So I thought this week I’d read up as much as I could about why anyone would need to worry about adding leafy greens to a smoothie and whether or not that is something the general population needs to worry about. Oxalate is found in many, many foods, such as: leafy greens, fruits, nuts, legumes, grains and other foods.
From all of the sources I’ve read, it seems that there are some populations that need to worry about eating leafy greens in their smoothies.
If you are concerned about the levels of oxalate in your smoothies, one way to avoid oxalate is to par-cook the veggies before you put them in the smoothie, but again, for the average person, this isn’t something you need to worry about. After reading TONS of sources it seems to me that there’s a movement afoot to discredit the idea of green smoothies, which is related to some people thinking the raw food movement is bad for you. This health food bashing is similar to the vitamin bashing that you’ve probably heard of.
The fact of the matter is, the information that I could find online is OVERWHELMINGLY pro-smoothie.
For me, this is great news that I don’t need to worry about green smoothies in general. My own common sense was sending me red flags the more I thought about toxins in spinach in particular.
The reason smoothies and green smoothies in particular are so important is that it’s the easiest and one of the tastiest ways to really up your fruit and veggie intake. Here is a recipe that is really a way of thinking about your smoothie formula so that you can custom design a smoothie that’s right for your body. Today I thought it would be useful to explain what different fruits and vegetables will do for your in your smoothie and in your body, so you can build your smoothie to meet your needs. First, here’s a little list of fruits and vegetables, and what they do in your drink and in your body.
With this list you can pick the foods that you need for your personal, custom designed smoothie. I’m someone who is prone to constipation (whee so fun!), so I dial my smoothies to be high on fiber. Coconut milk (I find it works best if you start with a little and work your way up to more. Oh, I forgot to mention the benefits of coconut milk and why I always use it in my smoothies. My exercise teacher Kristin, of Take It Outside Fitness, has really been stepping up the exercise with a new style of exercise called Tabata.
I drink different types of smoothies all the time, but I always choose foods that will help my body make up.
This entry was written by jen, posted on April 20, 2013 at 3:18 pm, filed under Fit-tastic, Gluten-Freedom, Rad Recipes, The Reconstructor and tagged fit-tastic, gluten-free, green smoothies, green smoothies good, oxalate, recipes. He asked another Pfizer chemist, Willard Welch, to synthesize some previously unexplored tametraline derivatives.
Welch then prepared stereoisomers of this compound, which were tested in vivo by animal behavioral scientist Albert Weissman.
Personally, I’ve noticed that with kale smoothies in particular, I feel really bloated and bad after I consume them.
I just need to not add kale to my smoothies for my own digestive health, but most people don’t need to worry about this. It’s actually pretty hard to eat the number of veggies in a day that you can easily consume in a smoothie. Add an apple, some ginger, maybe a carrot and some water and that’s a great afternoon snack. I’m also concerned about inflammation and free radicals because I was sick for so many years prior to the Celiac disease diagnosis.
My friend Alana taught me a great and easy way to peel it that doesn’t waste as much ginger. I know it sounds weird, BUT romaine is like a super food.Check out this fact sheet about the wonders of romaine. It gives rise to an internal environment conducive to disease, as opposed to a pH balanced environment which allows normal body function necessary for the body to resist disease. 8, 2012 I had a live blood microscopy with Rick Panson, a microbiologist, at the Live-Live store in NYC. This is also true of chia seeds that haven’t been soaked prior to being added to a smoothie. There were people who were defending smoothies and mentioning one article that a doctor wrote who was anti-green smoothies, but this is a doctor who is anti-raw food in general, and the fear is about oxalate.
You’re also getting tons of other goodies in your smoothies, such as awesome vitamins and minerals. Arch Gen Psychiatry -- Early Coadministration of Clonazepam With Sertraline for Panic Disorder, July 2001, Goddard et al. I get to feeling like my insides are being scratched and scraped up if I have a kale smoothie, or worse yet a few of them. I should add here that my system is HYPER-SENSITIVE now and I can feel pretty much anything that is even a tiny bit bad for me, right away.
This is such a benefit to your body, saves energy in digestion and time in the digestion process. If you have specific health issues you can add what you need to make your smoothie custom to your needs.
When excess acids must be neutralized our alkaline reserves are depleted leaving the body in a weakened condition. He spent an hour going over what he saw in my blood as well as giving me pointers that would move me into a greater state of health. It’s natural and only bad for a few peeps in the world with highly sensitive constitutions. A pH balanced diet, according to many experts, is a vital key to health maintenance. —By permission of Dr.
