Acidic body and digestion

More Light, Healthy Recipes for Summer!

Rose Petal Fruit Salad- Edible flowers are light, healthy and delicious

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1½ cup blueberries, rinsed 3½ cups nectarines, sliced ½ cup rose petals ¼ cup violets or nasturtiums 2 tbsp. raspberry vinegar 1½ tsp. rose flower water 2 pinches fructose

Arrange the blueberries and nectarines on a platter. Sprinkle fruit with the rose petals and violets. In a small bowl, mix the raspberry vinegar, rose flower water and fructose. Pour over fruit. Serve immediately. Makes 6 servings.

Sushi Salad- A friendly addition to modified macrobiotic diet

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1 cup short-grain sushi rice 1 cup mixed brown and wild rice 4 cups cold water 2 cups broccoli, diced 1 red bell pepper, diced 2 carrots, diced 1 rib celery, diced 4 scallions, thinly sliced 2 tbsp. pickled ginger, minced ½ cup almonds, slivered 2 sheets toasted nori, sliced into small squares ½ cup brown rice vinegar 2 tbsp. soy sauce 2 tsp. wasabi paste

In a saucepan with a tight-fitting lid, combine the sushi rice, mixed brown and wild rice, and 4 cups of cold water. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to low, stir, then cover and cook for 15 minutes, lifting the lid to stir only once. Remove pan from heat, stir, cover again, and set aside for 20 minutes. Brown and wild rices should be chewy in texture. Cool in a large bowl.

In a soup pot, blanch the broccoli, red bell pepper and carrots in boiling water for 1 minute. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop cooking; set aside. When rice is cool, toss with blanched vegetables, celery, scallions, ginger, almonds, and toasted nori. Make the dressing: whisk together the brown rice vinegar, soy sauce, and wasabi paste to make a dressing. Toss with salad and serve. Makes 6 servings.

Enzyme Booster Green Soup- Chlorophyll and Enzyme Healing

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1 tbsp. olive oil 2 garlic cloves, minced ¼ cup leeks, minced ½ cup green onions, minced 2 tbsp. shallots, minced ¼ cup celery, minced 1 tbsp. wheat germ 1 cup leafy greens (spinach, chard, endive, romaine, etc.), finely chopped ¼ cup fresh parsley, minced ¼ cup watercress, minced 4 cups miso soup 1 tbsp. lemon juice ½ tsp. herb salt ¼ tsp. white pepper daikon white radish, thinly sliced

In a skillet, sauté the garlic, leeks, green onions, shallots, and celery in 2 tbsp. of olive oil. Sprinkle with the wheat germ and toss to coat. Remove from heat and toss in: the leafy greens, fresh parsley, and watercress. In a soup pot, heat the miso soup briefly. Add the sautéed vegetables, lemon juice, herb salt, and white pepper. Heat just through; top with the daikon white radish. Makes 6 servings.

Chlorophyll- A Key to Healing

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Green foods are power plants for people. Our body chemistry comes from plant nutrients because plant chlorophyll (one of the most powerful nutrients on Earth) transmits the energies of the sun and the soil to our bodies.  The sun is the energy source of the Earth—plants constitute the most direct method of conserving the energy we get from the sun. Fruits, vegetables, grains and grasses reach out to us on branches and stems, making themselves beautiful and nourishing to attract us. Chlorophyll offers amazing healing benefits for humans. The most therapeutic ingredient in green foods is chlorophyll, the basic component of the “blood” of plants. Chlorophyll is the pigment that plants use to carry out photosynthesis - absorbing the light energy from the sun, and converting it into plant energy.  This energy is transferred into our cells and blood when we consume fresh greens. Chlorophyll is in all green plants, but is particularly rich in green and blue-green algae, wheat grass, parsley, and alfalfa.

Our blood has a unique affinity to chlorophyll. The chlorophyll molecule is remarkably similar to human hemoglobin in composition, except that it carries magnesium in its center instead of iron. Eating chlorophyll-rich foods helps our bodies build oxygen-carrying red blood cells. In my opinion, eating green foods is almost like giving yourself a little transfusion to help treat illness and enhance immunity.

Chlorophyll is a better tonic than Geritol for tired blood. It calms the nerves, so it’s helpful for insomnia, exhaustion and nervous irritability. It’s beneficial for skin disorders used topically and internally, helps you cope with deep infections, and dental problems like pyorrhea. Its anti-bacterial qualities are a proven remedy for colds, ear infections, skin ulcers and chest inflammation.  Chlorophyll is a key heart remedy, improving the overall condition of the heart and lowering blood pressure. It is a mild diuretic and stimulates peristalsis to relieve constipation.

