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Alkaline diet foods

I thought it would be a good idea to explain what an alkaline diet is and how pH is regulated in the body and then you can make your own decision about it. According to the alkaline diet there are certain minerals that are acidic or alkaline – acidic foods lead to disease whereas alkaline foods prevent disease. Minerals that form acids include Sulfur, which forms sulfuric acid (H2SO4), Phosphorus, which forms phosphoric acid (H3PO4) and nitrogen, which forms nitric acid (HNO3). Alkaline minerals are Ca (calcium), K (potassium), and Mg (magnesium) – they can’t form acids.  So even though lemons contain citric acid, they are considered an alkaline food because they are high in potassium, calcium, and magnesium. Acid-forming foods Alkaline foods ·        Meat ·        Dairy ·        Carbonated drinks (high in phosphate) ·        Fruit juices ·        Roasted nuts and peanuts ·        Grains/ pastries ·        Alcohol ·        Fish ·        Eggs…

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humans and apes are omnivores

A comparison of species that are carnivores, herbivores, and omnivores Carnivores are animals that feed primarily on other animals. Obligate carnivores only eat other animals to survive and include felids (cats) such as lions, tigers, bobcat, lynx, leopard, cougar, jaguar, cheetah and domestic cats. Obligate carnivores lack the physiology to digest vegetable matter.  Cats will only eat plant material such as grass as an emetic (to make them vomit). Facultative carnivores can eat some plant material but eat primarily meat, this includes all other carnivores including gray wolf, coyote, red fox, wild and domestic dogs, hyenas, polar bears, ferrets, dolphins, seals, walruses, Tasmanian devil, hawks, vultures, falcons, owls, penguins, pelicans, herons, frogs, toads, snakes, crocodiles, monitor lizards, komodo dragons, some turtles, seagulls, sharks, many bony fish like salmon and tuna, octopuses, spiders, scorpions, water bugs, and many insects. Some sources say that dogs and foxes are omnivores because they can…

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Game Changers Documentary on Netflix

Game Changers is a documentary about athletes following a vegan diet.  It was produced by James Cameron, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Jackie Chan. I have no issues at all with anyone that wants to be vegan.  I think there are ways to get all the nutrients you need from plants if that is your choice. I want to make it very clear that I agree that everyone should always eat a LOT of plants, fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains, sprouts, beans, peas, lentils, tubers, seaweed, and herbs are all extremely healthy and have multiple beneficial and essential functions in our body and should compose a large proportion of our daily calories.  There is information presented in this documentary that is very misleading or wrong: Comparing vegan health to people that eat fast food, processed foods, deep fried foods filled with inflammatory trans fats and very little vegetables. They conclude that…

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Powdered berry and vegetable supplements

There are several fruit and vegetable powder supplements on the market and many people add a scoop to smoothies, protein shakes, or add to cereal or soups as a serving or two of vegetables.  Are they worth it?  Are nutrients retained?  I had a look at the research. One study looked at the effects of the NanoGreens vegetable supplement in 40 people with hypertension (17 in the treated group taking the greens).  The group taking the greens took 1 scoop (12g) per day.  The greens supplements contained dried and powdered green plant foods, fruit, vegetables included all colours (colour pigments are very healthy!), herbs, teas, lecithin, and oat and rice bran. After 90 days both systolic and diastolic blood pressure was significantly reduced from an average of 140/90 to 128/83.  That is quite a significant reduction in just 90 days! Another study looked at Greens+.  They looked at different factors;…

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Lion's Mane mushroom

Lion’s Mane is a type of mushroom that has been shown to have some extraordinary health benefits.  It is Hericium erinaceus, also known as Yamabushitake, but most commonly called Lion’s mane.  A review article published by the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry in 2015 reviewed 139 primary research papers that describe the myriad of chemical compounds and their exceptional bioactive effects and lack of toxicity in rodents and humans. Most of this research is still in the stage of cell culture and animal studies but it looks extremely promising for humans and even for pets.  Lion’s Mane contains around 70 different metabolites that can be divided into 5 categories of organic compounds including erinacines (have neuroprotective properties), aromatic compounds, sterols (anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties), alkaloids, and lactones. It has been shown to be beneficial for the following by either eating the mushroom fruiting bodies, consuming dried mushroom ground into…