It is one thing to have lab work and testing, and quite another to witness firsthand what is transpiring in your blood. For the average person, I don’t think there is a need to worry about adding leafy greens to smoothies. Eating a healthy diet and staying alkaline has been known to reduce the itching sensations caused by Morgellons. At the bottom of the page are images that various people suffering with Morgellons graciously contributed to this site.A note on the photos. If you had a swimming pool, you'd want to raise the pH above 7, otherwise bacteria would thrive in it.
Rick provided me with photos for this page and I've filled in some of the gaps with screen grabs taken from the video that was taping our session.Nov. There are several stages of microorganisms? here which include yeast, bacteria and fibrin, fungus and mold.
In the background are 'shadow cells' which were healthy red blood cells that 'popped' due to the loss of their phospolipid membranes. This can occur from an acid producing diet, and poor assimilation of nutrients.Rick's comments "Healthy blood cells will be perfectly round, nice and dark with a glowing halo around them.
Usually, if they have enough moisture inside them they are fully round because there is more pressure inside the cell then outside.""These 'shadow' or ghost cells were once perfectly healthy cells, you can see by their shape and color that they were—and they've now disappeared into the background. When the same test was repeated with alkaline urine he saw micro fibers in it, the difference being was that these micro fibers did not grow any further. Having run these tests numerous times and achieving the same results we can deduce that maintaining an alkaline state will slow fiber growth way down. Every cell in the body has a double membrane of fat made up of phospholipids, a two layer membrane.
The acids can disentegrate the cell membrane as well as when your body ferments sugar, alcohol is the byproduct, and alcohol can easily melt the cell membrane.""Whatever is happening in the blood cells is happening to the rest of the body. He gets into all the specifics needed to understanding pH balance such as the proper proportions of foods to prepare and what happens to a body when it is acidic, as well as how much protein your body needs based on your weight. You might be pleased to find out that getting proper Vitamin D and balancing your pH will impact your health in ways you never imagined such as minimizing arthritis, decreasing the risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer.This from Dr.
Clotted mass of blood cells due to changes in the cells polarity, loss of natural negative electrical charge.
A chronically over-acidic pH corrodes body tissue, slowly eating into the 60,000 miles of veins and arteries like acid eating into marble. If left unchecked, it will interrupt all cellular activities and functions, from the beating of your heart to the neural firing of your brain. When there are this many cells and this little water, we are looking at the hydration level of the body. There is even a device called a pH meter that one can use with urine.Each kit has its own color chart.
These nets act as a defense mechanism for the bacteria so that the white blood cells can't get to them. By comparing your sample to the color chart, you will be able to determine easily your current state of pH balance.At first, you'll want to do this 4-5 times a day (I try to test with each bathroom run) to get a sense of how fast the body is affected after eating and to correct any shifts so you stay as evenly as possible in an alkaline zone. Although we are aiming for an alkaline body, that does not mean that you should eat only alkaline foods. It's all about finding a balance between the two.Some people have difficulties maintaining proper pH just using diet. There is no doubt that that is not part of normal healthy blood, and it's way bigger then what I think could survive in your cardiovascular system without being filtered out by your filter organs.
Include high alkaline foods like lemon, apple, kale, watermelon along with other alkaline fruit and veggies.Another way to attain alkalinity is with the 'biofilm buster'.
That's why I don't think it's a fiber, per se, because it's so big compared to everything else.
From a biology point of view, my best guess is that it would be a contaminent that has nothing to do with you. It will begin fizzing and rising—do not stir, otherwise it will react like warm champagne in a shaken bottle, foaming out of the cup! The red blood cells are fermenting as the yeast eats the cell itself.Above: Neutrophils You go guys!
You can see my live blood microscopy page for some of Rick Panson's (health coach and microbiologist) recommendations as well.What foods can I eat?Keep it simple. The other arrow is free-floating yeast, and you can see there is quite a bit of it in the blood. Many processed foods contain genetically modified (GMO) ingredients and they are not labeled, so you can't know if you're ingesting them.
You'll want to eliminate your exposure to these GMOs as there is enough evidence to show they are bad for one's health. Read Jeffrey Smith's "Seeds of Deception" or watch his documentary "Genetic Roulette – The movie." He is pretty much the go to source for current info on genetic modification which little as it's been tested, is being linked to all kinds of health issues. Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) is the most important and most effective alkalizer your body makes to try and keep alkaline balance.
