OK, It’s a war zone ‘down there’. Or at least a ‘postwar zone. Your elimination system has been battling with acid overload all night, and in the early hours of the morning has assembled all that nasty acid in your bladder. That’s why your first ‘pee du jour’ is your most acidic.
It’s obvious that your body has worked selflessly to get you back in balance ready for another day battling the dark acid forces.. so it’s a really good idea to begin a daily practice of supporting your fragile alkaline balance.
It’s something I love.. and I am already a serious ‘alkalizer’.
If you already have a routine — morning meditation, a quick surya namaskar, a brisk walk around the block – I’m suggesting you add this to your ‘package’ of morning ritual. As Anthony Robbins teaches, by linking it to other daily choices, it becomes a part of the whole.
So here’s my suggestion. It’s neither original nor new, but it is GOOD. A glass of warm lemon water with Himalayan salt.
If you take on this daily ritual you’ll be joining many elite athletes who have already learned its value.
One 250ml glass of warm lemon water with Himalayan salt in the morning can do wonders. Would you believe increasing your immune function, decreasing your uric acid to fight inflammation, improving digestion, and balancing your body? Much of this is the vitamin C in the lemon juice plus the many essential minerals in Himalayan salt.
When I began writing this I could think of about 6 benefits. After a little time communing with Mother Google, I ended up with NINETEEN benefits!
1 Lemons are serious anti inflammation warriors.
The juice can help dissolve the uric acid in joints. It’s also have been reported to help build and repair tendons, ligaments, and bone.
Lemon juice’s anti-inflammatory property could of course be especially beneficial for people with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, according to an American College of Physicians study on osteoarthritis, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine (2000).
2. Lemon juice supports good food and water absorption.
Only one glass a day will provide a better overall mineral balance, which in turn promotes proper food and water absorption in your body, allowing essential nutrients to get where they need to be.
3. Alkaline Powerhouse! (pH). The alkalizing effects of lemon and the natural salt are going to buffer your body’s delicate pH balance, depositing alkaline minerals into your depleted storehoue, your alkaline buffer.
4. Boost immune function.
Just 1 lemon serves up 139% of your RDA for vitamin C. One lemon’s juice is a natural alternative to that vitamin C supplement you may be taking.
5. Cellular detox
Himalayan salt mixed with lemon juice and water helps to pull toxins from your cells, reducing cellular toxicity. How? Well, your interstitial liquid – the liquid surrounding your cell has to be the right pH because it needs it for the right electrical conductivity. That’s why alkalizing is so important, and also why pure neutral pH is empty in health terms.
6. Bye Bye cellulite.
Natural salts like Himalayan salt have been used for centuries for skin care. Many spa treatments for cellulitis contain some form of salt and/or citrus blend. A daily gulp of lemon and salt water in the morning may firm up a few of those unsightly areas. Now you’ve mastered one, why not two!
7. DayGlo Skin.
Natural salt for skin problems, such as psoriasis and eczema, dates back to ancient Roman times. According to Science Tribune (1999), Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius’ doctor, Galen from Pergamum, used sea salt for skin diseases,
8. Ease up on allergies!
Some people say that the combination of lemon and salt, mixed into warm water, acts as a natural antihistamine for allergies. It may be the perfect alternative to those pink pills that leave you feeling drowsy. I can’t vouch for it but if we are getting all these other benefits, wouldn’t it be cool if it ‘just happened’?
9. Sleep Easy.
Lemon and Himalayan salt have hormone-balancing properties, which may be more than useful at ‘zedtime’.
10. Control blood sugar.
According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (2000), the fiber in lemons helps to balance blood glucose levels, which is useful for type 2 diabetes patients and prediabetics alike, so don’t bother holding back the fibre as you juice.
11. Detoxify your liver.
Vitamin C helps us to produce glutathione, a foundational player in detoxifying the liver. It also has antiseptic properties that are useful for liver function.
