How can an Alkaline Diet Cure Cancer?

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The biggest of all controversies related to the Alkaline diet is if it cures Cancer. There are cases where someone with cancer made certain dietary changes and it helped heal their cancer. These cases number in the thousands and the changes in diet may have only “helped” the medical procedures to become even more effective. But to say that the Alkaline style of eating can cure cancer, well I have to say no.

A diet high in lots of veggies and some fruit can greatly enhance the healing power of the Immune system. It can also be a very big help in preventing or at least, lowering your odds of developing the disease.

Eating a diet high in vegetables can enhance health.

 Eating an Alkaline diet is good but you may want to be cautious with fruit if you have cancer. Fruit sugar (fructose) is known to speed up the growth of cancerous cells which means you should keep it to a minimum. Keeping sugar and starches to a low percentage is important when fighting cancer growth.

 Acid-forming foods such as wheat, rice and corn should be limited to less than 10% of your diet so not to give cancer tumors the excess sugars that they need to grow. Some researchers say that you shouldn’t eat these sugar sources at all. It is always best to discuss any questions with your healthcare provider to see how it can help your current treatment.

  The Alkaline diet involves eating a diet of 60-80% alkaline-forming foods such as most fresh fruits, vegetables, roots, some nuts, and legumes while restricting the amount of acid-producing foods you eat. Acid-forming foods such as meat, grains and dairy products should be kept to a minimum.

 There are certain types of vegetables such as the cruciferous family of veggies, that are nutrient-dense and contain Cancer fighting phytonutrients, according to the National Cancer Institute. These vegetables include popular favorites such as broccoli, turnips, brussels sprouts, kale, collards, arugula, cabbage, bok choy. and cauliflower. 

Broccoli is a very nutritious food.

 The best thing to do is to eat an abundance of different veggies every day and there will be no question if you are eating enough veggies to “cancer-proof” your body. Lower your odds of developing cancer by eating a diet high in veggies daily.

Randy Powell, Eating-Veggies.com

 

 

 

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.

 

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 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 Holdthegrain.com. 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!)

 

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Classic Chicken Soup

Author: Hold the Grain

 

Prep time: 5 mins

Cook time: 6 hours

Total time: 6 hours 5 mins

Ingredients

  • 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)

Instructions

  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!

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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, Eating-Veggies.com

 

 

 

Start Your Alkaline Diet With These 6 Superfoods!

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In the early stages of changing to a more alkaline-forming food diet, you can simply start by adding a few choice veggies and fruit to your diet throughout the day. This makes it easier to begin the adjustment of eating more plant foods without making the change seem overwhelming. The purpose of eating a diet of 60-80% alkaline-forming foods is to eat the foods that your body prefers to get its nourishment. These foods contain the minerals, phytonutrients and vitamins needed to help your body to maintain pH balance without pulling them from its own reserves.

Six Alkaline foods to get you started

  • Broccoli: Enjoy the disease-fighting benefits of this alkaline superstar. It also has many anti-cancer benefits.
  • Watermelon: Very alkaline
  • Garlic: Lowers blood pressure and if eaten in large amounts (4-6 cloves) daily, it may alleviate erectile dysfunction.
  • Cayenne: This heart healthy pepper has more benefits than I would even want to list here. Take advantage of this food.
  • Lemon: One of the highest alkaline foods if not the highest.
  • Cucumber: Packed full of phytonutrients and life-giving water!

There are thousands of other foods found across the globe that are alkaline-forming and delicious to eat. There are also very healthy acid foods to eat so to achieve the 60-80% alkaline/acid balance. This type of eating style reduces inflammation in the body and if it is done consistently, you will burn some body fat. Learn to eat an alkaline diet and you will begin to know what it is like to be healthy.

Randy Powell, Eating-Veggies.com

Alkaline Food And The Paleo Diet

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Eating a diet high in alkaline foods is important if you want to reduce the odds of developing diseases such as heart disease and obesity. The minerals and phytonutrients found in alkaline foods help the body to easily maintain proper pH balance and support a healthy immune system. Most people who eat a vegan diet are already on a diet high in alkaline-forming foods as the high intake of veggies and fruits make this an alkaline diet. However, there are people who still want to eat a Paleo diet of meat and/or dairy and wonder if they can make this part of an alkaline diet and the answer is YES!

The key to a successful alkaline diet is eating between 60% and 80% of your food in the form of alkaline-forming foods. This leaves plenty of room in your diet for acid-forming foods such as meat, wheat and dairy. If you want to see an alkaline/acid-forming foods chart the please go to this page. You can eat a diet of 20% to 40% acid foods such as meat and still be considered as eating healthy as long as the rest of your food intake is a wide variety of alkaline foods. Eating a Paleo diet would mean eating meat and non-starch vegetables. This means NO grains (corn is a grain). This also means NO dairy. Animals were not domesticated during Paleo times thus very little dairy product was consumed.

