Sunday, March 9, 2014

Why "Soul Food" should really be called "Slave Food"


Milton Mills, MD, is Associate Director of Preventive Medicine for the Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), as well as a practicing internist at Fairfax Hospital in Virginia. He also provides medical care and counseling in several free clinics in Washington, DC.
In this conversation, Dr Mills shared his provocative views - all of them supported by overwhelming evidence - on the ideal human diet.
Along the way, we touch on the following topics:
  • Why "soul food" should really be called "slave food"
  • How we know human beings are clearly designed to be plant- and not meat-eaters, despite our "predator eyes"
  • The inherent racism in the USDA's dietary guidelines
  • The surprising reason bear bile can be an effective treatment in the system of Traditional Chinese Medicine - and why it proves we're not supposed to be carnivores
You can download the interview here, or listen online if you can see the player below
Find out more about Dr. Mills at PCRM.org.
Please review our Alkaline Foods list for more information.
Enjoy, and please share!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Finish Your Breakfast






When you wake up in the morning what is the first thing you should do? Drink two 16 ounces of Alkaline Water over a 30 minutes period. If you still want to eat something,  get ready for the day with some Alkaline Foods that will nurture your body and feed your cells electricity "The Alkaline Way".

Morning Power Smoothie

Ingredients (Buy Organic) 

*4 strawberries
*1 cup of OJ
*1 Tbsp tahini
*1 banana
* 1/2 tsp vanilla
* 1 Tbsp agave nectar
* 8 oz of Alkaline Water 
*1/2 lime squeezed into the water
* Add two scoops of hemp seeds

Prep

Remove stems from strawberries and wash, then blend all ingredients in blender until smooth.


Weezy's Wild Rice Porridge

Ingredients (Buy Organic)

* 1 cup of wild rice, cooked
* 3 to 4 cups Alkaline Water, boiling
* 1 cup almond milk
* 3/4 of a cup of currants
* 1/2 cup of slivered almonds, toasted
* 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
* 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
* 1/2 of cup of date sugar
* 1/4 cup of real maple syrup
 * Add fresh berries

Prep


In sauce pan, bring the Alkaline Water to a boil. Add the wild rice to the water and cook for 30 minutes.
Cover and simmer for another 20 to 30 minutes until the wild rice are to the desired texture (they should not be mushy). Mix all the ingredients and "Give Thanks"




Spelt Berry Pancakes

Ingredients (Buy Organic)


* 2 cups of spelt flour
* 1 & 1/2 cup of almond milk
* 2 tbsp of applesauce
* 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
* 4 tbsp of melted coconut oil
* 1 tsp of Sea Moss or 1/4 tsp of Non-GMO baking powder
* 3 tbsp of maple syrup
* 1/4 tsp of sea salt
* hand full of walnut pieces
* 1 & 1/2 of cup of berries
* 4 tbsp of hemp seeds

Prep


Mix together in a bowl and make some pancakes!
Add your favorite topping and eat!



Belgian Waffle

Ingredients (Buy Organic)


* 2 cups of spelt flour
* 2 cups of almond milk
* 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
* 1/2 cup of melted coconut oil
* 1 tsp of sea moss or 1/4 of Non-GMO Baking powder
* 1/2 cup of maple syrup
* 1 tsp of vanilla extract
* hand full of walnuts
* 1/2 of cup of blueberries
* A scoop of hemp seeds

Prep


Mix together and pour into waffle maker and cook.
Add your favorite fruit and eat!



Hot Quinoa Breakfast with Dried Fruit

4 servings
Prep and Cook Time: 30 minutes


Ingredients (Buy Organic)

* 2 1/2 cups fresh orange juice
* 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice diced
* 1 tsp finely minced lime zest
* 1/4 cup maple syrup
* 3/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
* 15 pitted prunes
* 10 dried apricots, cut in half
* 1/4 tsp cinnamon
* 1 cup quinoa
* 4 cups lightly salted Alkaline Water (use pure sea salt)



Prep


1. Combine the orange juice, lime juice, zest, cinnamon and maple syrup in a medium sized saucepan and stir.
2. Bring to a simmer on high heat, add prunes and apricots.
3. Turn the heat to the lowest level. Simmer gently for about 10 minutes. Don't let the prunes get too soggy. While prunes are simmering, start cooking quinoa by bringing lightly salted water to a boil in a medium saucepan.
4. Add quinoa to boiling water, stirring slowly and constantly.
5. Reduce heat to low and cook for about 15 minutes, stirring to make sure it doesn't get lumpy. If it starts to look too thick, add a little more hot water. You want it to be soft.
6. Remove fruit from sauce to a shallow bowl, using a slotted spoon. Turn the heat to high.
7. Reduce the liquid to about half, return fruit and add walnuts to sauce, and serve over bowl of quinoa.



Organic Puffed Kamut Cereal 

Ingredients (Buy Organic)

* Kamut Puffs
* add your favorite nut milk (check our list)
* maple sugar or maple syrup
* Add your favorite nuts, cinnamon, currants and enjoy!

Prep

If you want some Hot Kamut Cereal add 2 cups to almond milk to a pot and boil. After boiling remove pot from stove. Add kamut puffs to milk and mix until thick. Add maple crystals and cinnamon. Stir then serve.



If you want to more recipes please review our Alkaline Books!  The process of restoring an alkaline pH begins with proper diet and nutrition. This includes drinking plenty Alkaline Water, eating Alkalizing Foods, exercising and relaxation. To fully understand the nature of optimal health we recommend you to review our website. www.purifyself.com

These statements set forth have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration and are only intended for information purposes. This product is not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. Always consult your health care provider before using any health or dietary supplement.