12. Fresh breath! This drink may not be the first thing we think of when you think of fresh breath. Lemon and salt in this simple morning drink help kill the bad breath bacteria that build up while you’re sleeping.
13. Chill out!
Easy on the anti depressants! Chill out and return to Buddhahood by upping your vitamin C levels first thing in the morning.
14. Blood pressure.
Lemons are not all about vitamin C and fiber. They also have potassium, which is a must-have for flushing excessive sodium from the body.
15. Hey, Baby!
The same vitamin C content and hormone-balancing properties of our drink can help lift your mood. And a good mood is essential for a more er.. playful future.
16. Hydration is the KEY
We tend to forget how important hydration is, especially after a long sleep with no water. Start your morning off right and get hydrated. The water, salt and lemon will get your day off to the perfect start.
17. An antioxidant powerhouse.
Lemon holds a wealth of vitamins and minerals. Himalayan salt boosts your mineral and trace mineral levels even more. The antioxidant and detoxifying properties of lemon saltwater pack a powerful, free radical knockout punch.
18. Improve your heart health?
Lemons and real salt are reported as exceptional for increasing heart health on their own. Combine the two into one vibrant morning drink, for chest-thumpin’ health..
As I mentioned earlier, natural mineral rich salt supports electrochemical reactions in the body. According to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2006), the Vitamin C in our lemon zinger is, “associated with lower endothelial dysfunction in men with no history of cardiovascular disease or diabetes,”
19. A Well Belly
Before breakfast, or any meal, this drink will signal your liver to produce the essential bile needed to clean out harmful gut bacteria. The fiber content and natural salt will also promote digestion.
A glass of AlkaWay purified water rich in H2 (what else?) with a squeeze of one lemon plus half a teaspoon of Himalayan salt. Too easy.
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Jeff Behar, MS MBA wrote this and we think it’s worth sharing.
The ClearSkin Diet
Jeff classifies water as a food, and we agree. In fact it’s the one absolutely skin
Group 1 – Water!
Understandably water is not a ‘food group’ but it is put first for a very good reason. Your body is 60% water so it (and your skin) requires a steady supply.
Group 2 – Green leafy vegetables
(Arugula, Kale, Collard Greens, Brussel Sprouts, Chard, Romaine Lettuce and SPINACH!)
Why it’s necessary in your diet:
Lots of Vitamin A – fabulous anti-oxidant
Chlorophyll – clears bacteria and toxins from the digestive tract.
Zeaxanthin – (in cooked spinach) brings strong anti-oxidant properties.
Group 3 – Vitamin A and C-rich Fruits
(Oranges, Kiwi, Papaya, Lemon, Cantaloupe, Strawberries, Blueberries, Bananas)
What they have: Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Anti-Oxidants
Anti-oxidants in your diet, as mentioned rid your skin of free radical damage.
Vitamin A is a natural anti-acne vitamin and helps regenerate new skin.
Vitamin C also fights free radicals, increases collagen and reduces wrinkles.
Group 4 – Seafood
(Salmon, Tuna, Lobster, Crab, Shrimp)diet
What they have: Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Group 5 – Green Tea, Nuts
(walnuts, almonds) & Legumes (green beans, pinto beans, chickpeas)
Green Tea is loaded with anti-oxidants and fights inflammation.
Nuts and legumes are high in Vitamin E which is a strong anti-oxidant and wrinkle fighter. They also contain Zinc which is well known to help boost the immune system.
Ian: What do you think about this diet?
Yes, I know, we all agree on Group 1, but what about the rest?
We hear bad stories about supplement quality too often.
To the uninitiated, a January collection of headlines like this might look like a New Year’s roundup of the rough year we just left behind.
In the supplement industry, it’s business as usual—a brand new year off to a rough start.
Some—like the upcoming Frontline expose—are familiar generalized rhetoric, and some are new findings, variations on painful dosage or spiking themes. But one piece of journalism stands out among these: Vox’s “UNREGULATED: The hidden drugs in your favorite supplements.” A familiar headline, but this time, an impressive piece of journalism far beyond the usual.
