What does pH Balance and the “Energizer Bunny” have in Common?
By Joan L. McDaniel February 27, 2014 Updated March 4, 2014
Energizer bunny is the advertising slogan and marketing icon of Energizer batteries of North America. Energizer batteries are an alkaline based product. Compared to the normal zinc-carbon batteries, Energizer batteries have a higher energy density and last longer, therefore the slogan “keep going and going…”
What is pH? pH Balance
The alkaline battery is a perfect example of how the scientific and universally accepted pH measurement scale is used. pH is a vital measurement which is used across the chemical, beverage and food industries, pharmaceutical, scientific , and yes, in the world of medicine. Your local farmer is deeply involved with the pH of his soil to determine which crops grow best and where. Your body automatically fights to keep the pH levels balanced.
pH is a measurement that determines acidity, neutrality or balance. It determines how a product is used. Our bodies use it as a chemical process that keeps up alive, healthy and strong. If the body is out of balance it is in a state of acidosis or Alkalosis
Acidosis – Is an increased acidity in the blood and/or other body fluid. It is an increase of hydrogen and a decrease of oxygen. pH balance below 7.
Alkalosis – For our purpose it has the same effect on the body as Acidosis.
Metabolic Acidosis – Is a condition when the body pH balance is acid or below 7. Another term used for it is dehydrated.
pH is an acronym for “potential of hydrogen” is a value that indicates the acidity or alkalinity of a liquid. The measurement of the hydrogen ion concentrate in a liquid determines the pH value.
So what is an example of an acid?
If you live in the northern hemisphere or where ever it has been snowing and the temperatures have taken a tumble below freezing, you only need to look outside at the snow and the plowed road. Road salt or Rock Salt is used to melt the ice away. Road salt is an acid.
I let my Body Tell me How to Get Well Again
I am not a chemist, doctor, engineer or scientist and as I remember I even failed High School chemistry but I was eating using the pH scale and not even knowing it. Even though it sounds complex and is difficult to put down on paper, it isn’t for your body. The human body doesn’t need much. It doesn’t need a pile of complex science created and very expensive drugs. All it really needs is God’s blessing and some good old raw natural food.
I let my body tell me how to get well; I just had to learn how to listen. The solution to getting well was very simple.
“A wake up call for conventional medicine – most health problems has a simple solution. Health is all about body chemistry, either for good or for bad. Your body’s chemistry is carried out by what you put in your mouth.” Dr. Rashid A. Buttar
I may not have the complete story, but I have my story.
Illness, Inflammation, oxygen, and pH balance
This is a quick review of what I have covered in my past articles. I have attempted to find pictures that give illustrations of what I have learned. Your body gets its energy from the food you eat. It converts food to energy using chemistry. Parts of your body use fluids with an acid balance to break things down like your stomach and colon. Other parts use an alkaline balance to build things up or create energy. To convert food to energy, the body needs oxygen and oxygen needs an alkaline balance. Acid hates oxygen and destroys it, for that is how it breaks things down. This process is called oxidation using free-radicals to remove the oxygen from the atom.
“All Illness is caused by Inflammation”
Inflammation is you body’s response to injury or the damage done to the cell walls by free radicals. You cut your finger and it becomes red and swollen. This is the healing process. (NaturalNews) “Persistent, systemic inflammation is at the root of practically all known chronic health conditions, including everything from rheumatoid arthritis and high cholesterol to dementia and cancer.
Free radicals – are needed in an acid balance like in your stomach but for the rest of your body free radicals destroy healthy cells. The antioxidants found in natural food help protect your cells from oxidative damage or loss of oxygen.
Antioxidant – Found in natural unprocessed food. Antioxidants provide the electrons that free radicals destroyed. An Antioxidant inhibits the cell destructive effects of oxidation. Antioxidants stabilize cell membranes by plugging up the holes in the cell walls that the free-radicals created.
Another Way to look at Illness is using the Principles found in High School Chemistry
Keeping Your Body in pH Balance
Battery Acid value is low 1 and Baking Soda is high 14.
Stomach and colon acid is a completely different system from the rest of the body. That system needs to maintain an acid balance for that is how you break down and digest food. The other organ fluids need to be alkaline to use oxygen and generate ATP cell energy, much like the “Energizer Bunny”
In order for you system to create ATP in the cells mitochondria, your overall body pH is needs an alkaline balance. This balance means there is enough oxygen to keep the cells energized and alive. Acid like the rock salt eats and breaks things down.
Acidosis – Is an increased acidity in the blood and/or other body fluid. It is an increase of hydrogen and a decrease of oxygen. The pH balance is below 7. Research has shown that illness like autoimmune disease, cancer, chronic fatigue, diabetes, osteoporosis and many other degenerative diseases are caused by ‘metabolic-acidosis’
And guess what also is highly acidic?
An acid balance loves sugar and hates oxygen.
CRITICAL: OXYGENATION – pH BALANCE ALL CANCER BODIES are oxygen depleted, highly acidic, and like sugar just like arthritis, bacteria, cancer, diabetes, decreased energy, inflammation, infection, fungus and yeast overgrowth.
Summarized in a few words, the prime cause of cancer is the replacement of the respiration of OXYGEN in normal body cells by a fermentation of SUGAR.” – Dr. Otto H. Warburg, Nobel Prize Winner 1931
Acid and Sugar hate oxygen and destroy any they can find, alkaline conditions love oxygen and promote good health.
Ph Balance and Acidity
Your body is constantly maintaining the blood pH of the narrow range of between 7.36 and 7.44. If this balance cannot be maintained, the body will begin to break down and die. The body will stop at nothing to maintain this balance and it will take what it needs from other body tissues and buffering systems. It will start taking calcium and other alkalizing minerals from fat stores, muscle and bones to neutralize the acid in the blood. That is why many say arthritis and osteoarthritis is cause by an acid balance.
Over time, the body keeps burying the unbalanced acid and it slowly builds up in the tissues. Sign are allergies, colds, flu, inflammation, and rashes. If the process continues the cells begin to suffer from a lack of oxygen and begin to die. If this process continues, eventually chronic degenerative disease, and then death, will occur. Note also, fungus, molds, parasites, and yeast thrive in an acid balance they feed on our body’s proteins and fats and deposit toxins. If not kept in check the toxins will overrun the body and organ breakdown and disease is the result.
For more detail and information follow the link to the article “Maintain proper pH balance”
I have included the videos below to help further understand pH balance but also recommend it not to be taken too seriously unless there is a major sickness. You should still pay attention to the benefits of an Alkaline balance and understand your body’s life or death struggle to keep it balanced. Help it along and stop eating acid generating foods.
Now how do you go about learning your body’s pH?
By listing to it!
You can use my way which is listen to your body;
Pain is the first indicator – Pain is a sign of your body calling out for oxygen. Your body’s muscles are full of acid and need the alkaline effect of oxygen.
Other symptoms of unbalanced pH, include headaches, heartburn (a burning sensation in the stomach and acid-tasting burps), bloating, belching and stomach cramps discomfort and pain. This pain may even radiate to the back. Mouth sores and sensitive gums. This is normally called gastroesophageal reflux disease or (GERD). And skin rashes like yeast and fungus.
Acid Reflux and Back Pain
When acid builds in your stomach it can back up and cause pressure. This discomfort and pain can be felt in the abdomen, chest and sometimes the back or to other areas.
pH Test Strips.
You may or (In my case) you may not remember High School chemistry class and pH. You ran around with pH strips to test the pH of different liquids. pH stands for power of hydrogen, which is a measurement of hydrogen ion concentration in the body. It has a scale of 0 to 14. Anything below 7 is considered acid and anything above 7 is considered alkaline. Our ideal pH is slightly alkaline 7.30 to 7.45. There are pH strips of pieces of litmus paper you can use to test your saliva or urine.
Allopathic Medicine and pH testing
For the fun of it – it would be nice to know your body’s pH. Your doctor can draw blood and also do a urinalysis. You can get pH test strips and measure your own saliva and urine.
Sample pH Test Strips
Be very careful for this is not the most reliable test. It is better for professional blood work and paying attention to how your body feels.
But my warning to you is, you will be very lucky if your family physician will talk to you about the value of ‘pH balancing”, emotional wellbeing, illness or even for that matter how you feel. Your friendly doctor spent most of his time learning about drugs than nutrition.
Most people including physicians, aren’t familiar with the dangers of acidosis except in extreme cases (like organ failure). Most people do not even think of looking toward nutrition to help correct an acidosis condition.
You will have to do that part all by yourself.
