Why you show alkalise

Acidosis or in an acidic pH level in your body occurs when you follow an acid-forming diet, emotional stress, toxic overload, immune reactions, and when our cells don’t get enough oxygen and other nutrients.

Our bodies are incredibly intelligent and have the ability to try to neutralise or compensate for the acidic pH by using alkaline minerals. If your diet does not contain enough minerals to compensate, then a build up of acids in  your body can occur.

Acidosis severely curtails the body’s ability to absorb minerals and nutrients, it decreases the body’s ability to repair damaged cells and also the body’s ability to detoxify and eliminate heavy metals from  the body.

The body has to try to maintain a pH of 6.37 a point or two either side of that could mean death.

So let’s take each one of the areas in the first paragraph where we can help our body become more alkaline.

Diet can be the easiest or hardest thing to change for people but foods like lemons, watermelon, cayenne pepper (I know who’d have thought) figs, papaya,, parsley, limes, kiwi fruit, pineapple, sweet potato, onion and  mangos are all extremely good alkalising foods although the sugars from fruits if taken in too large a quantity can be acid forming as well but not to the same level as refined sugars.

And it’s not just foods that can alkalise. Drinks like Naturespharm’s green tea can also help you to alkalise as well as being really tasty and not making it feel like you are on a diet.

And it’s not a case of you having to stick to all the above foods but if you want to get your body more alkaline heading towards the Christmas season then these foods are certainly the way to go and I would recommend staying on
green tea as your beverage choice and make coffee (which is acid forming) an occasional treat rather than the other way around.

As well as increasing your alkalinity, you can also decrease the amount of acid you consume.

Coffee, fizzy drinks, cigarettes, white flour, salt, chocolate, red meat, beers and spirits are all acid forming foods.

You’ll have noticed that a lot of the acid-forming foods are also addictive foods and that is one of the most interesting observations I have made personally this year that the more I alkalise, the less I have craved acid-forming foods and drinks.

Apples, apricots, alfalfa sprouts, bananas, berries, bell peppers, celery, garlic, pumpkin bamboo shoots, green beans beets, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, ginger, kale parsnip potatoes turnips and apple cider vinegar are all moderately alkaline forming foods. As you can see there is plenty to choose from and no reason to go hungry if you include any or all in your diet.

As I said, nobody is expecting you to be a saint but consider dropping some of the acid-forming food, increase the alkalising foods and certainly look to drink more alkalising drinks like green tea and water.

 

November for Alkalising

NOVEMBER is truly the month to alkalise and there are ways you can do it without it feeling like torture.

It’s a month where the temperature drops and your body has to use more energy to stay warm. Heating systems are turned on in homes and fires lit, having an effect on the inside and outside environment.

November is of course followed by the holiday season which is a food and drink fest for most people for the full month of December and the acid that has been built up in November along with the December acid can overwhelm the human body and give the perfect breeding ground for germs which can cause the Flu Season in January.

There are ways you can help prepare the body during November for the holiday season and the best way that I know is to alkalise the body.

Even though lemon and hibiscus are acidic in their raw state, they both have an alkaline ash in the stomach after digestion while cardamom is one of nature’s great alkalising spices.

Green tea, by nature, is a natural diuretic as is hibiscus and this can help in the fight against acid by eliminating it quickly so it doesn’t have time to accumulate in the kidneys and form gravel or calculli (stones).

As acid builds up, you’re body’s energy is used more and more to protect the vital organs in your body.

In nature, turmeric, fennel, cardamom, cinnamon, cumin and paprika are all alkaline and all can be added to roast veg or potato wedges etc.

There are lots of tasty ways you can add the above herbs to your diet and make it a win-win situation.

If you are not in balance some bit by the end of November and like to indulge in all the Christmas festivites pre, during and post – then there’s a huge chance you will have a visit for an annual friend during the flu season.

That imbalance is not from just eating and drinking too much during December, it’s all of the stresses we create inside ourselves which add to the burden.

Science is showing some pretty extraordinary things that can help us to pinpoint precisely why we break down. Think of what your body is. It’s really a unique system that works on like an electro magnetic pulse.

All the nerves in your body send signals through electrical charges. The synapse at the end of a nerve cell sends messages about pain or pleasure from one cellto the other through electrical impulse.
Every cell in your body in fact has to have electrical power or an electrical charge – for the want of a better phrase –and all the organs in our bodies need healthy cells to keep them operating optimally.

