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MAE 4/29/09 ACID VS. ALKALINE FOODS
After reading John B's post on Acid vs Alkaline Ph balance in our systems I started becoming curious about which foods were Acid and which were Alkaline. Hope this following article and list helps everyone a bit.
God bless you Richly with his perfect love,
Acid Alkaline Imbalance:
Over acidity, which can become a dangerous condition that weakens all body systems, is very common today. It gives rise to an internal environment conducive to disease, as opposed to a pH balanced environment which allows normal body function necessary for the body to resist disease. A healthy body maintains adequate alkaline reserves to meet emergency demands. When excess acids must be neutralized our alkaline reserves are depleted leaving the body in a weakened condition. A pH balanced diet, according to many experts, is a vital key to health maintenance.
PH BALANCE FOODS CHART
FOODS FROM MOST ALKALINE TO LEAST:
X Asparagus,Onions,Vegetable Juices,Parsley,Raw Spinach,Broccoli,Garlic
X Olive Oil
X Herb Teas,Lemon Water
X Maple Syrup,Rice Syrup
X Okra,Squash,Green Beans,Beets,Celery,Lettuce,Zucchini,Sweet Potato,Carob
X Flax Seed Oil
X Green Tea
X Raw Honey,Raw Sugar
X Carrots,Tomatoes,Fresh Corn,Mushrooms,Cabbage,Peas,Potato Skins,Olives.Soybeans,Tofu
X Canola Oil
X Amaranth, Millet, Wild Rice, Quinoa
X Soy Cheese, Soy Milk, Goat milk, Goat Cheese, Whey
X Ginger Tea
FROM MOST ACID TO LEAST:
u NutraSweet, Equal, Aspartame, Sweet n Low
u Blackberries, Cranberries, Prunes
u Wheat, White Flour, Pastries, Pasta
u Beef, Pork, Shellfish
u Cheese, Homogenized Milk ,Ice Cream
u Beer, Soft Drinks
u White Sugar, Brown sugar
u Sour Cherries,Rhubarb
u Potatoes (without skins),Pinto Beans,Navy Beans, Lima Beans
u White Rice,Corn, Buckwheat, Oats, Rye
u Turkey, Chicken, Lamb
u Raw Milk
u Processed Honey, Molasses
u Plums, Processed Fruit Juices
u Cooked Spinach, Kidney Beans, String Beans
u Pumpkin Seed, Sunflower Seeds
u Corn Oil
u Sprouted Wheat Bread, Spelt, Brown Rice
u Venison, Cold Water Fish
u Eggs, Butter, Yogurt, Buttermilk, Cottage Cheese
Note that a food's acid or alkaline-forming tendency in the body has nothing to do with the actual pH of the food itself. For example, lemons are very acidic, however the end-products they produce after digestion and assimilation are very alkaline so lemons are alkaline-forming in the body. Likewise, meat will test alkaline before digestion but it leaves very acidic residue in the body so, like nearly all animal products, meat is very acid-forming.
_____ Article by permission of Dr. Duane Weed
It really would do no good for me to post all of the foods I am intolerant of. Each person is different. Besides, I have over 80 that were identified (it included broccoli and chicken and cucumbers), and you may be reacting to foods that are safe for me... If you cannot do testing, then I would recommend following some type of elimination diet to see if your symptoms are food-related. Food intolerances for me show up as rashes on the skin, but some people get joint/muscle pain, headaches, etc. If you google 'how to do an elimination diet', there are many resources out there. Here is one that I found as an example: http://www.foodintol.com/eliminationdiet.asp
In the meantime, you should try cutting out some foods associated with common food intolerances, like yeast, gluten, nuts, fructose, and dairy to see if your symptoms improve. Also, for this disease, I believe it is important to not eat sugar and eat organic, whole foods. Throw away your processed foods...
SUSANNE'S DIET SUGGESTIONS: 3/28/2010
FOODS TO ENJOY
8 to 10 glasses of purified water per day
Green vegetable juices (try adding a Granny Smith apple to the juice for flavor)
All fish except shell fish
Free range or organic chicken and turkey, eggs
Lemons, limes, fresh cranberries, Granny Smith apples
Well-cooked grains: brown or wild rice, millet, buckwheat, amaranth, quinoa, spelt, teff
Pasta made from any of the above recommended grains
Beans and lentils
Raw fermented foods
Essential fatty acids like flax oil and olive oil
Plain unsweetened yogurt
Unsweetened rice or almond milk
Raw almonds and seeds, raw almond butter
Herbal teas like chamomile or peppermint
Stevia or SweetLife
FOODS TO GENERALLY AVOID
Sugar intake: sucrose, fructose, maltose, lactose,
glucose, mannitol, sorbitol, galactose, maple
syrup, brown, raw and date sugar, honey and
Wheat and yeast
Alcohol, soda, coffee, ciders
Condiments, sauces and vinegar products
(mayonnaise, catsup, MSG, pickles)
Dried or candied fruits such as raisins or dates
Processed fermented foods such as soy sauce
Fruits, except those listed above
Dairy and cheese
As I first started the protocol back in 2008, I realized I would have to change my diet in order to help my body repair itself. I asked John B for advice, and he suggested that we eliminate the things that were contributing to ongoing toxicity, acid pH, and fungal overgrowth such as sodas, cake, cookies, ice cream, pasta, and bread. I have come to enjoy salads, fruits and vegetables more than at any time in my life. Today my beverage of choice is Brita filtered water.