And what can you do to change this balance
The Alkaline Diet Fad
The idea of balancing acid and alkaline food has somewhat of a checkered past. There is an alkaline diet which is said to create a higher pH in order to correct acid-formed conditions like inflammation and illness. The diet has had many misconceptions of human body physiology and in many cases recommended poor un-nutritional food choices . It gave people a false sense of how the body works.
For example, citrus fruits – which are acid by nature – actually have a ‘alkalizing effect’ on the body.
Yet, the Alkaline Diet isn’t all bad, it does have some truths about food basic balance and how it can influence your body.
The only one who knows the real story is your body. You have to learn from it.
What you eat may or may not affect your body’s pH balance. There are many other factors like stress that can change body pH. But food does contribute to this balance.
The world is full of charts and books listing the balance of foods but use them with caution. I have found most foods classified as superfoods, have an alkaline balance. Eat foods that are as raw as possible and, of course, avoid anything processed.
In other words, eat food that is grown in the ground that is as close to your home as possible and don’t eat food that is created in a lab. Your body can only digest natural nutrients the rest it converts to sugar which has an acid balance. Remember acid hates oxygen and alkaline uses oxygen to energize the cells.
I have also found the body’s taste buds to be extremely helpful. The taste of sour and bitter reflect alkaline balanced food.
I am taking natural bitters juice with nothing added at least once a day on an empty stomach and it works wonders but more of that in an later article. I am using the bitter melon and a raw lemon. I will include more information on that in a future article
How to Balance Your pH and Heal Your Body
There are many charts available in the net, just enter pH Chart in a search engine.
pH Balance In the Body Is Critical
You need to go further. These terms are only to give you something to get started with. pH balance is an important indicator of health, It is not the final word. pH test strips are available and you can test your urine and saliva over a 10 day period. If you have acidosis there are some basic foods you can eat but getting away from sugar is a good start. This probably raises more questions than answers but at least I have given you terms to look up.
I have been using trial and error to regain my strength but the first step I took was to take charge. No one else was going to help me. I recommend that you also decide to take charge of your own health and begin research on healthy eating. I have provided terms you can use to make your search I hope a little easier.
Until next time.
The 9 Steps to Keep the Doctor Away by Dr. Rashid A. Buttar
The Canary and Chronic Fatigue by Majid Ali, M.D.
Oxygen and Aging 2001, 2003 by Dr. Ali
By Joan McDaniel February 12, 2014
I may look like spaghettiO’s but I am anything but – Quinoa
What is Quinoa? (You pronounce it like saying Quinoa What? Quin KEEN-WAH.)
When it comes to food, you may know what SpaghettOs are but what is Quinoa? Quinoa is a seed a product made by nature. You eat it like a grain or a cereal but it is a seed. Quinoa may just be as close to a perfect food source in the balance of nutrition it provides. It may just be one of the best food replacements for the high processed cereal grains, pasta, rice and wheat. It can replace empty carbs and empty calories with complete proteins and be 100% natural. Your body can only digest natural nutrients the rest it converts to sugar. If it grows in the dirt I call it a good carb., if it is created in the lab I call it a bad carb. In case it didn’t get it Quinoa grows in the ground, SpaghettOs was created by man.
Quinoa can proudly wear the label 100% Natural and SpaghettOs can wear the label “READY IN 3 MINUTES!”
Quinoa Cooked Completely 100% Natural What are SpaghettOs?
Anything but Natural but marketed as “less messy” than spaghetti.
SpaghettOs made a mint for Wall Street
Quinoa is natural, anyone can grow it in their own garden. It cannot be patented or controlled by a cartel to justify a high-financed add campaign to make its investors rich beyond imagination. What made me think of SpaghettOs, It’s shape – its round and Quinoa is round after that there isn’t any comparison.
But, the more I looked at SpaghettOs, the more I saw the history of Big Food. It is my contention that Big Food controls what we eat and dictates what it claims to be good nutrition. SpaghettOs was one if not the first product that was marketed so successfully it’s theme song hit the top of popularity charts. It was the first product after the Hershey Chocolate Bar to promote “Fast Food”, “Pre-Made”, “Easy”, and “Fortified with Vitamins”.
So who put Big Food in charge of our nutrition?
A Brief history of America’s extremely profitable food industry
Crisco in 1911 started the very successful mass marketing campaign for its lab created replacement of oil from animal fat like lard. Hershey Chocolate enjoyed major product success without mass marketing for its addictive Sugar sold itself.
In the 1950 the first national road system created by the Eisenhower administration, advanced mass distributions systems and TV was just getting started. Radio, Television an increased public interest opened the world of mass market and mass advertising. The idea of pre-made food or fast food was just germinating.
These new systems led for the success of such companies as meat processors like Armour and Swift, Heinz, Campbell Soup, Coca-Cola, Kellogg’s, and Quaker Oats, These companies could now sell their brands nationally.
Campbell Soup invested heavily in advertising since its start and many of its promotional campaigns have proven to be very strong money makers for the advertising and investment market. Perhaps best known are the “Campbell Kids” designed by illustrator Grace Drayton. Ronald Reagan was a spokesman for V8 when Campbell’s acquired the brand in 1948.
Campbell Soup Company and Food Advertising
Campbell Soup Product Line
READY IN 3 MINUTES!
With the SpaghettiOs the germinating idea of pre-prepared food saw the light of day. SpaghettOs was introduced by Campbell’s Soup Company under the brand name Franco-American. It not only made the previously unknown company a household name it made the product’s catchy sing along advertising jingle, ”Uh-oh, SpaghettiOs,” quickly climbed to the top of the music charts. It was derived from the song, “Oh-Oh, I’m Falling in Love Again“, and its original TV version was likewise sung by Jimmie Rodgers.
The product was the brain child of Donald Goerke (1926 – 2010) called “the Daddy-O of SpaghettiOs”
Donald Goerke – ( Born in 1926 in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Died January 2010 at his home in Delran, New Jersey he was 83 Years old) He was in market research and worked 35 years for The Campbell Soup Company from 1955 to 1990. He was the research director of Campbell’s Franco-American division where he and his team developed a canned pasta that would appeal to children. They settled on the “O” shape and came up with the marketing campaign of “The neat, round spaghetti you can eat with a spoon: Uh-oh, SpaghettiOs”.
The product, promoted in TV commercials became a major success. Goerke attributed the product’s enduring popularity with mothers and children to the fact that “it was easy to use”. He appeared on the television program “Whats My Line?, and hobnobbed with celebrities including President Ronald Reagan and Martha Stewart. He later became the sponsor of the lassie television series.
They may claim to product to be healthy but it is anything but. Nothing about it is natural – Nothing except maybe the can.
Before I go into Quinoa – a Word Rice and Wheat
Rice is a natural product and is a cereal grain, but its outer layer the Chaff or hull cannot be consumed – We cannot chew or digest it. The seeds of the rice plant are first milled using a rice huller to remove the chaff (the outer husk of the grain). At this point the product is called brown rice. The milling may continue removing the bran, i.e., (the rest of the husk and the germ therefore creating white rice. White rice keeps longer, but lacks all the important nutrients and becomes what I call a Bad Carb for all that is left the body converts to sugar.
Kinds of Rice
Brown rice – Is milled with its nutritious brown layer left on
White rice – is polished and the bran layer removed to get silky white rice
Wheat is a cereal grain originally from the Levant region of the Near East and Ethiopian Highlands, and now cultivated worldwide. Wheat like rice has outer shells or hulls that have to be milled for digestion.
White flour and white rice have undergone refinement where most of the nutritious part of the grain has been removed, so the flour essentially becomes a form of sugar. Whole wheat, whole bran or rice is unrefined. It consists of non-digestible carbohydrates and lignin, when digested it becomes fiber.
Quinoa pasta is an entire family of pasta made from quinoa instead of the traditional ingredient of wheat. I don’t know much about this product except to say the quinoa has been processed and made into a flour. Quinoa Flour is made from the Quinoa Seed but the Quinoa Pasta product pictured is also mixed with corn flour. Corn is questionable as to most Corn is GMO.
Quinoa may just be the super grain of the future replacing cereal, pasta and rice in one setting.
Quinoa – is pronounced as KEEN-WAH and in case you didn’t know it is a seed of a leafy plant related to spinach and is used as a whole grain. It is 100% natural and a safe replacement for white and brown rice or white or brown pasta. It is a little known seed which has been used as a staple food for thousands of years in South America
Quinoa has been cultivated as a crop in the Andes as far back as the 4th millennium BCE. The Incas referred to it as the mother of all grains, and it played a pivotal role in the agricultural cycles of the Incas. When the Europeans conquered South America, they shunned quinoa as a food, disparaging it as Indian food, and its cultivation gradually decreased outside of rural indigenous communities.