Thursday, January 2, 2014

The Herbs are for the Healing of the Nations


What is an herb?
A part of a natural plant used for medicine or food.

What is food?
Food is fuel that feeds the body electric energy.

What makes food electric?
The food is electric only if it's natural and a great conductor of electricity. Example: Black Mushrooms are high in copper and gold. Both of these elements are great conductors of the electricity that will flow through the body.

Alkaline herbs is the original medicine and its energy as well as the planet nutrients resonate perfectly in our bodies. People rely on "man-made" chemical pharmaceutical drugs and has forgotten about the powerful healing of mother nature.  History of using herbal medicines predates the Internet, medical doctors, libraries and even books. Stop and ask yourself how many of our loved ones have died of diseases related to improper diet and insufficient information.

Here is a quote from Herbalist and Naturalist Dr.Sebi from a book called Sojourn to Honduras Sojourn to Healing: Why an Herbalist's view matters more today than ever before.

" I was given a disease that I had to address, a disease that you would never find the solution in any book. That disease is known as lockjaw. Once your jaw is locked it will remain locked and you will die. So I sat in front of her and I saw her dying and everybody was in the house, approximately 100 people. And it came to my skull. You call yourself a healer. Now the lady is dying. You known you can't go to any books because there aren't any books that have within it's pages the answer to lockjaw. So you better go into yourself. And what did I come up with? I came up with the answer from within me. The answer was to go to her skull. And what did I come up with? I came up with the answer from within me. The answer was to go to her skull. And I went to her skull. I went to her skull because her jaw was locked, meaning that the organ that is responsible for her jaw being locked is her brain. I cannot go through her mouth like I usually do to give someone a substance. The mouth is locked. So I have to go where? The nearest point to her brain-her skull. Because her skull is porous. The same herb that I would have given her mouth in 15 minutes or less. So where do you go and find that information? It comes from us but we are not trusting in ourselves, and the reason why we do not trust ourselves is because we don't even trust God. When we stop trusting God, we stop trusting self. Because look, correct me If I'm wrong. Every book on the planet, whether the Bagavad Gita, the Talmud, the Torah or the Koran and not to mention the Holy Bible, it is stated that the herbs are for the healing of the nation. But the followers of these religions when they get sick, where do they go? To the herbs or to a chemical?"

"The hypothalamus gland has been interfered with. It cannot process anymore. It cannot decipher. It cannot help you. It has turned against you. But as soon as we abstain from the things that interfere with the hypothalamus gland, there's clarity. Like in the case of the lady dying and I went to her skull, who helped me to go there? I did because my brain was clear enough. And if all of us were to go there you wouldn't need Sebi. We would all be seeing. But right now I'm a one-eyed man where everybody is blind. Well, a one-eyed man is king where everybody is blind. But I only have one eye open. The is serious."

 "As we look at the full picture now, we see that all of the conversations and all of the dialogue and the meetings were based solely on that confused hypothalamus gland. That's why the result is not seeing."

For information on Sojourn to Honduras Sojourn to Healing: Why an Herbalist's view matters more today than ever before. Go to www.purifyself.com .






To Find Them Any Fresher You Would Have To Grow




Bayberries: contains vitamin A, B and C, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, selenium, zinc and more.

    

Black Snake Root: Native Americans used the roots and rhizomes of this member of the buttercup family to treat kidney aliments, malaria, rheumatism and sore throats. Others turned to it for bronchitis, dropsy, fever, hysteria and nervous disorders, lumbago, rattlesnake bites and yellow fever.


                                             

Blue Vervain: a North American perennial herb; edible and medicinal, especially in early Native American culture; leaves and roots used as a remedy for ulcers, headaches, bowel problems and rheumatism.

Burdock: a wild plant native to Europe and Northern Asia, now widespread in the United States; fresh or dried roots are used, seeds are edible; used as blood purifier, relieves boils, rheumatism and skin disorders.

Cayenne: Improves circulation and digestion. Combats chills. Weight loss. Boosts Immune system. Increase blood flow to areas affected with rheumatism, arthritis and more.

Chaparral: native to California, Northern Baja, California and Mexico; has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties; high in antioxidants; a blood purifier; relieves tumor growth.

Dandelion: high in iron, magnesium and zinc; leaves and root used as diuretic and laxative; stimulates digestion; a good blood purifier; used by Arabian physicians in the 10th and 11th centuries. Dandelion is high in vitamins A, C, D and B-complex vitamins, iron magnesium and zinc; It was used to treat infections, bile, kidney aliments and liver problems, as well as cancers, and as a diuretic. There is evidence to suggest it may have anti-inflammatory effects and assist with urinary tract infections in women.

                                    


Elderberry:  High immune system boost, coughs, colds flu, bacterial infections, viral infections, tonsillitis, lower cholesterol, improved vision and hearth health. 

Fennel: often used for colic, wind, irritable bowel, kidneys, spleen, liver, lungs, suppressing appetite, breast health, promoting menstruation, improving digestive system, milk flow and increasing urine flow. Fennel is also commonly used to treat antispasmodic, antidepressant, anti-microbial, pain reducing, and fever reducing. 

Hemp: Hemp is commonly used to add "protein" to the diet of vegetarians. A handful of seeds provides the minimum daily requirement of protein for adults.The benefits include reduction of cardiovascular disease, reduction of cancer, alleviate the symptoms of bipolar disease and also those rheumatoid arthritis.  


Milk Thistle: used to help with alcoholic hepatitis, alcoholic fatty liver, cirrhosis, liver poisoning and viral hepatitis. Alcholic fatty liver poisoning. It can benefits adrenal disorders and inflammatory bowel syndrome. Psoriasis. Lowering cholesterol and more.  

