Monthly Archives: March 2012

Improve you pH

Here are five steps you can follow to improve your health and increase your alkaline reserve status:

1. Eat at least 3 servings of fresh fruit per day.  Try different types, like

Fresh vegetables are alkalizing

Balancing your pH with fresh vegetables & fruits

an orange, an apple and 1 cup of berries, the more variety, the better.  Different colors of fruits & vegetables, give us different nutrients.

2.  Eat as many vegetables as you can.  6 to 7 servings is so good for your body.  You may have to start out slow.  Try adding one new serving of  fruit or vegetables each day until you get the recommended daily allowance (RDA)  Raw is best, you can mix them in salads or have them as a snack with a homemade dip.  Take 1/2 cup plain Greek organic yogurt and thoroughly mix in  about 1/2 teaspoon dill weed (or other unsalted spice), it makes a great dip.  (See another recipe below)

3. Add more cooked vegetables to each meal, but don’t overcook the vegetables, leave them a bit crunchy,add more to soups

4. Eat fewer high protein foods. Eat smaller portions of beef, poultry, pork, and fish, while continuing to add more raw &  cooked vegetables to meals.

5. Begin to lessen the amount of sugar, salt, coffee, tea, cola drinks, and processed foods.

Cottage-Cheese Veggie Dip:  Servings 1      Time: 5 mins                                                                                       Quick Meal         Contains Dairy        Vegetarian              GERD-friendly                Nutritional Info (Per serving):  Calories: 120, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 561mg, Dietary Fiber: 2g, Total Fat: 2g, Carbs: 14g, Cholesterol: 10mg, Protein: 14g

Ingredients                                                                                                                                                                  1/2 cup(s) cottage cheese, low-fat (Organic if you can find it or  like Cabot’s)                                       1/4 teaspoon lemon-pepper seasoning                                                                                                    1/2 cup(s) carrot(s), baby                                                                                                                                    1/2 cup(s) peas, snow, or snap peas

Preparation:  Combine cottage cheese and lemon pepper. Serve with carrots and peas or your favorite low GI vegetables.  (Organic cottage cheese & yogurt are slightly acidic, but when mixed with the vegetables, it will be less acid forming in your body)

I encourage you to make dietary changes slowly. Rapid changes will cause toxins to be dumped into your system which is already bogged down and make you feel worse! As you make these changes slowly, you’ll begin to crave wholesome foods and adding AIM’s BarleyLife, JustCarrots and LeafGreens is a simple and easy way to add all the benefits of fresh, live fruits & vegetables without the hassle of cleanup when juicing the ingredients yourself…Go to  www.aimforbalance.com

Foods with Neutralizing Ash but Acidifying Effect

Neutralizing Ash with Acidifying Effect

  • Refined Sugar   Olive Oil   Corn Syrup   Corn Syrup

White sugar, fats, oils, syrups, as well as some other processed and synthetic foods, leave no ash after being metabolized.  However, the body does have to work and fast to metabolize them, producing a surge of energy after eating them.  With this energy also comes a lot of acid.  Therefore these foods, while leaving no ash have an acidifying effect.

The body must neutralize the acids from acid foods.  If not enough alkaline ash foods are eaten to do this, the body will draw on its alkaline reserve.  This alkaline reserve is made up of the minerals sodium, potassium and calcium primarily, with iron and magnesium as secondary sources.  These reserves are stored in the liver, muscle and bone and are called upon when required to release their stores.  Over time these reserves can become severely depleted causing liver problems, gallstones, flabby muscles and osteoporosis.

Unfortunately, very few people eat the kind of diet that would maintain the alkaline reserve.  A diet consisting of about 75% fruits and vegetables would be ideal to neutralize the remaining 25% of the diet containing acid ash foods.  In reality surveys show that on any day 40% of the population eat no fruits and 20% eat no vegetables at all.

Contact me for a free pH test Tami@MyFathersWellness.com

References:  Your Health, Your Choice by Dr. M. Ted Morter, Jr., M.A.: http://life.familyeducation.com/protein/foods/48678.html#ixzz1GKHRo700

 

What is pH?

What is pH?  pH means…”potential of Hydrogen” It is a measure of the relative acidity or alkalinity of a solution. The pH scale runs from 0-14 Numbers below 7 are acid; numbers above 7 are alkaline. This is a logarithmic scale which is a scale of measurement that uses the logarithm of a physical quantity instead of the quantity itself.   5.0 is ten times more acid than 6.0; 4 is ten times more acid than 5; 9 is ten times more alkaline than 8 and so on.  Think about the Richter Scale and how a small number change means a huge difference..

Our bodies are alkaline by design by function. Blood, lymph, extracellular fluid, cerebrospinal fluid, etc., should all be alkaline—except for the parietal cells in the stomach as they secrete hydrochloric acid. Cells may operate in alkaline environment, yet produce acid as a by-product of their activity. This acid is not damaging because it is natural to how our bodies work and it is a weak acid that can be eliminated by the lungs quite easily. There is another type of acid however that is stronger and is not so easily dealt with. This acid results from eating acid ash foods and it needs to be neutralized before it can be eliminated by the kidneys or it will damage tissue and cells as it exits our bodies…such a grand design by our wonderful creator!

