Blackbelt Gazette: Maintaining A Neutral pH Is Essential To Good Health

I’ve recently read Dr. Robert Young’s book, The pH Miracle: Balance Your Diet, Reclaim Your Health. I valued many points, but what really hit home was the possibility of eating a “healthy’ diet and not feeling healthy. Also, could healthy foods expedite aging and cause diseases? Transitioning from ice cream to yogurt or from Big Mac’s to Boca burgers undoubtedly has its benefits. However, sometimes we find ourselves feeling better but not our best or plateau when attempting to reach our weight loss goals. The pH Miracle addresses all such issues and more.
The contents of the book address how our diet affects the body and organs along with the pH balance of the blood; proper digestion through food combination; hydration with water and juice and green drinks; the importance of cleansing, outstanding recipes, and so much more.
Dr. Young stresses the importance of maintaining a neutral pH or “potential hydrogen” balance. He recommends this and believes this balance can aid in the prevention of overly acidic blood and organs; boosts energy; shed pounds; alleviate pains; and support digestion.
Acidosis is not a commonly used diagnosis, but over acidity of the body is linked to and the cause of acute ailments (candida and yeast infections, renal acidosis and kidney failure, calcium deficiency and osteoporosis).
There are supplements available to promote a neutral pH balance which is equal to or higher than 7 on the pH chart. Yet, a diet high in foods that neutralize the body are the best source. Acidifying or acid-yielding, foods fall below 7 on the pH chart. Alkaline-yielding foods are higher than 7. Keep in mind that water has a pH of 7 and the body is 70% water. So, drinking an adequate amount of water (H2O) is an essential part of neutralizing the body’s pH .
Some healthy foods like whole grains, legumes, meats, dairy products, eggs, and seafood, are acid forming more or less. Alkaline foods are green foods but all fresh fruits and vegetables have alkaline-yielding properties. For instance, lemons and tomatoes are acidic fruits but after ingestion they help the body to become more alkaline. So, the key is balance.
Diets high in sodium and chloride (found in salt) promotes acidity, but diets high in potassium and bicarbonate (a form of potassium) promote alkalizing. Try potassium rich foods like bananas, raisins, dates, and even coconut water which offers electrolytes that replenish the body after a workout.
Dr. Young gives a list of ailments and suggests specific herbs and remedies to treat them.


Baingan Bharta

For almost a year, I have been trying to find the perfect Baingan Bharta (smoked eggplant curry) recipe. I follow one of my favorite vegetarian Indian chef's Manjula on Youtbe. Although her recipe (and many others) was good it lacked the "roasted" flavor I was seeking.
Through countless attempts, following recipes to the tee, and experimentation, I finally figured out what was missing- black cumin seeds and black cardamom.

If you don't like eggplant, this recipe may change your mind.
 ¼ tsp oil
1 Eggplant 

Tomato Mixuture:
2 medium size tomatoes
1 green chili
¼ inch piece of ginger

Tardka (Tempering):
3 TBSP oil
1 black cardamom

¼ tsp black mustard seeds
¼ tsp asafetida or hing 
¼ tsp black cumin
½ tsp cumin

Masala (Spice Mixture):
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp coriander powder
½ tsp turmeric
½ tsp red chili or paparika

2 TBSP chopped cilantro
½ tsp salt adjust or to taste

¼ tsp garam masala

It is better to measure all ingredients and put them in groups, right next to the stove.
  1. Use ¼ tsp oil to coat eggplant, pierce in various places with a fork, and broil eggplant for 30-45 minutes.   This will make the eggplant easy to peel after it's cooked. Peel eggplant and chop finely, you do not want large chunks.
  2. Blend tomato mixture until smooth and set aside.
  3. Heat 3 Tbsp oil in wok or large pan on medium heat. When oil is hot add add cardamom seed then add the mustard seeds. When the seeds began to crackle, add the asafetida and both cumin seeds. Sauté for 25-30 seconds.
  4. Add tomato mixture. Stir well and allow it to cook, stirring occassionally as the oil begins to seperate. 
  5. When much of the moisture has begin to disappear (6-8 minutes), stir in the masala mixture except for the garam masala, and cook for 2 mintues.
  6. Stir in the chopped eggplant and cook another 7-8 minutes. Stir continuously, this will ensure the well mixture of the tomato puree and eggplant.
  7. When the curry becomes red in appearance, add the garam masala and stir well to incorporate. 
  8. I like this curry best with cumin flavored rice, but for those that are not gluten intolerance, roti is also an excellent choice. 