                                                

Muira Puama: used to improve psychological and physical aspects of libido and sexual function, menstrual cramps and PMS. Helps with gastrointestinal and reproductive disorders, stress and trauma.

Pine Pollen: used for Brain health. Stamina. Aids in removing toxins from the blood stream. Important for the protection, and development of the nervous system. Protects the liver. Removes excess ammonia which is important for athletes.

Red Clover: used for hot flashes, PMS, lowering cholesterol, breast health, improving urine production and improving circulation of the blood. It helps reduce blood clots and arterial plaques and limiting the development of benign prostate hyperplsia. Red clover is a source of many valuable nutrients including calcium, chromium, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine and more.

                                         


Sarsaparilla: in the Amazon, some tribes used it as a treatment for leprosy by ingesting it as well as using it externally. blood purifying properties and recommended as a treatment for the sexually transmitted condition syphilis. Sarsaparilla is used to treat gout, gonorrhea, open wounds, arthritis, cough, fever, hypertension pain a lack of sexual desire indigestion and even certain forms of cancer.

Turmeric: as a natural anti-inflammatory, turmeric aids in giving relief to sufferers of arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.It may also slow the progression of multiple sclerosis. Anti-oxidants found in turmeric remove free radicals from the body. Turmeric prevents and slows the progression of Alzheimer disease by removing plaque (mucus) from the brain. Turmeric is sometimes used as an anti-depressant.

Yellow Dock: a perennial herb indigenous to Europe and some parts of Asia, now found in the United States; fresh leaves are used in salads; the root is used as a laxative and astringent; relieves poor digestion and liver problems also swelling of nasal passages; cleanses toxins from body.




The process of restoring an alkaline pH begins with proper diet and nutrition. This includes drinking plenty Alkaline Water, eating Alkalizing Foods, exercising and relaxation. To fully understand the nature of optimal health we recommend you to review our website. www.purifyself.com

These statements set forth have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration and are only intended for information purposes. This product is not intended to diagnose, cure or prevent any disease. Always consult your health care provider before using any health or dietary supplement.
                                                             
                              


                      

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Against The Grain


Today it can be extremely difficult to find grains that are not in some way synthetic, hybrids, or genetically modified all of which produce acidity in our bodies. The grains below have an old genetic make-ups that will both please your palate and nurture your body. These natural grains can be found in major health food stores in the form of breads, cereals, flours and pasta.







Amaranth
Amaranth is an 8,000 year old crop called the “super food” by the ancient Aztecs. Amaranth was fed to runners and warriors because of its reputation for providing large bursts of energy and improving athletic performance. It was a staple food of the Aztecs and was used as an integral part of Aztec religious ceremonies. The cultivation of Amaranth was banned by the conquistadors upon their conquest of the Aztec nation.  Because the crop figured so prominently in Aztec culture and religious ceremonies, the conquering armies of Cortez burned the fields to the ground. As European crops replaced indigenous ones, Amaranth slowly fell out of use. Twenty years ago, the “ancient crop with a future” enjoyed a renaissance when the National Academy of Sciences recommended Amaranth as one of twenty foods to be re-introduced into the "American diet".

The main reason for Amaranth’s recommended re-introduction is its phenomenal nutritional profile, which provides several important nutrients that are often difficult to incorporate into a restrictive diet. For example, Amaranth contains large amounts of dietary fiber, iron, and calcium as well as other vitamins and minerals. The leaves of the amaranth planet tasted much like spinach and are used in the same manner that spinach is used.

Amaranth also has naturally high amounts of lysine, methionine and cysteine combined with a fine balance of amino acids making it an excellent source of high quality, balanced protein, which is more complete than the protein found in most grains. In addition to Amaranth’s outstanding nutritional value, it is also very low in sodium and contains no saturated fat. Another outstanding feature is that our Amaranth is organically grown and is naturally Non-GMO.


 Amaranth is an ancient grain of the Aztecs has been rediscovered by Westerners, although you'll probably need to visit a health-food store or check an on-line source to find it. Amaranth has a distinctive sweet but peppery taste -- one that many people prefer combined with other grains, for a more mellow flavor. Technically, it's not a grain; it's the fruit of a plant. And that's the reason it contains a more complete protein, and more of it, than other traditional grains.

Meeting your daily protein needs with complex carbohydrates, rather than animal protein, is both healthier for you and a boon to your weight-loss efforts. That's because animal protein is nothing but fat and cholesterol -- two dietary components that you want to take out of your vocabulary and diet.  Protein foods also help to slow down the absorption of glucose into the bloodstream. This in turn reduces hunger by reducing insulin levels and making it easier for the body to burn fat.

Using amaranth in combination with quinoa and spelt results in a complete protein as high in food value as fish, red meat or poultry. It is no wonder the Incas and the Aztecs called these amazing seeds "Gift from the Gods."

It just takes fifteen minutes to create a miracle food, 1 cup of the seeds to 2 cups of water. Simmer for fifteen minutes and eat plain with an avocado on top and some fresh squeezed lime or add fruit to it for an amazing breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Amaranth is also much richer in iron, magnesium, and calcium than most grains, so it can help keep anemia and osteoporosis at bay. It excels as a source of fiber, mostly insoluble, which is of help in reducing the risk of a variety of diseases, including heart disease, certain cancers and digestive-tract conditions.





Black Rice
Legend has it, that in China there was a special, heirloom variety of rice grown exclusively for the emperor. This variety of rice was the rice we know today as black rice or emperor’s rice. Black rice was cultivated in small amounts, in specially designated fields, by highly trusted servants and its seeds were guarded day and night. It was strictly forbidden for anyone, but the emperor, to consume this variety of rice.

