Saturday, October 10, 2009

Benifits of Alkalization

I've heard that Alkalization can do so many good things for the body -- to include assuring that cancer can not survive inside our bodies if Alkalization (PH) levels are appropriate. I found this article by Mariana Bozesan that relates to Alkalization and weight loss. I hope it's informative. - Health Girl

Weight Loss Secret #1:


We should thank our fat — for without it we would be dead

— Dr. Robert O. Young, Ph.D., D.Sc.

by Mariana Bozesan

If there was just one thing that you could do to help you lose weight and gain health it would be the gift of alkalization. Why? The body retains fat to protect itself from over acidity. Alkalization counteracts that acidity.

What is alkalization?
Just as we need to maintain a constant body temperature at all times, our body needs to maintain a constant pH (acid-alkaline) level. The body’s pH level can easily get out of balance through stress, emotional imbalances and an acidic diet. Acid-forming foods include meat, dairy, bread, pasta, sweets, caffeine, sodas and alcohol.

To neutralize the acid the body uses electrolyte minerals such as calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, lithium and phosphorus. This can lead to a mineral imbalance in the body. In addition to gaining weight, the mineral disparity can lead to all kinds of diseases such as osteoporosis, chronic fatigue, coronary heart disease, diabetes, disturbed digestion, ulcers, allergies, autoimmune disorders, leaky gut syndrome, pains and aches, low energy, unclear thinking, depression, etc.

In other words, as long as our body is overly acidic, it won’t let us lose weight for it needs the fat to protect itself.

We can overcome that and begin losing weight through:
Weight Loss Secret #1:
The most important alkalizing foods for the human body are fresh, organic uncooked and unaltered green foods such as dark green leafy vegetables, legumes, herbs and salads. They provide us with all the essential nutrients and nature’s life force including protein, starches, oxygen, water, fiber, enzymes and minerals in a form that can be easily absorbed by the body. Green foods contain fats and proteins (yes, that’s right: proteins) as well as sugars and starches. They act as our greatest source of antioxidants, probiotics and phytonutrients, nature’s healing medicines. Greens are best if consumed freshly harvested from our own garden, but that can be difficult in our fast pace industrialized world.

What if I don’t have access to fresh greens
These days we can find many dried alternatives to fresh greens, which are always available and with which we can even travel. These are green powders also called superfoods or supergreens. They are made out of grasses, legumes and vegetables dried at low temperatures. When mixed with water and consumed three to five times per day or throughout the day as green water, they are just as beneficial to our body as fresh greens. By providing massive alkalization, they enable our body to let go of stored fats and lose weight.

When greens are not available, mixing a half a teaspoon of baking soda into a glass or fresh water at room temperature and drinking it three times a day especially after each meal, ensures neutralization of acids in the body and supports the alkalization process. However, consuming uncooked, unaltered green vegetables and legumes or the green drink is the best because of their excellent nutrient value. Therefore, make sure you eat fresh greens daily or get access to a ready made green drink, which you can also take on the road when traveling.

Can I make my own green superfood?
Yes, you can. You can use dried barley grass, wheat grass, nettle leaf, horsetail, alfalfa, dandelion, kamut, broccoli, kale, spinach, parsley, ginger and others to which you have easy access. Just make sure your ingredients are of organic origin (no pesticides, herbicides, or irradiation) and have been dried at low temperatures to preserve their natural medicines.

Which are the best Superfoods?
Numerous dried green food products exist and using any of them will be a huge contribution to alkalizing your body to lose weight. It is a matter of taste which one you choose. Their taste is neutral, neither good nor bad. Over the years I have tested and used several different green products. In our family, we consume three different types of superfoods because each one of us prefers a different taste. The best quality greens which I have tested and would recommend so far are - in no particular order - David Wolfe’s Nature’s First Food, Dr. Udo Erasmus’s Green Blend and Dr. Robert Young’s Super Greens.

Where can I buy Superfoods?
You can purchase supergreens in most health food stores in your area, online or through this website.

How do I make a green drink to super alkalize my body?
A green drink is made by mixing one quart (1 liter) of purified water — regular tap water is not good enough — with one teaspoon of greens. Make sure to consume one gallon (4 Liters) of green drink per day. By doing that you are not only alkalizing your body to let go of unwanted fat, you are also super hydrating and allow the toxins that are now also being set free to be flushed out of your body.

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