Fact: Cancer Cannot Survive in an Alkaline Environment.

Within the umbrella of nutrition exists the concept of alkaline versus acidic internal pH. Our body primarily likes an alkaline environment, in fact, we should be about 70 percent alkaline and 30 percent acidic.

As you have heard me say many times , food is our fuel , like gasoline to a car. If we put junk in, our insides will be junk. So this means that if we want our insides to be alkaline we need to eat a diet that is 70 percent alkaline. Alkaline foods are primarily vegetables … Not always though, so it’s a great idea to check out a handy chart like this one :

Acidic foods tend to be processed, pre made, meats, carbs, and so forth. The average American eats a diet that is 70 percent acidic …. And therein lies the problem. Disease cannot survive in an alkaline environment. In fact, disease and bacteria actually love and thrive in acidity. Having health is not about how we feel or our symptoms. Health is about functioning at 100 percent.

In order for our body to function well and prevent the development of disease and cancer, we need to create the  correct environment. we need to provide it the correct fuel to do it’s job and function well.

Do you know what else affects our body’s pH? Stress level! The more stress we have, the more acidity we create. But that’s a whole new topic for another post….

Please share – What are your favorite alkaline based recipes or foods ?

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Super Charge Your Diet: Ten Super Foods You Should Be Eating

Super foods are “super” because they have the highest concentrations of easily digestible nutrients, fat burning compounds and vitamins and minerals to protect and heal your body. If you had an expensive sports car you would only fill its tank with top quality fuel, right? Your body is an even more precious vehicle, one that runs much better on quality food. These ten super foods, when incorporated regularly into your diet, can help you run on all cylinders.

Eggs: The best protein source on the planet, eggs consistently outrank milk, beef, whey, and soy in the quality of protein they provide. In addition to containing all the essential amino acids, eggs are loaded with nutrients. “And for God’s sake, eat the yolks,” says Bowden. People avoid the yolks because they fear cholesterol, but egg yolks contain choline, which helps protect heart and brain function and prevents cholesterol and fat from accumulating in the liver.superfood-spinich

Kale & Spinach: When it comes to leafy green vegetables, the darker green, the better. Greens are low in calorie, vitamin-rich and high in fiber. Considered perhaps the most concentrated source of nutrition of any food, greens are packed with vitamin K, which regulates blood clotting and helps protect bones from osteoporosis.

Avocados: Sure, they’re high in fat, but avocados contain healthful monounsaturated fat, which has been linked to a reduced risk of cancer, heart disease and diabetes. “Avocados aid in blood and tissue regeneration, stabilize blood sugar, and are excellent for heart disorders,” says Ed Bauman, Ph.D., director of Bauman College. They’re loaded with fiber (11 to 17 grams per fruit) and are a good source of lutein, an antioxidant linked to eye and skin health.

Salmon: Eating fish helps cut the risk of heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, stroke, diabetes, and arthritis. The fatty varieties may also help alleviate depression. The American Heart Association recommends that adults eat at least two fish meals per week, especially wild salmon, herring, and sardines” The Omega-3 fatty acids that Salmon provides can improve insulin sensitivity—which helps build muscle and decrease belly fat.

Apples: With twice the fiber of other common fruits, apples are a great low calorie snack that will fill you up and keep blood sugar in check. Loaded with the powerful antioxidants quercetin and catechin, which protect cells from damage, apples can help reduce the risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease, especially if you eat the skin. An apple’s peel contains five times more polyphenols than its flesh.

Blueberry: These anti-aging superstars have highest antioxidant level of all regularly consumed fruit anti-aging superstars, their rich in anthocyanins, which have been shown to improve vision and brain function. Studies show that eating blueberries slows impairments in motor coordination and memory that accompany aging. These little blue gems also reduce inflammation, which is inextricably linked with virtually every chronic disease from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, to diabetes and heart disease.

Olive oil: Another on the list of cancer inhibitors is olive oil, a “healthy” type of fat which has anti-inflammatory properties. Replacing other fats in your diet with olive oil can significantly lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart attack. Chronic inflammation in the body is linked to metabolic syndrome but a diet rich in cold-pressed (not heated) olive oil can fight inflammation in your body.

Pomegranates: These beauties have up to three times the antioxidants of red wine and green tea – and the juice has been shown to reduce artery-clogging plaque, which in turn prevents heart disease and stroke. Research shows that long-term consumption of pomegranate juice may also help slow aging and protect against cancer.pomergranate super food

Garlic: Research shows that garlic lowers total cholesterol and triglyceride (blood fat) levels, helping prevent clogged arteries. “Two to three cloves a day cut the odds of subsequent heart attacks in half for heart disease patients,” says Bauman. Garlic also tops the National Cancer Institute’s list of potential cancer-preventive foods.

Almonds: Even though almonds are relatively high in fat and calories, studies show that eating then can  help with weight loss and lowering cholesterol (their protein, fiber, and monounsaturated fats provide the feeling of fullness, preventing overeating).

So, they haven’t officially found a cure for caner, but eating super foods and living well can help prevent it. This list only skims the surface of the abundance of exotic super foods available. Do some research and try incorporating a new super food into your diet each week.