The 5 Best Alkalizing Foods

bigstock--166546871Eating an alkaline diet is so important for many reasons. First and foremost, it is proven to prevent cancer. Cancer thrives in an acidic environment; therefore, if you keep your pH alkaline (7.2-7.4) cancer has trouble surviving.

Many of the foods present in the American diet are acidic, even though they are good for us. This includes things like proteins and some fruits. Therefore, it is always important to include alkalizing foods in to your diet. Today we’re going to talk about five of the best alkalizing foods to incorporate in to your diet.

Lemon
If you’re someone who follows a high protein high fat diet, i.e. something like paleo, it is extremely important to use lemons on a daily basis. One of the easiest ways to do this is to add fresh squeezed lemon into your water. Diets high in acid can cause kidney issues. And although lemons may seem to be acidic they are very alkaline, making it a perfect balance.

Almonds
Almonds are very alkalizing, but you have to be sure you get them raw. Although roasted and salted almonds are delicious, they don’t have the same benefit as raw almonds do.

Kale
This leafy green has been all the rage for a while now, and for good reason. All of the vitamins and minerals in kale make it a great alkalizer.

Quinoa
This plant based protein is another alkalizing food. Plus, it packs a huge protein punch for just a little seed.

Cucumber
Cucumbers are very high in water, in fact almost 100%. So they help to hydrate your skin and are full of antioxidants.

Looking for a healthy lunch for tomorrow? Why not combine all 5 of these foods to make a nutrient super-packed salad? Cut up some kale, chop some cucumbers, add a little quinoa, sprinkle on some almonds and for the dressing drizzle with some lemon juice. The lemon juice will help to cut the bitterness of the kale, and the quinoa will add some extra protein.

What to learn more about an alkaline diet? Check out the Women’s Mind Body Wellness Summit. It contains 6 interviews by top female health professionals plus two workout videos and 3 bonus videos on mind-body wellness with MyHealthSpin Founder Lori-Ann Rickard. Now including a bonus video from Dr. Jennifer Shell!

6 Supplements to Avoid if You’re on Prescription Drugs

We’ve been talking about supplements a lot lately. And while supplements can be vital to ones diet, it’s important to keep in mind that they must be taken safely. Also, you should never start taking any vitamin or supplement without consulting a healthcare professional. Even though a supplement can be considered safe by the FDA it doesn’t mean that it can’t cause interactions. July is Herbal/Prescription Drug Interaction Awareness Month so today we’re sharing 6 supplements you should watch out for if you’re on prescription drugs.

Grape fruit and St. John’s Wort 
Not many women know this, and not many health care professionals warn young women about it, but grapefruit supplements, as well as St. John’s Wort, can interact with birth control pills. It can change how your body handles estrogen. Which is the whole point of a birth control pill, it prevents an egg from dropping by tricking your body  in to thinking it’s already pregnant. Therefore, if the grape fruit extract messes with one’s estrogen levels it can cause a decreased effectiveness of their contraceptive. 

St John’s Wort
St. John’s Wort is an herb that has several contraindications. In addition to birth control, as mentioned above, it can interact with many other prescription medications. These medications include HIV drugs, cyclosporine (an immunosuppressive drug used after transplants), imatinib and irinotecan (chemotherapy drugs), verapamil (a calcium blocker used for hypertension), warfarin (blood thinner), digoxin (for managing high blood pressure) as well as methadone (pain medication). So as you can see, this herb has many dangerous contraindications. 

Black Licorice
Licorice and licorice liquid is often times used to improve poor adrenal function. The adrenal glands are responsible for blood sugar control, blood pressure regulation and they can play a role in stress and fatigue. Black licorice is a great herb to help boost adrenal function, but beware if you’re on diuretics. This liquid can lessen their strength.

Coleus
Coleus, these beautiful variegated plants you see in peoples landscaping, is used for treating cardiac disorders. It helps regulate blood pressure and strengthens the heart muscle. But be careful not to mix this plant with prescription hypotensive drugs. It can drop blood pressure too low.

Korean Ginseng
Korean ginseng is an ancient herb used to boost the immune system. It can also help manage diabetes and improve memory. But don’t take this herb if you’re on MAOI’s for depression. It can cause drowsiness  and more serious complications such as liver damage.

Evening primrose oil
Evening primrose oil is an herb that all women should know about, especially those who are of the age of menopause. EPO helps to lessen hot flashes. What woman wouldn’t want that? But this is a no-no for those with blood sugar issues. It can lower blood sugar and could potentially lead to diabetic coma. It can also increase one’s risk for breathing.

As you can see, many of the herbs listed above have important benefits. And can really help with many ailments. But as you can also see, these supplements can be extremely dangerous when mixed with the wrong prescription drugs. So you should always consult your physician before adding any vitamins or supplements to your diet.

To learn more about health and women’s health check out the Women’s Mind Body Wellness Summit. It contains 6 interviews by top female health professionals plus two workout videos and 3 bonus videos on mind-body wellness with MyHealthSpin Founder Lori-Ann Rickard.

Facts About Fats

We’ve all heard the saying “you are what you eat.” In some instances this may be the case, but when it comes to fat, this saying couldn’t be more wrong. Fat is an essential macronutrient and an important part of ones diet. Fat is the component that cells use to store energy and is used as a reserve for when food supply is low. Still think low fat is the way to go? Today, we’re going to clear fats name and discuss the facts about fat. 

Not all fat is created equal
When choosing fats there are three types you should know, unsaturated fats or “good” fats, trans fats or “bad” fats and saturated fats.  

Unsaturated fats are heart healthy and help to build strong bones. They can be found in fresh foods, lean meats and oils. Some healthy examples are salmon, almonds and avocados. 

Trans-fat is an artificial fat created in a lab. Trans-fats are bad for your health and are mainly found in packed foods and contain hydrogenated oils. Keep in mind, just because a package says “no trans fat” doesn’t mean it’s trans fat free. The FDA allows foods with less than .5 grams of trans fat to claim they’re trans fat free. Also they usually swap the fat for sugar, which is a no-no.

Saturated fats are okay for your health but should be eaten in moderation. These foods include dairy and red meat. 

It helps you absorb vitamins
There are four fat solvable vitamins; A, D, E and K. Fat soluble means that they dissolve in fat and are then absorbed in ones body. Therefore, if you don’t eat fats you won’t be able to utilize these vitamins. Also, if you take a supplement for any of these vitamins you should always take them with a fat meal. These vitamins are also essential all for bone building.

It keeps our skin full and supple
It is often times common for people who follow a low fat diet to have numerous wrinkles on their face and chest. Fat helps to build collagen which keeps skin firm and young looking. 

It helps form steroid hormones 
Fat is used to make hormones. Without fat these hormones wouldn’t exist in the body causing a wide variety of issues including thyroid problems. 

It keeps your heart healthy
Diets that are high in unsaturated fats help to keep cholesterol levels low. If your cholesterol is too high it can block vital arteries, putting stress on the heart. 

An added bonus? Including healthy fats in your diet can help you lose weight! That’s right, fat doesn’t make you fat, as long as you eat the right kind!

To learn more about women’s health check out the Women’s Mind Body Wellness Summit. It contains 6 interviews by top female health professionals plus two workout videos and 3 bonus videos on mind-body wellness with MyHealthSpin Founder Lori-Ann Rickard.