How Alkalizing Your Body Can Improve Your Health

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

Whey Protein

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.”

 

Calcium Caseinate

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.

-Source: https://paleoleap.com/10-reasons-why-fructose-is-bad/

Which Protein Supplement Should I Use?

It’s not how much Protein you put in your body that counts, it’s how much of that protein gets assimilated. Furthermore, what type of protein you are feeding your body can also have major drawbacks and risks.

 

 

Micellar casein is one of the new popular protein supplements but despite all the hype it too seems to have its dangers. In his book The China Study (2005), T. Colin Campbell describes a direct correlation between casein administered to rats and the promotion of cancer cell growth when exposed to carcinogens.

Aflatoxin (a potent carcinogen) was administered to these rats over a 2 week dosing period. The rats were given a 1 week post-dosing period before beginning the test (promotion period).

During the promotion period, one group of rats was put on a 5% casein protein diet and another group on a 20% casein protein diet. None of the rats on 5% casein protein developed foci, precursors to cancerous cell growth, and every rat on 20% casein protein developed the pre-cancer foci.

It should be noted that all test groups were fed a 20% casein diet for a total of 5 weeks (2-wk acclimation, 2-wk dosing, 1-wk post-dosing) prior to the 12 week promotion period in order to survive the initial aflatoxin B1 (AFB1) dosing, regardless of whether they were in the 5% or 20% test groups.

Campbell has performed additional studies using a range of different carcinogens and other experimental animals, and claims to have found a consistent correlation between cancer growth and the amount of casein protein in diet  -Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Casein

 

Casein is the main protein in raw milk.

It is typically extracted via acid heat processing and used as a common ingredient in protein products (powders, bars and drinks). You may have been told that casein supplementation is highly beneficial for your muscle and body, but I’m here to prove to you that nothing is further from the truth.

It’s an inferior protein, often drenched with toxic residues. In fact, it’s one of the worst proteins for your muscle.

This report reveals some of the dirtiest secrets behind casein manufacturing.

Micellar casein is processed similar to milk protein concentrate, but in this case the casein micells are separated from the whey via microfiltration. The main problem with micellar casein is in its functional properties.

All caseinates are ultra-thermalized and thus present a serious health risk. Consumption of thermalized casein has been linked to increased incidence of colonic tumours and cancer.

It has been argued that casein from A1 milk presents a health risk, apparently due to yielding a metabolic by-product (opioid peptide) called beta casomorphine, which has been linked to brain disorders and disease particularly among babies and infants.

If you’re serious with your diet and training regimen, you owe it to yourself to know these facts before purchasing another casein-containing protein. http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/11/10/do-you-secretly-suspect-that-something-is-wrong-with-your-protein-supplement.aspx

 

Whey protein is another popular protein supplement. “Most whey proteins are processed from ultra-pasteurized milk and many are exposed to acid processing. Heat and acid damages the protein and makes it insoluble in water. This is one of the key ways to differentiate high quality whey protein from inferior ones.

But the whey manufacturers know this, and know that insoluble powders are not appealing for a variety of reasons, so they add chemical flavours and detergents to restore flavour and solubility. They put in genetically modified soy lecithin, and also dump chemical surfactants, which are used in soap, like polysorbate 80, propylene glycol, and ethoxylated mono-diglycerides along with maltodextrin, caseinates, and hydrolysed proteins, which are  really disguised MSG. They also use artificial sweeteners, like aspartame and sucralose, which are hazardous to optimal health.

I’m a huge believer of natural (organic whenever possible) whole foods that are exposed to as little processing as possible.  As discussed above, all whey protein isolates are highly processed and devoid of nutritional co-factors including alkalizing minerals, naturally occurring vitamins, and lipids, which are lost in the processing.  This renders them deficient and overly acidifying, hence my increased internal acidity to a dangerous level.

Unlike wholefood protein concentrates which does not acidify your body due to its alkalizing minerals, whey protein isolates are over acidifying, thereby making them a liability to your health.

If chronically consumed (such as with bodybuilders, athletes like myself, or the average person wanting to maintain muscle mass), it can acidify your body and over time lead to metabolic acidosis with consequences that include wasting of muscle and bone tissues, total metabolic shut down, and increased vulnerability to degenerative disease.” -Source: http://www.nofinishlineblog.com/2011/05/is-your-protein-powder-bad-for-your-health.html

Consuming too much protein, no matter what form, can worsen—or even cause—kidney or liver problems, advice the experts at the Mayo Clinic. This occurs because your body may have problems eliminating all of the waste products that come from protein metabolism. If you are consuming a high level of protein, you need to monitor your health and check in with a physician.

Many athletes prefer whey protein because its amino acids enter the bloodstream faster than those in other supplemental forms, notes Marie Dunford in the American Dietetic Association book “Sports Nutrition.” However, if your protein intake is too high you risk dehydration, especially as an athlete. You should not exceed a daily protein intake of 2.5 grams per kilogram of body weight, Dunford says. That’s 0.088 oz. per 2.2 pounds body weight. This level of protein intake also puts you at risk for excreting too much calcium

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/188059-what-are-the-dangers-of-whey-protein-isolate/#ixzz2Xp1ZEbK4

Nearly all sports protein shakes that can be found these days are acidity forming, which isn’t beneficial to your body’s pH levels. Numerous complications can arise as a result of an over-acidic body chemistry which includes chronic stress and fatigue, premature aging and the majority of degenerative diseases.

 

So What Protein is best for Building and Maintaining Muscle Mass?

Fortunately there are wholefood protein supplements on the market that contain alkaline protein that when digested will not create acidity the way in which ordinary protein will.

A couple of these are bio-fermented brown rice and PEA protein, totally vegan protein powder,  which enables over 90% assimilation.

Pea Protein has the greatest absorption rate out of all the proteins, and the Thrive Lifestyle Shake Mix is a protein blend but predominantly Pea Protein. It is one of the only mixes in the marketplace to also contain probiotics, enzymes, and antioxidants.

Many people are only trained to ONLY look at the protein amount on the labels but more protein doesn’t mean anything if your body cannot absorb it.

The Ultra Micronized Process in the Thrive Lifestyle Mix is easy to mix and easy to digest. Le-vel, the makers of the Thrive line of nutritional supplements, only use the highest grade of nutraceutical raws in each product. Absorption-rate is a huge priority and the reason why people are raving about the products.

If you are sick and tired of being a walking experiment with every company claiming they have the “science”, getting you to ingest all sorts of synthetic isolated chemicals, fractionated foods, artificial flavours and sweeteners, then your time has come.

When working out it is also beneficial to take a Magnesium, Potassium and Sodium Bicarbonate minerals supplement to help alkalise the body and buffer lactic acid.   It’s also imperative to be continually hydrating the body with pure filtered, ionised and alkalised drinking water, which assists to you keep energised and defend against premature exhaustion during professional sports and heavy workout programs.

We recommend you carry a portable water filter bottle with you wherever you go (especially when travelling) so you will always have access to clean purified drinking water.