Controversy in Nutritional Research

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  The Alkaline diet seems to have its share of “haters” for some odd reason or another. I can’t seem to understand why some researchers would have a problem with someone eating a diet of 60-80% alkaline foods everyday. And variety is encouraged as some veggies have phytonutrients that are not present in others. Even so, the “anti” alkaline diet people keep trying to find ways to raise doubts about a high plant eating style. I can imagine that there are a lot of people who are really confused about the entire health information scene as contradictory evidence is everywhere. I guess controversy should result in more research yet this just seems to muddy the waters more as different studies bring different results.

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Why Everything We ‘Know’ About Diet and Nutrition Is Wrong.

Posted by Ross Pomeroy

 For decades, the federal government has been advising Americans on what to eat. Those recommendations have been subject to the shifting sands of dietary science. And have those sands ever been shifting. At first, fat and cholesterol were vilified, while sugar was mostly let off the hook. Now, fat is fine (saturated fat is still evil, though), cholesterol is back, and sugar is the new bogeyman.

Why the sizable shift? The answer may be “bad science.”

 Every five years, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, composed of nutrition and health experts from around the country, convenes to review the latest scientific and medical literature. From their learned dissection, they form the dietary guidelines.

 But according to a new editorial published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings, much of the science they review is fundamentally flawed. Unlike experiments in the hard sciences of chemistry, physics, and biology, which rely on direct observational evidence, most diet studies are based on self-reported data. Study subjects are examined for height, weight, and health, then are questioned about what they eat. Their dietary choices are subsequently linked to health outcomes — cancer, mortality, heart disease, etc.

 That’s a poor way of doing science, says Edward Archer, a research fellow with the Nutrition Obesity Research Center at the University of Alabama, and lead author of the report.

 “The assumption that human memory can provide accurate or precise reproductions of past ingestive behavior is indisputably false,” he and his co-authors write.

 Two of the largest studies on nutritional intake in the United States, the CDC’s NHANES and “What We Eat,” are based on asking subjects to recall precisely what and how much they usually eat.

 But despite all of the steps that NHANES examiners take to aid recall, such as limiting the recall period to the previous 24 hours and even offering subjects measuring guides to help them report accurate data, the information received is wildly inaccurate. An analysis conducted by Archer in 2013 found that most of the 60,000+ NHANES subjects report eating a lower amount of calories than they would physiologically need to survive, let alone to put on all the weight that Americans have in the past few decades.

 So self-reported data based on memory recall is inaccurate, but that should come as no surprise to anyone familiar with how memory works. Memory is not a recording; it’s a mental reconstruction shaped by thoughts, feelings, and everything that occurred after the event one is trying to remember. Everybody is susceptible to false memories.

 And yet, again, much of epidemiological dietary research is based on asking subjects to recall the easily altered details of what they ate! No wonder seems to point every which way!

“The American public deserves the best possible science. It is time to stop spending billions of health research dollars collecting pseudoscientific, anecdotal data that are essentially meaningless,” Archer said in a press release.

Diet studies based on self-report are conducted because they are easy. But in this case, what’s easy is not at all better. Sure, the scientific literature on nutrition is bulging with studies, but at the same time, it’s watered-down with weak, meaningless information. Perhaps that’s why nutrition has become rife with hucksterism.

“The greatest obstacle to scientific progress is not ignorance but the illusion of knowledge created by pseudoscientific data that are neither right nor wrong,” Archer writes.

 Instead of focusing on inaccurate dietary advice, Archer urges a renewed focus on physical activity as a tool for maintaining health.

 Nutrition research is awash in woo. To fix that, scientists should conduct only the most rigorous studies, preferably randomized-controlled trials, and funding agencies like the NIH and the CDC should only give grants to this sort of research.

 The motto of the Royal Society of London, the oldest scientific society in the modern world, is Nullius in Verba.

 “This phrase… is translated as “on the word of no one” or “take no one’s word for it” and suggests that scientific knowledge should be based not on authority, rhetoric, or mere words but on objective evidence,” Archer writes.

 Ironically, self-reported data directly contradicts the Royal Society’s motto. Credulous nutrition scientists are literally taking everyone at their word. This has to end.


Exercise is important for controlling blood pressure and blood sugar levels. So what we have learned here is that despite all the contradictory evidence going back and forth among the experts, the best thing that we can do is become more physically active. Exercise works wonders for people with High Blood Pressure and has the ability to help control the blood sugar of people with pre-diabetes or Type 2 diabetes. I have always said that the human body is built for movement so we must find ways to move! Early humans would spend hours each day in search of edible fruit, vegetables and gathering nuts. Chasing animals through the wild had to be a heck of a workout. Constant physical activity meant that the few sugars that were consumed were immediately burned for energy so there were probably NO obese humans prior to the development of civilization. Reverse your high blood sugar readings with a diet high in Alkaline veggies. 