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Hotdog processed meat

The following ingredients can be found in any processed meats including deli meats, salami, pepperoni, or meat in a can. The difference in processed meats are the type of meat used, such as pork or beef etc, or the types of flavouring and spices added. Mechanically separated meat – this is all the “trimmings” left over after all the other cuts of meat have been removed and that includes tendons, cartilage, and skin…..which is actually not a bad thing.  I don’t promote eating processed foods but the cartilage, skin, and tendons are not the bad part of wieners.  When connective tissues are ground up we can digest them quite easily and absorb different proportions of amino acids compared to what is in skeletal muscle. Salt – about 800 mg per wiener, is used to kill bacteria and to add flavor.  We should keep daily salt intake to around 3000 mg…

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Organic production in Canada

First let’s go over some terminology. What are pesticides and herbicides and are they all bad? Pesticides are anything that kills anything humans consider to be a pest and that includes insects, mold, and weeds.  Insecticides are a type of pesticide that kill insects specifically. Herbicides are a type of pesticide that kills only plants like weeds.  Weeds are the most significant pest in crop farming because weeds compete for soil nutrients, water and sunlight. Pesticides and herbicides are used in organic farming because they use substances that kill insects and weeds but in organic farming those substances cannot be toxic to humans.  For example, here are some substances “pesticides” that can be used in organic farming – the official document is 85 pages long, link below, so I have only listed a few: Microbial organisms – like probiotics for plants Manure Diatomaceous earth – ocean sediment that is used…

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Homemade salad dressing

Salad dressing doesn’t just taste good; it helps you digestthe salad. Raw vegetables can take a bit of work to digest.  The acidity of the vinegar (5% acetic acid)helps to: activate the stomach enzyme called pepsin thatdigests proteins converts minerals such as iron, magnesium, andcalcium, into ions so that they are bioavailable and can be absorbed into thebloodstream The oil (cold-pressed extra virgin olive oil) helps toabsorb plant phytochemicals that are fat-soluble such as: terpenes, carotenoids,and phytosterols.  Plant phytochemicalsare used by cells for many functions such as antioxidants, cell growth andrepair, and modulating immune function by helping to reduce inflammation.  Olive oil itself has anti-inflammatory properties and containsmonounsaturated fatty acids that are important for building cell membranes andlowering “bad” blood LDL cholesterol levels that helps to reduce the risk ofcardiovascular disease. My easy homemade salad dressing: 1/3 vinegar to 2/3 olive oil ratio (any vinegaris fine but apple cider vinegar…

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The problem with chicken wings in a restaurant is the that they are breaded and deep fried in trans fat. If you make chicken wings at home without the breading and trans fat, then they have health benefits. Simply rub with spices such as Italian herbs, cayenne pepper, garlic powder and salt and bake them, they will get crispy from the natural fat in the skin. Chicken skin:– Contains saturated and unsaturated fats, both are healthy (trans fats such as refined canola and vegetable oils cause heart disease)– Contains omega 9 fatty acids that are anti-inflammatory, increases HDL production (“good” blood cholesterol), and reduce risk of heart disease– Contains glycine, which is an amino acid that is most abundant in the skin and is beneficial for maintenance of our connective tissues, such as tendons, ligaments, and our own skin– Eating fat doesn’t make you fat; eating more calories than you…

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It is healthy to postpone eating once in a while or to even skip a meal. There are so many benefits to intermittent fasting that making it a daily routine would be something to consider. You can fast 16 hours per day and still have 3 meals. For example, you could eat at 10am, 2pm, and 6pm, then fast 16 hours until 10am the next day. Here is a list of some of the top reasons why you should consider trying intermittent fasting: (talk to your doctor if you are diabetic or pregnant) 1. Slows aging process by increasing mitochondria (parts of the cell that make energy and also play a role in cell regeneration)2. Stimulates the production of more mitochondria and therefore increases your cell’s ability to breakdown fat for energy production3. Reverses insulin resistance – early signs of type 2 diabetes4. Promotes autophagy, which is the process where…

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