To do that, they have to have electrical power. That happens through a delicate balance in our biochemistry. Anything that is going to interfere with that balance will interfere with how your cells were designed to work.

It’s going to interfere with how your organs work and as a consequence affect your health. My challenge during November is to design a food and drink system that will lose the couple of pounds that will inevitably go on over Christmas.

At least then you can head into the New Year with resolutions that are a few pounds less than they might havebeen if you hadn’t alkalised.

Cardamom (Ellataria cardamomum)

One of the questions I get asked most frequently by people who are tasting my product for the first time is why cardamom?

Anybody who has made an Indian curry from scratch will have used cardamom and will attest to it lifting their spirits as soon as they begin to dry fry it to release its pungency.

I know on the days I blend my Naturespharm Green Tea, that I look forward to the aroma of the cardamom and hibiscus the most.

While there is also a beautiful aroma from the powedered lemon that goes into our tea, the other two just have something a bit more special and if I were forced to pick between the cardamom and hibiscus, the cardamom would come out on top every time.

While cardamom grows in most tropical climates, its origins are in the evergreen forests of India. It is not surprising then that the use of cardamom as a medical herb started through its use in traditional  Ayurvedic medicine.

Western herbal medicine followed in time and is now used regularly for the treatment of digestive  problems including heartburn, something that regular black tea drinkers complain of regularly as well as help with intestinal spasms.

I’m a huge believer in empowering patients to take control of their health back rather than handing it over to somebody and even something as simple as popping some cardamom pods into boiled water to have as a tea can have a  positive effect on your health.

I’ve also used it on patients who suffer from constipation and it is truly amazing what work it can do with constipation brought about by liver and gall bladder complaints.

Its mixture of  peppery and citrus flavours has come under the spotlight more and more.

Studies are currently underway to assess how it aids the treatment of depression.

While anybody who has tried this fabulous herb in cooking will most likely love its aroma, maybe if they took a look at some of its other benefits from a herbal perspective they would be keen to try to find more ways of using it.

The great thing about cardamom is that you don’t have to use a lot of it to get desired results.

In India they chew cardamom pods  after meals or just as a natural breath freshener and it has the added advantage – due to its antiseptic and antiviral properties – of keeping any sort of oral problems in check.

Another area of research that is currently being undertaken is in cancer prevention, particularly those hormone-responding one  such as breast, ovarian, prostate and testicular cancers.

Cardamom contains IC3 (indole-3-carbinol) and DIM(diindolylmethane  and the research is trying to assert if whey they help  ward off those hormone-responding cancers or not.

Not bad for something that’s in your kitchen cupboard.

How can I alkalise?

Acidosis or in an acidic pH level in your body occurs from following an acid-forming diet, emotional stress, toxic overload, immune reactions, and when our cells don’t get enough oxygen and other nutrients.

Our bodies are incredibly intelligent and have the ability to try to neutralise or compensate for the acidic pH by using alkaline minerals. If your diet does not contain enough minerals to compensate, then a build up of acids in the cells will occur.

Acidosis severely curtails the body’s ability to absorb minerals and nutrients, it decreases the body’s ability to repair damaged cells and also the body’s ability to detoxify and eliminate heavy metals in the body.

Unfortunately it will also force the body to take minerals from the body, particularly the joints and bones which can lead to all sorts of problems in later life.

The body has to try to maintain a pH of 6.37 a point or two either side of that would mean death.

So let’s take each one of the areas in the first paragraph where we can helpour body become more alkaline.

Diet can be the easiest or hardest thing to change for people but foods like lemons, watermelon, cayenne pepper (I know who’d have thought) figs, papaya , parsley, lemon, limes, kiwifruit, pineapple, sweet potato, onions mangos and melons are all extremely good alkalising foods although the sugars from fruits if taken in too large a quantity can be acid forming as well but not to the same level as refined sugars.

And it’s not just foods that can alkalise. Drinks like Naturespharm’s green tea can also help you to alkalise as well as being really tasty and not making it feel like you are on a diet.

And it’s not a case of you having to stick to all the above foods but if you want to get your body more alkaline heading towards the Christmas season then these foods are certainly the way to go and I would recommend staying on
green tea as your beverage choice and make coffee (which is acid forming) an occasional treat rather than the other way around.