The reason black rice was so highly valued, and closely guarded, by the Chinese emperors was because in ancient Chinese medicine, which relies heavy on the philosophy “food is medicine and medicine is food” black rice is seen as a main source of good health and longevity. In ancient days, black rice was viewed as the mystical source of the emperors’ good health and longevity and was consumed as a tonic. Therefore, anyone caught cultivating or consuming this rice was believed to be sabotaging or “stealing” the source of good health and longevity reserved especially for the emperor and thus was punished, severely.

Luckily, times have changed and no one will be punished today for consuming black rice. Though highly popular in Thailand and Indonesia, black rice is not a stable source of carbohydrates in most rice-consuming cultures such as the Indian culture, and the Arabic and Persian cultures. That is mostly due to the fact that the Greeks banned the cultivation, importation and consumption of black rice when they conquered the Middle East because they believed that the consumption of this food helped their enemies in battle. They did not however, ban white rice, which they deemed worthless. As a result, India, one of the largest exporters of rice to the Middle East, both then and now, stopped cultivation of black rice due to lack of demand. Therefore, white rice replaced black rice as the dominant source of carbohydrates in all Middle Eastern cultural cuisines. Due to events such as these, black rice, a food once highly reveled by the world’s most powerful figures, faded into oblivion.

Though there is still a lot we do not know about the health benefits of black rice, a series of scientific studies have labeled it “The Long-Lost Superfood”, a treasure house of antioxidants, fiber, nutrients, minerals and amino acids capable of combating and preventing a host of health problems ranging from cancer, diabetes, and heart disease to Alzheimer’s. Apparently, the emperor’s of ancient China were right.

The black, outer layer of this rice, contains antioxidant-rich bran. The purple and reddish pigment of this rice, which gives it its black appearance, contains Anthocyanins, the same antioxidants found in such prominent superfoods as blueberries, acai berries and grapes.




Fonio
Fonio is the smallest  of all species of millet. It is also one the healthiest species of millet. It contains a lot of molybdenum, which is the 42nd element in the Periodic Table of Elements. When eating this grain you invoke "her" spirit-force and bring about wealth and prosperity.

It is one of the world's fastest growing grains and the easiest to grow. Even though it is the easiest to grow, due of it's tiny grains, it is very time consuming and difficult to remove the husk. It is very popular to the Akposso people of Togo and Fouta Djallon people of Guinea.

Fonio helps protect against tooth decay, good for proper metabolism of fats, carbohydrate and iron. It may even help to protect against certain cancers. Fonio is one of the world's fastest growing cereals. It is a crop reaches its maturity in as little as six to eight weeks. It is a crop that can be relied on in areas with poor soils, where rains are brief and unreliable. 



Kamut
There is a legend that tells that in WWII, a US airman claimed to have taken a handful of kamut grain from a stone box in a tomb near Dashare, Egypt. Thirty-six kernels of the grain were given to a friend who mailed them to his father, a Montana wheat farmer. The farmer planted and harvested a small crop and displayed the grain as a novelty at the local fair.


Believing the legend that the giant grain kernels were taken from an Egyptian tomb, the grain was dubbed "King Tut's Wheat". But soon the novelty wore off and this ancient grain was all but forgotten. In 1977, one remaining jar of "King Tut's Wheat" was obtained by T. Mack Quinn, another Montana wheat farmer, who with his son Bob, an agricultural scientist and plant biochemist, soon perceived the value of this unique grain. They spent the next decade propagating the humped-backed kernels originally selected from the small jar. their research revealed that wheat of this type originated in the fertile crescent area which runs from Egypt to the Tigris-Euphrates valley. The Quinns coined the trade name "Kamut" an ancient Egyptian word for wheat. Egyptologists claim the root meaning of Kamut is "Soul of the Earth".

Facts: Kamut is two to three times the size of common wheat with 20-40% more protein, higher in lipids, amino acids, vitamins and minerals. It is closely related to durum wheat and is a good wheat alternative. It is nutritionally superior and it is easily digested.





Quinoa
Over 5,000 years ago, high in the Andes mountains, the Incas began to cultivate quinoa as one of their staple crops, believing that it gave power and stamina to their warriors. Quinoa was also used in their ceremonial rituals. When Spanish conquistadors arrived in South America in the sixteenth century, they burned and destroyed the quinoa fields as part of the effort to annihilate Inca culture. But quinoa survived by growing wild in the mountains or by being cultivated in secret in small quantities. In the 1980's, two North Americans stumbled upon this ancient, super-nutritious food and began cultivating it near Boulder, Colorado. Since then, quinoa's popularity has exploded worldwide.


Although it is known as the "Mother Grain", quinoa is technically a seed.  It grows best in mountainous regions, 10 thousand feet or more above sea level, and thrives in poor soil, thin air and extreme weather. Quinoa stalks are 3 to 6 feet tall, and each plant can produce up to a cup of seeds!

The benefits of Quinoa actually go far beyond that of a protein substitute for Vegans and vegetarians. People who suffer from migraines wouldn't go far wrong in making Quinoa a regular part of their diet.

This is because Quinoa also contains high amounts of magnesium, an important mineral for relaxing the blood vessels, which can in turn lower blood pressure and cholesterol. It can also help in the battle against diabetes and is important for maintaining strong, healthy bones.