Randy Powell,






Fight Inflammation with Good Nutrition

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 Winning the war against low grade inflammation can be won by making effective dietary changes by eating an anti inflammatory diet. Eating an Alkaline diet meal plan daily can significantly change your health. I will be the first to say that I have moments where the taste of a double cheeseburger floods my memories and my mouth starts to water. I also know what eating that kind of meal will do to my health so I choose to not stress myself physically. Processed foods and fried foods are very tasty and I have a lot of memories of their flavors but they put a lot of stress on various functions of the body and I just don’t want that. Avoiding the foods that cause low level inflammation is important to preventing or even reversing the potential of developing illness and disease. Eat an abundance of veggies and fruits everyday.

 The foods that cause low grade inflammation in the body are also acid-forming foods. Eating omega 6 fats, grains such as wheat, rice and corn products and the consumption of dairy products are known to be pro-inflammatory and should be eaten sparingly if at all. Processed omega 6 fats are used in most deep frying and is eaten abundantly in America. Reducing pro-inflammatory foods can reduce the odds of developing disease, help control blood pressure and assist in melting away unwanted excess body fat. Anti-inflammatory foods are the easiest way to get control of your health before the situation calls for prescription drugs.

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 9 Inflammation-Fighting Vitamins & Minerals (And Where You Can Get ‘Em)

By Lori Shemek
April 28, 2015 5:34 AM EDT

Some vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants are particularly useful in our fight against inflammation. Here’s a list of some of the phytonutrients that should always be part of your life.

1. Vitamin A & Provitamin A

Beta-carotene is a provitamin that converts to vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is also an antioxidant that helps protect the body against free radicals. We can boost the vitamin A in our bodies by eating a wide range of vegetables including broccoli, carrots, dandelion, spinach, cantaloupe, kale, sweet potato, and collard greens.

2. Vitamin B

People who have low levels of vitamin B6 tend to have high levels of C-reactive protein, which is a measure of inflammation within the body. Vegetables that are high in B vitamins, including B6, include mushrooms, kale, broccoli, cauliflower, and bell peppers. Animal sources include turkey, chicken, cod, and tuna.

Folate (folic acid) is another B vitamin associated with inflammation. A short study in Italy suggests that even a low-dose, short-term daily folic acid supplement could reduce inflammation in people who are overweight. Good sources of folate include black-eyed peas, lima beans, chickpeas, dark leafy greens, and asparagus.

3. Vitamin C

A large number of studies show the anti-inflammatory benefits of foods that are high in the antioxidant vitamin C. Good lower sugar sources include tomatoes and tomato juice You can also find vitamin C in many other fruits with a low to moderate sugar content including grapefruit and lemons. Try starting your day drinking water and lemon juice, which will give your vitamin C a morning boost.

4. Vitamin D

Vitamin D helps reduce inflammation and insufficient vitamin D is associated with a range of inflammatory conditions. In combination with calcium, vitamin D also promotes weight loss. There are estimates that say that two-thirds of the population in the United States is vitamin D deficient. We get vitamin D naturally when we are out in the sun. In addition, we get it in foods such as fish, egg yolks, and organ meats. It’s also found in foods that have been supplemented with vitamin D, such as milk.

5. Vitamin E

This is another antioxidant vitamin that can help reduce inflammation. We find vitamin E naturally in nuts and seeds, including almonds and sunflower seeds, as well as in vegetables such as spinach and fruits like avocado.

6. Vitamin K

Vitamin K can help reduce inflammatory markers; research shows that it may help protect against heart disease, as well as osteoporosis. Very few of us are getting enough vitamin K in our diets. There are two types of vitamin K: vitamin K1, which we find in leafy vegetables like kale, cabbage, cauliflower, and spinach; and vitamin K2, which is found in liver and eggs.

7. Coenzyme Q10

This is an antioxidant that appears to have anti-inflammatory properties. We can find it naturally in sardines, mackerel, salmon, beef liver, olive oil, walnuts, peanuts, parsley, broccoli, avocado, and spinach.

8. Glutathione

Another antioxidant and free-radical fighter with anti-inflammatory properties (free radicals are unstable atoms or groups of atoms that can cause cell damage), glutathione can be found naturally in asparagus, avocados, spinach, garlic, tomatoes, grapefruit, apples, and milk thistle.