Quinoa’s is packed with nutritional benefits
Quinoa was one of the primary foods of the Inca Indians for more than 5,000 years. The referred to Quinoa as “Mother Grain”. Quinoa is very easy to grow. Most quinoa was grown in the Andes in South America. It is hardy for it favors a cold climate and can grow in poor soil. Quinoa is now available in Grocery Stores all year-long.
Antioxidants and anti-inflammatory – It therefore reduces the risks for cardiovascular, diabetes and other inflammatory diseases.
High in Vitamins, such as B, riboflavin (B2), B6, E, niacin, and thiamine
High in Calcium, copper, folic acid, magnesium, manganese, niacin, riboflavin, potassium,, thiamine, zinc,
High in Fiber
Complete Protein all eight of the essential amino acids needed for tissue development in humans. Carbohydrates or grains and many seeds are not complete proteins.
Sugar free – It is not a starch, there isn’t the normal sugar rush or Insulin High and low as in rice and pasta
Increases your Metabolism and promote energy production.
How To Prepare and Eat Quinoa
Quinoa like rice and wheat has an outer shell. Quinoa’s shell is soft but is very bitter-tasting. This covering is called saponins that naturally repel insects and birds. Removing this shell may take some time. Depending on the brand name, this process may already have been done for you. It’s believed that the bitter-tasting shell is what discouraged the Spanish from using Quinoa.
The shell is easily removed by rinsing the quinoa using a strainer, if the liquid runs clear the saponin has been removed.
You must first cook Quinoa then you can serve it warm, or cold. Quinoa has a nutty, smoky flavor.. You can mix it with just about anything for it picks up the flavor much like Tofu dues. You can eat it as a Breakfast Cereal, side dish, salad, soup, or serve as pasta or rice. It cooks faster than other pasta or rice or couscous.. Note Couscous is made from wheat it is a form of pasta.
2 cups of water to 1 cup of quinoa.
Bring the quinoa and water to a vigorous boil, then reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook until the quinoa is tender but still chewy. White spiral like threads will appear around each grain. Quinoa cooks in about 10 to 15 minutes.
The Food Channel Quinoa
Quinoa – superfood
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The story of my adventure with Aloe Vera the plant and Leaky Gut the illness
By Joan McDaniel January 11, 2014
When you hear the name Aloe almost everyone thinks of skin care. In fact, it does have quite a reputation for treatment of skin injuries like burns, cuts, insect bites and other skin emergencies.
Walk the aisles of your neighborhood grocery store and you will find the ingredient “Aloe” on products ranging from cosmetics, after shave, and soaps to name a few. You will also find it in the produce department and as a natural juice drink.
One place you will not find it anymore is in an Over the Counter laxative aisle, for the FDA in the 1960s removed their approval of Aloe. The dark green of the plant can act as a natural laxative.
The Aloe Vera plant looks rough of the outside but in reality is very soft on the inside
I too had heard of Aloe and knew of it being good for the skin, but never really thought much about it. It didn’t fit my game plan – I’m a nurse I have other “accepted” methods to use for skin care. We have a long list of Doctor approved skin creams and treatments with nice long names to treat our skin problems. That is just another Florida sales gimmick I told myself.
Then I got Sick and My World Changed
If anyone doesn’t know already, this blog is dedicated to my getting well from being very sick. It has been almost two years. I was almost too weak to walk. When I got home from the hospital, I had to crawl up the stairs on my hands and knees to reach my bed.
I am still getting well for it took at least 30 years to get this sick and it will take some length of time to really get well. I am also finding I had more than just one illness. My Immune system had been completely depleted and I had to fight to get it back. To use a phrase I borrowed “I am putting the fire out” Dr. Majid Ali.
I’m not sure what I had but it was spread from head to foot.
To the best of my knowledge I am recovering from having a raging body Candida Yeast Infection that had left my colon and had invaded the rest of my body and I had hypothyroidism which weakened my immune system. That covers some of the symptoms but for the rest I either had leaky gut syndrome, or Fibromyalgia which means;
- Fibra (Latin) means fibrous tissue and has to do with painful tendons and ligaments
- Myos (Greek) means muscles
- Algos (Greek) means pain
And/or I had Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Adrenal Exhaustion or Immune disorder (CFIDS) or as modern medicine calls it the Yuppie flu because they (the doctors) said it was all in your head. Modern medicine doesn’t have a treatment for it nor do they even recognize it as a disease. In any case that would explain the extreme pain I had when walking or standing up and the chronic inability to sleep yet be extremely fatigued all the time. It was the first step I hated when I had enough strength to get out of bed.
I found by eating food as raw as I could and eating the things I had researched has brought me back. I’m not there yet but just wait it is coming.
I am better and much stronger now –
For I am able to climb three flights of stairs in a single bound… Well sort of…I think my picture friend does it just a little faster.
I was sick and very afraid of becoming an invalid. Did you know the government awards disability to at least 50% of fibromyalgia cases?
I did not want to be an invalid so –If I wanted to get well and regain my strength, I had to rethink my world and developed a sort of back to nature approach.
I started two things – a lot of research and a garden.
One way was to eat natural food as raw as I could and to grow these foods in my own back yard. Besides a vegetable garden, I decided to plant an herbal and spice garden.
First Aloe Vera then Leaky Gut
I will talk about Aloe Vera and its versatility first then I’ll touch on what really made me so weak and sick in the first place. I had spent the last 30 or so years doing what my doctor had told me …
“Live with it”
When I was about 30 years old I was diagnosed with Spastic Colon. My doctor told me there are not any pills to treat the condition but to avoid wheat in my diet and learn to live with it. He then went on to treat my high blood pressure which was 200/170.
So, I spent the next decade doing just that; ignoring the bloating, diarrhea then constipation, cramping, pain and general discomfort. What I had was a damaged digestive system, that was simply getting worst and I just kept ignoring its increasing warning signs. The discomfort was increasing and my strength was decreasing year by year. I just kept Living with it with a sort of Tough on the Outside but soft on the inside look at life. Sort of like my Aloe Vera Plant. I may look strong but I was hurting inside and was rapidly losing my strength.
For now let’s go back to the garden and my Aloe Vera Plants.
I planted a Herb Garden
I went to the market, found starter herb plants and put them in a bigger pot and put it under the sun. When I saw the Aloe plant I did the same. It looked more like a cactus then a Herb but this was learning by doing project so I added it along with the others. It was just one of the other plants.
One day my neighbor came to visit and I proudly showed her my herb garden. This is the same neighbor who helped me get to the hospital and home again when I was so sick. When she saw the spiky desert looking cactus, she said, “Oh you have an Aloe plant! That’s great”
A few weeks later, there was a knock on my door. It was the neighbor again. She had cut her finger with a pretty good cut. She ignored my telling her go to the doctor saying it was bad but not bad enough for stitches. She asked if she could have a leaf or two (or whatever you call those long swords) of my Aloe plant. “Sure,” I said, eager to return a favor. My plants were still small but very useful it turned out for I saw her two weeks later no cut, no scar, and not complaints.
No wonder these leaves look like swords. Now that is one powerful tough looking herb garden.
I have heard of being prepared and having first aid kits but having Aloe so close is comforting and gave the herbal garden a whole new meaning.
Well, as time wore on I would learn just how valuable that Aloe Vera Plant would become.
What is this thing called Aloe?
Aloe originally came from the Cape of Good Hope, Africa. It is grown in the tropical or subtropical zones but can survive colder climates in the warm-summers or as a houseplant on sunny windowsill in the winter. It is a member of the lily family. Garlic, onions and tulips are also members of the lily family
Aloe Vera long green leaves contain Aloe A gel and a sticky yellow residue called latex. For thousands of years, people have known and used the gel from Aloe Vera leaves for healing inside the body and out. Aloe has also long been a folk treatment for everything from constipation to skin softening. It was used for the healing power to eliminate toxins, lowering acid levels and breakdown fats and cardiovascular health like lowing blood pressure.
Aloe Vera has been found in the Egyptian Book of Remedies which predates Christ’s birth by 1,500 years. It is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine’s Chin Wan Hung. The Ancient Aztecs used this miracle plant and its benefits have also been proven by modern-day science research.
Aloe Vera has over 200 nutrients, 20 Minerals, 18 Amino Acids, 12 Vitamins including Vitamin B12,enzymes, micronutrients and polysaccharides, . It is At the top of the herbal healing hierarchy. It is extremely versatile herb used both internally and externally and as an emergency remedy with its gentle smoothing effects.
Externally it helps:
- Analgesic Wound Healing to help in the healing of mild bites, burns, scrapes, sunburns and other small skin injures.
- It helps the healing burns including sunburns.