I think that by utilizing our search engine feature and putting in the word "diet", you will find that many people have contributed good information on this subject.
I hope this answers your question.
God bless; never, never give up Hope!
John B 8/25/2011
There is near universal agreement that citrus fruits are alkalizing, but considerable confusion as to why. Citrus fruits are acidic; lemons and limes have a pH of around 2 (pH 7 is neutral). So how could they be alkalizing?
Your stomach is an organ that is designed to produce acid to break down proteins and other nutrients before they enter the small intestine. The small intestine is designed to be alkaline, so as to break down the nutrients even further to facilitate absorption into the bloodstream for transport to the cells.
Stomach acid (HCL) has a pH of around 1. Your stomach normally maintains a pH of around 2 to facilitate the digestive process. Foods that are whole and natural, unadulterated, and high in acid (like lemons, kiwis, grapefruit, etc.) are easy to digest because they cause so little stress to the stomach. Little or no additional acid is needed for digestion, and consequently, less neutralizing is required in the small intestine.
Problems occur when 'alkalizing' and 'alkaline' are used interchangeably. Alkaline foods and beverages call for more stomach acid, and may contribute to acidification of body fluids and tissues down the line. But eating more alkaline foods is just what many are recommending, with potentially dangerous consequences. Alkalizing the stomach puts extra stress on the entire system.
Failure to break down proteins and fats in the stomach due to the use of anti-acids is considered by many experts in the field of nutrition to be a leading contributor to the development of colorectal cancer. Disrupting the acid balance in the stomach is bound to have negative effects, and especially if it becomes a regular routine.
Bottom line, if we eat the mineral rich foods that our creator intended for us to eat, we will maintain a slightly alkaline blood pH without causing undue stress on the body. If we eat processed, demineralized and devitalized "food" our bodies must rob from their own resources to survive.
So, rather than buying expensive alkalizing pills or water, the best way to prevent buildup of acid wastes is to eat God's foods. If you want to supplement your diet or use something to offset poor choices, the best way to go is to start your day with a high quality greens drink.
The only drawback to greens drinks is that they typically taste horrible. Manufacturers often try to overcome this taste issue by loading their formula up with sugar or worse yet, toxic chemical sweeteners.
Logos Nutritionals is working on a new cutting edge greens formula that tastes good - with no compromises.MagnifiGreens will be available soon. we will make an announcement when it is ready.
Once again, good to see you back LD. please keep us posted on your continued progress.
You can make a lot of progress if you discipline yourself to cut out all sweets (they do feed on the sweets) give up the coffee unless you can alkalize it (some are using a dash of pure baking soda, NO additives). I don't drink coffee or sodas but had to give up the fruit juices and even fruits. Only fruit I do eat is bananas and more ripe the better. Gave up all meats, chicken, fish for they are all acid. I drink green tea, almond milk and eat alot of almonds as a snack. If you are going to eat something acid, you need to offset it with alkaline foods if your ph is not where it should be. For instance, I eat oatmeal with powdered whey protein every morning which are low acid but I cook it with akaline water, use almond milk and stir in diatomaceous Earth (which they say helps in mopping up during detox) but even if it does not do that, it is akaline so it makes my meal akaline. I used DE almost from the begging of my treatment but later on quit using it because I did not know if it was doing any good. But then when I started looking into Acid/Akaline and testing what foods I could, I found out that DE is akaline (not sure if all brands are but the one I have is) so decided I would go back to using it since most foods seemed to be acid and DE was one more thing I could use to help me get my body to an akaline state.
Keep plugging away by following the protocol and you will find yourself feeling better and having time for other things. Also you will be able to concentrate on narrowing your symptoms down to just a minor agitation until you figure out what will work for you to get rid of it. Our bodies are all different and will react to different things in different ways and in my case I was way off on a lot of vitamins so I had to do things recommended by my dr.
Always keep in mind that others have got this under control so there is hope which hopefully keep your spirits up.
