Acidosis? Examining our Modern Diet

Scallops and waldorf salad
Scallops and Waldorf salad

Recently I have been wondering about how the modern Western diet can be extremely acidic and what implications this has for our bodies?

Our bodies try to maintain a natural acid and alkaline balance. If it doesn’t, our body would not function. This is true, as I once was called on to resuscitate an elderly citizen who had suffered a heart attack, due to prolonged acidosis.

However, our incredibly complex bodies have a variety of back up plans in order to maintain our pH balance.

Lemons, while acidic can be alkalinising once ingested

In the presence of a lot of acidic foods, the body will:

  1. Use up all the available alkaline reserves in the body.
  2. he body will attempt to eliminate excess acids from your blood.
  3. Acid will be stored in your body’s fat cells.  This then has implications for anyone attempting weight loss. Why? Because the body reacts to avoid the influx of acid that might be released during sudden weight loss. An acidic body holds onto excess weight, making dieting extremely difficult. Explains a lot, doesn’t it?
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    Sweet cakes in a Patisserie in Switzerland

    Your body finds an alkalinising agent, such as calcium. It will try to redress the pH imbalance by leaching calcium from your bones, which can be a contributing factor to osteoporosis.

Common symptoms of Acidosis or high levels of Acid*

NB these symptoms can also indicate another medical condition so always see your Doctor or health professional for further investigation

  • fatigue, and chronic fatigue syndrome
  • fatigue or weakness after eating meals
  • frequent colds, low immunity
  • poor circulation (cold hands/feet)
  • low blood pressure
  • burning sensation during urination
  • kidney stones
  • headaches
  • pallor
  • Gastro intestinal issues such as stomach cramps, reflux, diarrhoea, ulcers
  • agitation, nervousness anxiety, depression
  • lack of joy
  • lack of ambition
  • dental problems, bleeding or inflamed gums, cavities,cracked lips, loose teeth,
  • muscle cramps and spasm,
  • tension in neck and shoulders
  • joint pain, (arthritis like)
  • nail and hair problems
  • vaginal discharge (candida)
  • tendency to insomnia, restless sleep
  • tendency to itchy skin, acne
  • tendency to allergies, runny nose, chronic bronchitis
  • Minestrone soup – Tomatoes  and mushrooms are higher in acid compared to other similar foods

How Acidic is your diet? Find more info here

This post is not meant as a health guide, just sharing information, and giving us Something to Ponder About

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What’s for Dinner? – Salmon [Fiesta Friday]

salmon pie

I think it must be a common family scenario, but I’m not sure?

Location: A suburban family kitchen. Time: 5pm, any day of the week. The pantry door swings open and shut several times; a low groan is emitted from a junior family member, quickly followed by a, “There’s nothing to eat,” kind of mantra.  As the cook of the house, my first reaction, to hearing this mantra, is to ignore it and keep working. I find that is best.

But as each family member wanders into the kitchen, clearly starving and desperate for a crumb of sustenance after a long day at work, my resolve wavers.  Collectively, their next move is to inspect the pantry, a second time, with the due diligence of police detectives at a crime scene, and it is then they hit me with the ‘kicker’, that eternal question, the one that makes me inwardly cringe………..

This is me inwardly cringing
This is me inwardly cringing

“What’s for dinner, Mum?”

And it is not only them. So attuned to hearing the ‘What’s for dinner?’ mantra, the canine members of my family become edgy at this hour too, and begin to pace up and down at the kitchen entrance, chiming in, in their own special way, to pressure me for food.

It is at this point, I have to steel myself and feign deafness, [clearly unsuccessfully], as I am always asked a second time, a little more urgently, “Hey, Mum. What’s for dinner?”

“Salmon,” I have to say, on this particular day, albeit through slightly gritted teeth, to which the response is anything from a contorted grimace, (coming from the fish-hating child), to unenthusiastic moans/yawns from the adolescent man-child/children.

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Salmon!

It may be the ‘Steak and three veg’ of the hipster movement,  and it’s almost certainly still a popular dinner for both the weight-conscious and the seafood lovers of the world, but in my family, salmon is, ostensibly, boring and unappetizing, for dinner. [I can’t understand this, myself.] Now, thanks to a dear friend sharing her treasured family recipe with me, I can serve a seriously good Salmon Pie, that effectively nips the ‘What’s for Dinner’ groans, in the bud.

