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.
Avocados are an amazing superfood. They promote healthy skin and help to reduce the signs of aging. They also promote eye heath and regulate blood sugar hence they aid in weight loss and protect against diabetes. They are rich in folate and vitamin E thereby helping to reduce the risk of heart disease and they contain healthy fats which reduce inflammation and can be helpful in combatting arthritis. Read more...
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It is the unofficial start of summer with Memorial Day Weekend and many of you will be enjoying some delicious BBQ. BBQ doesn’t have to be unhealthy and there are things you can do to make it more alkaline and healthful.
Firstly keep in mind that charred meats done on the BBQ contain carcinogenic heterocyclic amines (HCA's), however you can reduce this effect by marinating meats for at least several hours in a marinade containing rosemary, thyme, garlic, oregano and other spices. Marinating adds flavor and also makes the meat taste delicious. Also, the more well done or charred the meat, the more HCAs it will contain. In addition, if you like meat, remember organic and/or grass fed beef is always best and wild (not farmed) fish is the way to go.
Add Some Alkaline Vegetables to your BBQ.
The possibilities are endless here and they help to balance out some of the acidity from the meat. Try some of the following:
1. Grilled asparagus. This makes an easy alkaline addition to any barbecue. Just trim the bottoms of a bunch of asparagus, drizzle with a little olive oil, season with Himalayan sea salt, fresh pepper, and other herbs of choice and grill for a few minutes turning regularly.
2. Veggie kebabs. Put all of your favorite vegetables on a skewer, wipe with a little oil such as avocado oil or olive oil and grill on medium. You can also add tofu or a little fish to the skewers if desired.
3. Grilled fish. If you eat fish, salmon is great on the barbecue. Using a cedar plank gives a wonderful flavor. Just make sure your salmon is wild and not farmed. Add some fresh squeezed lemon juice and some salt and pepper and grill until desired tenderness is reached.
4. Grilled corn. Sweet corn cooked on the barbecue is one of my favorites. You can pre-boil the corn a little first then finish on the barbecue or leave the corn in it's husk and grill directly on the barbeque. Avoid the urge to add butter. Corn is in season now and is super sweet so why ruin the taste and make it acidic by adding butter?
5. Baked potatoes, sweet potatoes or yams. Easy and delicious! You can wrap them in foil and cook. However, I don't like to use foil as it migrates small amounts of aluminum into the food. I like to use a grilling basket for my potatoes instead. You can add sea salt, pepper and various herbs like rosemary or parsley, then drizzle with olive oil, place in your grilling basket and grill on barbecue over medium heat. Avoid the butter and sour cream but feel free to use fresh chives.
6. Grilled portobello mushrooms. Wipe them with a little olive oil, place on the grill and cook for a few minutes. Can be chopped and served as a side dish or eaten as a burger.
7. Veggie Burger. Make your own veggie patties using alkaline ingredients or buy organic burgers. Grill on the barbecue and serve between romaine lettuce or on a sprouted bun.
Don’t Forget your Greens
A great side dish to serve during a barbecue is a dark, leafy, green alkaline salad. Add all of your favorite vegetables like peppers, carrots, cucumbers and sprouts. Feel free to add flax seeds and pumpkin seeds for extra alkalinity. Other good salads include tabouli salad and quinoa salad. Another traditional barbecue side dish is baked beans. Try making your own to ensure they are the healthiest and most alkaline. You can also offer wild rice or brown rice as a side. The possibilities are endless so experiment and enjoy!
Tips for reducing BPA
Bisphenol-A, commonly known as BPA, is the key component used to make epoxy resins and polycarbonate plastic found in everyday food containers and plastics. Researchers have linked developmental exposure to BPA to reproductive harm, increased cancer susceptibility, and abnormalities in brain development and fat metabolism. Although it may be difficult to completely avoid exposure to BPA, take a look at 9 steps you can take to reduce your family's exposure to this chemical.
1. Avoid heating food in any plastic container, even if it's marked "microwave safe." Studies have found that heating plastic containers increases the amount of BPA that leaches into food. Use glass, paper, and ceramic containers for microwaving foods. In fact, you should limit microwaving of food anyway because of the harmful rays they emit and the way they damage the food. Read more...
Top Spring Foods to Boost your Alkalinity
1. Blueberries are the king of dietary fiber, antioxidants, manganese, and vitamin C. They have also been shown to help reset insulin sensitivity. Although it depends on geographic location, in warm climates, blueberries start to ripen in the spring. The health benefits of blueberries are extensive and they are lower in sugar than most fruits. Try adding them to oatmeal, granola, salads or your morning smoothies. Make sure when purchasing blueberries that they are ripe as they do not continue to ripen after harvesting. Do not wash them until ready to eat as this will speed up deterioration. In addition, keep them refrigerated. They should last up to 2 weeks if they are freshly picked. If this is not the case, eat them as soon as possible or freeze them. Read more...