Quinoa is also a very good source of protein, vitamin B2, vitamin E, and dietary fiber. It’s a good source of the minerals iron, phosphorus, copper, and zinc.
 Quinoa is a living food and besides the nutritional properties, quinoa has fiber..... Meat is a dead food, no fiber and very little accessible protein and nutritional value. Meat causes heart disease as it is loaded with saturated fat whereas quinoa with no fat at all promotes a healthy heart. Most people don't even know what quinoa is and prefer meat that leads to heart attacks, weight gain and cancer! I guess that is why doctors drive Mercedes and have two and three vacation homes and quinoa farmers in the Andes barely can feed their families.

Quinoa also has more calcium than cow milk, so when flesh eaters ask you, 'Where do you get your calcium," you can tell them quinoa and then turn around and ask them, "where do they get your calcium from, because it certainty isn't milk"....Milk is so processed and diluted, it is liquid meat. besides, the calcium in milk is for a calf to grow into a 1000 pound cow..

Quinoa is being considered a possible crop in NASA's Controlled Ecological Life Support System for long duration manned spaceflights. Try black, red or pearl qunioa to your diet. Lastly, quinoa is a 35 on the glycemic index, making it a good wheat or gluten replacement for those with allergies or diabetic needs. 





Teff
The use of Teff can be traced back to about 3359 BC. It was produced and used primarily around Ethiopia, India and Australia. While Teff still provides over two-thirds of the human nutrition in Ethiopia, it is still relatively unknown elsewhere. Recently, some private entrepreneurs in the U.S have begun cultivating Teff. 

Teff is the smallest grain in the world: it takes 150 teff grains to weigh as much as one wheat grain! Teff may be substituted for seeds, nuts or other small grains when baking, as a thickener for soups, stews, gravies and puddings, to make grain burgers or in stir fries and casseroles.


Teff is surprisingly high in calcium and vitamin C, a nutrient not often found in grains. Plus, it’s gluten-free, making it perfect for those with gluten sensitivity or celiac disease. Teff is primarily made of high-resistant starch, which can help prevent colon cancer. Resistant starches aren’t immediately digested when traveling through the small intestine. Instead, they hang out in the large intestine, where bacteria feed on them and create fatty acids that make the environment less welcoming to bacteria that can harm the colon. A study also showed that people who ate muffins high in resistant starch felt fuller than those who ate muffins without. Teff’s tiny size (about the size of a poppy seed) allows it to cook quickly compared to other grains, ranging from 12 to 20 minutes depending on desired texture.




Wild Rice
Real wild rice is not genetically modified, like most of the other grains (except for the ones shown above) available in the US. While the hybrids all have less nutrients that their ancestors, real wild rice is as nutritious and powerful as ancient grains. Wild rice is really an annual aquatic seed found mostly in upper freshwater lakes of Canada, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota.

The Native tribes used wild rice as an important staple in their diets and considered it the centerpiece of their "Megwetch Manomin Feast" that followed the first harvest. They called it manomin or mahnomen, (it means "Wild Rice People" in Ojibwe) The Menominee tribe referred to the grains as "Good Berry".


Most "wild" rice available in grocery stores across the country is actually cultivated in rice a paddies. It cooks uniformly, is consistent year after year, and is actually a hybrid developed by the University of Minnesota. It is because of this rice that many people do not like wild rice. Believe me: there is a great deal of difference real wild rice and paddy rice! To me there is no comparison.

Real wild rice requires just the right conditions to grow and only grows naturally in northern Minnesota and Canada. The water has to be at a plants. These non-depleted soils at the bottom of pristine lakes give the black rice a rich flavor and nutrition. White potatoes, white flower, white sugar, white salt, white rice are not good for you. They all are acidic and produce mucous additional mucous in your body once you consume these foods.

Mucous is like putting gum on wires in terms of your electrical body. Mucous is not a great conductor of electricity. In fact, mucous diffuses the potential amount of electricity that flow through your body and the first thing effected is your brain because it is powered by your body's natural electricity. 

see the acid/alkaline chart for a complete nutritional guide of the foods that are less harmful and detrimental to the body.

Stay pHresh Stay Alkaline 


Source: Alkaline Foods Cookbook by: Keith Exum
SoJourn to Healing by: Beverly Oliver
Our Line Of Alkaline Recipe Book by: Meskhenent
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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

5 Reasons NOT to Drink Bottled Water




                                                                     







5 Reasons NOT to Drink Bottled Water


It's expensive, wasteful and — contrary to popular belief — not any healthier for you than tap water.
Bottled Water is healthy water — or so marketers would have us believe. Just look at the labels or the bottled water ads: deep, pristine pools of spring water; majestic alpine peaks; healthy, active people gulping down icy bottled water between biking in the park and a trip to the yoga studio.

In reality, bottled water is just water. That fact isn't stopping people from buying a lot of it. Estimates variously place worldwide bottled water sales at between $50 and $100 billion each year, with the market expanding at the startling annual rate of 7 percent.

Bottled water is big business. But in terms of sustainability, bottled water is a dry well. It's costly, wasteful and distracts from the brass ring of public health: the construction and maintenance of safe municipal water systems.

Want some solid reasons to kick the bottled water habit? We've rounded up five to get you started.
 


1) Bottled water isn't a good value

Take, for instance, Pepsi's Aquafina or Coca-Cola's Dasani bottled water. Both are sold in 20 ounce sizes and can be purchased from vending machines alongside soft drinks — and at the same price. Assuming you can find a $1 machine, that works out to 5 cents an ounce. These two brands are essentially filtered tap water, bottled close to their distribution point. Most municipal water costs less than 1 cent per gallon.

Now consider another widely sold liquid: gasoline. It has to be pumped out of the ground in the form of crude oil, shipped to a refinery (often halfway across the world), and shipped again to your local filling station.