Eating a diet non-existent of wheat, rice, potatoes, corn or beans could really burn a lot of excess body fat if practiced for any length of time. Eating lean animal protein and fibrous vegetables is a diet many athletes eat to promote fat-burning. Being lean is associated with good health and it has been proven that excess calories may equal to the development of disease. The inflammation caused by wheat, dairy and processed fats would be reversed because these products are not allowed in the Paleo diet. All this means that your waistline will be slimmer if you eat this way!

 Spicy Kale Chips

  • 1 bunch of green kale
  • 1 TBS of coconut oil
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 tsp curry powder
  • Sea salt to taste

 

  1. Pre-heat oven to 300° and spray two baking sheets with oil.

 

2.  Thoroughly wash kale and tear into bite sized pieces while discarding stems. Place in a salad spinner and dry well.

 

3.  Combine olive oil, cayenne, and curry powder into a small dishand whisk together.

 

4.  Transfer kale to a large bowl and drizzle the coconut oil mixture over it. Toss with your hands until all the leaves are evenly coated.

 

5. Spread the kale in a single layer onto the baking sheets and place in the oven for 18-20 min, turning once halfway through baking. The kale is done when it is crispy and slightly brown around the edges.

 

6.  Lightly sprinkle with salt and begin to devour.

 

Of course, you need to balance this out with a tasty acid food so how about making it a true Paleo meal by eating a few chicken wings with your kale chips! This makes for great TV watching and snacking or maybe it can be prepared for the next big game. Replace ALL of the starches in your diet with lots of non-starch alkaline foods.

Spicy Smoked Chicken Wings

Smokey sweet and spicy, these chicken wings are crispier than glazed wings. They’re also really easy to prepare – simply combine all the ingredients and toss your wings in to coat.

 

  • 1 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon powdered garlic
  • 2 teaspoon powdered onion
  • 1 teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon hickory smoke seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 pounds chicken wing pieces
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 F.

 

2.  In a large bowl combine all ingredients and then toss in your chicken wings. Once coated, lie the wings in a single layer on a baking sheet.

 

3.  Bake for 20 minutes. Flip the pieces over, bake for another 20 to 25 minutes. They should be slightly crisp and golden on the outside.

 

4.  Serve hot!

 

Randy Powell, Eating-Veggies.com

 

Explaining The Alkaline Food Chart

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 I receive quite a bit of email asking why there is such a big difference in many of the alkaline food charts. I have to admit that there is a difference between what some charts have listed as alkaline and what others may say is an acid food. Once confusion sets in, people began to have doubt in the benefits of eating alkaline and they go back to eating a diet that enhances your chances of developing disease. The mistake that the “experts” make is in the definition or explanation of the chart. Let me see if I can be of better help.

 When looking for a quality alkaline/acid food chart, the words that you are looking for is alkaline-FORMING or acid FORMING. This is the state that your food takes once it is digested. It doesn’t matter whether the food was acid before digestion. It is all about the end results of digestion. The example that I like to use the most is lemons or citrus fruits. A lemon is acid prior to digestion but once digested by the human body it becomes alkaline-forming, mainly because of the presence of health enhancing minerals and phytonutrients. There are many charts that catgorize the foods by their pH prior to digestion and this does you no good.

 The truth of the matter is that as long as you eat a wide variety of vegetables and fruits daily, you will be eating mostly alkaline foods. All of the food that you eat every day does not have to be alkaline. Aim for 60-80% alkaline foods in your diet from as many different plant sources as possible. So if some of your favorite foods come from alkaline forming sources then that is all right. Just focus on eating healthy acid-forming foods. Beat Obesity with a diet high in Alkaline foods.

Randy Powell, Eating-Veggies.com

Many Diets are Alkaline Diets

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 Eating an alkaline diet can mean that you are eating many different styles of eating. It could mean that you are eating a variety different diets that are popular today. You can eat low carb and still eat an alkaline diet or you could also be a meat eater, just as long as you eat roughly 70% of your food intake as alkaline forming foods.

 Most vegetarians and vegans are eating alkaline and of course. the raw foodist has no problem eating plenty of alkaline foods. The aim is to eat a wide variety of veggies and fruits daily and eat the majority of these plant choices as alkaline forming foods. Even if you do eat meat. 

Melt Away Excess Fat with an Alkaline Diet

 The medical doctors are correct when they say that the body regulates its own pH balance. But to do it, the body leaches the needed minerals from various parts of your body including your bones. The reason for eating a high alkaline foods diet is not to change your pH. Your body already does that for you. The purpose is to get the minerals you need from the foods that nature designed for you to digest.

 If your body must tap its own mineral stores daily to get itself pH balanced then over time we will feel the consequences.  Brittle bones are part of most American’s senior experience yet could possibly be deterred if more plant based minerals had been consumed during the early years of life. 

 So don’t get caught up in all those arguments about maintaining pH balance. Your body is going to take care of that. Your job is to get plenty of mineral-bearing alkaline foods on your plate so that your body can do its job the way nature intended. And if you eat one of those popular diets such as the South Beach diet or the Mediterranean diet then you are eating plenty of veggies and fruits. Just concentrate on eating these foods at every chance and you will benefit from eating a high alkaline foods diet. Naturally heal your body with an Alkaline eating style

Randy Powell, Eating-Veggies.com