I hope you feel tempted to try it for yourself. It may just be something you ponder about for dinner.

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Salmon Pie

[Salmon is considered by some to one of the world’s healthiest foods, and contains Vitamin B12, D, Niacin, Omega -3 fatty acids, Phosphorus and Vitamin B6]

To make the Pie Crust:

1 and 1/2 cups of Plain All Purpose Flour

1/2 Teaspoon Paprika

1 cup Grated Cheese (I use tasty)

125 g Butter

Method:

Rub butter into flour, until it is well mixed. It should still be crumbly at this point, not mixed up together into a dough*

*[A food processor is the easiest way to do this, especially if the butter has not yet softened].

Press 3/4 of this mix into a greased pie dish with your fingers, to form the base and sides of the pie. Reserve the remaining 1/4 of the mix for the topping.

Pie Filling:

220 grams Salmon (flaked and boned)

I Onion, finely chopped

3 Eggs

375 g Sour Cream

1/2 cup Grated Cheese

2 drops Tabasco Sauce (optional)

Combine all the filling ingredients together in a large bowl and pour on top of the base.

Crumble the remaining 1/4 of  the pie crust mix over the pie filling.

Bake for 40 – 50 minutes at 180° Celsius or until slightly browned.

Allow to cool and serve warm with a Garden/Greek salad or cold.

 

 Linking to FiestaFriday.net

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Everything gives you Cancer?

This information came into my inbox from Marine Essentials Vitamin products. Some of this I was aware of, and some of it, I wasn’t.  There are so many forms of Cancer, and each of it a separate disease in itself, so the best thing we can do is follow a varied diet, with all things in moderation.

I am posting this in the interests of sharing information that is important to others, (which is one of the aims of this blog). I am not in the business of scaremongering, nor selling, merely offering information that gives one more “food” for thought:

Ty Bollinger is considered to be one of the world’s foremost cancer experts

Here is what foods to avoid:

1.    Genetically Modified Foods (GMOs):

This is not a new topic, but it is one that is really important to remember. The rapidly growing industry of genetically modified crops is infiltrating our food supply at an alarming rate. More than 90% of our corn, soy, cotton, and sugar beets are now genetically modified. In a study done by Dr. Pusztai at the Rowett Institute in Scotland, rats were fed GMOs and 100% of the rats showed damaged immune systems, pre-cancerous cell growths, along with smaller brains and livers, in just the first 10 days of the project.

The 2012 Seralini study in France proved that GMOs cause cancer and premature death. Most American consumers believe that the FDA has approved these GMO foods and this is simply not the case. The FDA has NO testing procedures for GMO foods, NONE.  

Look for “NON-GMO Project Verified” label and don’t buy anything that is GMO.

2. Refined sugars and flour:

Cancer cells have a sweet tooth. This is a known fact that has been around for many years. The Nobel laureate in medicine, German Otto Warburg, back in 1931, first discovered that cancer feeds on sugar. Refined sugars not only feed cancer cells, but they also spike insulin levels.

High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is particularly harmful, since cancer cells have been shown to quickly and easily metabolize HFCS in order to proliferate (spread).

The same goes for refined flour. Why? Mills are no longer content with waiting for their flour to whiten with time; mills now bleach flour with a chemical called chlorine gas. Not only that, but white processed flour has a very high glycemic rate which quickly raises the blood sugar level and insulin levels, which can be a direct cause of diabetes, not to mention feeding cancer cells. And since cookies, cakes, pies, sauces, cereals, and many other popular, mostly processed, food items are loaded with HFCS and other refined sugars and refined white flour, this helps explain why cancer rates are on the rise these days.

By avoiding sugar and refined grains such as white flour, you can avoid, or at the very least, starve cancer.

3. “Diet” Anything: Diet foods (frozen foods, prepackaged foods, diet sodas)

Diet foods (frozen foods, prepackaged foods, diet sodas) almost always contain aspartame. A recent scientific review issued by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) of more than 20 separate research studies found that aspartame causes many diseases and sicknesses such as cancers, birth defects, and heart problems. There is mounting evidence that aspartame breaks down in the body into a deadly toxin called DKP. When your stomach processes this chemical, it in turn produces chemicals that can cause cancer, especially brain tumors.