As well as increasing your alkalinity, you can also decrease the amount of acid you consume.

Coffee, fizzy drinks, cigarettes, white flour, salt, chocolate, red meat, beers and spirits are all acid forming foods.

You’ll have noticed that a lot of the acid-forming foods are also addictive foods and that is one of the most interesting observations I have made personally this year that the more I alkalise, the less I gave craved acid-forming foods and drinks.

Apples, apricots, alfalfa sprouts, bananas, berries, bell peppers, celery, garlic, pumpkin bamboo shoots, green beans beets, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, ginger, kale parsnip potatoes turnips and apple cider vinegar are all moderately alkaline forming foods. As you can see there is plenty to choose from and no reason to go hungry if you include any or all in your diet.

As I said, nobody is expecting you to be a saint but consider dropping some of the acid-forming food, increase the alkalising foods and certainly look to drink more alkalising drinks like green tea and water.

Why November is the month to start alkalising

IS November the month where you go out in your shirt sleeves and work in the garden during the evenings for a couple of hours and getting plenty of fresh air and maybe even some sunshine.

It is in the southern hemisphere, but not in the northern one where I live.

It’s a month where the temperature drops and your body has to use more energy to stay warm. Heating systems are turned on in homes and fires lit, having an effect on the inside and outside environment. More time than is good for us is spent in front of the TV and unless we are on a training programme, we don’t do a whole lot of exercise.

November is of course followed by the holiday season which is a food and drink fest for most people for the full month of December and the acid that has been built up in November from a genetically prescribed wind-down heading towards the winter can overwhelm the human body and give the perfect breeding ground for germs which can cause the Flu Season in January.

There are ways you can help prepare the body during November for the onslaught of the holiday season and the best way that I know is to alkalise the body.

People have been asking me while I have been sample tasting Naturespharm Green Tea ™ how I have lost 50lbs since the start of 2015 without going on a some crazy diet or some equally insane exercise programme. My answer is simple. It’s my green tea.

It’s a powdered green tea so you are getting all the nutrients and vitamins in green tea into your digestive system instead of getting just the essential oils that loose leaf or green tea bags give.

I’m not knocking the loose leaf or tea bags in any way, they both confer the antioxidants required for good health, but if you were to go the next step then you would have to consume the leaves also just as they do in China.

Naturespharm™ powdered green tea eliminates the need to eat the leaves and the additional flavours have been carefully considered with alkalising properties in mind.

Even though lemon and hibiscus are acidic in their raw state, they both have an alkaline ash in the stomach after digestion while cardamom is one of nature’s great alkaline spices.

Green tea, by nature, is a natural diuretic as is hibiscus and this can help in the fight against acid by eliminating it quickly so it doesn’t have time to accumulate in the kidneys and form gravel or calculli (stones).

As acid builds up, you’re body’s energy is used more and more to protect the vital organs in your body.

In nature, turmeric, fennel, cardamom, cinnamon, cumin and paprika are all alkaline and all can be added to roast veg or potato wedges etc.

There are lots of tasty ways you can add the above to you diet and not make it even feel like a diet.

My goal is to get you to see that you don’t have to be afraid of germs or picking up winter bugs.

I thought it would be a good idea to explain how we pollute our bodies and get out of balance, willingly sometimes but most of the times unwillingly or unwittingly,

If you are not in balance some bit by the end of November and like to indulge in all the Christmas stuff of pre, during and post – then there’s a huge chance you will have a visit for an annual friend during the flu season.

That imbalance is not from just eating and drinking too much during December, it’s all of the stresses we create inside ourselves which add to the burden.

Science is showing some pretty extraordinary things that can help us to pinpoint precisely why we break down. Think of what your body is. It’s really a unique system that works on like an electro magnetic pulse.

All the nerves in your body send signals through electrical charges. The synapse at the end of a nerve cell sends messages about pain or pleasure from one cellto the other through electrical impulse.

Every cell in your body in fact has to have electrical power or an electrical charge – for the want of a better phrase –and all the organs in our bodies need healthy cells to keep them operating optimally.

To do that, they have to have electrical power. That happens through a delicate balance in our biochemistry. Anything that is going to interfere with that balance will interfere with how your cells were designed to work.

It’s going to interfere with how your organs work and as a consequence affect your health.