- It helps the external itch of dandruff, psoriasis and seborrhea
Internally it helps:
- A positive effect on the Cardiovascular health
- Aids in the elimination of constipation.
- Aids in digestion and helps with heartburn, GERD and stomach-ache.
- Reduces the body acid and returns it to an alkaline balance.
- Helps to regulate blood sugars.
- detoxified the body and colon. In other words it helps clean the intestinal walls and helps disorders like Leaky Gut Syndrome and other colon disorders.
- Helps with weight loss by increasing metabolic rate to burn more calories.
- Improves circulation.
- Aids in healing damage to internal tissues.
- Regulates blood pressure.
- Strengthens immune system.
- Retards the growth of cancerous tumors.
- Helps to reduce inflammation and pain.
- Generally it helps put the fire out.
And what does this have to do with leaking gut?
Leaky gut syndrome – A dysfunctional or diseased colon with increased intestinal permeability. The Colon or bowel has an altered or damaged bowel lining. Basically as I have put it together; Due to a loss of good bacteria resulting from infection, inflammation, medications, parasites, poor diet or toxins your cells break down due to lack of oxygen. The cells are covered in a toxic sugary gooooooo! Your cells need oxygen, bacteria and yeast hate oxygen. When there isn’t oxygen bacteria and yeast have nothing to stop them and they overrun the body. They run out of control taking the available oxygen with them.
I have included a video from the food channel and in it they briefly cover Leaking Gut Syndrome
Most people are familiar with how Aloe Vera helps heal the skin on the outside, especially from cuts and burns. But Aloe Vera also helps heal the body from the inside. Aloe Vera juice is a potent source of nutrients that assist the body with cleansing, and provides an environment where the body can better absorb the nutrients in food. Use caution when selecting commercial Aloe Vera drinks – many of them are loaded with sugar and preservatives.
The purpose of nutrition is to energize and detox the body. Detox consists of the molecules of essential minerals from natural food attach adhere themselves to the molecules of toxins in the body until both the mineral and toxin are eliminated. From Majid Ali, M.D.
Cleansing from the inside
Here’s an easy way to make your own fresh aloe vera juice.
The Digestive system is complex and so is the gut and gut flora?
I have found the gut to be very complex–let me say it again–very complex and I will not be able to even start to explain or understand with any detail but for now just a quick scan of terms so you can start doing more research on your own. I plan to dedicate many future articles on this very complex subject but I have found so far;
Basically it is the cells in your body not getting any Oxygen and being overrun with toxins or poisons. You system becomes out of balance and the one thing your body need is balance.
In my research, I found the following names for problems with the colon.
Candida Yeast overgrowth Infection – Our immune system is in the gut. The gut needs gut flora which contains good and bad bacteria, good and bad fungus or yeast. The good bacteria and yeast keeps the bad bacteria and yeast in balance. You need both to digest food and to believe it or not fight infection. Lack of oxygen cause by toxins, destroys the good and lets the bad take over. The stronger it gets the less oxygen the cells have and they die and you lose strength and function.
Candida Yeast infection – Shows itself in many ways, the most common is a skin rash or dandruff or constant infections or allergic reactions. The yeast-like fungi release mycotoxins (poisons) into the body.
A partial list of health problems are: allergies, bloating, brain fog, constipation, diarrhea, fatigue, gas, headaches, insomnia, joint pain, memory loss, poor focus and concentration, Sinusitis, skin conditions, and sensitivities. The yeast infection can become systemic, the cells have become yeastized and inflamed.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS, or spastic colon) – is a symptom-based diagnosis characterized by chronic abdominal pain, discomfort, bloating, and alteration of bowel habits. As a functional bowel disorder, IBS has no known organic cause. Diarrhea or constipation may predominate, or they may alternate. Historically a diagnosis of exclusion, a diagnosis of IBS can now be made on the basis of symptoms alone.
Leaky gut syndrome – or increased intestinal permeability, is a proposed condition of an altered or damaged bowel lining. Basically as I have put it together; Due to a loss of good bacteria resulting from infection, inflammation, medications, parasites, poor diet or toxins your cells break down due to lack of oxygen. The walls of the cell break down become dehydrated, shrink and become acid (anti-oxygen) and full of toxins (yeast and bacteria). The leaky gut then allows these toxins and other substance such as microbes, undigested food, waste, or larger than normal macromolecules to leak through an abnormally permeable gut wall. Proponents suggest that this then makes body’s immune system ineffective, for it can no longer function or process oxygen.
A whole list of chronic diseases can result like allergies, asthma, autism, inflammation, diabetes just to name a few.
Leaky Gut and Irritable bowel syndrome signs
Abdominal discomfort and distention
Alternate bouts of diarrhea and constipation
Food Allergies and or Intolerance
Weakened Immune System
Modern medicine has ignored this and other gut problems and Treatment by modern medicine is lacking
Conventional medicine has yet to catch up with the times and recognize intestinal permeability as the major health problem that it is. But lucky for you, holistic doctors have been treating this condition successfully for years. I cannot recommend any one food, treatment or doctor. Help is available but you have to be the one to take the first step.
Until next time
Books by Dr. Majid Ali a homeopath have been extremely helpful and have given me a greater understanding of the ignored disease of Chronic Fatigue.
Book The Canary and Chronic Fatigue By Majid Ali, M.D.
Web site Dr. Majid Ali.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 36,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 13 sold-out performances for that many people to see it. WP
From my Heart:
For those of you who may want to know this is Coconut Creams Viewing counts for this year.
Last year there was 13,000 this year 36,000 +23,000 of that 36,000 11,000 Were from Search Engines about 1/3 of the traffic.
Number of Foreign Countries last year 100 this year 144 +44
Oct 3, 2012 was it busiest day with 223 views and this year it was 685 with the article on Kale
The current number of viewers is almost ready to turn to 50,000 see counter on site. The site was started on June 18, 2012 so we are about a year and seven months old.
From my heart thanks for making this such a rewarding venture. I enjoy every minute of it and glad I have a story to tell.
I wonder what 2014 will bring.
Thanks for all your support
By Joan L. McDaniel December 18, 2013 Updated February 25, 2014
With the recent new coverage from editorials published in medical publications and recent studies about multi-vitamin supplements, I had an article published last April about the very subject. Now I am covering Calcium Supplements are they good or are they bad? I wonder if MSM (Main Stream Media) is listening?
Instead of Preventing, is this Supplement Causing Arthritis?
Osteoarthritis – Late Stage
Arthritis – an inflammation of one or more joints. Where two bones meet that is a joint. There are over 100 different types of arthritis. Arthritis involves the breakdown of cartilage without cartilage bones rub together resulting in inflammation, pain and restrictive swelling and decreased movement. Bone free Jell-O All soft and wiggly
We all need Calcium –
But of What Kind – How Much is Too Much? We all need Calcium for our bones and teeth. We all need strong healthy bones. Without bones we would be like an ameba or jell-o all soft and wiggly, without any locomotion. We would just be a blob sitting on the floor.
Bones need calcium plus about 34 other Vitamins and minerals to be healthy and strong. These minerals can only come from nature. The only form your body can absorb and use comes from nature’s herbs, plants, and vegetables. These Vitamins and minerals cannot be supplied in a supplement form. The calcium in cow’s milk is not easily absorbed nor does it have the 34 other minerals. Now the Dairy Industry won’t tell you that now will they? Milk was meant for baby calves not human beings, but that is another subject.
Food Producers promote Fortified Products
Modern Day advertisement propaganda promotes building strong bones by using vitamin supplements. Labels on processed food products proudly show “Calcium Added, Calcium enriched, Fortified with, or made with real milk” appear on such products as Antacid (Tums), Aspirin for women, Bread, Cereals, Cheeses, Chocolate Cocoa mix, Dairy products, Jell-O, Fruit Juices, Lactose Free Milk, Mixes for things like cake to potatoes, Orange Juice, Pudding, and Vitamin water just to list a few.
The most used Calcium Supplement is Calcium Carbonate and the Calcium found in milk is Calcium Phosphate. Neither form of calcium is easily digested or absorbed by the human body’s digestive system. Read On.
The Calcium Lie
I have been reading several sources which indicate it is better for your health to forget the Calcium supplement, eat your vegetables which are naturally rich in calcium, and take Vitamin D, K2 and Magnesium supplements instead.
A recent British Study, many alternate independent researchers and a book by Dr. Thompson say taking Calcium supplements not only harm bones but may increase the risk of heart attack and actually cause the disease you trying to prevent.
Dr. Thompson book The Calcium Lie
For the Skeptics
For those who think – “What now? One day Calcium is good for you the next it isn’t – Can’t they make up their minds?” All I can say is how many people do you know whose arthritis has improved since taking supplements and how many people seem to have gotten worse or have no change at all? How many have had pain only to cover it up with short term pain relievers. The condition has not improved you are told “To live with it” and take your pain pills.