The bottom line is that ALL “diet” food is chemically processed and made from super refined ingredients, excessive sodium levels, as well as artificial colors and flavors to make it taste good. But these additives are actually addicting. They feed that “feel good” part in your brain, similar to cocaine!

Eat nature’s own, natural “diet” food; fruits and vegetables! Organic and NON-GMO, of course!

4. Hydrogenated oils

Let’s start from the point that all hydrogenated oils are vegetable oils. Vegetable oils cannot be extracted naturally like butter is, vegetable oils must be chemically removed from their source, and then they are changed to be more acceptable to consumers. They are frequently deodorized andcolored to look appealing. They are commonly used to preserve processed foods and keep them shelf-stable. But hydrogenated oils alter the structure and flexibility of cell membranes throughout the body, which can lead to a host of debilitating diseases such as cancer.

5. Processed meats

What exactly are processed meats? This is a long list that includes, but is not limited to, sausages, hot dogs, bacon, and most lunch meats. They contain chemical preservatives that make them appear fresh and appealing, but that can also cause cancer.

Both sodium nitrite and sodium nitrate have been linked to significantly increasing the risk of colon and other forms of cancer, so be sure to choose onlyuncured meat products made without nitrates, and preferably from grass-fed sources.

6. Microwave Popcorn

Conventional microwave popcorn bags are lined with a chemical called perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). This is a toxin you can find in Teflon also. According to a recent study at the University of California, PFOA is linked to infertility in women. Numerous studies in lab animals and humans show that exposure to PFOA significantly increases the risk of kidney, bladder, liver, pancreas and testicular cancers.  

Despite popular opinion, popcorn is not GMO, so it’s safe to eat as long as it’s not microwaved.

7. Grilled Meats & Farmed Fish

Yes… grilling meat tastes delicious. But scientists have discovered that grilling meat (especially processed meats like hot dogs) releases a carcinogen called heterocyclic aromatic amines. Be sure to be even more careful when grilling meat to the point of well done, as it changes the chemical and molecular structure of the meat itself. Commercial fish farming involves raising an incredible number of fish in a crowded environment. Salmon is a commonly raised farm fish, and 60% of the salmon consumed come from a farming operation where they are treated with antibiotics, pesticides, and other carcinogenic chemicals. These fish are fed unnatural diets and are contaminated with chemicals, antibiotics, pesticides, and other known carcinogens.  Also, due to their diet, they have less of the healthy omega-3 that we think we are getting when we consume fish. Studies have also shown that farmed salmon contain high levels of PCB’s, mercury, and cancer causing dioxins.

[Source Marine Essential Newsletter March 2015]

Your diet and nutrition is something very serious that requires pondering about.

Calcium intake and your child

It is important to maintain good nutrition for adequate growth and development according to Dr Peter Rhodes, Nutritionalist.To achieve this the child’s intake needs to be high in calories, protein, vitamins, and minerals he said.

Calcium in particular has been shown to be important in the development of strong bones and teeth. We all know that I guess. But low levels of calcium during the younger half of life, and continued through adolescence may contribute to the development of osteoporosis in later years ( significant for females). Calcium is also important for other bodily functions according to http://www.fatfreekitchen.com/nutrition/calcium.html

Calcium Use

Vitamin D helps to absorb and properly consume calcium.

How much Calcium do children need?

Calcium Consumption recommendations for Australian children:

1- 7 years and boys 8 – 11 years at 800 mg per day

Boys  12-15 years    – 1200 mg
16 – 18 years  – 1000 mg

Girls  8 – 11 years     –   900 mg

12- 15 years     – 1000mg

16 -18 years      – 800 mg

Adult women  700 – 1200 mg
Adult men       300-  500 mg

Previous Australian surveys have insisted that the average children’s intake is much lower than this. Many years ago children were given free milk to drink at morning tea. Whilst this was good for most, it made others more sensitive to this, feel quite sick..

We can not store calcium in later life, we have to continually replenish it. The best time for calcium intake is youth…..

