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Many of us have acidic blood?!

Along my journey to better health and a happier life, I have discovered numerous brilliant and trusted sources speaking on the importance of alkaline foods and ph levels and the dangers of acidic blood and foods. Apparently, certain foods once ingested, may turn to acid in the body causing high levels of acidity in the body which can cause inflammation, immune disorder reactions and when prolonged become a breeding ground for a range of disease. The worst part about this is that many common foods create an acid environment in the mouth and body and are so prevalent, people don’t even know how good it feels to have a healthy ph level.

 

The premise of an alkaline diet is that the nutrients found in supplements, alkalizing foods, and water can bring the body back to balance. These vitamins, minerals, and herbs infuse the body with new energy, vitality, and better health.

Alkaline foods, good fats, and water must be consumed in order to provide nutrients the body needs to neutralize acids and toxins in the blood, lymph, tissues, and cells.

When pH balance inside the body is ‘out of balance’ the body tries to correct that sensitive pH balance. That process shows up as uncomfortable symptoms, including colds, flues, allergies, diseases, viruses, and bacteria.

When he pH level in our body is unbalanced, almost any area of the body can be affected. For example, when the nervous system is affected as the result of unbalanced pH balance it shows up in the form of the depression. When the cardiovascular system is effected we could have heart disease or experience other heart-related problems, including thickening and hardening of the arteries, coronary heart disease, pain or discomfort in the chest, stroke, high blood pressure, and heart failure. When muscles are affected we often feel fatigue and lack of energy. When skin is affected by improper pH balance we age quicker than normal or it may become splotchy.

 

When the body’s pH level is in balance, the body reaches the ideal weight and corrects negative health challenges naturally.

 

Transitioning to a more alkaline healthy diet requires a shift in attitude towards food. The important point to remember is that small changes go a long way. Add more alkaline foods to your diet gradually.

 

7 Sure-fire ways to make alkaline diet benefit you:

1) Reduce the consumption of sugar and products made from sugar, including soda pop, pies, ice cream, jello, jams & jellies, artificial juices, puddings, doughnuts, corn syrups, chewing gum, sweetened drinks, cookies, breakfast cereals, liqueurs, mixed drinks.

2) Avoid processed foods and condiments including ketchup, salad dressings, pickles, luncheon meats, canned fruits, bread, relish, cheese dips, peanut butter, prepared seafood, frozen vegetables, crackers, canned soups, hot dogs, sausages, sweetened yogurt.

3) Avoid cooking and heating foods and drinks in a microwave.

4) Avoid dairy, meats, fried foods and fast foods.

5) Increase your consumption of raw vegetables and raw fresh fruits (without sugar). You should include raw vegetables in every meal. If your breakfast is so small that you only eat toast or cereal, stop eating toast and take fresh fruits or vegetable juices instead. If your lunches usually consist of sandwiches try to substitute it with a raw salad or a vegetable juice. Have a large salad before you eat a heavy entree at dinner. This way, you will be sure to eat all of the salad instead of finding yourself too full to finish it.

6) Juicing is easy and fast and a sure fire way to get the rewards of alkaline foods. I use a magic bullet blender (it’s small easy to clean and fast). I pack it full of dark leafy greens or cucumber and slam the glass back like a Frat boy on a Saturday night. It takes a little while to get used to the consistency and taste but hey, we’re at the phase of the game, it’s not about taste or texture anymore, it’s about results. I will even take a banana and add a little cocoa powder and powdered greens. They are high in protein and quality cocoa can have good stuff in it too. If you juice enough alkaline foods in a day you can substitute meals and begin to drop serious lbs of sugar-related fat. Pro tip, use leafy greens for best results!

7) Don’t forget to hydrate. Drink at least half of your body weight in ounces of good quality of water each day. Add liquid minerals to increase the quality of water.

If you follow these easy 7 steps it will allow you to create the proper alkaline balance within your body.

Creating the proper alkaline balance within your body will bring you an increased quality of life. You’ll start seeing immediate improvements in your health. Your energy will increase, your concentration will be stronger. You’ll build strength, stamina, and resistance to diseases. Healthier means happier! LOVE!

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Eating photosynthetic creatures for power?!