Big Pharma has gotten a lot better for Calcium Supplements are big money makers.
Contrary to popular believe THIS IS NOT THE STANDARD AGING PROCESS.
Osteoporosis - (“porous bones”, from Greek) a disease of bones that leads to an increased risk of fracture. In osteoporosis, the bone mineral density (BMD) is reduced, bone microarchitecture deteriorates, and the amount and variety of proteins in bone are altered. Bones become overloaded with Calcium become brittle and can easily break. Contrary to popular wisdom, Osteoporosis is not caused by the decrease of estrogen levels in the body due to aging.
All I can tell you is;
Osteoporosis is a modern Disease
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2007 study has shown women who get calcium from plant sources have a higher hip and spine bone densities than women who took 1030mg’s calcium supplement per day. In other words — They have less broken bones —
It also found, intake of only 200mg’s (or ½ cup of Spinach) natural calcium achieves the greater bone density and decrease in broken bones as you age. Osteoporosis is a modern disease; the term was first used in the 1830’s in America. There is no word for it in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) or Ayurvedic medicine.
Too much calcium makes bones brittle. Brittle bones break easily. Oh and don’t forget about the teeth!
For years we have been told we need mega doses of Calcium with D or strong bones. Recent reports now indicate that is not true. Not only is that not true but mega doses have been found to cause heart attacks and clogging of arteries.
Your arteries may indeed be clogged by calcium not cholesterol
Now exactly where does your body store all that extra Calcium which it cannot digest? Maybe it stores it in the Fat Cells and Tissues and arteries?
And let’s not forget those oversized vitamin supplement tables available as Over-the-Counter (OTC).
This is an Oyster Shell. I think I can digest the Oyster much better than the shell
If you think more calcium or stronger calcium is better think again
Brittle bones break easily
It’s not the calcium
Dispelling the myth of calcium and dairy
Everyone knows that you need lots of calcium for strong bones, right?
Umm, maybe not.
Janice Stanger, Ph.D., demonstrates how to keep your bones strong.
A mom-daughter mythbuster team weigh in on how to prepare for permanent weight loss. Consuming calcium contributes relatively little to how much strength your bones have. That’s just garbage from the animal food industry.
Wrong kind of calcium
Now if that isn’t bad enough:
Most supplements give you the wrong kind of calcium
If you not getting too much then maybe you are getting the wrong kind. Most calcium supplements use Calcium Carbonate. This is a common form of calcium and the cheapest it is found in eggshells, rocks, shells of marine animals. It is the least bioavailable. In other words it is a rock and your body cannot absorb a rock. Avoid the form of calcium at all costs.
The other source of calcium is cow’s milk. Cow’s milk is Calcium Phosphate and you can’t absorb that any better than Calcium Carbonate. But then where would the Dairy industry be?
Take a look at some of those food labels for what type of Calcium has been added.
Eight Types of Calcium
Calcium Carbonate – A common form of calcium and the cheapest it is found in eggshells, rocks, shells of marine animals. This form of Calcium is the most prevalent but the least bioavailable. In other words it is a rock and your body cannot absorb a rock. Avoid the form of calcium at all costs
Calcium Citrate – High acid base easier for the digestive system to break down than carbonate but cannot be absorbed by the system.
Oyster Shell Calcium – Made from the shell of an Oyster. It is hard it protects an oyster. We may want bones that hard but our systems just cannot break it down nor absorb it.
Calcium Gluconate – You need a very large amounts to reach calcium supplement requirements and your body has trouble breaking it down to absorb.
Calcium Lactate – Found is foods such as aged cheese and baking powder. Most commonly used in antacids and added to fruits to extend shelf life. It can be absorbed by the body.
Calcium Phosphate – This is the calcium that comes from cow’s milk. Tooth enamel and bones are very high in calcium phosphate. But again it is hard for the body to absorb.
I wonder what the Diary Industry thinks about that?
Read the Health Dangers of Cows Milk from the following link
Calcium Citrate Malate – Created by mixing calcium salt found in citric acid with malic acid. It can be absorbed by the system.
Calcium Orotate – The most effective form of calcium supplement. Calcium orotates are found in small amounts in all living beings. It is a primary mineral for the creation of bones and teeth, and fosters cellular communications. This form of Calcium is created by nature and delivers the calcium ion to the inner-most layers of the cellular mitochondria and nucleus.
The best source for vitamins is natural food from plants. There are plenty of food sources that provide most of the basic vitamins we need. A list of natural foods that provide calcium appears at the bottom of this article.
Some Natural Food Sources for Calcium
|Whole Food Sources||
|Chinese cabbage, cooked||
|Wild salmon, canned with bones||
|White beans, cooked||
|Bok Choy, cooked||
|Red beans, cooked||
|Sesame Leaves and seeds|
|Salmon Pink Canned||
|Sea Vegetables (Sea Weed)Himalayan sea salt|
Eating plenty of healthy, calcium-rich foods does not guarantee healthy bones and teeth. The following factors influence your calcium and overall health status:
- Your body needs an adequate amount of vitamin D to properly absorb calcium through your intestinal wall. Vitamin D deficiency is one of the most common nutritional deficiencies in industrialized countries.
- You are not told this but your body also needs adequate amounts of magnesium to help absorb calcium.
- Taking synthetic iron and zinc supplements can inhibit calcium absorption. Stress also takes calcium from your bones.
Link to Dr. Carolyn Dean interview with Dr. Joseph Mercola which is an update on magnesium.
Magnesium is the Missing Link to Better Health!
Dr. Dean’s website, DrCarolynDean.com,
One of her many books this one is a must read on Magnesium, The Magnesium Miracle.
Also see my article on Magnesium
By Joan McDaniel December 9, 2013
In Review; I ate myself back to health
This Web-site tells the story of my being very sick. The Doctors had sent me home for there was nothing more they could do except hand out pills and make doctor appointments. I did not want to be an invalid so I learned how to get well by what I ate. I am much better and my strength is slowly returning. I now climb stairs in my house almost like I was a new homeowner again.
The healing process takes time especially if it has years of abuse to recover from. This has been a learning process on my part it has taken me from learning nutrition to finding ancient traditional medicines and remedies. I am also remembering and using what my grandparents use to say.
Following my “gut-instinct”, I used myself as a Guinea-pig, and began research using the writings from the list of names in the reference section of this blog. It was sort of a hunt, peck and seek and find venture. I spent hours in stores of all kinds looking for different foods and asking a lot of questions.
Addiction to sugar overpowered my ability to hear my taste buds or feel my own body
Eating from the Standard American fat-free high calorie and high processed carb diet you are eating processed sugar by the tons. You may not even know it but you have a sugar addiction. When you eat sugar, it triggers production of your brain’s natural opioids. Opioids are a key ingredient in the addiction process. Your brain essentially becomes addicted to stimulating the release of its own opioids as it would with morphine or heroin. In many cases the addicted has been since childhood.
I Regained Control of my Body and Health.
As, I slowly broke my sugar addiction, I suddenly became very aware of my sense of taste. Previously the only taste I use to know was Sweet. Oh maybe, I would eat a sour pickle or use vinegar on my occasional salad but all I knew was sweet. That’s all I knew how to eat. Was there anything else? If there was — I DIDN’T LIKE IT —
My sugar addiction was replaced with a craving for taste sensations
To my normal meal, I found I wanted something more – something with a unique taste – something with a little ZING. The first taste I began to crave was sour. I learned how to ferment my own vegetables. I would eat something fermented with every meal, and add lemon to my drinking water. But just as suddenly, I loss the demand for sour and began to crave bitter foods. I learn to eat bitter greens using Kale and having a regular cup of coffee or two plus I added sprinkles of Cacao to my meal. And then I harvested my hot peppers and started a whole new world of pungent taste.
My body was talking to me using my taste buds.
I was overwhelmed and kind of scared by these sudden cravings. In time it became sort of fun and became a hobby. I was becoming more in-tune to my body for it would tell me automatically what it needed and what it didn’t.
Our bodies are constantly maintaining a delegate balance. It is a 24-7 activity. It is called homeostasis. It maintains this balance by what it has on hand. If you eat it, it uses it. If your body needs something to maintain this balance it uses your taste buds to tell you.
Your body’s blood supply has what is called a pH which should be around 7.35 – 7.45 or slightly alkaline. If the pH drops below 7.0, you will go into a coma and die.