Sources of Calcium
The most common source of Calcium comes from dairy foods, particularly  milk cheese and yoghurt.

Milk and yoghurt contain significant levels of lactose which tends to enhance calcium absorption. Most cheese also supply significant calcium although they do lack lactose.
the fat content of milk does not affect the level of Calcium.
See Calcium rich foods below:

Does Soy milk a substitute as a calcium source?

It is also worth remembering that not all soy  milk contains calcium. Always check the label for added calcium. Calcium in soy milk is added inorganic calcium.Generally it will have poorer absorption qualities. This is not to scare consumers away from these products, but make them aware that the Calcium is not the same as that found in cows milk.


How can I determine how much calcium a child is getting?

Construct a food diary for a week containing all the foods consumed and present this to your local dietician who will be able to do a complete analysis of the chlid’s diet.

Calcium is a mineral that can be easily neglected…. Toddlers generally should consume aobut 3 serves of dairy foods per day to reach the daily recommendations for calcium consumption.

1 serve = 200 ml milk or 1 cup yoghurt or 35 g cheese

http://www.healthyeatingclub.org/info/books-phds/books/foodfacts/html/data/data5c.html
has this info:

During periods of growth the demand for calcium is greater than usual, although some calcium is incorporated into bone at certain other stages of life. Thus children, adolescents and pregnant and lactating women need additional calcium. Adults continually need to replace calcium that is lost from the body in urine and faeces and to a lesser extent in sweat.

CALCIUM RICH FOODS

Dairy foods are very high in calcium, see the values given in the following table.

Food Calcium
mg
Calcium in Dairy Products
Skim Milk 1 cup 301
Whole Milk 1 cup 290
Plain Low fat Yogurt 1 cup 415
Cow Milk Cottage Cheese (Paneer) 1 cup 208
Baffalo Milk Cottage Cheese (Paneer) 1 cup 480
Feta cheese 40 g 144
Whipped Cream, 15 g 13
Calcium in Beans & Grains
White beans 3/4 cup 120
Navy beans 3/4 cup 94
Black Turtle beans 3/4 cup 75
Chickpeas (Chhole) 3/4 cup 58
Tofu 150g 350
Soy bean curd slab 150g 310
Cooked Soy bean 1 cup 130
Instant oats, 1 pkt 165
Calcium in Nuts
Almonds roasted 1/4 cup 93
Brazil Nuts 20 g 34
Hazlenuts 20 g 28
Walnuts 20 g 19
Almonds butter 2 Tbsp 88
Sesame seeds 12 g 80
Rice, plain, boiled 180 g 32
Calcium in Vegetables & Fruits
Cabbage/bok choy 1/2 cup 190
Turnip greens 1/2 cup 104
Broccoli 1/2 cup 33
Okra 1/2 cup 65
Orange 1/2 cup 52
Orange juice fortified with calcium 1/2 cup 165
Calcium in Fish
Sardines in oil, tinned, 100 g 500
Salmon, tinned, 100 g 91
Fish paste, 35 g 98
Calcium in Breads, Pizza
White bread, 1 slice 30 g 53
Wholemeal bread, 1 slice 30 g 32
Muesli, Swiss style, 50 g 55
Lasagne, 400 g 400
Pizza, cheese & tomato, 410 g 873
Pasta, plain, cooked, 230 g 85

From the above list you can chose foods high in Calcium.
Following is a list of foods that give you more than 300 mg of calcium per 100 gm of that food.

  1. Milk and milk products
  2. Cereals and Grains
  3. Vegetables: Green leafy vegetables are an excellent source of calcium. Beetroot greens, Drumstick leaves, Fenugreek leaves, Turnip greens, Lotus stems, Curry leaves
  4. Spices:Cumin, Coriander, Cloves, Asafoetida (Hing), Oregano (Ajwain), Mustard seeds
  5. Fish

Well I think I will go and have a drink of milk… skim milk of course, in up my daily intake. As someone who has always had a protein intolerance to dairy products, I am at risk for developing the aforementioned diseases, particularly osteoporosis… so I continue weight bearing exercise as an adjunct to calcium supplements.
The daily requirements are something for me to ponder about, particularly at mealtimes….