My challenge during November is to design a food and drink system that will lose the couple of pounds that will inevitably go on over Christmas.

At least then you can head into the New Year with resolutions that are a few pounds less than they might havebeen if you hadn’t alkalised.

Digging our graves with our teeth

Our health is as much about our beliefs as it is about our conviction to change it.

We all have the power – for the most part – to look after our own health. You dont need some specialist to take charge and make your health sound so complex that only they can take care of it for you.

These so called specialists results arent very pretty. In Western Europe almost one in every two die of heart disease, one out of three from cancer.

Thats staggering, imagine half the people who read this are statistically likely to die of a heart attack.

My job is to try and make sure that they dont suffer a myocardial infarction (MI). See; specialists like to make even a heart attack sound complicated.

One in three people are likely to die from cancer and while genetics may play a part in both, for the vast majority of people both of those types of deaths are largely preventable.

Both are lifestyle driven. What we keep doing is dealing with the affect rather than the real cause. My holistic herbal background likes to look at the things from the opposite direction, dealing with the source of the problem rather than the symptoms.

If I want to become abundantly wealthy, Im not going to talk to poor people to find out what they do wrong, Im going talk to wealthy and successful people who got it right and try to learn something that I dont already know from them about wealth creation. If numerous wealthy and successful people tell me something I already know then that just re-inforces what I know.

Allopathic (modern) medicine looks at disease and how they can deal with the symptoms rather than looking at what caused the problem.

Germs are a sign of life in the body and the reasons some people suffer diseases and others dont depends on the soil that is there for any pathogens to multiply.

I dont mean the soil as in the ground, but rather the soil as in soil yourself.

Disease needs soil to grow. If you create an environment for germs or pathogens to multiply then they will multiply.

A simple analogy is leave a scattering of sugar on the floor for a day or sometimes even less during the summer and notice if any ants come to dine. Ants will live away happily out of sight and out of mind and most especially out of my house if they do not have anything to survive on.

Start feeding them something they need or want and its a different story.

Do you ever hear anybody say look at the sugar those ants brought into the house. No. And the reason is self evident.

Give them the soil and they will grow.

Yet we look at our health that way. We dont consider what we put into our bodies, we instead look for something to blame.

Every January the flu season arrives and people blame it on the weather, the time of year or a myriad of other reasons but few will look at it in terms of what has happened in the previous month of eating and drinking far more than is good for you or far more that your body can tolerate.

The month of December is where the acid readings go off the charts from the excesses of pre Christmas, Christmas day and post Christmas.

November is a month though where you can prepare your body for the excess and there are some simple ways of getting your acid/alkaline balance right in the run up to Christmas and into the New Year and try to avoid the dreaded Flu Season

The easiest way to avoid the Flu Season is to not give it the soil – in this case acid – to grow.

How do we do that?

Simple.

We alkalise.

One of the easiest ways we can alkalise is through green tea.

While there are lots of alkaline foods, what you drink matters as well. Coffee is a no-no. While green tea is slightly acidic, it tends to have an alkalizing effect
on the body once it has been digested, much like lemon which has a clearly acidic taste but an alkaline ash once digested.

Naturespharm Green Tea ™ has all those ingredients.

There is plenty of research to show that the more you drink alkaline forming beverages such as green tea, the less you tend to crave more acidic foods. Starting your day with more acidic beverages such as coffee, may make you crave more acidic foods throughout the day.

In addition to this, green tea can help with inflammation another goal of alkalising and the incredible antioxidant benefits found in our green tea as well as the great taste make it an essential part of any alkaline diet. So drink up!

Don’t talk your self down

Self talk is a form of communication. It is you communicating with yourself and can be one of the most positive things you can do or one of the most destructive. You are the one who picks which it is and if the self talk is negative, there are ways to change that.

Learn to focus your attention

n order to truly “let go of yourself”, you must be able to direct your attention with laser beam accuracy. That can be easier said than done when the self talk is negative because you’ll probably tell yourself you’re not capable of focusing.

If your focus wanders, it’s because your concentration isn’t being directed fully by you. When you consider all the stimuli our brains receive – even as you’re reading this your mind can start to wander rather than reading to then end to find out what you can do!

If a task is causing you anxiety, then any information related to the task can divert us away from the task easily.

There are a number of things you can do to bring your concentration back to where it needs to be. You can focus on your heartbeat. Too difficult I hear you say! Not if you focus you concentration.