My Grandmother use to tell me —
The more I found myself craving different food the more research I did. I was telling this to my Jamaican friends and one of them said this familiar phrase — “Yes, my Grandmother use to say…” “If you were not feeling well eat something bitter.” When she said that, bells went off. The next day off, I started doing serious search engine work and found. –
Use Bitter to cleanse the body Bitter is for healing
If your body needs something to reduce acid and become more alkaline your taste buds crave something bitter. If your body needs something to increase the acid and reduce alkaline you crave something bitter. Craving sugar does nothing but drive up your blood sugar which doesn’t do anyone any good. By the way acid loves sugar and so does cancer. An acid balance chases away Oxygen also. See Detoxing later in article.
Our ancestors knew this, our grandparents knew this and most traditional nutritional medicines know this. Traditional Medicine like Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), The American Indian (Witch Doctor), and Ayuryedic Indian Nutrition all use taste to help heal.
Much of Ayuryedic nutrition rests on the tip of your tongue; it identifies 6 Tastes by which food can be categorized. Each taste leads to healthy food types and digestion that helps keep the body in balance. The body craves and is constantly trying to achieve balance. As we learn to listen to our body, we can tap into its innate wisdom and keep us strong and healthy and free of disease.
|We normally have five taste perceptions: salty, sour, bitter, sweet, and umam (A meaty taste), Ayuryedic nutrition has dropped Umami and added Pungent and Astringent.Astringent – Absorbs water, tightens tissues, dries fats. Herbs, raw fruits, legumes, and some vegetables. The taste found in popcorn
Bitter – Bitterness has a sharp, disagreeable and unpleasant taste especially to us Americans. Bitter reminds us of toxicity or a “bitter medicine”. The bitter taste is essential component in maintain balance and health. Bitter foods and herbs serve functions such as detoxification of the liver and digestion. It helps maintain a healthy Immune system. Bitter is the most sensitive of the tastes. More about bitters later.
Pungent – This taste is added by the Asian country mainly Indian and Chinese. It is the hottest of all 6 tastes. The taste stimulated circulation, digestion and metabolism, clears the sinuses, promotes sweating and detoxification. The Pungent taste includes Black Pepper, Chili peppers (cayenne), garlic, ginger, and the red onion.
Saltiness is a taste produced primarily by the presence of sodium. It improves the taste of food, lubricates tissues and stimulates digestion. Salt comes from natural sea salt and sea vegetables.
Sourness – This taste maintains the body’s acidity. The most common food group is citrus fruits (like lemon and lime), sour milk products (like sour cream, cheese and yogurt), and fermented foods (like pickles, sauerkraut, vinegar, wine and soy sauce), Wine can be very sour. The Sour taste cleanses tissues and stimulates digestion, circulation and elimination. It helps increase the absorption of minerals such as iron.
Sweetness –The Sweet tastes is usually regarded as a pleasurable and comforting sensation. The warmth and comfort I grew to love as a baby. The Sweet taste corresponds to the earth element. There are two general categories of sweets, empty and full. Empty sweets are composed of simple sugars and have no nutritional value (like processed sugar HFCS). They cause the blood sugar to rise rapidly and then drop, which can lead to fatigue. Full sweets, on the other hand, consist of complex carbohydrates that have a strengthening and nourishing action. Nourishing sweets include cinnamon, ginseng, natural honey, licorice, marshmallow, natural sugar, sugar cane.
Sometimes I find it hard to tell the difference between sour and bitter taste. Generally, I have found things that taste sour have to do with citrus fruits, fermented foods, and something salty. (By fermented foods, I mean something like sauerkraut; I’m not talking about alcoholic drinks or beer). Fermenting food helps restore your gut with the good bacteria that has been killed by antibiotics and or toxins. This is also called probiotics or good gut bacteria. Fermented foods add back the good bacteria your system needs to stay healthy. More on that in another article.
Taste and Tradition
Not only did the Jamaican tradition nutrition use food tastes as guide as to stay healthy, with their bitter roots and tea, but Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), American Indian (Witch Doctor), and Ayuryedic Indian Nutrition and many others do also.
And as it turns out, I too remember eating rhubarb pie that my grandmother made. “It is good for you” she would said. I don’t care how much sugar she put in the pie it was eatable but extremely bitter. I do remember eating it followed by the promised slice of the sweeter apple pie. I did sort of get use to eating rhubarb at least once a year. It kept me “regular” and helped stop a cold. But I was a kid what did I know?
The American Diet
I have already gone to great lengths explaining why the Standard American Low-Fat diet is harmful but the American diet is also unbalanced. It consists of predominantly sweet and sour foods according to MAPI, the Ayurveda health center in Iowa. As a result our bodies are unbalanced and we often feel sluggish, unwell and foggy headed, if not zombie like. No wonder the amount of people with dementia and or anxiety is on the rise.
Americans would never think of eating something bitter they would rather choice a more friendly taste like sweet or salty. They will reach first for the Ketchup and never ever think of reaching for a bottle of bitters.
Just how do Bitters help to detox.
Do Bitter Tasting foods have more nutrients?
Bitter and pungent foods and herbs are very important for the functions of the body, especially to the liver for it helps it detox or rid itself of toxins (poisons). The bitter taste is a powerful detoxifying agent. It has antibiotic, anti-parasitic, antiviral, and antiseptic qualities. It and tightens skin and muscle tissue and helps bring the bodies pH into balance. It is helpful in digestion, reducing fevers, relieves itching, intestinal gas, nausea, body rashes, burning sensations, water retention and weight. While the Bitter taste is not appealing alone, it stimulates the appetite and helps bring of the flavor of other tastes.
Bitter foods promote a natural cleansing of the body. By including some of the bitter taste in our diet, whether in specific foods or herbs like turmeric we are cleansing our bodies each day.
The Subject of Detoxing is complex and way beyond my pay grade to even attempt to explain.
If you look at the web, or visit your local health food store you will be inundated with detoxing products. I cannot recommend any product or procedure you are on your own. I do know that there isn’t a magic pill to take to make it all better. In fact, your body may need detoxing because of the toxic medications you have taken throughout your life.
One thing to keep in mind is your body naturally detoxes on its own. Unfortunately it sometimes gets overwhelmed and needs additional help. If you are on a high sugar high calorie carb diet, your blood, cells, and organs are covered in a gooie sugary syrup. This creates an acidosis balance and your cells become devoid of oxygen.Your body’s cells literally cry out in pain because they cannot breath.
You are in charge and it is all up to you. Without oxygen your cells dye. Your body needs to detox to return to an oxidized alkaline balance and health.
I have been slowly detoxing and using natural food to do it. I firmly believe in doing things naturally, slowly with as much natural food as possible. Your body needs dietary changes to be implemented slowly. It simply doesn’t know what to do with something new and will throw it away. Implement dietary changes slowly and let your body adjust accordingly.
As normal in nature, if you consume too much of something natural your body’s reaction is to get rid of it. You will experience abdominal pain, diarrhea and maybe a headache but it will pass and is quite harmless. Excess intake of bitter melon seeds for example can also result in headache and fever. Pregnant women or a wishful mother-to-be are also advised against having it. Any supplement or medication should be taken only after a doctor’s consultation.
Bitter Food List
I have provided a partial bitter food list. Eating food bitter to the taste, helps your body to detox. The list is not complete but I am still overwhelmed by what I found. It seems that if the food is naturally bitter it is also ranked as either a superfood or very healthy.
Angustuna Aromatic Bitters or just Bitters – Ask for Bitters in a salon or bar and you will get an Alcoholic drink from Trinidad and Tobago. It is used for a bitter stomach.
Brassicaceae Plants – See Bitter Greens and Horseradish.
Cerasee Jamaican Tee – (pronounced sir-see in the Jamaican dialect. Its color is red) this tea is available in the US market although I haven’t found it yet. It contains 100% pure and natural Herb Tea. Most Herbal Teas are caffeine free for herbs normally do not contain caffeine. The plant is native to Africa, the Middle East and the Mediterranean. Maybe its color being red is a warning for it is extremely bitter but has extra ordinary healing powers. It is used in Jamaican according to my friend to heal. It is used to “clean out the system” or as blood purifier and much more.
Cacao – Cacao bean or Chocolate. It is considered a superfood, for it has over 300 nutrients. It contains eight times the number of antioxidants found in strawberries. The bean is extremely bitter but if filled with essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. See my article on the Cacao bean.
Cherry – Tart 1 cup 4.0 g Fructose Sour. This is not the normal sweet cherry (contains 9.3 g of fructose), but both are known for the antioxidant powers. a 2012 study reporting that the tart cherry has “the highest anti-inflammatory content of any food.” Both sweet and tart cherries and cherry juice have long been used by traditional healers as a folk remedy for gout, because cherries are thought to lower urate levels in the body.