Chlorophyll detoxifies your liver. It’s a potent antioxidant. It helps neutralize and remove drug deposits, and purifies the blood. Even the medical community sees chlorophyll as a means of removing heavy metal buildup, because it can bind with heavy metals to help remove them. A new U.S. Army study reveals that a chlorophyll-rich diet doubles the lifespan of animals exposed to radiation. Since the days of Agent Orange and Gulf War Syndrome, chlorophyll is considered a form of protection against some chemical warfare weapons and some natural poisons. Research shows supplementation with chlorophyllins (100 milligrams, 3 times daily) can reduce DNA damage caused by poisonous mushrooms by as much as 55%. (The amount used equals about ½ cup chopped raw spinach.)

Chlorophyll is rich in vitamin K, necessary for blood clotting. Naturopathic physicians use chlorophyll for women with heavy menstrual bleeding and anemia. Vitamin K helps form a compound in urine that inhibits growth of calcium oxalate crystals, so chlorophyll helps with kidney stones. Vitamin K also enhances adrenal activity, so chlorophyll-rich foods help maintain steroid balance for a more youthful body.

Chlorophyll improves digestion, reduces chronic bad breath and body odor… even in pets! It is used in natural air deodorizers. You can add chlorophyll to your detox juices during a cleanse to help keep blood sugar levels stable. Liquid chlorophyll is a good choice for people who want the ultimate benefits. Chlorophyll liquids and green superfood drinks from the health food store work well. Incorporate your choice of chlorophyll foods and supplements in your healing program.

To Life-long health,

Linda Page

The Blood Type Diet: Is It Right for You?

Followers often say it is the only thing that worked for them, but is there any real evidence that the Blood Type diet is any better than other fad diets out there?

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Here is the theory: each blood type has a different set of characteristics. Different foods, even different exercise regimens are appropriate based on your blood type. Even your personality is thought to be affected by blood type.

According to Peter D’Adamo, the author of Eat Right For Your Type, lectins in foods react differently to each blood type. Your specific blood type antigens may be incompatible with certain foods. His theory is based largely on the evolutionary theory of blood types by William Boyd, an immuno-chemist and anthropologist.

D’Adamo believes blood type O is the earliest blood group originating 30,000 years ago. He suggests type O’s are “the hunter” and do well on a high protein diet with more meat. They are prone to thyroid issues, benefit from adding bladderwrack (an easily gathered shoreline seaweed) in the diet, and supplementing with DGL (deglycyrrhizinated licorice) to counteract excess body acid production. According to the diet, “hunters” should avoid wheat, dairy, caffeine and alcohol.

Blood type A is considered “the cultivator” dating back 20,000 years ago. D’Adamo recommends a plant based diet with whole grains and vegetables comprising the majority of the diet. They do best with organic foods, a low stress lifestyle, plenty of rest and moderate exercise like tai chi.  It is suggested they avoid excess protein from meat and fat in the diet, and limit sugar, caffeine and alcohol. Note: the coauthor for this book followed the blood type diet for A’s and found it helpful.  For people who want to try it, transition into your correct blood type diet slowly over a period of weeks so as to not shock your system.

Blood type B is thought to be “the nomadic” blood type arriving 10,000 years ago with a more flexible digestive system and better immune system. They adapt well to different environments and altitude changes. They perform best with mentally challenging exercise like martial arts, hiking or golf. According to this diet, type B’s should avoid chicken because it contains an aggravating lectin that could lead to higher risk for stroke and autoimmune disease. Further, B’s are the only type that does well with dairy products.

Blood type AB, found in less than 5% of the population, is the most recently evolved type, arriving less than 1,000 years ago. It is the only blood type created by the intermingling of different blood types rather than by the environment. Type AB’s do well with a diet comprising the best elements of both diets for A and B. They should avoid smoked or cured meats, caffeine, alcohol and high stress. Instead, they should focus on fermented soy foods, seafood, and green vegetables.

What Do The Experts Say?

There is little scientific evidence that any of the Eat Right For Your Type dietary recommendations work for disease prevention. In fact, some studies suggest that lectins, which are specific for a particular ABO blood type aren’t even found in foods, other than a few exceptions like lima beans. Lectins which react differently to blood types are found more often in non-food plants or animals. Still, D’Adamo suggests that his diet is more about the foods you do eat versus what you avoid.