Focus on your breathing or the rhythm of your feet as you are walking. The main thing is to change the pattern of negative self talk and that means moving away from the scratch on the record (anybody under 30 ask your parents what a record is!) that always seems to bring you back to the same negative talk. When in danger of losing this concentration try focusing on your heartbeat, the rhythm of your feet, your breathing patterns, or the way your muscles are feeling. Recognize that your concentration is slipping and immediately choose an appropriate focal point and regain your focus.

Ask your inner coach for help

Internal feedback is just as, if not more important, than the feedback we receive from others (instructors, coaches, friends). Think about it: Who knows us best? Who knows how to push our buttons?

Who knows how to motivate us to do something we don’t want to do? It’s ourselves – our own collective self-consciousness.

Additionally, our self-talk needs to be task-focused and not outcome-focused. It needs to be positive, and you need to have the ability to discontinue all negative self-talk. Run up a stairs a couple of times the next time you start self talking and see if your brain finds the stairs or the self talk more painful because our brains will always keep us away from the most painful thing and keep us towards the least painful thing – in this case stopping the self talk.

In order to impede negative self-talk, remember these four steps:

If you find yourself self talking negatively think ‘No More’ or ‘Stop’ stopping self talk is a habit you can develop just as easy as starting negative self talk
Listen to what your inner coach is telling.
Quickly replace the negative stream of thoughts with some positive thoughts and affirmations. I always like the end of the EFT statements which are ‘I deeply and completely accept myself’ because a lot of us don’t.
Visualise. While travelling, if you don’t have directions to get from point A (a place you don’t know) to point B (a place you’ve never been), you’ll find yourself deciding your path on the way and probably end up getting lost.

Visualising is like having a map to show you how to get from where you are to where you must go.

You always need to plan out your strategy ahead of time, whether for a workout or for a creative activity or just how to move from negative self talk to positive self talk.

It’s about “doing” instead of on “what to do”.

Cardamom (Ellataria cardamomum)

One of the questions I get asked most frequently by people who are tasting my product for the first time is why cardamom?

Anybody who has made an Indian curry from scratch will have used cardamom and will attest to it lifting their spirits as soon as they begin to dry fry it to release its pungency.

I know on the days I blend my Naturespharm Green Tea, that I look forward to the aroma of the cardamom and hibiscus the most.

While there is also a beautiful aroma from the powedered lemon that goes into our tea, the other two just have something a bit more special and if I were forced to pick between the cardamom and hibiscus, the cardamom would come out on top every time.

While cardamom grows in most tropical climates, its origins are in the evergreen forests of India. It is not surprising then that the use of cardamom as a medical herb started through its use in traditional Ayurvedic medicine.

Western herbal medicine followed in time and is now used regularly for the treatment of digestive problems including heartburn, something that regular black tea drinkers complain of regularly as well as help with intestinal spasms.

I’ve also used it on patients who suffer from constipation and it is truly amazing what work it can do with constipation brought about by liver and gall bladder complaints.

Because it is readily available, anybody who is prescribed a lot of drugs should consider taking cardamom regularly.

It is one of the primary constituents of Garam Masala which can be added to any dish or cardamom tea can be made with the dried pods and left steep in boiled water for 10-15 minutes.

This peppery and citrus flavoured spice has come under the spotlight more and more.

It is used as a treatment for digestive problems, mouth ulcers and there are studies currently underway to assess its veracity in the treatment of depression as the health benefits of this peppery, citrusy spice make their way into modern studies.

While anybody who has tried this fabulous herb in cooking will most likely love its aroma, maybe if they took a look at some of its other benefits from a herbal perspective they would be keen to try to find more ways of using it.

The great thing about cardamom is that you don’t have to use a lot of it to get desired results. In India they chew cardamom pods after meals or just as a natural breath freshener and it has the added advantage – due to its antiseptic and antiviral properties – of keeping any sort of oral problems in check.

Another area of research that is currently being undertaken is in cancer prevention, particularly those hormone-responding one such as breast, ovarian, prostate and testicular cancers.

Cardamom contains IC3 (indole-3-carbinol) and DIM(diindolylmethane are the centre of that research to assert if whey they help ward off those hormone-responding.

While the research is still at an early stage, indications are that consuming cardamom regularly may help prevent these life threatening diseases.