With winter in full swing, it can be difficult to find fresh fruit and vegetables. These foods are out of season in many parts of the world and what is available at grocery stores has been shipped hundreds of miles making their nutritional value, freshness and taste questionable. This brings many people to ask, what is better fresh or frozen? Read more...
1. Extra Virgin Raw Organic Coconut Oil contains medium chain fatty acids, which help stimulate your body's metabolism, promoting weight loss. Try replacing some other oils around your house (like vegetable oil) for raw, expeller pressed coconut oil. Long chain fatty acids mostly get stored as fat while medium chain fatty acids get used as energy. Use it for cooking, or simply eat a spoonful raw. Studies have also shown that coconut oil increases thyroid activity and since adrenal fatigue or burnout contributes to belly fat, using coconut oil could help correct a large part of the adrenal problem.
2. Garlic is a natural fat burner containing alicin, which, helps flush away fat. Garlic is also a powerful antioxidant, a natural antibiotic and it strengthens the immune system. Eat it raw or use it in as many meals as possible.
3. Quinoa (organic) is a perfect compete protein containing all 9 essential amino acids that are the building block for muscles. Quinoa is also packed with fiber, and is high in alkalizing minerals such as manganese, magnesium and copper. Eat for breakfast with some cinnamon and almond oil, or simply add to salads. Quinoa also makes for a great burger.
4. Chia seeds (Raw Organic). These powerful seeds are an amazing source of protein, omega 3 fatty acids and important minerals. Most people get way too much omega 6 fatty acid compared to omega 3 fatty acids in their diets and this is not a good thing. Chia seeds give a nice dose or omega 3╒s without the excessive less desired omega 6╒s. Omegas 3 fatty acids have been shown to improve blood sugar levels, lower insulin levels, block fat storage, increase metabolic rate and suppress the production of cortisol (released during stress). Chia seeds can be added to smoothies or sprinkled on yogurt, granola or even a salad.
5. Lentils are one of the highest alkaline protein sources and since our bodies use more energy to digest protein, we tend to burn more fat when we consume them. Lentils are also an excellent source of fiber, keeping your metabolism revved and appetite satisfied for long periods of time. They make a delicious tasting soup or an easy side dish.
6. Blueberries. Not only are these berries loaded with antioxidants and fiber but also they also increase insulin sensitivity and ultimately help to balance blood sugar levels. When your blood sugar levels are stabilized, your body is less inclined to store belly fat.
7. Apples are excellent fat burners due to their high fiber content. They also carry few calories, are rich in nutrients and contain pectin, which reduces cholesterol and regulates blood sugar levels. Similar low calorie, alkaline fruits that help you burn fat are: tangerines, peaches, lemons, limes and melons.
8. Grapefruit is not only low in calories and high in fiber but it also helps dissolve fat and cholesterol because it contains 15 grams of pectin. Eat it alone, or add it to salads or shakes.
9. Leafy Greens. These alkaline staples are jam packed with nutrients and antioxidants. They are also filled with chlorophyll and tons of vitamins and minerals and they are very low in calories. Most people who are overweight are acidic. This happens because when buffer reserves are depleted, the body begin storing acids in tissues and fat cells. The strong alkaline nature of dark leafy greens like kale, spinach, collards and dandelion greens help to keep your body out of the acidic state by producing a very alkaline ash and providing alkaline minerals to help buffer excess acids in the body. You can also try using a green powder such as Sun Warrior Ormus Greens to get a similar effect.
10. Green tea contains flavanoids called catechins, which are believed to boost metabolism, inhibit fat absorption and reduce appetite. Green tea is also very alkalizing and a great substitution for acidic morning coffee. You can also take a green tea supplement such as Gaia Herbs Green Tea Leaf.
All of the foods listed above are not just fat burning, but they are alkalizing. Combine them with other alkalizing foods to create wonderful meals and recipes or simply enjoy them on their own. Incorporate some alkalizing exercises into your routine and you are well on your way to shedding that winter fat! What are some of your favorite fat burning alkaline foods? Read more...
Happy New Year! It’s a brand new start to a brand new year. New Year's Resolutions are often made with health being a priority but the reality is many of these resolutions fizzle out in a couple of weeks. The best approach is to take slow and steady steps towards your goals. Together lets make 2012 an alkaline year. Take a look at these 12 ways to improve your overall health and to help increase alkalinity. Read more...