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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Invisible Murder – Book Review

Vejen, Denmark

With the topic of refugees and terrorism very much in the news, this novel by Lene Kaaberbøl and Agnete Friis, is written for our time and makes for illuminating reading.

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Two impoverished Roma boys are scavenging for something to sell in the ruins of an abandoned Soviet military hospital. Purportedly to improve the lives of themselves and their poverty-stricken families in a rural village of Hungary, one of the boys embarks on a radical plan. Far away in middle class Denmark, Red cross nurse, Nina Borg inadvertently risks her own life and those of her family, to assist a group of Hungarian refugees but little does she know her actions will have disastrous ramifications.

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Source: Economist.com
“Jobbik. It had to be Jobbik, taking to the streets to protest the Jews, Communists and Romas from ‘ruining out nation.’ Lusja straightened herself up pursing her lips as though she had found something disgusting on her shoe. ‘God spare us from any more racist, goose stepping idiots.’ The driver turned in his seat. ‘Jobbik aren’t racists,’ he said. ‘They’re just for Hungary.’ Lusja straightened up in her seat and stared daggers at the driver, 128 pounds of indignant humanism versus 260 pounds of overweight-but-muscular nationalism. ‘And what kind of Hungary would that be?’ she asked. ‘A Hungary clinically scrubbed of all diversity? A Hungary where you can be arrested just because you skin is a different colour? A Hungary where it’s totally okay for Romas to have a life expectancy that’s fifteen years shorter than the rest of the population?’
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Source: Hungarianfreepress.com

A novel that is carefully crafted and well-balanced, allowing you to understand both sides, their personal  motives and furthermore, to feel empathy for the characters woven into the story line: The studious brother who in one brief moment is denied a legal career and betterment for himself, and his family, only because of a racially slanted agenda, his quest to save his wayward orphan brother who, by way of contrast, chooses an extremist, crash-through course of action, and the consequences for each; the innocent bystanders; the well-meaning humanitarians in Denmark, the terrorist thugs and ordinary residents of homogeneous, suburbia integrating with ‘foreigners’.

Are they all helping or hindering the cause? What toll does it take, personally, on those who help the less fortunate, the traumatized, the dangerous, and those on the fringes of society?

In the face of a changing Europe, this Scandinavian novel illuminates some salient points to ponder about inter-related events that shape our modern lives.

Rating 8/10

Other Novels by these bestselling authors: The Boy in the Suitcase

 

WPress Challenge – Guernica by Andrea Heiberg

fence in norway

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We are hell bent on building walls……

IMG_20150502_144307Walls that take us on a desolate and dying path to nowhere…..

In an increasingly unpredictable and uncertain world, Andrea has so succinctly written how many feel in their hearts.
Inspiration for Daily Post.

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Something to Ponder About

 

I am not a silent poet

A foreigner said to me
Fish or cat?
Mouse?

Who am I to tell him
we are watching Picasso and
man is no fish
neither are we cats
mice perhaps.

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Living in the Seventies – a visual chronicle of youth

I came across the following link to a visual list of images this morning, posted by a friend I grew up with and it sums up, incredibly well, life growing up in Australia in the Seventies. Some of it may seem totally alien, but surprisingly, almost all of the images are common to middle class kids, living in medium to large Australian cities, in the seventies.IMG_0220

You Know You’re a Child of the 1970s if ….

 

It is interesting that we all have this shared commonality, yet can be so individually different.

A chronicle of youth in images….Image0252-2

 

Something to Ponder About

No Phone, No Power, No Internet, No life?

The fuse blew on my power connection today, and in my explanation to my teen as to what was happening, I told her how electricity was not available until the 1930- 40’s… until the introduction of the ‘electric light‘ as her grandma, (who remembers its introduction), calls it.

So Miss Teen says, with a somewhat pained, incredulous look on her face, “So you grew up without electricity!!” And I responded: “No. I was born after the war, dear!!! How old do you think I really am?

So it begged the question: Are we too reliant on energy and the web? Can we survive as they did, years ago, without being connected to the grid, or the internet? Ten years ago, such a question would have been superfluous, but now I am not so sure. My sons certainly act as if their jugular veins have been severed if the internet connection drops out for more than a minute or two!! So, we might consider for a moment,  how really powerless and vulnerable the world is without internet or electricity?

How did we manage all those years ago, my daughter asks, without even a mobile phone to aid our social arrangements?!!!

So I think and tell her that if we went to meet someone and no one turned up, we would:

–          Wait..

–          Give up and go home..

–          Wander off nearby feeling disappointed and confused and come back to check a short while later….

–          Find a pay phone and call them if I knew their number or if the phone book was in-situ. And how long has it been since I saw a phone book in a pay phone box? (Now I feel old)

–          Go to their house and demand an explanation!! (not really)

So we learned to cope, in a fashion, so why do I now find it so hard to go for days without internet access or a a few hours without the “Electric light” ( read: power)

Trying to deny my dependence on modern technology, I say, “Pull yourself together, folks coped years ago, why can’t the modern generation?

So, feeling determined to reject the confining chains of contemporary society, I go headlong into denial mode:

I tell myself, “It is okay, I CAN cope.” Instead of searching the net for that phone number I need, I will just look it up in the phone book …..oh! no! I can’t – the hard copy of our phone book is not only out of date, it is buried in the darkest recesses of the junk cupboard, never to seen alive and kicking again….

Alright, I think, so instead, I will do some travel planning… Nope: I can’t… need to look up ‘Trip advisor’ on the net and find some accommodation venues…

Okay, so I’ll go and research some family history, but I can’t do that either, as I need the net to look up census information and names, in order to cross -check details and dates.

Grr… Forget the net –  I will do some baking. Make a nice meal/dessert… nope…the Oven won’t work without power…..

Make a cup tea? – Nope!

Watch TV? -. Nope!

Read a book? -YES!- unless, of course, it is night-time… after all, who can read by candle light once you past the age of 40?

Do some sewing/embroidery craft hobbies/ paint/fix something/gardening… still need light so … Nope!

Talk to a neighbour…. knock on the door to find she has gone out somewhere or is asleep…..

Only one thing left for my other half and me to do……….

 

NO wonder they had so many children years ago!!!!

 

Our reliance on energy and connectivity… Something to ponder about.