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Healthy Food Lover's Newsletter, Issue #26 -- The "New" Alkaline
July 15, 2014
|Hello Healthy Food Lovers,
The "New" Alkaline
The "New" alkaline is designed for the animal food lovers who want to keep consuming these foods, but in a more balanced way to avoid the dreaded acidosis. However, it will not be in the way that we have all been taught because that information was based more on science fiction than what really works metabolically.
Did you know that there are parts of your body that must remain acidic or they just won't work very well?
It appears that acidosis may have been blown way out of proportion to create the even bigger problem which is alkalosis.
By the end of this newsletter you will start to see a "whole" new picture instead of the fragmented one that has been painted by the Green or Alkaline movement.
This "New" information will be based on what fundamentally works and will include the consumption of all types of food.
What are Electrolytes?Electrolytes are compounds that influence many aspects of your body's functions and bodily fluids. And electrolytes should have been the main focus in order to stave off acidosis not alkaline foods.
This is What Causes Electrolyte Imbalance:
Electrolytes will be found in your blood, urine, and other bodily fluids. All higher forms of life cannot exist without electrolytes and that includes humans.
Electrolytes are substances that include sodium, potassium, calcium, bicarbonate, magnesium, chloride, sulfate, and phosphate.
These substances partially break down in water to form an ion and when this occurs they influence where the fluids inside your body will go.
In other words, an electrolyte is any substance that contains free ions that behave as an electrically conductive medium (conducts electricity).
Our heart, muscles, and nerve cells all use electrolytes to maintain voltages across their cell membranes and to carry electrical impulses across themselves to other cells.
And electrolytes will regulate your nerve and muscle functions, your body's hydration system, your blood pressure, the rebuilding of damaged tissue, and your blood's pH.
These are 7 Major Electrolytes:
Sodium - Sodium is a major positively charged ion found "outside" of your body cells where it helps to regulate and control your bodily fluids. Real sodium can be found in coconut water, vegetables, seafood, eggs, meats, and in dairy foods.
Potassium - Potassium is another major positively charged ion which is found "inside" of your body cells. It forms the other half of the electrical pump (with sodium) that helps keep your electrolytes in balance.
Potassium is abundant in fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, seafood, meats, and in dairy foods.
Calcium - Calcium is the main ion necessary for the formation of your bones and teeth. This electrolyte is also critical for your muscle contractions.
Calcium is abundant in dairy foods, blue crab, kombu seaweed, dried figs, and in blackstrap molasses.
Magnesium - Magnesium is an ion responsible for over 300 of the biochemical reactions in your body. It plays an essential role with bone formation and also helps your nervous system and muscles to relax.
Magnesium will be found in whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, potatoes, bananas, caviar, and in chocolate.
Chloride - Chloride is a major negatively charged ion which is found primarily in your extracellular fluid and works very closely with sodium to maintain a proper balance of fluids for your body. It helps to regulate fluids in and out of cells as well as in between cells.
Chloride is very important to maintaining the proper acidity in your body and is needed to balance out the positive ions which tend to be more alkaline.
Chloride ions are secreted in your gastric juice as hydrochloric acid which is essential for the digestion of your food. Significant increases or decreases in chloride can have a very bad effect on your body.
Chloride can be found in tomatoes, olives, seaweed, rye, celery, and in lettuce.
Bicarbonate - Bicarbonate is one of the most important electrolytes and plays a big role in your bicarbonate buffering system. Bicarbonate is one of the main reasons that your body can maintain homeostasis or function properly.
The bicarbonate ion acts as a buffer to maintain the normal levels of pH in your blood and other bodily fluids. Disruptions of bicarbonate levels can happen because of kidney or lung problems as well as other metabolic conditions.
Bicarbonate is made in your body and you may be shocked by how it is produced!
Phosphate Phosphate is a very important negatively charged ion of your intracellular fluids and is essential for energy production within your cells.
Phosphates are widely distributed in your body - with the largest amounts being found in your bones and teeth.
Phosphate also plays a big role in your phosphate buffering system.
Phosphate will be found abundantly in dairy foods, eggs, meats, offal, seafood, legumes, wheat, nuts, and in sunflower seeds.
Various mechanisms exist in your body that keep the concentrations of different electrolytes under strict control.