9. Magnesium

This is mineral can help reduce inflammation. Low magnesium is associated with high stress. Stress, as most of us know, can trigger cravings for foods such as chocolate or other refined carbohydrates. Stress also alters dopamine levels in the brain, and dopamine is a magnesium-dependent neurotransmitter. It’s estimated that 70 percent of all Americans are deficient in magnesium. This is an amazing statistic because magnesium is found in a large variety of foods, including dark leafy vegetables such as spinach, avocado, almonds, and many legumes. A magnesium deficiency is particularly common among men and women who are overweight That many of us are not getting enough of this mineral speaks to the poor quality of nourishment that exists in many of our lives.

Excerpt from How to Fight FATflammation © 2015 by Lori Shemek, M.D. Reprinted with permission from HarperOne.

      *********************************** A diet high in vegetables and fruits can reduce low level Inflammation. Many of the deficiencies in the diet of Americans lies in their resistance to the idea of eating a plant-based diet. Plants are nature’s food for humans to eat and stay healthy. So much illness can be prevented if humans would eat more of the foods that we are designed to digest as opposed to eating foods that promote disease. A plant-based diet promotes good health

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Randy Powell,

Prevent Heart Disease with Anti-Oxidants!

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 Contrary to what many people may think about human longevity, you can live much longer than you may think. Much disease is due to the fact that so many people in the modern world are constantly eating a diet that is killing them. Heart disease is America’s top killer yet the diet that fuels this epidemic is eaten everyday by most people. Many simply don’t know better but most just don’t care.  

Eat an assortment of vegetables for antioxidant benefits. The following article was published on the blog at This is a simple list of foods that you absolutely should work into your daily diet. Unprocessed foods are always the best choices as natural foods keep your body young and increases its ability to fight off disease. Since Heart disease is STILL the number one killer on the planet, it might be best to give this article some attention.

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9 Foods That Will Help You Prevent Heart Disease

By Dr. Mitchell Gaynor 


Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans. Too often, heart disease is thought of as a sudden disaster — the clutching of one’s arm or pounding, crushing chest pain.

But the truth is that heart disease is more like the long arc of a baseball in the air; we notice its movement as it approaches us, but in reality, the ball has been descending for most of its flight.

But by the time full-fledged clinical heart disease is apparent, with symptoms like chest pain, most of the damage has already been done. The good news is that if you make the basic right decisions about diet, you are already protecting yourself against the bulk of the risks.

The battle against heart disease, as with all the conditions I cover in my new book, The Gene Therapy Plan, is part of a lifelong commitment to actively pursue health through good lifestyle choices, ones that “turn on” your health-promoting genes. Below is a list of heart-healthy foods and substances that I recommend to my patients at risk of heart disease.

1. Bring in the omega-3s.

Omega-3 fats found in cold-water fish like salmon and cod, as well as supplements, have been shown to lower blood pressure.

2. Remember the “Q.”

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a powerful, natural, antioxidant found in the majority of cells in the body; it also converts food into energy. A meta-analysis revealed that CoQ10 lowered blood pressure when taken at prescribed doses.

3. Go nuts.

Nuts are another good option to protect against heart disease. They’re full of good fats, they lower LDL (the so-called “bad” cholesterol) and protect against coronary heart disease. Both pine nuts and almonds are good choices.

4. Get “D” good stuff!

Vitamin D has been shown to contribute to heart health in many ways. It blocks hormones that are released by the kidney that are involved in raising blood pressure in the body. Vitamin D also lowers the risk of a heart attack and mitigates other factors that can affect the heart such as the calcification of blood vessels and heart tissue scarring.

5. Crunch on cabbage.

Red cabbage contains anthocyanins and is rich in vitamin C; a study reports that boosting vitamin C levels helps to prolong the life of people with heart failure. Red cabbage has also been shown to lower cholesterol levels.

6. Learn to love tomatoes.

Tomatoes contain lycopene, a phytonutrient that provides the reddish pigment. Besides adding the bright red color to tomatoes, lycopene is an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant nutrient that plays a role in reducing bad cholesterol.

7. Enjoy some tart cherries.

Yes, these tangy and tart treats are powerful antioxidants. They also contain anthocyanins, which provide cherries with their red-pigmented color, fight free radical formation, and reduce inflammation. Chronic inflammation worsens the development of plaque formation within blood vessels, which contributes to heart disease.

8. Get olive leaf for arterial health.

Oleuropein is found in olive leaf extract, and has been found to reduce blood pressure. Oleuropein also pinpoints hardened arteries by reducing arterial resistance and stiffness as well as enhancing endothelial function to decrease blood pressure. It’s found in both olive oil and in olives.

9. Say yes to dark chocolate. And grapes.

Flavanols are nutrients found in foods including cocoa, grapes, and many teas. Cocoa flavanols (found in cocoa powder, for example) are important nutrients that are thought to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. There’s also some research suggesting that they reverse age-related memory decline in older adults.