Be careful of cherry juice because producers load it with sugar defeating the purpose of the healing power of the fruit. In fact most bitter foods can only be found in its natural form for manufactures want people coming back for more and sugar is a winner.
The Tart cherry is known to be a Natural Painkiller. I know I used it. The fruit is hard to find for it is only available early in the summer and most people favor the sweet not Tart. The good news is – you can put them in a mason jar and freeze them – making them available all year long.
Citrus Peel – Citrus Fruit like Lemons, Lime, and Orange. What’s astonishing is that most people throw away the peel without any idea of its potential. The fruit of citrus fruit is normally considered sour but the peel is bitter giving it health benefits. Both the fruit and the peel are extremely good for your health. The fruit and peel is also great for cleaning and odors for it is free of chemicals.
There’s more – you can also beautify using lemon peel. From skin brightening rub and elbow skin softener to nail whitener… the usefulness goes on and on.
Here, then, is the link to the full list of 31 ways to use lemon peel: http://thankyourbody.com/31-ways-to-use-lemon-peel
Coffee - Coffee Tree
Coffee – Coffee is slightly acidic (pH 5.0-5.1) and is bitter to the taste buds. The bitter taste in coffee comes from the stimulate caffeine. Caffeine can worsen conditions such as anxiety and cause lack of sleep. I wonder if some people are driven to a cup of coffee for its bitter taste, not just the stimulation of caffeine. I know I am.
I love this fruit. It is seasonal but I when it is available I buy a bunch, put them in mason jars and freeze them. I eat them all year long. They are available starting Labor Day then into December. What I like about them is they are low in fructose (1 cup 0.7 g Fructose) and high in antioxidant power. Research has found that the whole fresh raw cranberry supports health the best. I do sprinkle a smidgen of stevia or cinnamon to help with some of the bitterness. The cranberry has a reputation for helping to prevent UTI’s by preventing the bacteria in urine to adhere to the cell walls. It has cardiovascular benefits, by lowering blood pressure, and inflammation and anti-cancer. Again avoid the juice for it is loaded with sugar.
Cumin – Spice see turmeric
Fenugreek or Greek Hay –is an herb and spice seasoning that is commonly found growing in the Mediterranean region of the world. While the seeds and leaves are primarily used as a culinary spice, as a supplement it is can be used to help lower blood sugar, cholesterol, and fever. You may also find in in some topical skin treatments.
Bitter Greens – There are many leafy greens that are bitter to the taste but are high in antioxidant and health benefits. Some of the bitter greens are; arugula, broccoli raab. chicory, collards, dandelion, endive, escarole, kale, mustard, radicchio, and turnip greens
Horse Radish – (Armoracia rusticana, syn. Cochlearia armoracia) is a perennial plant of the Brassicaceae family (which includes broccoli, cabbage, mustard and wasabi). The plant is cultivated for its large white tapered root. I am still learning about this root. I will continue to buy already prepared in a jar from the Grocery Store.
Its health benefits date back to ancient times. The ancient Egyptians cultivated and used it for its health benefits mainly pressing it into oil that was used to fry. All or part of the Horse Radish Plant can to keep you very health. From tea to the spicy condiment sold in the grocery store.
The complete horseradish plant has medicinal value. Tea is made from the flowers, leaves and root. A poultice is made of its roots, and the raw leaves can be eaten in a salad. It is a natural analgesic and its health benefits range from helping a cold, flu, pain, and recent studies show it is also anti-cancer.
The intact horseradish root has hardly any aroma. When cut or grated, however, its enzymes produce (mustard oil) which irritates the mucous membranes of the sinuses and eyes. Once exposed to air the grated root loses it pungency and becomes unpleasantly bitter-tasting.
A friend of mine from Haiti said her “… Grandmother had a mixture which contained horseradish, and at the first sign of a cold she would make me eat the whole thing …” “…I didn’t stay sick very long and that the mixture tasted absolutely horrible”.
For more information see my article on Kale. Kale has been referred to as not only a superfood but one of the seven most nutrient dense foods on Earth. It packs more nutrients or antioxidants per bite than most other foods. It is used in major detox and anti-cancer programs. It is a main support for the immune system.
Bitter melon – Also called bitter gourd or squash. This vegetable belongs to the Cucurbitaceae family and is known by different names. It is used in Asian cooking. The plant is a climber having dark green leaves and yellow or green fruits. The Plant is extremely bitter. The melon cannot be consumed in its raw form because of its bitterness. I have found some who boil the leaves for tea and the melon for many hours to make soups or stews. It is available in tincture form. Needless to say its fruit and seeds are of a great nutritional value, it contains almost all the essential nutrients needed by humans. It is used as anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, cancer fighter, lowers blood pressure and blood sugar, cleansing and detoxing, and HIV,
Green Olive – Olives can be eaten right off the tree but are extremely bitter. I was on vacation in Europe when I ran into an Olive tree. I eagerly picked an olive off the tree and into my mouth and was shocked at it bitterness. I could not swallow it. They have to be cured with lye or brine and exposed to the air to be oxidized to be eaten. A olive turns black when fully ripe. Olive are high in healthy Omega-9 monounsaturated fatty acids. It is a powerful anti-oxidant cancer fighter, detoxing agent and essential for heart health and general health.
Rhubarb – Often referred to as the “pie plant”. It is highly bitter and tart. It is often cooked with sugar or honey to make it edible. The stalks are edible but the leaves are toxic. Its health benefits are high in dietary fiber, anti-cancer properties, help menopausal symptoms, helps reduce cholesterol and hypertension, Anti-bacterial, enhances metabolic rate, and can be used for constipation. I used to eat it as a child and still remember how bitter it was.
Turmeric, Curcumin – Turmeric contains the active ingredient curcumin. It is an anti-inflammatory, blood-purifying, cancer-fighter, and natural detoxifier. It is normally used to make the Indian curry sauce. See my article on Turmeric.
Tonic Water – Peruvian Bark, or Cinchona is the historical remedy for all forms of malaria. The powered bark of these South American Andes tree is the source of quinine. Quinine is used to treat malaria, fever and pain. The current tonic water contains a very small amount of quinine. Tonic Water is currently used as a mix for the mixed drink called “Tonic and Gin”. Tonic Water is very bitter.
Tierra, Leslie. Healing with the Herbs of Life. Crossing Press, 2003.
Chocolate: Superfood or Junk Food?
By Joan McDaniel November 15, 2013
If America and the World didn’t have a sweet tooth before this confectioner entered the food market they sure did after. There has always been a candy market but this man built an empire and developed a utopian village deep in the heart of America’s Quaker farming country. He projected the image of religious wholesomeness and health with his product of milk chocolate. Never mentioning the high sugar content, America almost immodestly developed a taste for this product then became addicted to its sugar.
Today according to the American Diabetes Association; In America we now have a diabetes epidemic, over 26 million Americans have the disease and 1.9 million the diabetes new cases are diagnosed each year. The rate of increase of obesity has climbed by a similar epidemic rate.
Milton Snaverly Hershey (September 13, 1857 – October 13, 1945) was an American confectioner, philanthropist, and founder of The Hershey Chocolate Company and the “company town” of Hershey, Pennsylvania.
The company’s image of it product of pure milk chocolate became part of an American tradition; it was even part of the U.S. Army field ration in World War II. And in many instances it acted as currency or barter when cash money was scarce.
Candy and chocolate are now used to celebrate at least five American holidays that I know of. Easter, Hanukkah, Christmas Valentine’s Day and what would we do without chocolate on Halloween? Anyone remember Hershey’s Easter Bunny? I would eat the ears first.
The product was presented as being a natural part of the farm with pictures of milk cows and the image of being healthy and fortified with added Vitamins C, Calcium and D. The antioxidant flavanols that make cacao so health is very bitter to the taste and was removed, sugar and corn syrup was added instead. Not only the added sugar but the high heat in roasting and the chemicals added during food processing have removed any nutrition. Now I call that junk food.
The product called Hershey’s Milk Chocolate is nothing but addictive sugar.
All sort of brands of chocolate line the grocery store shelves. You also see several colors of chocolate like dark brown, light brown and white. It all should be considered Junk food. Read the label – 24 Grams of Sugar in the brown, 18 to 20 Grams in the White and look at the label for what is called dark chocolate. White chocolate is also high in sugar and contains none of the phytonutrients as raw cacao, so is not a good choice either.
Dark Chocolate Hershey Brand
Note: more than have the content of this product is sugar. Sugar 24g 1 bar serving size 43 g.
The statement, “Dark Chocolate is Good for You” should mean the raw cacao bean which is anything but sweet. Also note the product “Dark Chocolate” isn’t any healthier than the lighter chocolate just take a look at the back of the label. It may have the addition of Cocoa Butter but, if there is any reduction in the amount of sugar it is just a few grams like 11 – 17 G which is still way too high for one portion and is still considered junk food even if it has the saturated fat of butter.
