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The Benefits of Raw Food

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Consuming raw food in its natural form provides you with phytonutrients, live enzymes, vitamins and minerals.  It also helps to balance your body by creating a more alkaline environment.  By including raw, green juices and smoothies in your diet, you increase the absorption rate of all these vital nutrients. I have developed a recipe for a one-day, raw food detox which helps to remove toxins from your body, create a balanced alkaline environment and clean out your digestion. All of my cleanses are gluten free, dairy free, soy free, and void of any inflammatory or allergenic foods. I recommend doing two major detox programs per year and doing a monthly “touch up” with a juice or raw food cleanse. Start the New Year off with a clean and green slate! Read more...

03 Jan 2014

Are You Enjoying The Benefits of This Alkalizing Fruit?

Posted by Cassandra Stirling

Often referred to as the "King of Fruits", the mango is not only sweet and delicious but is a crown jewel when it comes to health benefits.  This tropical fruit is super alkalizing, low in calories and high in vitamins and mineral. For example, one cup or 165 grams contains the following. The percentages below apply to daily value.

09 Sep 2012

Obesity and Acidity

Posted by Cassandra Stirling

A closer look at obesity 

Obesity means you have an excessive amount of body fat. It has been more precisely defined by the National Institute of Health as a body max index of thirty and above.  Body mass index (BMI) is the statistical measure of what a person should weigh in relation to their height.  That translates to about thirty pounds over one’s ideal weight.  Ideal body weight (IBW) is the weight that people are expected to weigh based on age, sex, and height.  You don’t have to be obese to be unhealthy.  Being just five pounds above you IBW can make you feel terrible.  Ideal body weight can be calculated in many ways.  One of the simplest calculations is using the “Devine Formula” below: 

Males: IBW (kg) = 50 + 2.3 kg for each inch over 5 feet.
Females: IBW (kg) = 45.5  + 2.3 kg for each inch over 5 feet.

If you are obese (greater than 30 lbs. overweight), you need to do an additional calculation using the adjusted body weight formula (ABW):
ABW (kg) = IBW + 0.4(actual weight - IBW)

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, sixty four percent of American adults are considered overweight or obese. Overweight and obese people stand a greater likelihood of developing life-altering and/or life-threatening illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, arthritis, liver problems and many other unhealthy and serious conditions.  The more overweight an individual is, the higher the risk of developing such diseases.  Not only is the degree of excess weight a serious issue, but also where one carries their fat.  For instance, it is generally accepted that those who carry more stomach fat are at higher risk of developing diabetes and heart disease.  This fat is very dangerous and is especially common in men, whereas women tend to carry most weight in their lower bodies.   Read more...

07 Sep 2012

12 Alkalizing Foods That You May Not Be Storing Properly

Posted by Cassandra Stirling

Food is expensive and organic food is even more weighty on the pocket book, which is why you need to maximize the life of your food by storing it properly.  A good place to start would be to notice how food is kept/stored at the grocery store.  However, keep in mind that grocery stores are temperature controlled and many homes are not, especially in the summer months, so room temperature is no longer applicable and heat tends to ripen or spoil foods more quickly. With this in mind, take a look at the basic methods for storing 12 common alkaline foods. 

1. Tomatoes
should be stored at room temperature (not the refrigerator) and not washed until ready to eat.  They should not be put or kept in plastic bags and must be kept out of direct sunlight.  Keep in a bowl lined with paper towel. Read more...

29 Aug 2012

Tart Cherries...A Natural Way To Speed Muscle Recovery

Posted by Cassandra Stirling

Is it possible there is a fruit more powerful than ibuprofen for relieving the pain associated with post workout inflammation?  It seems that way! Tart cherry juice is certainly making a name for itself recently and as a result is developing quite a following among athletes and is now being added to many health drinks and diets.

Research performed at the Oregon Health and Science University showed that runners who drank the tart cherry juice for a week leading up to and including the day of a 197 mile relay race had less pain than those taking a placebo. They had less inflammation and their muscles recovered more quickly. The runners drank 10½ ounces of Montmorency cherry juice (a type of sour cherry) twice a day for seven days before race day and then drank that same amount every eight hours during the actual day of the relay. Another study published in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise found similar results. 


28 Aug 2012

Alkaline Quinoa Recipes!

Posted by Cassandra Stirling

If you are not eating quinoa (pronounced keen-wah), you are missing out on this powerful superfood. Not only is it highly alkalizing, but it is a protein powerhouse packing nearly 9 grams per serving.  It is also gluten free and it provides generous amounts of monounsaturated healthy fats.  All of this and it contains almost twice as much fiber as most other grains giving it a low glycemic index making it ideal for diabetics and for weight loss.  Read more...

23 Aug 2012

12 Zero Calorie Alkalizing Foods

Posted by Cassandra Stirling

12 Zero Calorie Alkalizing Foods

All foods have calories. That is their intended purpose - to supply us with energy and nutrients.  So technically there is no such thing as zero calorie foods; however, there are some foods that require more energy to digest than the calories they in theory provide, thereby allowing them to be considered negative calorie foods. This is mainly because of the high water content of the food combined with the high amounts of fiber.  The high water content makes them naturally low in calories while the high fiber content makes the digestive system work hard thereby expending calories.  
Getting at least 25 grams of fiber each day will help lower your risk of heart disease, as well as some types of cancer and type 2 diabetes. However the benefits do not stop there. These foods are also highly alkalizing and nutrient dense, thus supplying you with crucial vitamins and minerals. Keep in mind that juicing any of these foods does not have the same zero calorie impact because the fiber has been removed or reduced in the juicing process. Although there are many more, here are 12 alkaline foods that are considered zero calorie. Read more...

21 Aug 2012

10 Simple Foods to Detoxify Your Body

Posted by Cassandra Stirling

10 Foods to Detoxify your Body

1. Turmeric, one of the most powerful foods for maintaining a healthy liver, has been shown to actively protect the liver against toxic damage, and even regenerate damaged liver cells. Since tumeric is highly susceptible to light, it is usually packed in airtight tins. Store the tin in a cool, dark place. Read more...

19 Aug 2012

Consider Almond Milk as an Alternative to Cow's Milk

Posted by Cassandra Stirling

The month of June marked the beginning of summer and and also National Dairy Alternative Month.  Conventional cow’s milk has become a questionable drink for many and rightly so.  Cow's milk (unless organic) is jammed with hormones, antibiotics (55% of U.S. antibiotics are fed to livestock), and pesticides, which are not only obviously bad for us but also harmful to the environment.  Cows produce tremendous wastes and greenhouse gases. In fact, your average dairy cow produces 120 pounds of waste each day (equal to that of more than two dozen people). Furthermore, milk is highly acidic and contrary to popular belief is not a good source of calcium and can actually contribute to osteoporosis because it causes calcium to leach from bones to balance the acidity.  Read more...

17 Aug 2012

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