More on GMOs below.If you have Candida or a fungus problem, you might want to monitor how much, if any, fruit you consume. In a healthy state you can shift the balance to 70% fruit and vegetables to 30% protein.Eat organic if you can.
Many Morgellons sufferers are dealing with oxidative stress and trapped toxins in the body that they can't get rid of. This is not the greatest water filter but what it does is alkaline the water, so instead of drinking water that is pH 5 or 6, one is drinking water with a pH of 8-10 giving the body a running start on staying alkaline.
The benefits of this water are it's antioxidant properties which nullify free radical scavengers, plus the extra oxygen in the water is supposed to give energy and boost alertness and memory.Candida detox Next on the plate is to tackle the candida with capyrilic acid and olive leaf extract (for about 2 months). I'm just going to take the recommended dosages on the bottles adding in one teaspoon of l-glutamine powder per day. While they are good for you if you are not allergic, too much will bring your body into acidity. The glutamine assists in strengthening the gut wall and helps patch any holes left by the yeast (which could lead to leaky gut syndrome and the problems it leads to, such as food allergies and parasites) Respiration "The biggest acid you make everyday is carbonic acid. Every cell in your body is producing carbon dioxide from the bottom of your feet to the top of your head that is also surrounded by water and the carbon dioxide plus water makes carbonic acid, that's a very simple thing to keep in mind. By looking for acid based balance the amount of acid produced per day must be equal to the amount excreted or nutralized per day. Make sure if you are buying pre-packaged organic beef that the label includes grass finished, since the animal may have been grass fed, but fattened before going to market with GMO corn. The thing that is happening is, if your body can't neutralize or eliminate the acid you stay at that level, you can't go beyond that level of health. Additionally, it is anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-parasitic, touching on all things Morgellons sufferers are dealing with. Unlike other oils it tolerates higher heat without causing oxidation and free radicals (which are cancer causing).An added benefit is that coconut oil is converted to energy immediately and is not stored as fat like other oils. You are taking the chest cavity, ribs and the lungs and trying to get them to be fantastic. Coconut oil has no cholesterol and is a great source of medium chain fatty acids which helps lower the risk of atherosclerosis and heart disease and one study found it to help with dementia. Do 10 deep breaths a day 3x's a day (with long exhalation), in one month you are going to have a respiratory function that is 10%-15% better then you have now. It is also a rich in the antioxidant beta-carotene and the essential fatty acid gamma linolenic acid (GLA) that is found mostly in plant-based oils.
Which means 10%-15% more energy and 10-15% less fermentation because fermentation only takes place where there is no oxygen. Omega-6 fatty acids play a crucial role in brain function as well as normal growth and development. It is high in Chlorophyll which is believed to soothe inflammation and normalize digestion of amino acids.It comes in two forms, powdered and pills. It's the greatest tool you have and it's free."Alkalizing with baking soda "The methods of getting rid of acidity from the body are respiration, perspiration, defecation and urination.
Seaweed and KelpKelp is a good source of protein along with potassium, iron, B6 and dietary fiber.
Rick gave me a great little tool (from the vet) that allows me to carry the soda in my back pocket making it more convienient to take.
Mercola pointed out that kelp, like fish, might be carrying heavy metals—a point I hadn't thought of. This is problematic for those of us taking supplements upon rising which are not supposed to be taken with clay. It contains 18 amino acids, 8 essential amino acids, essential fatty acids, and is high in vitamin C and beta-carotene. However, I'm trying to fit it in somewhere along the line.Magnesium oxide also called Oxy-Mag (NOW makes it).
The process of oxygenating the bowel breaks down and eliminates solidified waste lodged in the large and small intestines. In fact, chia seeds have the highest known whole-food source levels of Omega-3 acids, as measured by percent of weight.• ?Rich In Antioxidants. Chia is a great natural source of antioxidants, including chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid, myricetin, quercetin and flavonols.• Full of Important Nutrients.
Beware, if you take it (up to one teaspoon at night in water with the juice of 1-2 lemons), you must leave time the next morning to eliminate fully. Chia is an excellent source of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc and copper. Rick says that eventually this watery stool will cease when the body is cleaned of accumulated waste. I try and do this once a week.Food During our session together I became increasingly confused about food. All those veggies will eventually turn to sugar so they have to be balanced out with oils and proteins. I was told by Nancy that each meal should have a carb, oil and protein and have been following that for some time. Rick has said the same thing and suggested I start the day with a chia smoothie."The perfect breakfast would be 2 tablespoons of chia seeds, ground to be chia meal with 2 tablespoons of chlorophyl, (spirulina, chlorella or grass powders (greener grasses, alkavision greens). Ground flax seeds can be added." "Chlorophyll is very cleansing and is a blood builder and it has a molecular structure that looks almost identical to red blood cells.