You may be wondering, what is ash? I am thinking about the ash that is in a fireplace or what is left in the fire pit after a campfire—well, kind of…After food is broken down, absorbed through the small intestine and then metabolized, there is a small fraction that is not utilized, this is described as ash. The pH of this ash is not necessarily the same as the food that it comes from. A lemon, for instance, is a very acidic fruit with a pH of 2.5 and 3. Yet it leaves an alkaline ash of pH 9. Sugar tastes sweet and seems harmless enough, and  although it does not leave an acid ash—the body does have to work fast to metabolize them, producing a surge of energy and with this energy also comes a lot of acid.

On the whole, fruits and vegetables leave an alkaline ash while most other foods (eggs, grains, animal protein, and dairy products) leave an acid ash.

Try AIM’s BarleyLife and LeafGreens to help alkalize your body.  Visit my AIM store at  www.aimforbalance.com to order products.

Mild acidosis problems

  • Cardiovascular damage, including the constriction of blood vessels and the reduction of oxygen.
  • Weight gain, obesity and diabetes.
  • Bladder and kidney conditions, including kidney stones.
  • Immune deficiency.
  • Acceleration of free radical damage, possibly contributing to cancerous mutations.
  • Hormone concerns.
  • Premature aging.
  • Osteoporosis; weak, brittle bones, hip fractures and bone spurs.
  • Joint pain, aching muscles and lactic acid buildup.
  • Low energy and chronic fatigue.
  • Slow digestion and elimination.
  • Yeast/fungal overgrowth.
  • Email me at Tami@MyFathersWellness.com for a free saliva test

Never be Sick Again by Raymond Francis

I just finished reading an amazing book called “Never Be Sick Again” by Raymond Francis, M.Sc with Kester Cotton.  It was a very beneficial book for me to read in several ways.  I learned that health is a choice I or anyone can make.  I can either pay now for better quality food, or pay for doctors and hospitals later.  My health is determined by many things that my body is exposed to.  I learned about one disease and two causes, as well as six pathways to health and I can choose to be healthy or not by how I travel those pathways.   Food combining was another area covered in the book that I knew nothing about, yet makes perfect sense to me now.

I learned what the term disease really means.  It is when our cells malfunction to the degree that they interfere with the body’s ability to balance and regulate itself.  The concept of one disease, which is cellular malfunction and two causes, which are deficiency and toxicity, is so simple and yet so true.  The deficiency being our cells not getting what they need to thrive and survive and toxicity being our cells being poisoned by something they do not need.  The six pathways were so interesting.  I found myself losing track of time as I read about how nutrition, toxins, psychological, physical, genetic, and medical pathways between health and disease and they determine our health.  I learned that a holistic approach to health requires attention to all of these pathways.  Our lack of knowledge about these areas is something we are missing in our society today.

I must be proactive in my own health.  Sickness never happens without a cause.  Illness is a result of the poor choices I have made.  By placing the blame for sickness on excuses, I can relieve myself of responsibility.  But it cannot be the case.  I am the one putting the lower quality food in my mouth and choosing household chemicals and cleaners that are not good for my body.  Most of the time, I did not even know I was making poor choices.  Now I know and by learning and accepting responsibility for my own health, I am empowered.  I have learned many ways to improve my health within the pages of this book, including being aware of the dangers and toxins all around me and how depleted our food is of essential nutrients.

I did not realize that we are a nation that eats too many calories, yet we are getting too few nutrients.  That causes our brain to ask for more food to try to make up the difference.  That is leading to obesity in greater numbers than ever before.  Our soil is depleted, so in order to grow plants, chemical fertilizers are being used.  Plants are genetically altered to grow faster and to appear bigger and more vibrant.  On the inside they are starving for real nutrients, as are we.  Pesticides are used to kills parasites and pests, because the plants are so weak and malnourished, they have very little defenses against the common pests that our grandparents gardens had no problem conquering.

Stress is another factor in our health.  Many people today are spending lots of time in emergency mode.  I learned that to minimize damage for chronic stress, I must find healthful ways to adapt, such as social support and activities, counseling, meditation, therapy, exercise, yoga, self-hypnosis, keeping a journal, and my favorite, prayer.   I can also choose whether to “stress out” or seize the opportunity and go with the flow.  Learning to laugh and being flexible has also helped me deal with stressful situations.

Food combining and how I eat is another topic I found very beneficial.  Learning about what foods go well together for proper digestion was enlightening.  If I force my body to digest incompatible foods, it results in improperly digested foods that produce dangerous toxins.  It also deprives my body of essential nutrients.  A couple things I learned about food combining is not to eat fruits with anything else and on an empty stomach.  Vegetable and protein or vegetable and starch together is okay, but do not eat protein with starch.  I usually mixed these two and was wondering why I had indigestion.