However, a problem will occur when the level of a specific electrolyte in your body becomes too high or too low.
For example: A muscle contraction needs calcium, sodium, and potassium to be present. So wrong electrolyte levels can lead to either weak muscles or muscles that contract too severely.
Also, the level of electrolytes in your body can become too low or too high when the amount of water in your body changes.
Drinking too much water can deplete electrolytes like sodium - which can lead to liver failure, kidney failure, and heart failure from over-hydration.
As sodium loss can lead to a state of volume depletion or loss of blood volume in your body.
On the flip side, consuming too much sodium can boost water retention leading to excess fluid in blood vessels and higher blood pressure.
So maintaining the right balance of electrolytes and water helps your body's blood chemistry, muscle action, and other bodily processes.
You can get a wide variety of electrolytes from many of the fluids or foods that you consume whether it be plant, animal or seafood.
Your Buffer SystemsA buffer is a molecule that tends to either bind or release hydrogen ions in order to maintain a particular pH.
There are 3 Major Buffer Systems in Your Body and all work in a similar manner - they will either weaken an acid or create more acid by accepting or donating hydrogen ions.
This is your Bicarbonate Buffering System which is an Open System or a Reversible System:
H20 (water) + CO2 (carbon dioxide) <-> H2CO3 (carbonic acid) <-> H+ (hydrogen) + HCO3- (bicarbonate)
Your body mainly uses this formula to constantly remove H+ (hydrogen) and CO2 (carbon dioxide) from your blood and tissues.
The constant in this system is H2CO3 (carbonic acid).
When going to the left of this equation, bicarbonate ions and hydrogen ions will combine to form carbonic acid - this will then expel C02 from your lungs and create more alkalinity.
And when going to the right, water and C02 will combine to form carbonic acid which then breaks down into hydrogen ions and bicarbonate ions - this will help to create more acidity as well as bicarbonate.
In other words, when you have an excess of hydrogen ions or acid in your body - your body gets rid of the excess by exhaling C02. But when you lack hydrogen ions, your body will hold on to C02 - to create more acidity.
You have Two other Major Buffering Systems:
Protein Buffering System - This system depends on proteins to act as buffers to consume small amounts of acid or base. You have many proteins throughout your body that can either donate or accept hydrogen ions.
The protein hemoglobin makes an excellent buffer and it can bind to small amounts of hydrogen in your blood which helps to remove excess acid thus helping to keep your blood's pH at 7.4 which is slightly alkaline.
Your protein system has the greatest capacity for buffering, but in reality it is not the strongest system because it is a slower system that sometimes gets bogged down when cells become too saturated with acid.
Phosphate Buffering System - This system can also donate a hydrogen ion to create more acidity or eliminate hydrogen ions to create more alkalinity.
This system works with your bicarbonate buffering system to eliminate hydrogen or excess acid in your urine - as the major buffer in urine is phosphate.
When excess hydrogen ions are delivered to your kidneys - this is where your phosphate buffering system will step in and grab hold of the excess.
Phosphates are then responsible for holding these ions in your urine, so that they can be expelled from your body through your urine.
The Bottom Line: No buffering system would be very effective without the help of the others.
Are You Too Green?Many people believe that you must eat alkaline foods in order to keep your blood more alkaline. However, studies have clearly shown that breathing as well as your carbon dioxide and bicarbonate levels will be more significant factors in controlling your blood's pH.
Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas which is also called CO2. At room temperature it is a colorless, odorless, and incombustible gas.
Plants love carbon dioxide and without C02 plants would not really grow very well.
This is also the gas that all the Green people get so upset over and the reason why we are now using very toxic light bulbs.
Sadly, the alkaline theory is just as ineffective as switching to fluorescent light bulbs to stop global warming - which was probably just a figment of Al Gore's imagination anyway!
For the sake of time, I will only be covering C02 as it applies to your metabolism. However, what applies to your body will also apply to the earth - big hint.
Carbon dioxide is produced in a variety of ways - it is produced through the decomposition of organic materials as well as by the fermentation of carbohydrates.
Carbon dioxide is also an end product of cellular respiration in organisms that obtain energy by breaking down sugars, fats, and amino acids with oxygen as part of their metabolism.