When you take the chia seed and the flax seeds which are 28% protein 40-50% omega 3 fatty acids, that's very little carbohydrate there. The greens are 100% carbohydrate and when you mix them together, now you have carbs that burn like paper and you've got fats and oils, with proteins that don't really burn.
The fats and oils are like the charcoal—now you have a sustained burn going on and then you don't ferment the sugars because the coal, the fatty acids, are there.
So that breakfast with the chia seeds or flax seeds, or both, and any of those chlorophyls you are using can be a very beneficial superfood breakfast. They time release and give it back to you so you have have nice long sustained energy with oils, proteins and carbs all day. You'd be surprised, you don't need a lot of food, what you need is the right food."Rick suggested the more chia seeds used, the less hungry one will be. About five percent of this fiber is soluble, which can help reduce cholesterol.• Builds Endurance. Chia builds stamina and endurance because it steadily releases slow-burning glucose into the bloodstream.• ?Gluten-Free. Since essential amino acids are not produced by the body, it's important to get amino acids from nutrient-rich sources like chia seeds. Research suggests leucine may help regulate blood sugar levels and aid in muscle recovery after exercise.• ?Stays Fresh. Chia seeds stay fresh for24-36 months when stored in proper conditions (cool and dry).? Gut Health?From Dr. Moreover, your gut literally serves as your second brain, and even produces more of the neurotransmitter serotonin—known to have a beneficial influence on your mood—than your brain does, so maintaining a healthy gut will benefit your mind as well as your body.Fermented foods are also some of the best chelators and detox agents available, meaning they can help rid your body of a wide variety of toxins, including heavy metals. Caroline recommends beginning with very small servings and working your way up to the quarter- to half cup serving size. The innate intelligence of their bodies tells them to eat more cultured foods because they're in such a state of dysbiosis.
For those that have limited budgets and can't afford high-end probiotics, this is a great way to get beneficial bacteria into your system. To weight it down, I'm using a ball shaped crystal, but a glass paperweight would work too. If using a metal screwtop on the jar, make sure that the liquid covering the vegetables stays 1 inch below the lid, otherwise it might corrode the lid.
Remember, fermenting vegetables give off a gas that needs to escape, so lightly screw on the top which will allow trapped gas to leave.
Mercola suggests opening a probiotic pill into the mixture or using juiced celery instead of salt to ferment. These beneficial bacteria produce helpful enzymes as well as antibiotic and anti carcinogenic substances.
Most of the processed food in supermarkets contains some derivatives of corn or soy—yet another reason to eat unprocessed food. To learn more about genetically modified seed and why it is so bad for you read, Seeds of Deception or Genetic Roulette, by Jeffrey Smith. Occasionally they run it for free on his site so it pays to get on his mailing list and they will notify you. Wahl who was crippled and in a wheelchair from Multiple Sclerosis shares what she learned about diet and how she was able to reverse and heal her illness. If she could accomplish such a spectacular feat as this, what might this diet do for the Morgellons sufferer? 16, 2012 • 2nd Live blood microscopyI saw Rick for a second live blood analysis on November 16, 2012. No ghost cells, no rouleax or sticky blood, the red blood cells are fuller, look stronger and are hydrated.
Candida has been greatly reduced in just 2+ months.?The treatment of olive leaf extract, caprylic acid and l-glutamine powder as per his suggestion for candida is working.
I began addressing it by taking one capsule of both the olive leaf and caprylic acid plus one heaping tsp. After I was sure I had no reactions to this, upped the dosage to 2 caps of each with one tsp. That is not to say that the Morgellons has been effected, we saw two fibers in the dried blood samples. There seemed to me to be more bacteria in the blood and the white blood cells although they are strong and were very active were not plentiful. I attribute the lower level of white blood cell activity to the fact that I was more sedentary these past two months then normally due to a foot problem that kept me off it. Rick suggested that I do lymphatic drainage work using a brush or mitt, followed by getting on a rebounder to jumpstart the lymph moving. He feels that getting the lymphatics going will produce more white blood cells to remove the bacteria from the blood.The chia seeds in the morning are wonderful. Rick suggests way to activate more white blood cell activity by way of the lymphatic system.
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