Ladies: Treating Strep B Naturally

    I presumed the worsening symptoms I was having were due to a yeast infection. So, I treated what I thought was a yeast infection with over-the-counter Yeast-Guard Suppositories. When it didn't work, figured I had gotten BV (bacteria vaginosis) again. So, I attempted to treat it with VH Essentials BV Treatment- Homeopathic Rime-Release Vaginal insert. While it gave some relief, it didn't .

    The itching was still out of control and at times painful. Finally, after a visit to the doctor, I received the diagnosis of Strep B. I was diagnosed with Strep B during my pregancy and received antibiotics during delivery so that my daughter wouldn't receive its detrimental effects. 

    Determined to end this reoccurring problem of bacterial overgrowth (yeast, BV, and Strep B), through research of herbal remedies, I found the solution that worked for me. 

    What worked? Alkalizing the body.** Restricting and eliminating acidic foods like vinegar, fruits, and grains. I had to boost my immune system which was low and allowed Strep B to breed and throw my vaginal area off balance. 
  • Eating more green and alkalizing foods combated the acidic environment and eliminated sugars that promote bacteria to breed.
  • To boost my immune system I took vitamin C, golden seal, colloidal silver*, and echinacea.
  • To kill the overgrowth I took black walnut, colloidal silver and garlic capsules. 
  • To  alkalize my body, I used Oregon grape root, colloidal silver, and green foods, which were key to my speedy recovery (a little over a week, but for many it typically lasts two weeks even to a month).
  • For immediate relief, I also diluted colloidal silver in purified water and used as a douche (a little further than the opening of the vaginal so as not to push bacteria further up).
Yes, I was shocked at the recovery as well as the healing power of these simple herbs. 

*colloidal silver was fast working and a tremendous help to bring balance back to my body's immune system and pH balance.

**From my own personal experience I successfully treated Strep B with a whole foods diet and herbal synergy. 

I am now reading The pH Miracle: Balance Your Diet & Reclaim Your Health by Dr. Robert O.Young and Shelley Redford Young.

I will review it at a later time.

Raw Version of Mushroom Bhaji and Broccoli Potato Soup (With Actual Potatoes)

Mushroom Bhaji

This is the raw version of one of my favorite dishes, the only thing that is missing tomato puree which I was fresh out- but it tastes the same without it,. Next time I will add a a blended mixture of dried tomato and tomato. Mmmmm, I believe the more Indian dishes I am able to make in a raw version, the closer I'll get to my goal.

I had also made an incredibly delicious (and exactly the same taste) minced Vindaloo using walnuts and spices. It's so delicious!

Broccoli Potato Soup

This was yummy and had the same creamy taste as the cooked version. The only thing I didn't like about it was that it had to be eaten rather fast because of the chalky residue. I'm big on texture.

I juiced a few gold potatoes, broccoli, added spices and herbs and blended the mixture with almonds and strained. I just have to perfect it by eliminating the chalky residue that I believe was from the potatoes.

Detox Vs Cleanse: Which Will You Choose

When deciding which detox or cleanse to select from the store, it can be pretty hard to tell the difference. Cleansing is an attempt to purify the body by removing toxins, excess mucous, and waste from the body. Detoxifying the body signifies eliminating excess toxins from the body that the body is unable naturally to eliminate itself. Both aid the body’s natural ability to eliminate excess toxins which cause numerous allergies, discomforts, and ailments such as memory loss, depression, constipation, headaches, fatigue, and insomnia.
One slight difference is that a cleanse can give your system a natural boost to flush or purge unwanted wastes typically in one area. This can be harsher on the system and accompanied by irritations. Most detox programs attempt to address more than one area and promote regularity of the elimination of waste.

It is suggested that everyone should undergo a body detoxification twice to four times a year. Why?
From morning to noon, through diet, air and water pollution, and even exposure to household cleaning products, these overwhelm our body’s natural defense system becoming toxic to our health.