There are a few disease risks linked to blood type. Gastritis is somewhat more prevalent in type A’s and O’s (which incidentally make up about 80% of the world’s population). Anemia and diabetes are more prevalent in type A’s or B’s. A 2009 study suggests pancreatic cancer may be more common in type A and B’s. Research shows disease-carrying insects seem to prefer Type O blood.

I believe in a plant based diet for everyone, not just type A’s for overall health. See the diets on this website and in my book Diets for Healthy Healing.

What Do The Followers Say?

The Blood Type diet has a strong community of support. An internet survey with over 6500 respondents (conducted by D’Adamo’s website) reports that people following the Blood Type Diet for a month or more in a variety of health concerns, had improvement in 71-78% of cases. Most commonly, respondents reported weight loss. Note: Since each blood type diet eliminates specific problem groups of foods, like grains, dairy, meat and fish, the weight loss result is not surprising.

D’Adamo’s newest work is titled The Genotype Diet and expands upon his blood type diet theory to include more information on identifying your personal genotype and how it reacts with your environment to either create health or disease.

Learn a lot more about the blood type diet on www.4yourtype.com.

Enzyme therapy

Enzymes are the catalysts for every body process. No vitamins, minerals or our hormones can work without the right enzymes. Each of us is born with a battery charge of enzymes at birth that keep our bodies working well and help us avoid disease. But as we age our internal enzyme stores are naturally depleted; a 60-year-old has 50% fewer enzymes than a 30-year-old. Yet, age itself is not the enemy of health... disease is. Eating enzyme-rich foods becomes critical as we age, to keep our immune systems strong and our bodies disease free.

Where Have All the Enzymes Gone?

Most of us are enzyme deficient today. Our processed food diet means we’re getting few enzymes from foods. Enzymes are highly sensitive to heat, too. Heat above 120 F. destroys them- a reason why microwaving food can have disastrous effects on your health.  Chemical additives, tobacco smoke, chlorine in drinking water, fluorides and air pollution also sap body enzymes. Many prescription drugs, caffeine and alcohol deplete enzymes. The result: An inadequate enzyme supply that burdens both digestion and metabolism, and may even lead to fatigue, weight gain, skin disorders, degenerative disease and accelerated aging.

Add More Enzymes To Your Diet

Fresh foods contain the highest amount of enzymes to work with yours. Some enzyme enthusiasts say a raw foods diet is the only way to reap the benefits of enzyme therapy. I find lightly cooked foods along with enzyme booster foods works better for most people....especially for people with serious diseases like cancer or AIDS whose digestive systems may not be able to tolerate a completely raw foods diet. Some nutrients like lycopene (a carotenoid in tomatoes) are actually better used by the body when they’re slightly cooked.

High enzyme foods to include in your healing diet: fresh fruit and vegetable juices; fermented foods like miso, yogurt, kefir and raw cultured vegetables; sprouted seeds; cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, and cauliflower (boosts production of phase two enzymes which remove carcinogens from cells); pineapple, papaya, bananas and mangos; superfoods like barley grass, alfalfa and chlorella. Some experts say green barley extract contains all the enzymes necessary for life... even contains the enzyme superoxide dismutase, which prevents free radical damage. To learn more about the healing power of enzymes, consult The Complete Book of Enzyme Therapy, written by my esteemed colleague, Anthony J. Cichoke M.A., D.C., D.A.C.B.N.

To Life-long health,

Linda Page

Using Detoxification Therapies to Relieve GERD

GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) is the major cause of today’s heartburn epidemic. GERD results from stomach acid leaking back into the esophagus and coming up (refluxing) into the throat. GERD also occurs in severe cases of osteoporosis, when the rib cage and upper body collapse to the point where normal food transit is impeded. (My own mother suffered from this; it was extremely painful.) People who suffer from acid reflux are far more likely to develop cancer of the esophagus, now the fastest growing type of cancer in the western world. What puts you at risk for GERD or chronic heartburn? Overeating, enzyme deficiency, too much fast foods and fried foods (all acid-forming), prescription drug side effects, having a hiatal hernia or severe osteoporosis can all lead to GERD.

Signs you may have GERD:

– Chronic heartburn, chest pains and bloating after eating

– Belching, hiccups and regurgitation after eating

– Difficulty swallowing and a full feeling at the base of the throat

– Chronic hoarseness

Detox diet for chronic heartburn or GERD:

Healthy detoxification therapies ease chronic heartburn or GERD, naturally. A healthy detox diet eliminates acid-forming foods and alkalizes the system for fast heartburn relief. You can boost your benefits by continuing with fresh juices, enzyme rich foods and whole herbs long after your cleanse is over.