In the U.S., the average price per gallon is hovering around $3. There are 128 ounces in a gallon, which puts the current price of gasoline at a fraction over 2 cents an ounce.

And that's why there's no shortage of companies that want to get into the business. In terms of price versus production cost, bottled water puts Big Oil to shame.
 


2) No healthier than tap water

In theory, bottled water in the United States falls under the regulatory authority of the Food and Drug Administration. In practice, about 70 percent of bottled water never crosses state lines for sale, making it exempt from FDA oversight.

On the other hand, water systems in the developed world are well-regulated. In the U.S., for instance, municipal water falls under the purview of the Environmental Protection Agency, and is regularly inspected for bacteria and toxic chemicals. Want to know how your community scores? Check out the Environmental Working Group's National Tap Water Database.

While public safety groups correctly point out that many municipal water systems are aging and there remain hundreds of chemical contaminants for which no standards have been established, there's very little empirical evidence that suggests bottled water is any cleaner or better for you than its tap equivalent.
 


3) Bottled water means garbage

Bottled water produces up to 1.5 million tons of plastic waste per year. According to Food and Water Watch, that plastic requires up to 47 million gallons of oil per year to produce. And while the plastic used to bottle beverages is of high quality and in demand by recyclers, over 80 percent of plastic bottles are simply thrown away.

That assumes empty bottles actually make it to a garbage can. Plastic waste is now at such a volume that vast eddies of current-bound plastic trash now spin endlessly in the world's major oceans. This represents a great risk to marine life, killing birds and fish which mistake our garbage for food.

Thanks to its slow decay rate, the vast majority of all plastics ever produced still exist — somewhere.
 


4) Bottled water means less attention to public systems

Many people drink bottled water because they don't like the taste of their local tap water, or because they question its safety.

This is like running around with a slow leak in your tire, topping it off every few days rather than taking it to be patched. Only the very affluent can afford to switch their water consumption to bottled sources. Once distanced from public systems, these consumers have little incentive to support bond issues and other methods of upgrading municipal water treatment.

There's plenty of need. In California, for example, the American Society of Civil Engineers estimated the requirement of $17.5 billion in improvements to the state's drinking water infrastructure as recently as 2005. In the same year, the state lost 222 million gallons of drinkable water to leaky pipes.
 


5) The corporatization of water

In the documentary film Thirst, authors Alan Snitow and Deborah Kaufman demonstrated the rapid worldwide privatization of municipal water supplies, and the effect these purchases are having on local economies.

Water is being called the "Blue Gold" of the 21st century. Thanks to increasing urbanization and population, shifting climates and industrial pollution, fresh water is becoming humanity's most precious resource.

Multinational corporations are stepping in to purchase groundwater and distribution rights wherever they can, and the bottled water industry is an important component in their drive to commoditized what many feel is a basic human right: the access to safe and affordable water.
 


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Bottled water – you’ll see a ton of different kinds, many claiming to be from a prestigious mountain stream.  Others will claim reverse osmosis or distillation.  Some will have added minerals, while others are just plain ol’ municipal water (the same kind supplied through the kitchen tap) filtered and bottled! I venture to say that these bottled waters all have one thing in common: they are very acidic. Many have been found to test at 7 on the pH scale.  In some cases, maybe an 8 pH (these are usually the waters that are labeled as alkaline). Whatever bottled water, whether measuring a 4 on the pH scale or a 7, it is not the best thing to put in your body. Here’s why: - See more at: http://www.alkavivanews.com/2012/11/27/bottled-water/#sthash.ogHBI9aP.dpuf
Bottled water – you’ll see a ton of different kinds, many claiming to be from a prestigious mountain stream.  Others will claim reverse osmosis or distillation.  Some will have added minerals, while others are just plain ol’ municipal water (the same kind supplied through the kitchen tap) filtered and bottled! I venture to say that these bottled waters all have one thing in common: they are very acidic. Many have been found to test at 7 on the pH scale.  In some cases, maybe an 8 pH (these are usually the waters that are labeled as alkaline). Whatever bottled water, whether measuring a 4 on the pH scale or a 7, it is not the best thing to put in your body. Here’s why: - See more at: http://www.alkavivanews.com/2012/11/27/bottled-water/#sthash.ogHBI9aP.dpuf
Bottled water – you’ll see a ton of different kinds, many claiming to be from a prestigious mountain stream.  Others will claim reverse osmosis or distillation.  Some will have added minerals, while others are just plain ol’ municipal water (the same kind supplied through the kitchen tap) filtered and bottled! I venture to say that these bottled waters all have one thing in common: they are very acidic. Many have been found to test at 7 on the pH scale.  In some cases, maybe an 8 pH (these are usually the waters that are labeled as alkaline). Whatever bottled water, whether measuring a 4 on the pH scale or a 7, it is not the best thing to put in your body. Here’s why: - See more at: http://www.alkavivanews.com/2012/11/27/bottled-water/#sthash.ogHBI9aP.dpuf
Bottled water – you’ll see a ton of different kinds, many claiming to be from a prestigious mountain stream.  Others will claim reverse osmosis or distillation.  Some will have added minerals, while others are just plain ol’ municipal water (the same kind supplied through the kitchen tap) filtered and bottled! I venture to say that these bottled waters all have one thing in common: they are very acidic. Many have been found to test at 7 on the pH scale.  In some cases, maybe an 8 pH (these are usually the waters that are labeled as alkaline). Whatever bottled water, whether measuring a 4 on the pH scale or a 7, it is not the best thing to put in your body. Here’s why: - See more at: http://www.alkavivanews.com/2012/11/27/bottled-water/#sthash.ogHBI9aP.dpuf

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Moringa Olefiera: The Real Superfood


With so much talk in recent years of amazing single foods with the potential to perform miracles in health and nutrition, the word ‘superfood’ has become somewhat overused in the eyes of many health-conscious observers. These so-called ‘superfoods’ have the potential to help people lose weight, gain muscle, cleanse the digestive tract, and boost peoples’ overall health.
While there is some reason for skepticism that some of these claims are unfounded, there are indeed a handful of plant species around the world that can be considered ‘superfoods.’ And indeed, if any plant species can be considered a superfood, it is Moringa oleifera.
Moringa oleifera is widely considered to be the world’s most nutritious plant species ever studied.