All aerobic organisms produce CO2 when they oxidize carbohydrates, fatty acids, and proteins in the mitochondria of cells.
A person's breathing rate will also influence the level of CO2 in their body. Breathing too slow or shallow can lead to respiratory acidosis. Breathing too rapidly will lead to hyperventilation which can lead to respiratory alkalosis.
The Catalyst of C02The Carbonic Anhydrase Enzyme is the catalyst for C02. This enzyme specifically transforms carbonic acid - one way or the other.
When going to the right, carbonic anhydrase transforms water and carbon dioxide in your cells to carbonic acid and from there carbonic acid is transformed into bicarbonate and hydrogen ions.
And when going to the left, this enzyme catalyzes the conversion of carbonic acid into dissolved carbon dioxide (carbon dioxide and water) which will be exhaled as C02 gas by your lungs.
Because this enzyme can catalyze both situations - this makes it an incredibly important enzyme for your bicarbonate buffering system.
Carbonic anhydrase is a zinc containing enzyme and is an incredibly active catalyst with a fast turnover rate.
As you recall, enzymes are proteins that are vitally important for speeding up the biochemical reactions of our cells and nearly 200 different ones depend on zinc.
The Bottom Line: A zinc deficiency could result in a carbonic anhydrase enzyme deficiency.
Foods High in Zinc:
Anything that blocks zinc absorption can cause a zinc deficiency - phytic acid, fiber, and Celiac disease can all interfere with zinc absorption.
Also, too much iron can inhibit the absorption of zinc when too much is eaten at the same time as zinc.
Plant foods like grains, nuts, and legumes have too much phytic acid which will block zinc absorption unless the phytic acid is neutralized. Also, soy protein itself interferes with the absorption of zinc.
Gluten intolerance or Celiac disease is a big problem for zinc absorption - to the point where someone may need to avoid "all" wheat products.
BTW, zinc is not really stored in your body, so you must consume some zinc every day.
These are Other Carbonic Anhydrase Inhibitors:
When this enzyme is inhibited by a zinc deficiency or by one of carbonic anhydrase inhibitor drugs, etc. - carbonic acid is not formed in any considerable amount in your body.
Carbonic anhydrase inhibitors may then increase shortness of breath or troubled breathing as your body tries to get rid of excess C02.
Furthermore, carbonic anhydrase inhibitors (diuretics) can cause increased excretion of bicarbonate with accompanying sodium, potassium, and water - resulting in an electrolyte imbalance.
Eat Your Meat!The "trick" is that your body needs a certain amount of acidic foods in order to have a stable blood sugar level and to avoid Diabetic Acidosis.
The main benefits of eating meat is to supply the building blocks called amino acids which are needed by your body to make the proteins necessary for the growth and maintenance of your body tissues.
Types of Proteins can be classified as either structural or functional proteins.
Structural proteins include collagen and keratin which are important building blocks for your nails, skin, hair, and your ligaments.
Functional proteins are mainly globulins and these proteins are responsible for making your hormones (insulin), hemoglobin, antibodies, and vital enzymes.
There are 8 or 9 essential amino acids needed by adult humans and a few others for infants and growing children. Certain circumstances and issues will also require more than the 8 or 9 essential amino acids - namely malnutrition.
Animal food proteins and seafood are automatically considered complete proteins because they contain all of the essential amino acids that your body needs and in the right form to make the other amino acids.
What most people do not understand is that they need to consume an adequate amount of protein in order for the mechanisms that control acidity and alkalinity to work properly.
For example: Amino acids assist the protein buffer system by helping either release hydrogen ions when the environment is too alkaline or binding with hydrogen when the environment becomes too acidic.
If you're not eating enough protein, you're not getting enough to maintain this buffer system which will then stress out your other buffer systems.
Do You Lack Stomach Acid?The pH of your stomach acid should be 1.5 - 2. Stomach acid with this pH will have the ability to dissolve essential metals such as zinc.
This type of stomach acid will also help to provide the ideal pH conditions for pepsin which is the protease or enzyme responsible for breaking down proteins in your food.
However, eating proteins that are hard to digest such as gluten found in wheat can cause stomach acid problems that could lead to heartburn.