Julia Belluz and Soo Oh assembled a comprehensive database of 850 supplements that have been ‘flagged’ by authorities.
“This database is by no means exhaustive,” they write, “it only includes products that have been studied or were the subject of safety complaints.” To create the list, they compiled data from the FDA and, they say, the Department of Defense, as well as published studies from scientific journals and court documents.
“Some products in the database may have also been reformulated since they were flagged,” they concede. On the other hand, “Others that are dangerous may never have been tested. Still, it’s the most comprehensive look so far at what may lurk in your supplement bottle.”
The searchable database is also sortable by product, manufacturer, ingredient and data source, as well as groupings within ten claim categories, like appetite suppressants, muscle relaxants or sexual enhancers—with broad summaries of the drugs likely found in each category.
The database is both useful for concerned consumers, and yet another call for the industry to get out from under the “unregulated” label and move beyond voluntary transparency. The upgrade of the FDA supplement enforcement division to “office” is a move in the right direction. The CRN registry aimed at informing regulators of what is in the marketplace will be helpful too, but for now is not consumer facing.
While self-policing is not enough, it’s still better than no policing. Maybe there’s an opportunity for industry transparency efforts to be combined on a single searchable platform—the good news antithesis to the Vox database.
Until then, a good deal of industry transparency will remain in the hands of critics. A sad indictment of the supplement industry and its motives.
This great little video on weight loss says it so well. For more details go to alkaway.com.au
I spent some time with John Biethan, our man in the US today on blab.im talking about Green Smoothies.
I’m a bit left-of-centre about Alkaline Green Smoothies as you will see.
Alexandra Allen from Utah was recently diagnosed with aquagenic urticaria – an allergy to water.
Yep, water. It’s an incurable condition that causes the skin to become highly irritated and break out in hives.
17 year old Alex first noticed a s reaction during a family vacation at age 12. She remembers swimming in a pool one minute, the next minute waking up a few hours later itching and covered in hives. Initially thought to be a chlorine allergy, it turned into something much more unavoidable. At age 15, she discovered a story about aqagenic urticaria on the net describing the same symptoms and breakouts she had experienced – and to her doctor’s amazement, the symptoms fit her profile perfectly.
Alaxandria keeps a blog about her journey in life with the challenges created by this water allergy. “There will be days when you lay in bed covered in hives or whatever your symptoms may be and think that maybe I’m a mess up, a flaw in the assembly line of humanity, a printing error in the contract of life,” she writes.
The word “urticaria” literally means “hives”. Aquagenic urticaria is an allergic reaction that causes small hives or wheals of edema when water touches the skin. Daily activities like showering, crying or getting rained on may all cause itchy and painful reactions, sometimes even burning.
“Individual hives last 24 hours or less. However, the course of a hive episode may be days to weeks, but there is usually a spontaneous resolution when the response burns out,” says Lawrence Eichenfield, MD, Chief of pediatric and adolescent dermatology at the University of California, San Diego.
A doctor may diagnose the allergy by applying tap and distilled water to the skin and watching for a reaction. The cause of the condition is still left unknown, but victims to this unfortunate reaction can tame the breakouts with antihistamines.
(Source: Yahoo Health)
Ian: SO True! My extra best meals are at home.
In most areas of life, the old saying “You get what you pay for” holds true. But when it comes to healthy dining options, the more expensive option may not be the best.
Ruopeng An, a kinesiology and community health professor at the University of Illinois looked at eight years of data collected by the National Center for Health Statistics in its National Health and Nutrition Survey, covering 18,098 US adults from 2003-2010.
H discovered that people who dine out at full-service restaurants are no healthier than people who opt for fast food. Instead, eating at home is the healthiest option by a significant margin. An’s findings were published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
For instance, according to a report on the university’s news website, people who ate at full-service restaurants consumed about 58 more milligrams of cholesterol each day compared to people who ate at home. Those who ate fast food ate only 10 milligrams more than at-home diners, on average.