Moringa  Benefits
 Taking moringa powder will provide you with many benefits that you will notice within just days of using it. Moringa powder is perhaps the most nutrient dense single food source on the planet. Many people who take moringa powder notice a significant boost in energy, focus, and overall vitality. This is due to the unique and complex blend of nutrients that are only found in the moringa oleifera tree. The balance of powerful antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and complete proteins deliver a potent boost of energy and increase the body's functioning in many ways. Students and workers alike can benefit from moringa powder with improved concentration and ability to stay on task for long periods of time. Athletes and working professionals will benefit from using Moringa powder to increase their endurance during exercise and long, grueling parts of the work week.

 Others say that moringa is an excellent supplement take to help with weight loss because the energy and vitality it provides reduces the need for eating to increase energy levels. Small Dosage, Large Effect A dosage of just two or three spoonfuls of Moringa powder provides a substantial amount of most people's iron, calcium, vitamin A, and vitamin C. And importantly, a dosage of Moringa powder delivers food-based nutrients, which are proven to have bar higher levels of resorption by the body than traditional multivitamin pills. This means a moderate daily dose of moringa provides you with a healthy amount of daily nutrients that your body can use.

Recipes
 Moringa Powder Recipes In addition to being taken as a supplement, Moringa powder is an excellent addition to many recipes. Moringa powder can be used effectively as a thickener for soup and sauce recipes. Moringa powder can also be sprinkled on top of many dishes before they are served, including meats, stews, soups, and salads. Best of all, every recipe in which Moringa powder is used receives not only the pleasant nutty taste of moringa leaves, but also the nutritional benefit with eating moringa powder. You will find our moringa powder for sale among our other moringa products. Enjoy our moringa powder blended with your favorite juice, added in smoothies or shakes, or as an ingredient in your recpies. You are sure to love the health boost you receive from adding moringa powder to your diet.

Cold moringa tea

1-2 tbsp moringa leaf powder
slice of fresh ginger root or fresh squeezed lime juice
sweeten with maple (Grade B) or organic agave nectar to taste
Add ingredients to a 16 oz. bottle of water. Shake thoroughly or allow to sit for an hour. Like yerba mate, moringa steeps well in cold water but it takes a longer period of time than when steeping in hot water.
Hot moringa tea
Use the above recipe, and use ½ to 1 teaspoon of moringa leaf powder in 8-12 oz. of hot water. Allow the tea to steep, preferably covered, for up to ten minutes. Enjoy!
Variations: Add any of the following common tea ingredients to create a more complex and tasty moringa tea:

Green teas
Lemongrass
Almond milk
Coconut milk


Moringa for Children
Rapidly growing bodies need nutrients to aid in muscle and bone growth, brain development, mental clarity, healthy skin, hair, and nails, and to strengthen the immune system. Children deprived of nourishment during these intensive growth cycles may show lower IQ levels, speech and language difficulties, and slower motor skills. They can contract a number of chronic diseases and ailments, setting them up for poor health lifelong.
Yet children are fussy eaters, selecting sugared cereals, pop, and fatty dairy products, over vegetables, fruit, whole grains and lean meats. With Moringa, you can give your child a head start to a healthy life.
Pound for pound, Moringa contains:
  • 3 times the iron than spinach
  • 4 times the calcium found in milk
  • 3 times the potassium of bananas
  • 2 times the protein found in yogurt and almost the same amount of protein found in eggs
  • 7 times the vitamin C of oranges
In addition, Moringa has magnesium, vitamin A, B Complex Vitamins (thiamine, niacin, and riboflavin), copper, manganese, and zinc!

Pregnant and Nursing Women
Pregnant and nursing women, and their babies, can benefit from Moringa, a single, natural, nutrient dense product, which contains the goodness of a whole food.
Moringa leaves contain high amounts of calcium and protein, more than milk and dairy products. They are lactose free and nut free, so those who are lactose intolerant or have nut allergies can consume them safely.
Moringa also has high levels of vitamin A, known to aid in the production of breast milk and increase the overall quality of milk secreted. In fact, studies have shown a 25% increase in milk production through the use of Moringa.  In addition, the milk contains a greater concentration of nutrients when compared to the breast milk of those not consuming Moringa leaf powder.
Our Moringa products are sourced from eco sustainable farms around the world, and must pass through stringent quality checks before they reach your table. They are grown in an environmentally responsible fashion and are the same products we feed to our own children.
So you know what is safe for you, is safe for baby too.

Moringa For Diabetes Relief
If you are a person who lives with any type of diabetes, you are no doubt looking for ways to naturally lessen its effects on your lifestyle. While no two people experience diabetes in exactly the same way, there are natural supplements that many people with diabetes can benefit from. Moringa oleifera is one such supplement.
Diabetes is a group of diseases that are signified by high amounts of blood sugar in the body. This can happen because the body does not produce sufficient amounts of insulin or because the insulin does not trigger a response from the body’s cells.

