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Alkalise your body with Morlife Alkalising Greens with certified organic wheat grass, barley grass, spirulina and chlorella. Acid waste from diet, exercise and normal metabolic processes can build up and negatively affect the body. Alkalising Greens

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Alkalise your body with Morlife Alkalising Greens with certified organic wheat grass, barley grass, spirulina and chlorella. Acid waste from diet, exercise and normal metabolic processes can build up and negatively affect the body. Alkalising Greens provides naturally occurring green pigments, flaxseed meal and alkalising minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium to help maintain the body's natural alkaline balance.

 

THE ALKALISING POWDER OF GREENS

Diet continues to be one of the most overlooked but important factors when it comes to overall wellness. All of the building blocks needed by our body come from our diet. Therefore without a varied and balanced diet we are cheating our bodies of vital nutritional needs, which will in turn affect our health.

It is not simply a matter of eating healthy foods, but to ensure that you are eating the right amounts of the right types of food. Research shows that the typical western diet is high in acid forming foods, resulting in a residual acid load that the body needs to neutralise.

Regulation of pH in the body is absolutely essential for life. Our body cannot function properly if it is acidic. In fact our blood needs to be maintained at a slightly alkaline pH. This is essential for oxygen transport to our tissues and for enzymes to remain active. An enzyme is a type of protein that is needed to speed up every reaction in our body, so that our body can carry out essential functions such as, absorbing nutrients, tissue repair, immune function and waste elimination.

The body struggles to eliminate excess acids via the lungs, kidneys and skin. Some acids can be converted into carbon dioxide, which is breathed out. Therefore increased respiration can be a sign of over-acidity. The kidneys also eliminate other types of acids, however the acids first need to be neutralised by minerals such as calcium. Finally, the skin also eliminates acids, although this is to a much smaller extent then the lungs and kidneys. Acidic sweat has a much stronger odour then usual, which is another important sign of over-acidity.

To neutralise acids so they can be eliminated, our body uses alkaline minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium. There is not a huge store of these minerals in the blood, so if they are not adequately supplied by the diet, the body steals them from our bones, muscles and organs. Over time, these alkaline minerals can become depleted resulting in diseases, such as osteoporosis (weakening bones), muscle wasting or heart disease.

Therefore it is easy to see that when our cells become acidic, they can also become low in oxygen, malnourished and sluggish. This obviously affects their ability to perform their normal functions and can lead to illness and fatigue.

How the body becomes acidic.

It is impossible to avoid acid production in the body, as acids are produced as part of regular everyday metabolism. However it is possible to minimise unnecessary causes of acidity, such as by avoiding excess acid foods.

Acid foods consist of meats, dairy, grains, cereals and sugars, whereas alkaline foods consist of vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. The best alkalising foods are green vegetables, probably mainly due to their chlorophyll content. It is important to remember that although many of the acid foods are healthy and a necessary part of our everyday diet, in excess they can cause a build up of acids in our body.

It is recommended that you eat 60-80% alkaline food and only 20-40% acidic food. However in western society, the opposite is usually true, with breads, refined carbohydrates, meat and dairy forming the main part of the diet. The best types of alkaline foods to eat a lot of are fresh fruit and vegetables, especially green vegetables.

CHLOROPHYLL: THE GREEN ALKALISER

Chlorophyll is a green pigment that is made by plants via photosynthesis. Ingestion of chlorophyll is thought to be useful for deodorising faecal odours, removing toxins from the body, protecting against radiation and supporting blood cell production. Recent studies have also focused on its potential benefits for cancer treatment and prevention. Chlorophyll is exceptionally alkalising and is one of the main phytonutrients (plant nutrient) needed to maintain an alkaline body. It is richly supplied by all green vegetables and grasses, which should form the basis of an alkalising diet.

Minerals - potent alkalisers...

The main alkalising minerals are potassium, calcium, magnesium, sodium and zinc. These minerals can bind to acids in the body, neutralising them. However when these minerals are deficient in the diet, they are stolen from the tissues and bones. Although severe malnutrition is rare in westernised countries due to fortified foods being readily available, deficiencies in some minerals, such as magnesium and selenium are very common. This is due to modern farming practices not replacing minerals in the soils, causing the soil and therefore the produce that is grown there to also be low in minerals.