Ok so what’s the deal with eating photosynthetic creatures, right? Yeah, so these little cells of chlorophyll are actually algae. I realize that doesn’t sound much better but people are buying and consuming this stuff daily and commonly refer to it as Spirulina. It is literally a super food and can be used to totally remove meat from your diet. As you know, I don’t mention anything I am not using or haven’t used myself so trust me when I say, this stuff is a game changer. I have also added the link to the brand I used as part of my ongoing transformation plan, you know the one that caused such a dramatic change in my BMI that helped me to loose about 100lbs, yeah. Alright here is data I dug up that should provide valuable info if you still think I’m off my rocker. Good luck and let me know if you try it!

Spirulina is a blue-green alga which is believed to be the first form of plant life on earth (nearly 3.5 billion years old). Since its rediscovery in the 1960’s, Spirulina has been exhaustively and extensively tested by scientists around the world. And has proved to be the most powerful and well-balanced source of nutrition on the planet.

Upon testing it, NASA found it to be an excellent, compact space food for astronauts (1 kg. of Spirulina is equivalent to 1000 kgs. of assorted vegetables). International health organizations have hailed Spirulina as one of the “Greatest Superfoods on Earth”. An ideal food supplement, Sunova Spirulina provides the body with all the essential nutrients required daily, leaving you fresh, active and energetic through out the day.

100 times more Vitamin A than carrots !

Spirulina is the world’s richest natural source of Beta-Carotene (Pro Vitamin A), which helps to improve eye sight.

6 times more protein than eggs !

Spirulina has a very high natural protein content (up to 70%). This protein is a called complete since it has 18 of the 22 amino acids that the body needs and is organic in form, has very high digestibility ( up to 97% ). This ensures proper utilization & assimilation of the food a person eats.

50 times more Iron than Spinach!

Anaemia or iron deficiency is one of the most common health problems of our country. Spirulina’s rich content of natural Iron & folic acid helps not only to greatly improve hemoglobin levels in the blood but being organic, is 60 times more absorbable than synthetic iron present in most of the haematinics.

7 times more Calcium than milk!

Spirulina is one of the World’s richest known sources of natural Calcium which helps build strong bones.

10 times more Potassium than vegetables! It’s Potassium content (up to 10 times more than common vegetables) helps prevent hypertension.

One stop shop for ‘Anti Oxidants’!

Unstable molecules called “Free Radicals” are generated in every human body as a result of normal metabolic processes. These can lead to ailments like cancer, arthritis, cataracts, strokes, heart attacks, diabetes and premature aging. To combat these free radicals you need ‘Anti-Oxidants’ like Vitamins A, C & E, Zinc, Selenium, Super Oxide Dismutase. Spirulina is the world’s richest and only natural source of all these ‘Anti-Oxidants’.

Fat deposits in blood vessels called cholesterol are the reason behind a majority of heart problems. Spirulina has Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA), which dissolves these fat deposits, thus preventing heart problems.

Spirulina is the only known vegetarian source of Vitamin B12 which helps fight stress and calm your nerves.

Unique ‘Biliproteins’ & ‘Carotenoids’ in Spirulina strengthen the body’s immune system against possible infections.

Research suggests when Spirulina is taken with anti-cancer drugs, antibiotics and pain killing drugs, toxic side effects to the kidney can be significantly reduced and shorter recovery times may be possible.

Extensive research studies have been carried out around the world. Some of the relevant findings listed here are based on scientific findings:

A one-year feeding program with 5000 pre-school children showing a symptom of Vit.A deficiency, Bitot’s spot, decreased from 80% to 10% after intake of 1 gm Spirulina a day for at least 150 days.

Another study with 400 school children suggests Spirulina as an alternate to pure Vitamin A therapy.

In a 1991 study in Belarus, 11 49 undernourished and radiation poisoned children were fed with Spirulina. Within 45 days, doctors found T-cell suppressors and beneficial hormones rising, and in 83% of the children radioactivity of the urine decreased.

In 1989, the National Cancer Institute (NCA-USA) announced that chemicals called glycolipids or sulfolipids from blue-green algae were “remarkably active” against the AIDS virus. Recent Japanese research revealed a high level of sulfolipids in Spirulina, 1.12%

Food Safety Research

No adverse effects due to the usage of Spirulina powder have been reported. The alga is consumed as a food and it appears absolutely safe for long-term usage, even during pregnancy and lactation. In studies carried out on rats in Japan, no negative effects were found for acute or chronic toxicity or reproduction. Likewise in a comprehensive animal study by the UNIDO in 1980. Rarely have there been any reports of allergies or sensitivities. Toxicology research through the 80s and 90s showed Spirulina has no pre and post natal toxicity in rats, no adverse effects on reproduction, including male and female fertility and duration of gestation, and no increase in a number of abnormal offspring.