Because blood sugar is a central issue in diabetes, many people who live with diabetes choose to modify their diets to avoid large spikes in blood sugar. This may include not eating sugar, avoiding large servings of fruits, grains and starches, and also switching over to a high fat diet. Depending more on fats for energy allows people who live with diabetes to consume the energy they need without worrying about overloading their systems with high levels of blood sugar.

Of course, not all fats are created equal. As most diabetics are well aware, the healthiest fats usually have high percentages of oleic acid. Oleic acid is an Omega-9 fatty acid that has been noted for its ability to – among other important things – help reduce the body’s resistance to insulin and thus help regulate levels of blood sugar. Oleic acid is the main ingredient in olive oil, which contains about 75% oleic acid and is the most widely available source of oleic acid.
Using oils with high levels of oleic acid is important for any healthy diet, but it is particularly important for people who live with diabetes. High fat diets that are rich with oleic acid are an important natural strategy for combating diabetes without using drugs or relying heavily on insulin.

The leaves of the moringa oleifera tree contain readily available oleic acid. As with all of the other wonderful ingredients packed into moringa leaves, this oleic acid is not processed or synthesized in any way, making it readily available for immediate absorption by the body.
In addition to containing high levels of oleic acid, moringa oleifera leaves are full of other important nutrients that also aid in combating diabetes. If you do not know about the amazingly rich nutrient density of moringa oleifera, you will be pleasantly surprised to learn that there is quite literally no plant species on earth with a more densely packed profile of nutrients. Moringa oleifera is a true superfood full of beneficial nutrients that are important to anyone who lives with diabetes.

Diabetes retinopathy, or damage to the eyes from prolonged diabetes, occurs in approximately 40% of all Americans who are diagnosed with diabetes. This can lead to loss of vision and blindness over time. Moringa oleifera contains healthy amounts of Vitamin A – much more than carrots per serving – which has been shown to build the strength of the cornea, stop eye inflammation, and decrease the risk of macular degeneration.
Vitamin C is important for proper production and regulation of insulin. A deficiency in Vitamin C has been shown to adversely affect the ability of the pancreas to secrete insulin, which contributes to higher levels of blood sugar. Moringa contains high levels of Vitamin C – more per serving than orange juice – which helps the pancreas secrete insulin at a normal level.

Other vitamins and minerals have also been shown to help in the production and regulation of insulin, both in the pancreas and elsewhere around the body. For example, Vitamin E has been shown in several studies to decrease the risk of developing diabetes. A powerful antioxidant, Vitamin E makes it easier for the body to transport and manage insulin throughout the body by improving the integrity of cell membranes. Rich with Vitamin E – and more than 40 other powerful antioxidants – moringa can help to improve your body’s management and regulation of blood sugar on a cellular level and provide you with a full spectrum of nutrients to balance the effects of diabetes.





Moringa and Cancer
Moringa oleifera is rich with powerful antioxidants which serve the body’s health by eliminating free radicals, cancer-causing substances that build up in the body and lead to the onset of carcinogenic growth. Unlike most other foods rich in antioxidants, Moringa oleifera contains a uniquely powerful combination of antioxidants, which work together to make moringa one of nature's most potent antioxidant sources.
In fact, Moringa’s dense antioxidant profile is on par or superior to the best sources of antioxidants found in nature, including green teas, wild berries, and other recognized superfoods.
Moringa has been demonstrated to be an affective antibiotic against harmful bacteria, some of which are known carcinogens. Many people do not know that certain bacteria and viruses are considered carcinogenic, but the World Health Organization has listed many bacterial and viral strains on their list of known cancer-causing agents.
Helicobacter pylori, for example, is a bacterium that lives in the digestive tract and is a large problem in underdeveloped countries around the world. The unique combination of anti-cancer compounds found in moringa oleifera have been demonstrated to effectively fight against H. pylori in low concentrations.

Moringa has also been shown to be effective against Burkitt’s lymphoma, a lymphatic cancer that is highly prevalent in people with HIV and AIDS. A clinical study demonstrated that compounds found in moringa oleifera inhibited the activation of Burkitt’s lymphoma cells.
Further controlled investigation demonstrated that moringa dramatically reduced the prevalence of skin papillomas, also known as skin tags, which can become malignant in some cases when not treated.
Another important report published in the Medical Journal Authors and Disclosures explains the effectiveness of moringa oleifera as a source of strong anti-cancer compounds for female reproductive disorders, including ovarian cancer. The authors state that among the most common medicinal plants used in India, only the compounds found in moringa oleifera have been proven effective against a variety of cancers, which, according to the report, also include the pancreas, lung, esophagus, and breast.
Further studies have also shown that the compounds found in moringa oleifera are effective against preventing the cancer-causing effects of certain compounds that enter the body. Niazimicin, a compound found in the leaves of the moringa tree, blocks the carcinogenic effects of cancer-causing chemicals.

Moringa oleifera's uniquely potent combination of nutrients offer the human body a powerful, natural, anti-cancer boost. Moringa's high nutrient absorption rate gives the body the vitamins and minerals required to keep the immune system functioning properly. And Moringa's over 40 antioxidant compounds rid the body of harmful cancer-causing substances.

As modern medicine continues to study the compounds found in moringa oleifera, evidence continues to build which confirms India’s centuries-old tradition of using moringa oleifera against cancer, as well as many other common ailments. The World Health Organization, National Institutes of Health, and many peer-reviewed medical journals have published information pointing to moringa as a promising natural anti-carcinogenic. This body of information will undoubtedly continue to grow with the rising awareness of moringa’s important role as a nutritive and therapeutic plant species.


The World Health Organization recommends feeding malnourished infants and children Moringa on a daily basis.