ARE YOU ABSORBING THE MINERALS YOU EAT

Poor digestion and absorption can affect the amount of the minerals that you get from your foods. Firstly, food needs to be broken down into small particles by chewing, digestive acids and enzymes, so that the individual nutrients can be absorbed. Therefore if you suffer from indigestion, bowel problems, take ant-acids or don't chew your food properly, nutrients may not be adequately absorbed from your foods. Secondly, some foods contain plant chemicals such as phytic acid and tannins, which can inhibit mineral absorption from foods. Phytic acid is found in spinach and legumes, such as soy and chickpeas, whilst tea is rich in tannins. Cooking, sprouting or soaking legumes in water with a dash of vinegar helps to destroy phytic acid, whereas drinking tea away from meals can minimise its effects on mineral absorption.

Stress - the modern acid...

The hormones that are produced during a stress response can deplete alkaline minerals such as magnesium and potassium. Prolonged stress, which is common in today's fast paced environment, can therefore be a factor contributing to mineral depletion.

Water - the acid cleanser....

Most people simply do not drink enough water! Water needed for our body to be able to eliminate wastes, such as acids, through the kidneys as well as many other essential functions. In fact our bodies are over 70% water, so it is easy to see why it is so important to our health. From an acid detoxification viewpoint, if you are dehydrated, there is simply not adequate water to produce enough urine to eliminate all of the waste products. These wastes can then be stored in other organs and tissues, which will eventually decrease their function and therefore your overall health and vitality. Therefore, drinking about two litres of water daily (more during hot weather or strenuous exercise) is important to support acid removal by your kidneys.

Also it is important to mention that age-related decreases in organ function can make it more difficult to eliminate acids. Your kidneys eliminate acids as urea in the urine, whilst acids are eliminated as carbon dioxide by the lungs. Therefore, if you have decreased kidney or lung function, this will significantly affect your body's ability to get rid of excess acids. Also some medications can also contribute to decreased acid removal. If you suffer from any health problems or are on medication, make sure you speak to your doctor before attempting to alkalise your body.

THE ALKALISING SUPER FOODS

Barley Grass is made from young nutrient dense shoots of barley. Barley grass is gluten free and is a rich source of chlorophyll, making it exceptionally alkalising. It also contains every vitamin except vitamin D, most minerals (especially calcium) and all essential and non-essential amino acids. Green barley grass also contains a number of living enzymes and flavonoids that function as potent free radical scavengers, making it a great antioxidant and anti-inflammatory supplement. In fact, some studies show that barley grass extract might be beneficial for the treatment of health problems including obesity, diabetes, circulatory disorders, arthritis, anemia, high cholesterol levels, renal difficulties and even some cancers.

Wheat Grass is very similar to barley grass, in fact if you see the raw grass, it is almost impossible to tell them apart. The nutrient levels vary a bit between grasses, but on the whole they are both exceptionally alkalising and nutritious. Wheat grass also contains living enzymes and is a good source of chlorophyll. Wheat grass extract was found to have a higher antioxidnat capacity then other vegetable extracts. One randomised double-blind clinical trial found that wheat grass had a beneficial effect on the symptoms and bowel health of ulcerative colitis sufferers. Another study on breast cancer patients showed that wheat grass juice was protective against some of the side-effects of chemotherapy. When is comes to choosing between wheat grass and barley grass, either take a combination of both or alternate between them, as this ensures that you receive the best benefits from each grass.

Spirulina are single celled blue green algae or cyanobacteria. Spirulina is about 60-70% protein and contains all of the essential amino acids, as well as nucleic acids. Spirulina is also a good source of iron, potassium, beta-carotene and essential fatty acids including gamma linoleic acid (GLA). Spirulina has a stimulating effect on the immune system and has been shown to have benefits for HIV, herpes virus, cytomegalovirus, influenza and even cancer. Spirulina also has a beneficial effect on the growth of beneficial bowel bacteria, whilst inhibiting the growth of Candida albicans, the causative organism of thrush. It has also been shown to be useful for stabilising blood sugar and cholesterol parameters in both animals and diabetic patients. Spirulina is often recommended for fatigue, anaemia, eyesight problems and studies show that it may even be beneficial for allergic skin disorders. It is also a great alternative to synthetically manufactured multivitamin supplements.