An found a similar result when he looked at sodium intake. Eating at a fast food restaurant added about 300 milligrams of sodium to a diner’s daily intake. But eating at a full-service restaurant added 412 milligrams.
Meanwhile, at-home diners consumed about 10 fewer grams of fat each day compared to both fast-food and restaurant diners.
When it comes to saturated fat restaurants proved slightly better. Fast-food diners consumed 3.49 more grams per day versus at-home diners, while restaurant diners consumed 2.46 additional grams each day.
“These findings reveal that eating at a full-service restaurant is not necessarily healthier than eating at a fast-food outlet,” he said, according to the university. “In fact, you may be at higher risk of overeating in a full-service restaurant when eating fast food. My advice to those hoping to consume a healthy diet is that it is healthier to prepare your own foods, and avoid eating outside the home whenever possible.”
An said public health campaigns ought to be focused on limiting eating out in general, rather than on simply avoiding fast food.
– See more at: http://www.hcplive.com/physicians-money-digest/lifestyle/full-service-restaurants-no-healthier-than-fast-food-study-finds?utm_source=Informz&utm_medium=HCPLive&utm_campaign=Trending_News_#2_07-18-15
We are SO lucky living in the country.
Uniformity may be something we’ve been programmed to accept as ‘good’ or ‘safe’, but the joy of an oversize googy egg is still with me 65 years after my first experience.
Ian and Cassie discuss the reality of living on a pension in Australia and eating good clean healthy food. Can it be done on $65 a week?
What do you think?
Ian Hamilton: Hi guys. Ian Hamilton and Cassie Bond again. We just got an email from a lady called Alma. I’m going to read it out to you.
“I’ve written to you about ten days ago. There are a huge proportion of older Aussies out there alone, like me, who do care about their declining years, and want to be effective in living as well as we can. So as I said before, in the age of pension, I can’t possibly buy this amount of food over a fortnight, so again, what is there available in cheaper choices, I can use to a similar effect, to strike a balanced, alkaline way of living? This list is a huge amount of animal product.
In the past, I thought it was amongst the highest acid forming food possible. Once I have paid my way in this world, I have a hundred and thirty dollars to buy two weeks household and groceries. That is sixty-five dollars a week. I think your idea is wonderful, and I do hope you can find a way to help those like me who do not use credit cards, do not smoke or drink alcohol, or use recreational drugs, and who do grow their own greens when able. Best Wishes.”
Wow. Sixty-five dollars a week. That’s tough.
Cassie Bond: That’s a challenge.
Ian Hamilton: That is a challenge. We wrote to …
Cassie Bond: Living alone also is more expensive.
Ian Hamilton: Living alone. It is, isn’t it?
Cassie Bond: Yeah.
Ian Hamilton: Hopefully, she doesn’t have to pay rent, but it sounded like …
Cassie Bond: No, she’s saying, after all that.
Ian Hamilton: After all of that. Yeah.
Cassie Bond: Sixty-five dollars.
Ian Hamilton: Wow. A___, I can’t do the maths for you. Cassie and I put together an email that we sent to you. A few things about the way we live, and we are not great consumers. We are not particularly interested in being great consumers.
Cassie Bond: Why don’t I just explain what I actually said in the letter?
Ian Hamilton: Yeah.
Cassie Bond: For me, it’s really important that we have absolutely no processed food. We do have some, however, and I’ve actually made a little list of that. Do you want to just mention them?
Ian Hamilton: Well, half of it was the meat.
Cassie Bond: Well, no. Processed foods.
Ian Hamilton: Oh, the processed food. Yes, tinned fish, prosciutto, salami. That’s about it.
Cassie Bond: We have a little bit of that in our salad every day, just to give a little bit of taste. The most important thing, though, A___, is that, in actual fact, when we, for instance, buy a steak, say the steak’s about that big, we cut it in half and that’s our dinner. We don’t have a lot of meat. What we do have on that meat, is usually something we have. I make my own pesto or mayonnaise, or if you can eat butter, you can have butter on there. That, along with lots of greens, occasionally maybe some sweet potato, is what we eat for our dinner.