While the types of foods that we eat play a huge role in promoting or preventing heart disease, we can’t forget the importance of physical activity, which also helps protect against the development of heart disease. So combine good nutrition and physical activity to optimize your health.


Eat an abundance of veggies and fruits everyday.

Dr. Mitchell Gaynor’s latest book, The Gene Therapy Plan: Taking Control of Your Genetic Destiny Through Diet and Lifestyle will be released in April from Viking and is already listed in Amazon’s Top Sellers. Eat a variety of anti-inflammatory foods as part of your alkaline diet


Randy Powell



Is WheatBelly the Answer to Type 2 Diabetes?

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 I hate that every new eating style is referred to as a fad diet. An effective diet can hold its own nutritionally. It would not be hard to argue against a “so-called” diet fad if there were no REAL proof that it was effective. A great many of them short-change you nutritionally or require that you eat one particular boring food for an unnatural number of weeks!

I mean, those type of eating styles just don’t have any science behind them to justify you giving them a try. You have to eat a wide variety of nutrient dense foods daily for a diet to be healthy. 

Let’s be honest: How long can you survive on cabbage soup? 

 The following article is from the “WHEAT BELLY” blog made famous by Dr. William Davis of Wheat belly fame. He is known around the world as the doctor who slanders Wheat as the cause of many physical ailments. He appears to have physical proof as thousands are reversing obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and arthritis simply by removing wheat and other grains from their diet. I really believe that you are going to be enlightened by this reading.

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Who is Dr. William Davis and why is he saying such nasty things about “healthy whole grains”?

By Dr. Davis | July 25, 2011

By way of introduction in this new blog, here’s a little bit about me:

If you want the usual “eat this to be heart-healthy” line, then don’t call me.

You won’t get any endorsements of new drugs for weight loss or cholesterol lowering, or gushing commentary on the newest defibrillator or heart transplant device from me. What you will get is plain talk about the largest dietary blunder ever made on an international scale: Cut your fat and eat more healthy whole grains.

There is a germ of truth in this whole grain disaster: Whole grains are indeed healthier than white flour products–just as filtered cigarettes are healthier than unfiltered cigarettes. So should you smoke more Salems in place of your Marlboros? I don’t think so!

Since 2004, I have served as Medical Director of the heart disease prevention and reversal program, Track Your Plaque, an international meeting-of-the-minds to generate a collective effort to find better solutions to the scourge of heart attack and heart disease. In an effort to assist people, as well as my patients, reduce blood sugar–high in over 80% of people nowadays–I asked them to eliminate wheat, including whole grain products, based on the simple fact that wheat products increase blood sugar more than nearly all other foods. The unexpected result: Incredible weight loss; relief from acid reflux and the gas, cramping, and diarrhea of irritable bowel syndrome; increased energy, more stable moods, and deeper sleep; relief from arthritis, including rheumatoid arthritis; dramatically improved cholesterol values; reduced blood pressure and inflammatory measures, and on and on. It became clear that this was no coincidence. This was real. And it was all due to eliminating this thing being sold to us called wheat.

Cause it ain’t wheat. It’s this stocky little high-yield plant, a distant relative of the wheat our mothers used to bake muffins, but genetically and biochemically lightyears removed from the wheat of just 40 years ago. We have geneticists and agribusiness to thank for this transformation from 4 1/2-foot tall “amber waves of grain” to the 2-foot tall semi-dwarf genetic variant now sold to us in the guise of “healthy whole grains.”

The unexpected results I witnessed in my heart disease prevention program led me to believe that these observations applied to more than my patients and online following. This was a widespread societal problem. It became clear that “wheat” consumption was responsible for an incredible amount of the human illness, obesity, and suffering we are all witnessing on an unprecedented scale. So I wrote Wheat Belly.

So Wheat Belly represents the distilled experience and lessons I’ve learned over these last several years, lessons learned by accident in my quest to help solve the dilemma of heart disease. And, by the way, I hardly ever see any heart attacks any more.

I am a 1985 graduate of the St. Louis University School of Medicine and the Ohio State University Hospitals for training in Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Diseases. I even trained in advanced cardiac catheterization techniques and coronary angioplasty in the Case-Western Reserve University system in Cleveland, Ohio. But I’ve essentially left that training in the dust of new-lessons-learned, including this incredible wheat-free world I’ve stumbled into.

I practice preventive cardiology–hardly a stent in sight!–in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where I base my practice, writing career, blogging and other activities. I live with my beautiful and triathlon-crazed wife, Dawn; my University of Wisconsin-Madison attending son, Bill; my professional tennis player daughter, Lauren; my still-figuring-out-what-to-do-with-his-life 13-year old, Jacob; and my two unruly and barely tame Boston terriers. And, no, there are no bran muffins or pretzels in the cupboard.