Chlorella are single celled blue green algae, similar to Spirulina. Chlorella is high in chlorophyll, protein and beta-carotene. In fact, chlorella is 60% protein and contains up to 7% chlorophyll, making it the best-known source.

GREEN VEGETABLES

Green vegetables are a great source of chlorophyll. They are also rich in alkalising minerals, making them the most important foods to include in an alkaline diet. Apart from their superior alkalising properties, green vegetables also have other important properties, as detailed below.

Spinach and Kale are both good sources of calcium, vitamin E and folate. Kale is reputed as having one of the highest levels of antioxidants of all green leafy vegetables, including flavonoids and carotenoids, such as lutein. Spinach is also a rich source of lutein. Consumption of lutein-rich foods has been shown to decrease the risk of colon cancer. Kale is also a member of the Brassica family of vegetables, which contain anti-carcinogenic compounds called glucosinolates. Since scientists now estimate that 40-60% of all cancers are directly related to our dietary choices, including some of these vegetables in your diet might be essential in providing some daily health insurance.

Broccoli is an excellent source of sulphoraphane, a compound that has been shown to have preventative effects for many cancers, including bowel, stomach, breast, lung and kidney. Broccoli is also a great source of lutein, zeaxanthin, calcium, vitamin K, folate and vitamin C. Consumption of foods high in lutein has been linked with lower rates of colon cancer. Animal studies have also shown that the antioxidant compounds in broccoli have protective effects against radioactivity.

Asparagus is a source of fructooligosaccharides, which are a special type of dietary fibre that is beneficial for the growth of good bacteria and may help prevent colon cancer. It is a highly alkalising food and is a good source of folate, potassium, betacarotene and the bioflavanoid, rutin. Traditionally asparagus was used to treat heart palpitations, increase urine and heal skin eruptions.

Cucumber was traditionally used as a cooling and cleansing food. It was also used medicinally to purify the blood and alleviate coughs.

Globe artichoke (Cynara scolymus) is a nutritious food that contains vitamin A, B1, B2 and C. It is also a source of iodine, iron and fructooligosaccharides. It contains a unique compound called cyanrin, which has been found to increase bile production, help lower cholesterol, support kidney function and protect liver cells. These actions make is a wonderful detoxifying adjunct to an alkalising diet.

Alfalfa (Medigo sativa) is believed to nourish the blood and digestive organs. Studies have shown it to have a protective effect against radiation induced mortality in mice. Alfalfa also contains saponins, which can help lower cholesterol.

Parsley is rich in vitamin C, folate and antioxidant, flavonoids. It also has a gentle diuretic effect that can aid kidney elimination of excess acids. In Turkey, parsley is used to help stabilise blood sugar levels in diabetics and has been shown to help heal liver cells in animal studies. Furthermore coumarins, a chemical constituent that naturally occurs in parsley, has been shown to inhibit the development of some cancers in animals. Gillian McKeith, "Britian's Food Guru", rates parsley as one of her ‘Top 12 superfoods' and recommends it as an alternative to a multi-vitamin. She also uses it to support digestion, nutrient assimilation, liver function, immune function and to address kidney and urinary tract complaints.

Nettle (Urtica urens L.) reportedly has anti-rheumatic, anti-allergic and mild diuretic properties. Traditionally it has been used in Western herbal medicine to help stop excessive bleeding and to detoxify the skin. Nettle is a source of iron, silica, calcium, potassium, chlorophyll, vitamin K, vitamin C and betacarotene.

Green Tea (Camilla sinensis) is a popular beverage in Japan, Korea, India and China. Both green and black teas are from the same plant, however green tea is steamed after harvesting to inhibit the enzymes that turn the leaves black. This process also protects many of the teas antioxidant properties. Green tea contains antioxidants called epicatechins, most notably epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). EGCG has been shown to have protective effects against a range of different cancers, as well as offering potential therapeutic benefits.

