption of this protein may lead to headaches, chest pain, nausea, weakness, heart palpitations, etc. It is true that more research is needed to prove these facts. Most people experience short-term reactions to MSG that don’t require any treatment, but possibility of long-term effects cannot be completely denied. Dangers of MSG include brain damage, weight gain, obesity, liver inflammation, type 2 diabetes, etc. The MSG in disguise can trigger your allergies too.
- It is difficult for the human stomach to digest the denatured protein completely. So, some undigested protein enters the colon. There, it is fermented by colonic bacteria. This results in formation of highly carcinogenic phenolic compounds that contribute to the growth of colonic tumours. Thus, ultra thermalised casein can increase the risk of colon cancer.
- Researchers and doctors are of the opinion that casein peptides can seriously affect blood pressure levels during and after surgery.
- It has been observed that casein products interfere with the adsorption of certain drugs which can eventually result in serious health issues.
- Some people are allergic to casein and may have a life-threatening reaction.
Dr. Russell Blaylock M.D., has described in his book “Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills” that calcium and sodium caseinates as food additives always contain free glutamate. The review of this book is available on the American Nutrition Association’s Nutrition Digest, Volume 36, No. 4. Although MSG is not added to the supplement as an ingredient, it is formed during processing, and therefore, it may not be mentioned on the label. To be on the safe side, pregnant and breastfeeding women and those who are about to undergo a surgery should avoid taking calcium caseinate supplement.
Read more at Buzzle: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/side-effects-of-calcium-caseinate.html
Fructose Excess in your Protein Powders
It’s good to keep in mind though that fructose, in small amounts, has been in our diet for a very long time as a species and that we usually handle small amounts very well. The real damage is when the high sugar habit becomes chronic and is repeated day after day like consuming protein powders with a large Fructose component.
Here are a few known possible health issues:
Fructose can only be metabolized by the liver and can’t be used for energy by your body’s cells. It’s therefore not only completely useless for the body, but is also a toxin in high enough amount because the job of the liver is to get rid of it, mainly by transforming it into fat and sending that fat to our fat cells. Excess fructose damages the liver and leads to insulin resistance in the liver as well as fatty liver disease.
Fructose reacts with proteins and polyunsaturated fats in our bodies 7 times more than glucose. This reaction creates AGEs (advanced glycation end-products), which are compounds that create oxidative damage in our cells and ultimately lead or contribute to inflammation and a host of chronic diseases.
Fructose increases uric acid production, which, in excess, can cause gout, kidney stones and precipitate or aggravate hypertension.
While most of your body’s cells can’t use fructose as a source of energy, the bacteria in your gut can and excess fructose can create gut flora imbalances, promote bacterial overgrowth and promote the growth of pathogenic bacteria.
In part because of the damage done to the liver, chronic excess fructose causes dyslipidemia, which means that your blood lipid markers tend to shift towards numbers that indicate a risk for heart disease.
Fructose rapidly causes leptin resistance. Leptin is a hormone that controls appetite and metabolism to maintain a normal weight. Leptin resistant people tend to gain fat and become obese really easily.
Excess fructose alone can cause all the problems associated with the metabolic syndrome (diabetes, obesity, heart disease).
Cancer cells thrive and proliferate very well with fructose as their energy source.
Excess fructose also affects brain functioning, especially as it relates to appetite regulation. It has also been shown to impair memory in rats.