 DR. William Davis actually recommends that you remove ALL grains from your diet to maximize blood sugar control and acceleration of the burning of excess body fat. That means eliminating rice, corn, barley and rye.

But the first step should be to avoid wheat.

If eating wheat is the number one way that Americans elevate their blood sugar then why not cut the wheat out of the diets of people with Type 2 diabetes or prediabetes? It would be the best step taken toward better blood glucose control. Reduce Inflammation with an Alkaline diet


Randy Powell,



Skin Care And The Alkaline Diet

 A diet high in Alkaline-forming foods has been known to help relieve various physical ailments and can be an effective skin care diet plan. Nutrient-dense alkaline veggies and fruits have been known to contribute to healthier hair and clearer skin. The “so-called” theory is that when the body eats too many acidic foods that it becomes acidic. This is not true! The body automatically balances its own pH through the use of stored minerals. The human body maintains proper pH balance no matter what you have been eating.

 By NOT eating a lot of Acid-forming foods, you can make it much easier for your body to accomplish the task of balancing pH. Acid-forming foods don’t give the body what it needs to maintain a slightly alkaline environment. Eating a diet high alkaline-forming foods helps your body to stay in proper pH balance easier by providing needed nutrients to help the body do its job.

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 The old saying “You are what you eat” is very true. If you eat foods that are healthy for humans then you will most likely become healthy. Getting Alkaline diet benefits for clearer and younger looking skin makes perfect sense when you understand which foods your diet will require. A diet of 60-80% Alkaline-forming foods every day will require that you eat a wide variety of different vegetables and fruits over the course of a day. This ratio does leave you room for acid-forming foods that you may like. A few veggies and fruits are acid-forming. All meats are acid-forming as is most dairy. Grains such as wheat, barley, and rye are acid-forming and as with all acid-forming foods should not make up any more than 40% of your diet. Ever. Eating more than 40% acid-forming foods causes un-needed stress on the body.

fresh veggies and fruit help to maintain beautiful skin.

 Eat 60-80% alkaline-forming foods (or 20-40% acid-forming foods) to help your people repair itself with the nutrients that only nature could prepare for us. Eating a skin care diet of fresh raw green leafy veggies a couple of times a day will help your body to repair damaged skin cells and along with drinking plenty of fresh water. Water is often overlooked in the nutritional equation and you should drink it often throughout the day. Aim for 100 ounces of water a day if you weigh more than 200 pounds.

  Alkaline-forming foods are nutrient-dense: Most fresh fruits, nearly all fresh vegetables, dark green leafy vegetables, almonds, millet, sprouts, raw apple cider vinegar. These foods provide you with the nutrients and alkaline diet benefits that nature intended for you to eat.


  Make Acid-forming foods no more than 40% of your everyday diet: bread, cake, cereals, crackers, pasta, grains, legumes, vinegar, meat, seafood and fish, nuts, seeds, and tofu. Alcoholic drinks, sugars, gluten, coffee, processed foods, artificial sweeteners, dairy, refined fats and deep-fried food should be kept to a minimum as they promote Inflammation in the body.

 Eating fats mean that you should try to always eat healthy foods and natural oils that will make your skin healthier and more youthful looking. Avoid any processed or refined fats such as the ones found at your local grocery store. Lean toward using coconut oil or Extra virgin olive oil when preparing meals. Consuming a diet high in Omega 3 fats is also good for your skin. Humans should eat a diet lower in omega 6 fats and higher in omega 3 fats. Look for omega 3 fats in cold water fish, flaxseed oil or algae oil. These good fats along with nutrient-rich foods and adequate water daily should put you well on your way to having the healthy skin that you so most desire! An Alkaline diet plan can produce clearer skin and healthy hair 


 Randy Powell,






Alkaline Diet vs Paleo Diet: Is There a Difference?

 Eating a diet high in processed starches and highly refined cooking oils can lead to Inflammation, obesity and some degree of blood sugar problems. Any diet that encourages the consumption of natural whole foods over eating a diet high in processed starches and refined oils is a diet that I would prefer to follow. The processed starches that are at the core of carbohydrate addiction are also fueling a type 2 diabetes problem that has gotten way out of control. The sweeteners that we added into our foods (especially High Fructose corn syrup) is making the calorie count high without any real nutritional value. So it appears to me that we need to eat more whole veggies, fruits and organic meat while avoiding grains, refined oils/fats and anything with added sugar. This kind of healthy eating falls into the category of Paleo dieting. And it also falls under the heading of Alkaline diet.