References

Sassby, A. 1988: In Algae & Human Affairs, Ed. Lembi & Waaland, Cambridge Univ. Press, UK

Tokai et at. 1987: Chiba Hygience Coll, Bull. V.5 (2)

Johnson & Shubert 1986 : Nutrit. Res. USA V.6

This is the exact brand and type I have used for a while now. I feel like Popeye when I take these things!!! If you use these please let me know how it goes. CLICK THE PIC TO TRY THEM

Takeuchi et al. 1978: Clinical Experiences of administration of Spirulina, Tokyo Med. & Dent. Univ.

Galvan, R.R. 1973: Clinical Experimentation with Spirulina, National Institute of Nutrition, Mexico.

Fox R.D. 1986 : Algoculture, Aix-en-Provence France

Fica et al. 1984: Clinica II Medicala, Spitalui Clinic, Bucuresti, Med. Intern. 36 (3) Romania

Miao Jian Ren 1987 : Soc. Appl Algal., Lille, France

Bucallie, P. 1990: Univ. Paul Sabatier Tolouse Oct.90

Annapurna, V. et al. 1991: Ind. J. Bioch. Nutrit. 10

Henrikson R. 1990: Health World Sep/Oct 1990

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Custafsan et. Al. 1989: J. Nat. Cancer. Int. Aug16

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Musical artist Brandon Wilson is now on The Sacred Domain Record Label 2017

Phronesis is a Greek word for a particular type of wisdom or intelligence. It is more specifically a wisdom relevant to practical things, requiring an ability to discern how or why to act virtuously and encourage practical virtue an inspire excellence of character in others. In the following posts information will be offered in the spirit of Phronesis in the hope that it may inspire and empower the reader and offer food for thought on a variety of subject matter.

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Volunteering in the spirit of empowerment

 

Brandon Wilson Recording Artist
Brandon Wilson seeks to empower and inspire through music. Brandon performing in support of suicide prevention.

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) — It’s the musician’s mission to inspire and uplift in a world that seems so full of anger and hostility.

“I feel there are a lot of things going on in the world right now that make people polarized,” said musician, Brandon Wilson.

So, when he takes the stage now, Brandon’s focus is writing and performing songs that are upbeat and positive.

“The most important thing that I hope that people will get through it is a message of empowerment and inspiration,” Brandon said. “My whole thing is if you feel good you can do good and when you do good you’re helping others and so now my big priority is feeling good and being happy and from there is where I try to see if I can ease someone’s struggle or how I can contribute.”

Brandon grew up with music in his genes. His father, Larry Wilson, was a singer and someone Brandon looked up to. He admits, though, growing up in the bar scene, performing in that environment, is something he’d like to leave in the past.

“The bar life is a tough life,” he said. “It wasn’t until my later years that I realized this was having an effect on me mentally and also my health, the late nights and the atmosphere.”

“I totally had a shift in thinking as I’m aging,” Brandon said.

Besides giving out positive vibes behind the mic., Brandon is also involved with helping children through RhythmMoves.org.

“Typically it’s low-income neighborhoods but it’s also educational facilities where we get kids inspired and we give them hands-on experience with instruments, drums,” Brandon said. “It’s been proven time and time again all of the positive effects that comes from music education.”

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“He’s a good guy and he thinks about people from his heart,” said Terry Wilson, his mom.

Because of the musical man he’s grown up to be, his mother is his biggest fan.

“He’s a good guy and he thinks about people from his heart,” said Terry Wilson, his mom. “He always wants to see people happy and do something for them. He wants to lift them up and I think that’s a great thing in life.”

Images courtesy of 13 News Now WVEC

 

 

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Musical artist Brandon Wilson is now on The Sacred Domain Record Label 2017

In the studio working on the new album

Optimism, cohesion, boom boxes and the making of Brandon Wilson’s latest album.

 

Laughing and twiddling knobs on the mixer with drums sticks in hand. “All I ever wanted to do was play as much music on as many instruments as I could,” Brandon Wilson says, responding to a question about the new album. “I have always wanted to multiply myself so that there would be a deep and real understanding between the musicians performing and developing the tunes, this is what I do in the studio.”