Detoxification targets pesticides and herbicides. These poisonous chemicals are sprayed on our food to kill insects and bacteria and sometimes accidentally killing small animals. One way to lower intake of pesticides is to buy organic produce, meats, and dairy products. Herbicides like pesticides have a negative effect on the endocrine (hormone) system. During a weight loss, as fat breaks down, it releases stored pesticides which activates the thyroid hormone T3 and in turn reduces the metabolic rate possibly causing a pleateau in weight loss.

Detoxification is also good for ridding the body harmful food additives: food colorings, preservatives, synthetic antioxidants (like BHA and BHT which have been linked to cancer and found in most cereals and packaged goods), flavor enhancers (MSG and hydrolyzed vegetable protein), aspartame, and artificial flavors.
The springtime is a good time to detox from fatty foods. The most important organ in the detoxifying process is the liver which carries the main responsibility of detoxifying the body of harmful substances. The liver also produces bile which attaches fat-soluble toxins, and then travels through the gastrointestinal tract and then expelled.

For a liver detox use 1 tsp raw apple cider vinegar, 1 tsp honey or stevia and 8 oz of water several times a day. Bitter and sour foods: watercress, asparagus, spinach, turnips, scallions, leeks, lettuces, new potatoes, arugula, parley, peas, radishes, strawberries, rhubarb, and dandelion greens . Supplements with milk thistle (plus phosphatidylcholine), artichocke extract, and dandelion root. 

Fruity Spinach Salad

I figured that if I liked these foods blended together then I should like them whole. I was only skeptical of trying citrus fruits with spinach & romaine because I've gotten sick after eating avo-orange salads.

This is not worth giving a recipe. It was simply a few fruits and spinach thrown together with orange-lemon dressing.

Blackbelt Gazette: There Are Alternative Sweetners To Sugar

On an average, each American eats 150 pounds of sugar per year, about 40 teaspoons of sugar daily. Ingredients such as refined sugar and high-fructose corn syrup appear in most children’s snacks as well as most packaged goods.  

Not only does this excess of sugar ruin the teeth, but is the cause of juvenile diabetes, obesity, and depletion of nutrients and energy.  Although refined sugar has calories, it is an empty calorie food. It robs the body of minerals and lowers the immune system. When regularly consumed and added to foods the risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, arthritis, IBS, kidney stones (to name a few) increases.\

Sugar is a natural food extracted from the tropical plant sugar cane. The refining process of cane into table sugar begins with bleaching and washing. Sugar cane is washed then bleached with an animal based charcoal called bone char. After heating the extracted syrup at high temperatures nutrients are lost and sugar becomes an empty calorie food.

Unrefined sugar (demerara or turbinado) is unbleached and heated on lower temperatures. It is not stripped of the nutrients: calcium, iron, maganese, and potassium.

Unless one eats a special diet to avoid sugar, demerara or turbinado are top grade choices when eaten in moderation. Other natural sugar substitutes to use in moderation are:

  • Honey, raw and unfiltered, is the least refined and of all the sweeteners the closest to its natural state with B vitamins to support immunity.
  • Agave nectar is extracted from the agave cactus which is also used to make tequila. It is available in dark and light colors. Having a low glycemic index causes little fluctuation to blood sugar levels.
  • Maple syrup has fewer calories than honey and high amounts of manganese and zinc. 
  • Stevia is completely natural with no known side effects. It has zero calories; helps to regulate blood sugar; encourage weight loss; and doesn’t encourage growth of candida (yeast). It is intensely sweeter than sugar so very little is needed. In my opinion, Nustevia is the best blend.
  • Brown rice syrup is made by adding enzymes to cooked rice which breaks down the starches.
  • Xylitol and Erythritol are sugar alcohols that are naturally found in fruits and vegetables. Xylitol has 40 percent less calories than sugar, and erythritol is almost calorie free. They both prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
  • Yacon Syrup contains antioxidants and potassium. It is a low calorie sweetener and suitable for diabetics.
More sweeteners: concentrated fruit juice, beet sugar, date sugar, barley malt syrup, sorghum syrup. 


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