When you eat gluten, dead or over-processed foods, and fried foods - your body must create more acid to break these foods down.
However, if your at least 30 years old, eating when stressed, living under stressful conditions, and you overeat hard to digest foods - chances are much greater that you won't make enough stomach acid.
A lack of stomach acid is much more common than making too much - too much stomach acid is rather rare especially as you age.
Symptoms of Low Stomach Acid:
When your actually low in stomach acid, but feel like acid is being produced anyway - it could be the acid that is produced from putrefied foods or from the rotting of food in your stomach.
And your stomach is not designed to cope with rotting food, so this will lead to other problems and this food may even end up moving in the wrong direction or up into your esophagus.
The normal chain of events is for your food to leave your stomach and flow downward into your small intestine.
This is where the rubber hits the road...your stomach acid must remain acidic in order for food to move out and down through your digestive tract.
Stomach acid will then be neutralized by bicarbonate from your pancreas which is secreted into your duodenum or the beginning of your small intestine.
If this process is interrupted and food starts to rot before leaving your stomach or even after it leaves your stomach - pathogens such as Candida or Helicobacter Pylori (which produce nitrogen containing compounds such as ammonia that neutralize stomach acid inside your stomach) - may flourish.
Gnawing or burning symptoms may be an indicator of Helicobacter Pylori (Bad Bacteria). Pain tends to be centrally located just below the rib cage plus gas, burping, flatulence, bloating, nausea, and even vomiting.
If you constantly bombard your body with highly alkaline foods or water, you will create the perfect environment for Helicobacter Pylori or Candida.
When your body makes enough digestive juice, which is made up of hydrochloric acid, digestive enzymes, and other substances - this will kill most pathogens.
However, it doesn't kill all types of bacteria - some "good" bacteria (lactobacillus, etc.) are just too strong and will survive!
Lucky Number 7pH stands for potential hydrogen and is the measure of acidity or alkalinity. The pH scale is a spectrum that goes from highly alkaline represented by 14 to highly acidic represented by 0.
For example: (Very Alkaline) 14......7......0 (Very Acidic)
An acid is a substance that donates hydrogen ions and a base is a substance that accepts hydrogen ions.
An Acid will have a pH of 0 - 7
A Base will have a pH of 7 - 14
A pH of 7 is indicating that a substance is neither acidic or alkaline. Substances with a pH of 7 are said to be "Neutral".
7 is the number of perfection - it's P E R F E C T!
Furthermore, 7 is the number of perfection both physically and spiritually. The number 7 means that something is "whole".
There are many references to the number 7 in the bible as 7 is an extremely holy and magical number. 7 is also a symbol of the divine abundance.
Why is There?
The following "New" food lists will be based on PRAL values (Potential Renal Acid Load) instead of Ash values (system based on what happens when you heat or burn a food).
The PRAL value system will be more accurate because it is based on scientific research that takes into account how food will be metabolized in your body.
Therefore, these two systems will vary on how they rate a particular food or drink.
For example: According to the ash value system, coffee is considered acidic. According to the PRAL value system, coffee has a mildly alkaline effect on your body.
I would like to further add, it is my strong belief that the closer your diet is to the number 7 - the more "Whole" you will be.
However, if you are anemic, have candida, suffer from malnutrition, or own a wind mill (just kidding) - you may need to lean to the right or acidic side until your body bounces back.
In general, it's never a good idea to go too much to the left or too much to the right. Peace is always found somewhere in the middle. One day it is my hope that our politicians may understand this concept - lol.
The "Better" Alkaline ListEating these foods will significantly increase the production of Base or alkalinity in your body. Cooking will help to lessen the alkaline effect of these foods.
Organic Fruits: Dried Apricots, Avocado, Medjool Dates, Raisins, Black Currant, Banana, Dried Figs, Plantain, Prunes
Organic Vegetables: Beets, Swiss Chard, Dandelion Greens, Kale, Mustard Greens, Purslane, Romaine Lettuce, Spinach, Sweet Potato, Taro, Turnip Greens, Yam
Organic Nuts and Seeds: Chestnuts
Organic Legumes: Adzuki Beans, Black Beans, Kidney Beans, Lima Beans, Mung Beans, Pinto Beans, White Beans
Organic Misc.: Fresh Basil, Carob Flour, Cocoa Powder, Fennel, Natto, Parsley
Meal Suggestions: Beet Kvass, Plantain Chips, Sauteed Swiss Chard, Boiled Spinach, Kale Chips, Poi, Roasted Yams
The "Grey" Area ListEating a combination of the foods on this list will bring you closer to Neutral or the number 7. This list is made up of neutral foods, slightly alkaline foods, and slightly acidic foods.