Dark Chocolate sometimes refers to the Percent of Cacao bean
There are cacao bars on the market. The label should read at least 75% Cacao. The higher the percent the less sugar is used. But the closer you get to the natural bean state is the healthiest and completely free from sugar.
First Sugar Was Added to Food Products, then Corn Syrup then High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)
American’s are so addicted to sugar that when sugar prices became prohibitive in 1950’s and 60’s the chemists invented something to replace it called High Fructose Corn Syrup many times more sugary and addictive than sugar. HFCS was rapidly introduced to many processed foods and the soft drink industry with tremendous success in the 70’s.
Don’t Even Think of Using Sugar Free
Just a word in passing — If you think going SUGAR FREE is some sort of solution read an old article of mine which links to Dr. Mercola’s excellent article on the deadly artificial sugar, than has video from the Health food channel outlining its health dangers.
The Cacao Bean a Superfood
The raw natural Cacao bean is chocolate. The image we have of milk chocolate is sweet very sweet but its origin the Cacao bean is anything but. Listening to “Dark chocolate is good for you”, I bought a bar of 75% Cacao with the anticipation of a child at Christmas of sweet milk chocolate and had to spit it out – I could not chew it. It was the bitterest thing I have ever tasted. It almost took my breath away.
Yet the cacao bean is one of the healthiest foods on the planet. It is considered a superfood due to its having more than 300 nutrients. In fact, it contains eight times the number of antioxidants found in strawberries. It is filled with essential vitamins and minerals, as well as antioxidants.
The image we have of sweet chocolate isn’t the raw cacao bean. It is anything but sweet. The health statement “Dark chocolate is good for you” means from the raw cacao bean or as raw as you can get. The image of chocolate sweetness is just a successful marketing ploy that has us addicted and consuming sugar by the tons.
There are cacao bars on the market. The label will tell you how much Cacao there is the best is at 75%. The higher the percent the less sugar is used. But the closer you get to the natural bean state is the healthiest.
Pictured above is the Raw Cacao Pod which comes from the Cacao Plant, Cocoa Beans which are inside the Cacao Pod and the final product Chocolate. To make chocolate, you’re going to need a healthy supply of its core ingredient – cocoa beans, which are found inside the pods of the cacao plant.
Ancient Society’s worship the Cacao
The ancient Mayans referred to cacao as the ‘food of the gods’. They grew cacao trees in their household gardens.
The cocoa bean has been considered by previous societies as “the food of the gods”, with superior nutritional and medicinal value that has given it a value as a currency as well.
The cocoa bean has been used by ancient societies for the treatment of aphrodisiac, coughs, depression, digestive aid, diuretic, combat metal fatigue, fever, PMS, pregnancy pains, and vasodilation.
Warning KEEP Chocolate AWAY FROM YOUR PETS
Cacao contains theobromine – a very mild stimulant with a mild diuretic action and can be very toxic to animals like cats, dogs, parrots and horses. These animals do not have the ability to digest it and it could lead to cardiac arrest.
Benefits of the Cacao Bean
- Contains flavanols, a type of flavonoid which act as antioxidants and help fight against free radical damage. In fact, they contain eight times the number of antioxidants found in strawberries.
- contains an antioxidant called epicatechin, thought to help shield your nerve cells from damage.
- high in resveratrol, a potent antioxidant found in red wine, known for its ability to cross your blood-brain barrier to help protect your nervous system.
- One 2012 meta-analysis found that eating chocolate could slash your risk of cardiovascular disease by 37 percent and your stroke risk by 29 percent.
- Longevity Benefits – Multiple studies have shown that chocolate helps for a longer, disease free life. The world’s longest living women who lived to age 122, was thought to have lived for so long due to her heavy consumption of dark chocolate – 2.5 pounds each week.
- Helps reduce the risk of developing dementia and slows signs of aging. Regular consumption protects brain structure and function.
- Contains minerals which include calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, potassium, sulfur, and zinc.
- Contains vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B8, D, and E, and is a good source of protein and fiber.
- Contains 50% fat in the form of foleic acid, a monounsaturated fat also found in olive oil plus saturated fats found in coconut oil. It is a healthy fat needed for the body to function properly
- Some people worry about the caffeine content of cacao, but it is minimal
- Cocoa beans contain very low amounts of caffeine , much less than the ones found in coffee, tea and soda.
- Inhibits cell division and reduces inflammation which is also a cause of cancer.
- Improves circulation
- Lowers Blood Pressure
- Theombromine, an alkaloid found in cacao, has been linked to stimulating the central nervous system and providing the body with a boost of energy.
- I makes you feel good by stimulating endorphin production
- Contains phenylethylamine (PEA), which affects brain chemistry in a similar fashion to falling in love.
- Increase the release of the neurotransmitter serotonin, a natural compound which helps with depression
- Is a good source of protein and fiber.
Cacao is simply GOOD FOR YOU
Cacao – The plant, see Cacao tree
Cacao bean or cocoa bean – Cacao is a Mayan word meaning the seed of the Theobroma cacao plant. It is the dried and fully fermented fatty seed from the cocoa pod (fruit) of the plant. Cocoa solids and cocoa butter are extracted from this seed. The seed is also the basis of chocolate as well as many Mesoamerican foods such as mole sauce and tejate.
Cacao Tree Flower – The flowers bloom along the trunk of the older branches of the cacao tree. The flowers are small with a pink calyx.
Chocolate – The solid food or candy made from a preparation of cacao seeds (roasted); if the cacao seeds are not roasted, then you have “raw chocolate,” which is also typically sweetened
Cocoa – Refers to the powder made from roasted, husked and ground cacao seeds, from which the fat has been removed
Cocoa butter – The fat component of the cacao seed
Cocoa pod (fruit) – Contains the Cocoa bean it has a leathery, rough and thick rind or outer skin. The pod is filled with sweet mucilaginous pulp called ‘baba de cacao’ in South America and encloses 30 to 50 large seeds that are fairly soft and white to a pale lavender color. Once dried these seeds become a violet or reddish brown in color. There is a variety of white cacao which is cultivated by the Rama people in Nicaragua.
Cocoa Seed Roasted – if the cacao seeds are not roasted, then you have “raw chocolate,”
Cocoa Tree – Is an evergreen of the species Theobroma cacao, cultivated for its seeds or beans known as cacao or cocoa beans. The tree can grow from 15 to 25 feet tall.
Ways to enjoy real chocolate or the Cacao nut
Initially bitter, the chocolate should be organic, raw, non-roasted, no sugar added they are naturally without sugar but some manufactures roast the sugar with the bean.
Whole Bean -You can get the whole natural bean – This shell of the nut is hard to crack for it needs to be peeled which is labor intensive. It takes around 400 beans to make one pound of chocolate.
Nibs – You can get the natural bean that has been peeled and crushed into ‘nibs’ this is my favorite for you can use them as toppers for savory dishes or combine with coconut crystals or crush a stevia leaf to add sweetness.
Cocoa butter – the pure oil of the cacao bean
Cacao powder – Created by peeling and cold pressing the cacao beans. This is great for a hot chocolate drink mixed with a dab of “Sweet-Leaf Stevia”
Cacao Bar – You can get a bar which contains as high as 90% cacao but the raw roasted bean has much more nutritional value. The manufacturing process and high heat needed to make the bar removes many of the valuable nutrients like chromium, manganese, omega-6 fatty acids, and Vitamin C. More nutrients are left intact when only the low temperature is used to roast the raw cacao bean.
I enjoy and eat Cacao nibs with almost every meal. I sprinkle it over what I’m eating. I don’t taste its bitterness, but get the benefits. It does give a crunchy taste to the dish. Eating Nibs, cranberries, and walnuts not only helped me get well, they help me break a 30 year smoking habit. Now that is not junk!
We’ve all heard about the benefits of chocolate and it’s heart-healthy properties.
But how healthy is that chocolate, really?
Most chocolate is processed to a state that would not be recognizable to the South American natives who have been using the cacao plant for thousands of years.
Is there something that still gives us the benefits of chocolate without the chemical processing and unhealthy sugars?
Not everyone agrees on the benefits, yet some say chocolate in its natural form is loaded with antioxidants, minerals, and a host of other goodies.
See for yourself.
The Real Food Channel
What about chocolate?
Chocolate provides all kinds of great health benefits!
Or does it?
Is there a way of getting the health benefits we’ve been sold without heavy processing and toxic sugars of commercial chocolate?
Emotions run high over chocolate, and there’s a lot of disagreement.
Here is one view.
Until next time