Start with this sample cleansing diet:

Cleanse the digestive system and establish good enzymes. Follow a detox mono diet of just apples and apple juice for 2 days. For the next 4 days, consume 70 % fresh foods diet (fresh fruits and vegetables, mixed green salads) and brown rice for extra B vitamins.

Continue your cleanse benefits with a largely vegetarian diet. Drink healthy juices for stomach acid balance at least once daily. Choose from: barley grass or spirulina green drinks for chlorophyll; carrot/cabbage juice, a stomach healer; pineapple-papaya juice for extra enzymes; or aloe vera juice, an esophageal soother before meals.

Add cultured foods like yogurt, kefir and miso soup to the ongoing diet for balancing friendly flora. Add lightly steamed vegetables, and enzyme-rich foods like papaya and pineapple.  Other alkaline-forming foods to include regularly: mineral water, seaweeds, herb teas, brown rice, honey, and most fruits. (Note: Melons often aggravate reflux.)

For long term GERD prevention, eliminate fried food and spicy foods—they slow the rate at which your stomach empties, allowing food to travel back to the esophagus. Avoid refined carbohydrates and sugary foods—they boost gastric acidity.

Further, skip red meats, high fat dairy foods, sodas, hard alcohol and caffeine (especially coffee). Switch to herbal teas, like a green and white tea blend with ginger for better digestion.

Quick Tips:

•If 1 tsp. cider vinegar in water relieves your heartburn, you may need more stomach acid.

•If you have flatulence, a catnip or slippery elm enema often provides immediate relief.

• Good digestive teas to include: peppermint, spearmint, ginger, dill, and caraway ease digestion. Try wild yam tea, especially if you have eaten too much refined sugar.

• Try to eat when relaxed. Eat smaller meals. Chew food very well. Don’t take liquids with meals. Don’t lie down after eating. It definitely aggravates reflux problems.

• Consider herbs for GERD relief and healing. Herbs are especially helpful after heavy meals, and for an overeater’s weight control program.

You don’t have to suffer needlessly from chronic heartburn or GERD. Natural therapies are an excellent option, alkalizing the system, soothing discomfort and helping to support tissues.  Most people feel better right away!

To Life-long health,

Linda Page

Linda Page Ph.D., Traditional Naturopath is the author of the bestselling book, Healthy Healing- A Guide to Self-Healing for Everyone. Her newest ebook release is Healthy Healing’s Detoxification- Programs to Cleanse, Purify and Renew.

References

Roth, J.Scott, M.D. “Hidden Hernia. Bottom Line Health, April 2008

“A Healthy Diet Saves Your Throat,” Alternatives, March 2008 (Am J Epidemiol 08;Jan 23 E-pub ahead of print)

Dowdle, Hillari, “Fire Fighters,” Natural Health, Nov. 2006

Faloon, William, “The Hidden Cancer Epidemic,” Life Extension, Feb. 2003

5 Easy Steps To Less Indigestion, Heartburn And Gas

5 Secrets to Better Digestion 1. Take ENZYMES. We are born with a limited supply of enzymes which become depleted with age. But enzymes can be easily brought into your body through fresh foods. If all your food is cooked, microwaved, or processed above 118º Fahrenheit, all of its enzymes are destroyed. Enzymes are especially critical for digestion. If the foods you eat do not contain enough enzymes for digestion, the body has to pull from its reserves in your liver or pancreas, weakening enzyme dependent processes in these areas like detoxification or hormone secretion.

When you lack enzymes for digestion, bacteria feed off the undigested food in the GI tract, producing symptoms like gas, bloating, heartburn and constipation. I have worked with thousands of people over the years with digestive problems. In every case, when an otherwise healthy person added more plant enzymes to their diet (either through fresh foods or enzyme supplements), digestive problems were drastically reduced. People carrying extra weight from body congestion often drop 10 lbs. Enzymes even overcome food allergies.

Supplementing with amylase, the plant enzyme which digests starches, renders gluten-rich grains like wheat and rye harmless to people with gluten enteropathy, a severe intestinal malabsorption syndrome caused by a gluten allergy to gluten-rich grains. Enzyme-rich foods smooth out both digestion and elimination. Have a green salad every day! Consider supplemental enzymes, too. A broad spectrum digestive enzyme is an excellent choice for digestive problems. To support immune response, Dr. Enzyme with Protease and Bromelain is highly recommended.