Organic Fruits: Apples, Fresh Apricots, Blueberry, Blackberry, Cantaloupe, Cucumber, Cherries, Cranberry, Raw Figs, Grapes, Grapefruit, Honeydew Melon, Lemons, Limes, Mango, Kiwi, Nectarine, Olives, Oranges, Non-GMO Papaya, Peaches, Pears, Peppers, Pineapple, Fresh Plums, Raspberry, Strawberry, Tangerine, Tomatoes, Watermelon
Organic Vegetables: Jerusalem Artichoke, Alfalfa Sprouts, Asparagus, Broccoli, Brussel Sprouts, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Collard Greens, Eggplant, Garlic, Green Beans, Green Leafy Lettuces, Green Peas, Mushrooms, Onion, Potatoes, Radish, Seaweeds, Squash, Pumpkin, Zucchini
Organic Nuts and Seeds: Soaked & Sprouted Almonds, Raw Coconut, Raw Flax Seeds, Raw Hazelnuts, Raw Macadamia Nuts
Organic Grains and Pseudo Grains: Buckwheat Flour and Soaked Quinoa
Organic Legumes: Garbanzo Beans, Navy Beans
Sustainable Dairy: Raw Grass Fed Butter, Raw Grass Fed Cream, Raw Grass Fed Cow's Milk, Raw Goat Milk, Raw Water Buffalo Milk, Raw Grass Fed Yogurt, Raw Buttermilk, Raw Kefir
Sustainable Poultry: Pastured Egg Whites
Sustainable Seafood: Fresh Eastern Clams, Fresh Grouper, Fresh Sabelfish, Wild Eastern Oysters
Organic Misc.: Raw Apple Cider Vinegar, Arrowroot Flour, Avocado Oil, Beer, Vegetable Broths, Brown Sugar, Cacao Nibs, Raw Cane Sugar, Coffee, Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil, Raw Coconut Nectar, Cold-Pressed Flax Seed Oil, Raw Honey, Raw Ginger, Kombucha, Maple Syrup, Mineral Water, Ground Nutmeg, Cold-Pressed Olive Oil, Red Wine, Red Wine Vinegar, Sea Salt, Spring Water, Traditional Soy Sauce, Teas, Vanilla, White Wine
Meal Suggestions: Apple Pie w/Nut Crust, Clabbered Milk, Cioppino, Clam Chowder, Sour Cream Onion Dip, Carrot Celery Juice, Low Temp Mac Nuts, Assorted Fruit Bowl w/Whipped Cream, Steamed Grouper w/Fermented Mashed Potatoes, Oysters on Half Shell, Zucchini Pasta w/Steamed Clams, Yogurt Parfait w/Assorted Berries
The "Better" Acid ListEating foods on this list will significantly increase the production of hydrogen or acid in your body. Quality over quantity is the best way to deal with this list. In general, the more you cook these foods the more acidic they become - less is best!
Organic Nuts and Seeds: Brazil Nuts, Pistachio, Pecans, Pine Nuts, Sesame Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Walnuts
Organic Grains and Pseudo Grains: Fermented Amaranth, Soaked Brown Rice, Fermented Oats, Fermented Millet, Fermented Rye, Fermented Spelt, Fermented Wheat
Organic Legumes: Soaked Cashews, Soaked Peanuts
Sustainable Dairy: Raw Grass Fed Cheese (Cheddar, etc.), Raw Grass Fed Stinky Cheese (Blue Cheese, etc.), Raw Grass Fed Hard Aged Cheese (Pecorino Romano, etc.)