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 The Paleo diet is about eating food that early man would have eaten prior to learning how to cultivate his food. Foods that could be hunted, picked from a tree or bush and anything that grew above the ground is fair game in this style of eating. Many people think that this is a meat based diet that requires that you eat tons of animal flesh but it doesn’t have to be that way. You can eat a small amount of meat or no meat at all if you desire. Cave dwelling people of early times had to make due with nuts, berries, wild fruits and veggies between productive hunting trips. Now on the other hand, if you want to gorge on lean meats and only a handful of veggies, well that is your choice. The important part of this is that you will learn to live without added sugar, sweeteners, grains, rice, corn and unhealthy junk fillers like tapioca starch and corn flour.




 Much has been written over the years about the great things associated with eating a diet high in Alkaline foods. There is a myth that you have to eat ONLY alkaline foods while eating this diet but that is NOT true. The aim is to eat 60-80% of your food in the form of alkaline-forming foods. Alkaline-forming foods leave an alkaline residue after digestion. That is what determines if a food is acid-forming or alkaline-forming. Some foods can be acid before digestion but become alkaline-forming during the digestive process. This is the case with many citrus fruits. An abundance of vegetables in your diet has a very cleansing effect on your colon and your bowels may be a little “loose” in the beginning of your high plant food diet. Eating a diet high in alkaline-forming foods means that you will be digesting a lot of veggies and fruits with a handful of acid-forming foods (like meats or dairy) to balance it out. Remember that 70% of your food should be alkaline-forming every day.

 A grain based diet has been connected with many ailments and inflammatory-related diseases over the years. There is a major movement going on today against the consumption of wheat and other grain products sold commercially. It seems that grains like wheat, barley, rye and corn are major contributers to the Inflammation problem in America. Grains contain Phytic Acid, a mineral blocker that prevents absorption of calcium, magnesium, iron, copper and zinc. Phytic acid is found in the bran of grains and is not a good option for humans to consume. If the grains were allowed to sprout properly, there would be an increase in the nutrient density of the plant and the sprouting process would also break down the phytic acid. Unfortunately, grains today are not sprouted and are consumed around the world in larger quantities than has ever been seen in the history on mankind.

 The following recipe was discovered at They are a Paleo site and appears to be quite popular among those who follow the happenings in the Paleo diet world. The author, who goes by the name Tess (learn more) is a college student who saw her physical ailments begin to disappear as she eliminated grains from her diet.

 You can make your own personal tweaks to a simple recipe like this oneI guess you could eliminate the chicken and replace it with more veggies of your choice, if you choose to eat meat-free alkaline meals. But for meat-eaters, Paleo is the way to go!

ORIGINAL ARTICLE (check out the soup pictures!)



Classic Chicken Soup

Author: Hold the Grain


Prep time: 5 mins

Cook time: 6 hours

Total time: 6 hours 5 mins


  • 1 (4 pound) whole chicken
  • 2 Stalks celery, diced
  • 16 Ounces frozen carrots
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • Water (almost a full gallon)
  • 16 Ounces frozen broccoli
  • 1 Cup frozen peas
  • ½ Tablespoon dried thyme
  • 1 Heaping teaspoon turmeric powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh parsley to garnish (optional)


  1. Rinse the chicken and remove the giblets. Place the whole chicken in the bottom of large stock pot. Add in the carrots, celery and onion.
  2. Add enough water to cover the chicken. I use just shy of a full gallon. Cover the pot and bring to a low boil. Reduce to low and let cook for about 4-6 hours. I like to leave it on throughout most of the afternoon to give the stock a really deep flavor.
  3. Use a pair of tongs to remove the chicken to a large bowl. The chicken will fall apart into many pieces, so you’ll want to fish around to find any bones that fell back into the soup. Separate the chicken meat from the bones, and shred it before returning it to the pot. Don’t throw those bones away! You can store them in the freezer to make bone broth later.
  4. Add the broccoli, peas, thyme and turmeric powder to the pot and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Cook covered just long enough to soften the broccoli and peas, between 25-50 minutes.
  6. Serve garnished with fresh parsley!


meats and veggies together are a healthy fat burning meal.

 Both the Alkaline diet and the Paleo diet frown on the eating of grains, grasses and the seeds of grasses. William Davis, the renowned author of the Wheat Belly phenomenom speaks often of the dangers of eating a diet including wheat, rice and corn. Wheat consumption is associated with obesity, Type 2 diabetes and hypertension among a host of other ailments. Eating a wide variety of veggies and fruits everyday can help get your body off the wild ride of hormonal imbalances, blood sugar spikes and sky-high blood pressure readings. Grains like wheat and barley cause blood sugar spikes that that cause the release of insulin. Insulin secretion is an important part of the Endocrine system as it is used for storing nutrients and sugars found in the in the bloodstream. The insane amount of starches and sugars that we eat today put a serious strain on the body as we try to handle so much insulin being secreted. People who have chosen to avoid grains have gotten control of obesity and blood sugar control problems in a way that they hadn’t seen in quite some time. Take advantage of the Healing effects of a diet high in Alkaline foods!