2. Take PROBIOTICS. Literally meaning “for life”, probiotics are “friendly bacteria,” like Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacteria bifidum, that inhabit your digestive tract and maintain the inner ecology critical to digestion and health. They keep out pathogens like viruses, yeast and harmful microorganisms by competing with them for space in the gastrointestinal tract. Research from the University of Delaware finds that bifidobacteria actually have the ability to remove cancer cells or the enzymes which lead to their formation! Probiotics are a powerful preventive against digestive problems like diarrhea, constipation and even more serious problems like inflammatory bowel disease, even colon cancer.

Chemicals in your food or environment (like chlorine in drinking water), fast food, a stressful lifestyle, excessive alcohol consumption, cigarette smoking and certain prescription drugs all deplete your body’s supply of probiotics.  Antibiotics, by far, are the biggest offender in probiotic depletion. (In France, Japan and India, doctors routinely recommend acidophilus when they prescribe antibiotics.)

Probiotics are constantly at work to keep you healthy and energized and your digestion smooth. I recommend eating more cultured foods rich in these organisms, like yogurt, kefir or raw sauerkraut. High quality probiotic supplements are widely available for optimum digestion.

3. Practice good FOOD COMBINING. Sometimes, it’s not what you eat that’s making you sick, it’s how you combine the foods you eat. Proper food combining can still make all the difference for your digestion. Different foods need different enzymes to digest well. Your intelligent body activates the proper enzyme when the food reaches your mouth. Eating foods that are not compatible can cause fermentation in the stomach, leading to gas, constipation or diarrhea- clear signs that food is not being assimilated well.

Most experts think human enzyme assimilation was developed very early, when our species ate almost all fresh or dried foods. Foods we might have eaten together were naturally compatible because of harvest times and seasons. We traditionally ate certain foods at the same time, and we developed the capacity to digest them at the same time. Today we can eat any type of food we want when our taste-buds want it…… and that gets us into trouble. Enzymes which digest one type of food but are incompatible with another type in the same meal are either blocked or get confused, and we get the non-compatible food signs of gas and bloating.

Our digestive systems have adapted somewhat over the millenia.  Unless your digestion is seriously compromised, you may not need to follow all the food combining rules all the time. Sometimes we let these things control our lives and lose the pleasure of eating. For myself, I try to follow just two principles: I eat fruits alone and on an empty stomach in the morning. I don’t eat fruits and vegetables together. To learn more, please refer to a good “Correct Food Combining Chart” available online or in health food stores.

4. Eat more FIBER. By now, most of you know that fiber is good for you. Boosting fiber intake from grains like oats can lower harmful LDL cholesterol levels linked to heart disease. It speeds weight loss by suppressing the appetite and reducing colon congestion. It also improves glucose tolerance for people with diabetes and provides protection against breast and colon cancer development. And, of course, fiber is vital for your digestion. Fiber keeps the entire digestive system running smoothly by decreasing the transit time of food in the intestines. (Food is more likely to ferment and putrefy, causing indigestion the longer it remains in your gut!)  Fiber is a system regulator, not a laxative. It relieves both constipation and diarrhea by increasing the weight and frequency of stools. Increasing fiber intake is a primary treatment for even serious digestive problems like diverticulitis and Irritable Bowel Syndrome.

But, most people don’t get enough fiber from their diets. In fact, today’s statistics tell us that most Americans need to double their fiber intake to get the 30 to 35 grams a day recommended by health professionals. Six half-cup servings of whole grains, cereal or legumes and 4 servings of fresh fruits and vegetables each day can give you the fiber you need to stay regular and healthy. Fiber supplements are also a good choice as an addition to a balanced diet.

5. Eat more ALKALINE FOODS. The typical American diet relies on too many acid-forming foods. The body, by design, is slightly alkaline, with a pH of 7.4. When the body becomes too acidic, it pulls alkaline minerals like sodium, calcium, potassium and magnesium from its reserves to restore an alkaline state. Over the long-term, this becomes dangerous. Mineral are the building blocks of life. Even small deficiencies are linked to depression, osteoporosis and premature aging.

An acidic body condition is the primary cause of GERD (Gastro-Esophageal Reflux Disorder) the most common cause of heartburn for 40 million Americans. GERD is also implicated in chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, cancer, allergies and fungal infections. Bringing more alkaline foods into your diet not only eases your indigestion and heartburn, it may prevent the onset of serious disease later!

• ACID-FORMING FOODS to limit: refined sugar, white flour, alcohol, soft drinks, coffee and caffeine containing foods, red meat, and fried, fatty foods. • ALKALINE FORMING FOODS to increase: mineral water, land/sea vegetables, sea salt, herbal teas, miso, brown rice, honey, fruits and fruit juices.

To Life-long health,

Linda Page