It’s the fats that will fill you up. It’s not the protein.
Ian Hamilton: This is the key.
Cassie Bond: It’s not really going to be the vegetables, it’s going to be the fats.
Ian Hamilton: The healthy fats.
Cassie Bond: You’ll find as you start eating more fat less carbs, you’ll actually get more full. You’ll feel a full feeling. Well, you don’t have to eat a lot of protein to get that full feeling, it’s from the oils.
The other thing we put on our vegetables apart from the mayonnaise or the pesto, is also just some olive oil and some lime, or lemon, and some salt. Very easy dressing, but it just adds a bit more, and makes it very tasty.
Ian Hamilton: The olive oil, of course, we got that from Italy. They always put olive oil on their food. The lime is a fabulous alkalizer, and the salt, if you’ve stopped having high carbs, you actually do need salt.
Cassie Bond: You do need more salt. The other things is breakfast. Well, yes, we do have bacon with our meal, but, as Ian’s pointed out, the bacon we get is like really, really thin.
Ian Hamilton: It’s a millimeter thick. It’s gorgeous.
Cassie Bond: What we actually end up with is not very much, but if that’s too much, just have it a couple of times a week.
Ian Hamilton: Yeah. I’ll just say something about the meat there. When we got off our carb and sugar addiction, we probably halved our meat anyway. We reduced our whole food intake, because your carb and sugar addiction is getting you into this mood swing, where you need it all to feel good, and you are always hungry. I called myself the human vacuum cleaner. I would eat anything on the table, but that just doesn’t happen anymore. In terms of economy and good food, both those things are working for you.
Cassie Bond: Fats, again fats. Fats are in the eggs, and when you start to have a bit more bacon, there’s fat in the bacon. If you’re not having the bacon, the eggs have still got a fair bit of fat in them. They will actually fill you up for breakfast.
Ian Hamilton: Look at the times we used to buy the meat with no fat. Lean meat was the [goal 00:04:47]. Ridiculous.
Cassie Bond: Yeah, I agree. Lunch. All right. We have the salad, we have a little bit of, as you said, prosciutto …
Ian Hamilton: Lots of lettuce.
Cassie Bond: Ian has some salami, I don’t have it as I have a reaction to the garlic. We have plenty of greens, vegetables, which we do, when we can, we grow ourselves.
Ian Hamilton: We’ve got two hundred cos lettuces in at the moment.
Cassie Bond: Yeah, we do. It’s very exciting. Apart from that, anything else we buy is usually just fresh fruit and vegetables, which are in season. They are going to be the ones that are going to be the cheapest. We don’t eat a lot of fruit, which is the most expensive of those.
Ian Hamilton: Why?
Cassie Bond: Because it’s full of fructose, which is sugar. It’s all right as a special treat.
Ian Hamilton: You’re getting your greens from your veggies. The fruits, yes people make a lot of noise about all the good things in fruits, but, yes, you can get it from the veggies anyway. You don’t need the volume of fruits that we have accustomized ourselves to, especially juicy fruit. Juice is a massive fructose hit.
Cassie Bond: We did say that tinned fish is quite a cheap way of getting some fish. If you can afford a fresh fish, we do have fresh fish once a week. Not a big serve again, and pesto’s wonderful on that. Yummy. Occasionally, we do have some sweet potato. We don’t have white potato. We don’t have sweet potato every single night, just occasionally as a special treat. It’s all very unprocessed food. We don’t really buy much in the way of processed food. I’m trying to think what else we actually …
Ian Hamilton: Coconut oil.
Cassie Bond: Well, we do buy some coconut oil …
Ian Hamilton: That is a luxury.
Cassie Bond: … And we buy olive oil. Well, it’s a luxury, but if you know you can eat butter, if you can eat butter, that’s great, eat butter, but we can’t. We can’t eat any dairy, either Ian or I, so we just stay away from cheese and …