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As we approach the end of 2011 and gear up for 2012 many of us look at the past year and all the things we thought we would accomplish.
For some, these missed opportunities or goals may be viewed as failures, when in reality they lead us to the possibility of something greater.
Take this time to focus on all the greatness that 2011 had to offer and the endless possibilities coming in 2012.
From Nature’s Fare Markets, we thank you for 2011 and can’t wait to share in 2012!
Happy New Year
“One of the most common questions people ask me is some variation on: How can I overcome fear and take a chance? A caller to my radio show, for example, couldn’t decide whether to take a job in a new city. It was a good job, but it would require him to leave his life-long home. We all fear change and the risks it carries, but I have to say that everything significant I’ve ever experienced has involved change. Our soul wants to expand and grow. When we stay with the familiar, just because it is familiar, we are responding to a fear of failure that doesn’t support our growth.
I suggest you consider a radical idea. What if there is no such thing as failure? Failing is a judgment that we humans place on a given action. Rather than judgment, substitute this attitude: You cannot fail, you can only produce results. Then the most important question to ask yourself is, “What do...
What some people don’t know is that positive acid/alkaline balance is one of the most important factors in athletic performance. Athletes in peak training are most negatively affected by acidosis—a condition in which the body’s pH is excessively acidic—caused by both the stress of training and the foods used to fuel the training. Acidosis impedes recovery and thus the athlete’s ability to get the most out of training. When you combine the acidifying effects of many protein-rich foods consumed by athletes—with the intent to build muscle— and other every day foods, you get the perfect storm of acidity. This acidity counteracts the very performance gains you were training for as well as causes sleep impairment, mental and physical lethargy, and body fat accumulation! Knowing which foods – and specifically which proteins – aid in establishing your body’s pH balance will not only help you avoid all the negative effects of acidosis, but also help your recovery time and energy levels to train stronger, longer, and harder.
Performance depends on pH balance
While training, athletes require more protein-rich food in general to help with muscle recovery and repair broken down muscle tissue. One of the most important factors of a speedy recovery while training is your body’s pH balance and the foods you eat directly contribute to the acidity or alkalinity of your body.
From digestion to elimination, your body must deal with toxins from acid-forming foods. As the body performs these functions, it becomes increasingly acidic which is a natural by-product of a...
Today’s low carbohydrate (carb) diets are extremely popular with individuals trying to lose weight and keep it off. Unfortunately many us spend half of our adult lives on one diet or another and most diets are neither easy to follow nor successful. All too often a person will gain more weight after their diet than they lost during the diet. This pattern repeats itself and people keep gaining more and more weight with each failed diet attempt. Every time you do a calorie restricted diet (i.e. diets that emphasize eating less or less often) you reset your metabolism. By eating less and less often you lower your metabolic rate and you keep lowering it further with each diet. As a result when you go off your diet you gain weight.
One of the nice features of these low carb diets is that you don’t have to restrict calories. The only main restriction is carb intake. Although many people hear the term carb tossed around they really don’t know what a carb is. Carbs in very simple terms are sugars. Potatoes, pasta, bread, rice, fruits are all sources of carbs. We have as a society become “carb crazy”. The average individual consumes between 100 to 170 pounds of sugar annually. This isn’t surprising when you consider that a can of cola can contain between 8 to 12 teaspoons of sugar.
Over the years people’s obsession with cutting out fat has lead to companies replacing the fat in their foods with sugars. Unfortunately fat...
by RoseMarie Pierce, B.Sc.Pharm
Do you catch colds and flu frequently? Are you susceptible to canker sores, sensitive teeth and sore throat? Are you mentally fatigued after an hour of desk work?
All of these symptoms and more may be connected to an imbalance in the body’s pH, as an over-acidic condition. pH is a measure of the acidity or alkalinity of a fluid. Body pH is the key indicator of balance within the body’s internal fluids – including blood, urine, saliva, and the fluids between, as well as inside, the cells.
The body’s natural pH balance, which is slightly alkaline, must be maintained in order for us to feel our best and most energetic. “An alkaline body can absorb up to 20 times more oxygen than an acidic body.” These are the words of Dr Otto Warburg, a Nobel Prize Winner for his work on respiratory enzymes and cancer. He also found that diseased bodies are acidic bodies, which repel oxygen and attract the overgrowth of disease-causing micro-organisms and cancer*.
Our body’s acid-alkaline balance is a key component to overall good health and one of the most crucial ways to affect health status. Raising pH (to an alkaline state) increases the immune system’s ability to kill bacteria, concludes a study conducted at The Royal Free Hospital and School of Medicine in London. The viruses and bacteria which cause bronchitis and colds thrive in an acidic environment. Keeping our pH in the slightly alkaline range of 6.8-7.2 can reduce the risk and lessen the...