 

When asked about the lyrics to the song “As I Rise,” which may explain Wilson’s recent transformation: “It all begins today/I’ll grant my clemency from prisons of my mind/I’ll walk right through the gates/Into a life I love a life I will design” Wilson turns to explain “I received a call from a friend who had been in radio for years. She asked me if I could write something that might be used as an intro for her radio show that would empower a historically oppressed community in the Caribbean. I was incredibly surprised, I had never done anything in the past that would suggest I might be capable. After getting off the phone, the song started writing itself and in no time it seemed like the track was finished, it was as if it had literally been given to me. It came out of nowhere and was better than I ever imagined. I sent the rough unmixed draft to her and she loved it and is using it regularly in all its rawness. She is the only person that has this version of the tune and the only person that will ever have it.” Wilson says laughing “It was all a huge gift and something that really was a blessing. It was the thing that really propelled me into working more seriously on this new album. I owe her big time.”

 

It’s a clear and sunny day in the middle of winter in Williamsburg, Virginia, where Brandon was born and raised, the son of a full-time working musician. We have gone to the historic district where Brandon spent days as a child, to continue our conversation. Wilson has been focusing on photography and film production for the past few years and has retreated from the stage. His last public performances were in the US Virgin Islands, an obvious influence on his latest album, yet to be titled. Now walking passed the Kimball Theater on Duke of Gloucester Street, where his album Live from the Kimball, was recorded before a sold out audience in December of 2008 at his solo debut performance. “That was where it all began” says Wilson. “It’s a really cool venue with a great team running the stage.”

 

It’s easy to see Brandon is an adamant optimist not just in conversation but in the music of the new album. It is difficult to catch the multi-instrumentalist and producer without a smile on his face and some sort of encouraging commentary. He says “I want to create music that is conscious and really offers something positive to the listener. I also want to make music that feels good, it’s got to feel good.”

 

How would you describe the new album?

Well, it’s truly me, through and through. The new album will reflect a scenario of a person facing themselves and the world with eyes open. I am integrating different styles and cultural elements so it will be a totally new sound. The concepts deal in phronesis or practical wisdom or truths. It really touches on the key points of my personal unfoldment, things I feel are important to share with others. Aside from all of that heaviness, it is going to feel good, there will be some ska, some reggae, some ballads, of course some groovy funky stuff and some more exotic elements. It has to feel good because I plan on taking it to the stage. It’s going to groove because I am performing all of the parts so, the groove cohesion should be extremely authentic which I expect will translate to a very fun live performance.

 

How does performing all of the parts on the album differ from enlisting other musicians?

Well the biggest difference is in the overall cohesion of the process. I also never have to explain anything or worry about scheduling. Some mornings I am up at 6AM to begin work other times I am just getting started at 11PM. Morale is always high and there is almost never any disagreements. For me this really all about cutting out dependencies and becoming a person that is independent and empowered. I want to be as fully accountable and efficient as possible so, I don’t involve others until it is absolutely time and if they don’t show up when it is time, I do it myself regardless. I feel “If someone else can do it, I can learn to do it.” It’s a lot of work and a lot of learning but the results will speak for themselves. The ease of production and quality in every track is there like never before.

 

 

When did you first begin singing?

Well I remember my father taking me to a pool hall in Norge one afternoon for a father son day. He was teaching me how to play pool when a song came on the jukebox that just floored me. The voice and feeling was like nothing I had ever heard before and I knew in that moment that was what I wanted to do in life and that was how I wanted to sound. I was about 7 years old, the song was “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding. I asked my father if he would teach me how to sing and play that song and that’s really the moment it began. Before that, he used to bring me up on stage to sing songs with him but it was not something I really felt passionately about, it was kind of like being asked to take the trash out or something.

 

How did you get into music production?

It all started when I was about 9 years old. I had learned to play a little guitar and a little drums and could sing a few songs. I wanted to know what it sounded like to listen to all of the parts together. We had a couple of tape cassette boom boxes so I took them to the garage and would hit record on one and play the drums, I would play that one back, hit record on the other and play the guitar and do this over and over again adding in new layers. I didn’t realize at the time what I was doing was multi-track music production for me it was just a clever little hack that was just doing what I could with what I had. I did this sort of thing for years on second hand music gear mostly given to me by my father until I finally got a multi-track hard disk recorder and a Korg Triton. I used these two to produce my first 3 albums and began doing small tours.

 

 

When can we expect this album to be released?

I expect to have everything ready for release in March. I will be releasing singles until then but the whole thing will be out in March.

 

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