Randy Powell,




Shred Fat with a Diet High in Alkaline Foods

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 If your intention is to become two sizes smaller by summer then now is the time to start shredding away the excess body fat that you despise so much. In order to lose weight safely and naturally, you will need to begin NOW so to not have to starve yourself to reach your desired goal. You should never starve yourself or go long periods where you deprive your body of energy and nutrition.

 Your diet will be very nutrient dense if you eat a diet high in quality foods. Whole plant foods should be the foundation of your diet as these foods are abundant in the nutrition that your body needs to meet the demands of being optimally healthy. If you eat a diet high in raw plant foods, you will discover that you can get most of your nutrients AND burn a lot of fat faster without going hungry at all. Raw foods encourage the body to heal itself naturally. 

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Establishing the discipline to workout regularly is important if you want to control blood sugar levels and keep away unwanted body fat. Eating correctly is a major part of being healthy but you must remember that the human body was designed to be moving around, running or climbing. It was not designed for hours of cable television or video games.

 Finding a way to fit constant motion into your life is extremely important and is found to be a necessary part of slowing the aging process. Consistent exercise and a diet high in Alkaline foods can help you to stay lean and heart healthy while controlling the blood sugar levels that can lead to pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes. Consume 75% of your diet as Alkaline-forming foods

Randy Powell,


Veggies Can Reduce Inflammation!

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  When you change your diet for the cause of improving your health, one of the important changes that you can make is to eat foods that reduce the amount of Inflammation in the body. Much of the food that most overweight people consume consistently are foods that are classified as pro-inflammatory. Pro-inflammatory foods increase the inflammatory response and can do damage over the years. Pro-inflammatory foods will increase inflammation, increase the pain that comes with inflammation and may also raise your chances of developing Heart disease, cancer, and Type 2 diabetes.

 Loading up on fast foods, high-fat meats, sugar, and processed foods will increase inflammation in your body.Foods that are made of wheat, cow milk, and refined oils are some of the foods that contribute very heavily to the Inflammation problem found in many modern countries. Avoid deep fried foods as the omega 6 fats that are used in commercial food preparation can cause long-term health issues.

   Alkaline foods that fight Inflammation

  Anti-inflammatory foods are foods that reduce Inflammation in the body and tend to be plant based in origin. Veggies, fruits, and raw nuts are very healthy and should make up a large percentage of your daily food intake. Grains such as wheat can create inflammation on a cellular level throughout your body and can cause disturbances at many physiological levels. Eating a diet that is based on plant nutrition can help heal a body that has been ravaged by poor eating choices made in the past.

 Processed foods that can be made from a box or food choices that can be made at a drive-thru fast food window are not choices that can become a healthy body. You can become a much healthier individual if you eat a diet of 60-80% alkaline foods every day and avoid pro-inflammatory foods. Beat Inflammation with better food choices

Randy Powell,


Reverse Obesity and Inflammation with Raw Plant Foods

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 Eating a diet high in a multitude of raw veggies, fruits and nuts can be very effective in fighting Inflammation and obesity. These foods can replace the pro-inflammatory foods in your diet such as wheat, rice, and most dairy. Raw plant foods contain phytonutrients that are effective in healing and maintaining various bodily functions. When you eat a diet high in foods that you are naturally designed to eat, your body can optimize your health without the excess fats, calories and empty carbohydrates that people consume endlessly everyday. Eating raw plant foods in abundance will provide you with a very nutrient dense diet.

 Obesity is simply a symptom of a diet high in foods that cause Inflammation. Refined starches, processed fats, and high fructose corn syrup are causes of inflammation and should be avoided when possible. High fructose corn syrup is a processed sugar that should be left out of the diet when possible due to the problems that it causes internally. Anything deep fried in processed oils should be avoided. Deep fried carbs such as fried rice, fried chicken, french fries and funnel cakes are some of the examples of deep fried cooking. Omega 6 fats are the oils used in most cooking today and it has been well researched and published that Omega 6 fats cause Inflammation and should be greatly reduced in the diet. Saute or stir-fry your vegetables in coconut oil instead of that processed “vegetable” oil that you buy at the grocery store.

 If you consume foods that can be eaten in their raw state on a daily basis, you can slow the aging process and increase your ability to prevent disease. The minerals and phytonutrients that your body needs can be found in a diet rich in an abundant variety of different vegetables and fruits found at your local grocer or farmers market. These raw plant foods have an anti-aging effect on most people and can give you the feeling of being energetic and light on your feet. The effects that a diet high in raw plant foods has on Obesity and blood pressure are legendary and should be seriously considered by anyone who is carrying an excessive amount of body fat. The body fat lost while eating a lot of raw plant foods has a positive influence on your blood pressure and your overall heart health. You won’t find many doctors who will tell you to NOT eat a diet high in veggies and fruits.