Kelp (Fucus versiculosus) is a sea vegetable and is an excellent source of iodine. Iodine is essential for the production of thyroid hormones, which are necessary for maintaining normal metabolism in all cells of the body.

Limes are a good source of Vitamin C and other antioxidants including ellagic acid, quercetin and kaempferol (a type of polyphenol). Although limes are acidic fruits, following digestion they have an alkalising effect on the body.

Apple pectin is a soluble dietary fibre that binds to and aids removal of waste products such as bile acids and cholesterol from the body. It also has a history of use for constipation and diarrhoea, due to its ability to increase the viscosity and volume of the stool. In human digestion, it passes through the small intestine more or less intact allowing bacteria in the large intestine and colon to degrade it. The resultant short-chain fatty acids may protect against colon cancer by inhibiting the conversion of primary bile acids into carcinogenic secondary bile acids and also reducing the solubility of free bile acids thereby making them less carcinogenic.

Kiwifruit, also called Chinese gooseberries, are a source of chlorophyll, which give the fruit its green colour. It also contains the enzyme, actinidin, which can aid digestion. A kiwifruit contains more vitamin C than oranges and is also a good source of the alkalising mineral, potassium.

Aloe Vera has been used medicinally for thousands of years. It is believed to have antiviral, immune stimulating, anti-inflammatory, moisturising and wound-healing effects. It contains anthraquinones, which stimulate bowel function and mucopolysaccharides, which can help soothe gut irritation. These properties make it useful for constipation and peptic ulcers.

Peppermint (Mentha x Piperita) has been used medicinally for thousands of years. It contains compounds, such as menthol, bitter principles and phenolic acids, which are beneficial for eliminating intestinal gas, relieving gut and other smooth muscle spasms, stimulating bile flow, relieving nervous tension and supporting digestion.

Fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) are carbohydrate molecules that consist of glucose linked to fructose units. They are not digested in the human small intestine but are fermented by bacteria in the colon. For this reason they promote the growth of some species of beneficial bacteria, reduce the growth of harmful species and stimulate healthy immune function. Furthermore, FOS has been shown to dramatically reduce the incidence of colon tumours and support gut-associated lymphoid tissue. Beneficial bacteria are necessary for maintaining a healthy pH in the bowel. Bowel pH is important for inhibiting the growth of harmful bacteria and fungi.

Coral Calcium is the name given to ground coral powder. It contains calcium and magnesium in their ideal ratio of 2:1 and has been shown to have superior absorption compared to supplemental calcium. Due to it mineral composition, coral calcium has a very alkalising effect in the body.

Potassium bicarbonate is a complex of the mineral potassium and alkalising compound, bicarbonate. Potassium is essential for the intracellular fluid balance of every cell in the body. It is essential for heart, nerve and kidney function; maintaining blood pressure and regulating pH in the body. Potassium deficiency has been shown to have protective effects against diseases of the cardiovascular system, kidneys, and bones. Bicarbonate is binds acids in the tissues and transports them to the lungs where they can be breathed out as carbon dioxide. Bicarbonate also transports acids to the kidneys where they are eliminated attached to ammonia. In one clinical study, potassium bicarbonate supplementation corrected low-grade metabolic acidosis and reduced amino acid excretion.

Flax seed (also called linseed) is rich in alpha linolenic acid, an Omega-3 essential fatty acid. Furthermore flax fibre is renowned for its bulk-forming and laxative effects in the intestinal tract making it useful for relieving constipation and soothing an irritated gut.

Important note: Make sure that you don't eliminate acidic foods from your diet entirely. These foods still provide essential nutrients and therefore should be included in a healthy eating plan. As a general rule, just ensure that you eat more alkaline foods than acid foods at every meal.

 

The bottom line......

Eating an abundance of alkalising foods, especially fresh fruit and vegetables instead of acid forming foods is the best way to maintain a slightly alkaline body pH. Also ensuring you are consuming enough water is of utmost importance. When you are unsure if you have eaten enough alkalising foods to fulfil your daily requirements or your body is already quite acidic, it may be beneficial to take a functional food supplement containing alkalising super foods and minerals to help restore an alkaline balance.

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