This book was very beneficial to me.  I would recommend this book to others, in fact, I already have.  It is important for people to realize that we are in control of our health.  What we put into our bodies affects our health. If we can just understand that concept, we can prevent disease and illness.  Most times, we never even think about our health or what we are exposing our bodies to, either in our food, drink, skin products, or environment, until we are sick.  One statement from the book that sticks with me is, “Our health is determined by the positive things we do for our bodies minus the negative things we do to our bodies.”  I am now equipped with ways to improve my health.

I am a certified Biblical Health Coach and would love to hear from you.  Find me onFaceBook.com, type in Aim For Balance or check out more of my blogs and great AIM whole health products at my on-line store www.aimforbalance.com

Detoxify your Body Naturally

I use AIM’s Herbal FiberBlend daily to keep my colon clean and healthy.  When I want to do more of a whole body detox, I use the following recipes.

I cleanse with  AIM’s Herbal FiberBlend AND to assist my body with the detoxification process, I also use one of the following:   organic is optional.  You may want to check with a health provider before you start any program.

  • I cleanse with either the liver flush or master cleanse, (not both) no more than once per day.

Liver Flush

  • 3-4 Tbs. organic lemon juice (bottled is okay)
  • 1 tsp. High quality, organic olive oil
  • 1/4 cup very warm filtered water

Upon waking each morning, I prepare and drink the liver flush which helps remove toxins from the liver, provides beneficial oil during the cleansing/detoxification and helps the body’s elimination process.  If you cannot tolerate the oil, you can skip it, however it is not as beneficial.  If you are already taking a high grade Omega 3 oil, like AIM’s AIMega’s, you may substitute 2 capsules for the olive oil.

Master Cleanse 

  • 2-3 Tbs. Organic lemon juice
  • Just a pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Up to 1 Tbs. Organic maple syrup
  • 1 cup hot or warm water

I mix the above ingredients together and drink while hot or warm.

Check out more tips on my website blog entries www.aimforbalance.com

Healthy Kids by Marilu Henner Book Review

I found Healthy Kids by Marilu Henner to be a helpful tool for teaching children to eat smart and stay active for life.  She has many great ideas and an understanding of how our society and food manufacturers today are damaging the health of our children.  As parents, we need to be the advocate for our children and future generations.  Four key points that helped me to understand some of the key issues are:  differences children are faced with today as opposed to just 30 years ago, the health robbers, family attitudes and how to change the approach from fast to whole foods.

The first key issue is understanding how childhood routines have changed in the past 30 years.  Families rarely eat dinner together at the table anymore.  Video games, television and computer use is on the rise.  Hours that children used to spend outside playing and getting exercise is replaced by sedentary habits.  Soda is replacing water consumption.  The booming era of fast food, not just in a drive through window, but boxes and packages or processed foods is filling us with massive empty calories and very little real nutrition.  In this fast paced society when both parents work outside the home, more and more families are forced to take short cuts with these pre-made foods.  It is undermining the health of adults and causing long term damage to our children.

The next key is finding the underlying problem with foods today, the health robbers that appear innocent.  Too many empty calorie foods, stripped of their natural nutrients, like white flour are adding calories and no nutrition are prevalent in ads geared towards children.  Sugar and caffeinated sodas are quickly consumed and are causing spikes in blood sugar, which leads to a yo-yo effect of high and low blood sugars and causing cravings of opposite foods, for example, sweet leads to salty cravings.  The addition of growth hormones in dairy and over- milking of cows has added to lactose intolerance and allergies.  Food additives, such as chemicals, dyes and artificial flavorings are cheaper to use than natural items and are causing problems with attention and brain function.

The third key item is family attitudes.  What behaviors and habits do we pass on to our children?  Most people are familiar with associating food with rewards and/or punishment.  “Do this and I will get you an ice cream, etc.”  Giving food as a reward is sending the wrong message to our children.  Good nutrition begins at home.   We need to eat healthy and lead by our example, if we truly want our children to listen.  Portion size is another problem.  In this day of super sizing, it is easy to get caught up in filling our plates or bowls up and thinking that is a serving size.  How we feel about exercise has a direct impact on our children too.  If we don’t take time to exercise, chances are, our children won’t either.

The final key point that I learned is how to make healthy changes, to steer away from processed and fast foods to whole nutritious foods. The changes have to be gradual and consistent.  One of the first things to do is, learn to read food labels and get way from chemicals, preservatives and dyes.  Reduce the amount of refined sugar and dairy products.  Replace grain fed, antibiotic/hormone raised meats with grass fed, no hormones or antibiotics added versions.  Turn off the television and get outside.  Play with your children.  Enjoy them and enjoy life.  Teach them to get up and get moving.  It is a great way to reduce stress and disease.

I agree with most of what Marilu is saying.  The only thing I disagree with is the use of soy milk.  Most soy is genetically modified and there have been studies to suggest it may increase cancer in women because of its link to increased estrogen levels.  I would recommend this book to others.  It has a lot of great information and ways to implement change in a way that would work for a lifetime.  Gradual changes over time are the ones that work.