 I have found that by not eating wheat, rice and corn, I can maintain a healthy weight and I don’t feel the joint pain that I use to feel. Avoiding the consumption of grain products is becoming popular because people are finding that it works in relieving their physical ailments! Obesity, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes have been shown to improve significantly when avoiding grain products consistently. Don’t just become “gluten free”. You have to avoid eating wheat, rice, corn, rye and barley completely if you want to enjoy the true benefits of a grain-diet. Reverse Inflammation with a diet abundant in veggies, fruits, and nuts

Randy Powell,


Eat a Nutrient-Dense Plant Based Diet

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 One of the advantages of eating a plant-based diet is that the consumer is ingesting quite an abundance of nutrients. A nutrient dense diet is healthier and more effective than a high-calorie diet of junk. The point of eating is to feed the body. It is not to satisfy your taste buds only. The call of hunger is your body trying to tell you that it needs nutrition. If you give your body food that is devoid of minerals and vitamins, the call of hunger will come again in a few short hours. We must focus more attention on feeding our body the nutrient-packed vegetables, fruits, nuts and beans that it desires to maintain our health.

 The following article explains the difference between juicing your plant foods and blending them into smoothies. I personally believe in using the whole fruit, the way nature intended but others say that the pure juice is what your body really wants. This article is written by Allison Aubrey and is very knowledgeably written. It was published originally by NPR.

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At a time when Americans consume, on average, only about one serving of fruit and one serving of vegetables a day when we’re supposed to consume five to 13 servings, the appeal of juice and smoothies is pretty obvious.

Juice can be a convenient way to get more servings of fruit and veggies. And, hey, making your own juice concoctions at home can be fun.

So, here’s the question: What’s the better gadget, a juicer or a blender? Does one do a better job of boosting the nutrients in the fruit (and veggies)?

We dug up a study from 2012 in which food scientists at Texas A&M University evaluated both techniques.

They decided to make grapefruit juice using three different gadgets: a Vitaprep blender, a hand squeezer and a White-Westing electric juicer.

What they found is the blended juice had significantly higher levels of beneficial phytonutrients compared to the juice made with a juicer (the electric juicer and hand juicer had about the same levels).

In particular, the blended juice had about a seven-fold higher content of a compound called naringin.

Naringin is a flavonoid that has been shown to have cancer-fighting properties as well as strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activities that may be beneficial for the treatment of diabetes and other metabolic disorder.

None of this is to say that blending your grapefruit will have a measurable impact on your health.

But, if you’re looking to boost nutrients, this study does show that how you process juice can have a big impact on the levels of flavonoids.

The authors of the paper tell The Salt they did not expect such a significant difference.

Yes, I was indeed surprised and so was everyone in the lab,” Rammohan Uckoo, a researcher at the Vegetable and Fruit Improvement Center at Texas A&M, tells us by email.

So, what explains the difference? “The blended juice had the highest pulp content, which corresponds to the maximum levels of naringin,” Uckoo says.

In addition, the blended juice contained more of the fruit’s segment membranes — those white layers of papery fiber that line the outside of each segments — which have higher concentrations of flavonoids.

It’s long been known that how we process or cook our foods can influence nutrient levels. For instance, just last week we reported on a study that suggested orange juice might unlock more beneficial phytonutrients, compared to an equivalent amount of fruit.

And when it comes to absorbing nutrients, we’re sometimes better off cooking and adding a little fat. As we’ve noted, to get the most of fat-soluble carotenoids found in carrots and tomatoes, adding a little olive olive can help our body absorb the beneficial antioxidants.

The bottom line, according to nutrition researchers, is that a diverse diet that includes a broad range of vegetables and fruits — both juice and whole fruits — is likely the best strategy for health. “It’s really about your dietary pattern,” says Jeffrey Blumberg, a nutrition scientist at the Antioxidant Research Laboratory at Tufts University who has long studied these issues.


  The advantages of eating a diet high in veggies and fruits are life-changing and should be considered by anyone who wishes to improve or optimize their physical condition. Eating an Alkaline diet can reverse Inflammation. This is the way that your body wants to digest nutrients and you should feed your body plenty of what it wants! Eat a diet of 60-80% alkaline foods every day. This leaves you room for foods that you like but shouldn’t eat a lot of. Balancing the pH level of your diet is important if you want to give your body the minerals and phytonutrients needed to provide you with quality health.


Eat a diet of roughly 60-80% alkaline foods daily

Randy Powell,