Sustainable Meats and Poultry: Grass Fed Beef, Buffalo, Pastured Chicken, Grass Fed Cured Meats, Pastured Eggs, Lamb, Grass Fed Organ Meats, Pastured Pork, Organic Rabbit, Smoked Grass Fed Meats, Pastured Turkey, Venison (Game Meats)
Sustainable Seafood: Wild Bass, Wild Catfish, Caviar, Wild Cod, Wild Crab, Wild Eel, Wild Haddock, Wild Halibut, Wild Lobster, Wild Sardine, Wild Salmon, Wild Shrimp, Wild Smoked Fish, Wild Snapper, Wild Swordfish, Wild Tuna, Wild Trout
Meal Suggestions: Rare Buffalo Burgers, Liver Pate, Fermented Oatmeal Cereal, Rare Steak w/ Blue Cheese Dressing, Sashimi Platter, Seared Ahi, Steamed Lobster, Soaked Brown Rice Sushi, Raw Cheese & Nut Platter, Low Temp Baked Salmon, Smoked Fish w/Soaked Brown Rice, Shrimp Ceviche, Steamed Seafood Basket
Should You Drink Alkaline Water?Ionizer machines that make "alkaline" water like Kangen are artificially created water with a very high pH which is not derived from its mineral content, but by creating an abundance of OH- and less H+ ions.
Basically, this process segregates the acid and alkaline content found in water. Your body cannot really utilize these ions as if they were real minerals and this type of water will provide "Unstable" pH side effects.
The side effects of consuming water with an "Unstable" pH is Nervous Tension, Over-alkalization of Upper Bowel, and Compromised Immune Function.
Real water that comes from nature that has a pH which corresponds perfectly with its mineral content is considered "Stable" water.
"Stable" water will include mineral and spring waters.
Having to compensate all the time for a body that is overly alkaline can tax your buffering systems. Your systems will try to compensate and you will end up losing too many essential ions.
I highly recommend that you watch this video....The Alkaline Myth
What is Acidosis?Please use this as a guideline, to help avoid Acidosis.
Acidosis is a state where your blood or body becomes too acidic and lacks bicarbonate.
Symptoms of Acidosis:
There are Basically Two Types of Acidosis:
Metabolic Acidosis - this happens when your kidneys cannot remove enough acid from your body through your urine and when your body can no longer regulate the amount of acidity in your blood.
There are 3 Major Types of Metabolic Acidosis:
To Reduce the Risk of Metabolic Acidosis:
One of the first signs of acidosis is having breathing problems because during acidosis your body will attempt to get rid of some of the acidic build-up or excess carbon dioxide by exhaling it.
Respiratory Acidosis: - happens when there is too much carbon dioxide in your blood due to poor lung function.
Normally your lungs can remove enough carbon dioxide while you breathe or through respiration. However, sometimes your lungs won't get rid of enough because of asthma, obesity, or metabolic system problems.
To Reduce the Risk of Respiratory Acidosis:
What is Alkalosis?Please use this as a guideline, to help avoid Alkalosis.
Alkalosis is a state where your blood and tissues become too alkaline. This happens when there is a decrease in acid or hydrogen in your body.
Symptoms of Alkalosis:
These are the Types of Alkalosis:
Metabolic Alkalosis - happens when your body loses too much acid in your bodily fluids.
There are Two Major Types of Metabolic Alkalosis:
To Reduce the Risk of Metabolic Alkalosis:
Respiratory Alkalosis - happens when there isn't enough carbon dioxide in your bloodstream. This can happen when you hyperventilate or breath too rapidly.
To Reduce the Risk of Respiratory Alkalosis:
Compensated Alkalosis - happens when you return acid to your body to restore pH, but bicarbonate and carbon dioxide levels remain abnormal. It sounds like an enzyme problem to me which means that you may have to adjust your diet.
The Sands of TruthMany things have been covered up in order to hide or spin the truth. Here is another story that has been hidden away under the Sands of Truth.
It is the story of King Solomon and Queen Sheba who was also the Pharaoh of Egypt aka Hatshepsut. They ruled during a time of great abundance and peace. Hatshepsut and Solomon were friends as well as lovers - both were very wealthy.
Hatshepsut and Solomon were No Ordinary Rulers:
The Sands of Truth will always uncover something that has been hidden away - you need only look. There is no telling what you will find when you dig for the truth.
And all I have to say about the creation of a terror group called Isis - Oh no you didn't!
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