I have had great success in not only the fresh squeezed lemon water but also taking alfalfa tablets (cheap) three times per day or super greens food tablets sold at health food stores. Only meat I eat are chicken/turkey and a lot of tofu meals. Mix tofu with stir fry veggies and cook together. Praying for you and it Will Get Better. I have been through it and 95% better now. Diet is key here.
Jessica S. 5/18/2012
I have now realized how important it is to take these protocols and start with a healthy diet. It takes so much courage. My skin does not itch as much as it was before taking the protocols. I have felt so clear minded and my feelings of depression and worry is slowly going away. Im now juicing vegetables and checking all ingredients making sure that there is no sugar, wheat, dairy, or flour in any product that i buy. Its so much fun finding healthier foods. I really never knew that there is brown rice noodles or brown rice flour! There is so much to cook! I was told by Teresa S. that i would be in the kitchen a lot lol and she was right! Now my parents are enjoying the meals i cook. Im trying to change their diets as well because they are both diabetics. But the protocols + A2Z kit + diet= is the key. I'm not all better but it is a start for me! Good Luck to all!
If you are not eating clean, i.e. NO SUGAR - not even natural sugars contained in fruit, no white flour products, rice, bread, pasta, NO Dairy, you will not get well. Yeast love sugar and you have to starve them to death. But that doesn't mean you have to starve, it just means you have to get creative. Beans, Brown rice (excellent brown rice pasta and breads), nuts, olive oil, coconut oil, meats, fish and veggies will become your new best friends. Once you detox from the sugar your foods will have a new and wonderful taste. You will stop craving sugar and when those sugar cravings come take some extra candida rid and Magnifyzme, add some Colostrum, Monolauren and use your zappers, there are many tools available to win this battle against these yeast/fungus.
I followed a variation of the candida and fungus elimination diets. Basically this is what I started out eating.
Fresh vegetables/cooked vegetables-in the beginning I stayed away from the more sugary vegetables like beets, carrots, etc. and concentrated more on the green leafy vegetables. Also no high starchy vegetables like potatoes.
Grains-the only grain I eat are brown rice, millet and quinoa. No pastas, rices, flours, breads that are not made of the above. Also make sure they do not contain any added sugar or yeast. There are wonderful brown rice flours, pastas and breads.
Meats and Fish-Had all meats and fish just prepare myself and make sure any sauces or ingredients added have no sugar, white flour products or yeast.
Fruits-the only fruits I have for the 1st several months was lemons and limes (to make my beverage). After several more months I added in green apples and grapefruits.
Sugar-Absolutely NO sugar. No sugar in processed foods, no fruits (other then lemons and limes), no artificial sweeteners other than 100% pure stevia leaf powder. No honey - NO SUGAR.
Wheat, Bran, Oat - NO! no other grains or flour or anything other than Brown Rice (whole kernel and unprocessed), millet and quinoa.
Bread, pasta, rice, flour - NO! unless it comes from brown rice, millet or quinoa.
Sugar - NOOOOO! Just stevia - no natural brown sugar, no honey, no fruits, no artificial sweeteners.
Teas- drink tons of camomile and green teas. The less processed the better.
Water- drink tons of distilled water. Distilled water is purified and I figure I don't need any nasties coming from my water so I stick with distilled. Distilled water also aids the body in pulling toxins.
Hope this helps.
All the best,
The only thing I wanted to add to what Theresa said was the usage of Olive and Coconut oil.These two oils can be cooked in.
In terms of honey... Manuka honey is actually usable in terms of natural sweetners. See here: Manuka Honey has natural antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiseptic, antiviral, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties.
This is the ONLY kind of honey that can be used. It can be found in most health food grocery stores and online.
Also, research herbs... I talked about Basil before... Which is anti-bacterial, and anti-flammatory. If you can you want to use it raw, ala fresh pesto with your friend olive oil, or in a salad...
Food can heal you, if you know what to eat, and how to eat it. Remember veggies, raw are your friends. It summer, so very much salad time!!!
Even if morgellons makes you miserable, when you eat well and consciously, it can be a very yummy luxury that pays off!
Who wants salad dressing made with lemon juice, sea salt, black pepper and olive oil?? That simple? Wait, is it too acidic? Really, how about a wee bit of Manuka honey in it? :-) Yeah... that simple... anti bacterial, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-septic and... damn, this salad tastes great! Yeah... that simple people. Wait... I don't want salad... I want chicken... Okay, buy some organic chicken, use that recipe as a marinade...and go grill, or broil it... Omg... I'm not gonna starve... No, no you aren't. :-) We would NEVER let you starve.
Get to know food,oils, and herbs. ;-)
You can do this!
Pink Light 7/8/2012
Thanks to everyone for participating in the teleconference. I enjoyed it and got some much needed answers.
I wanted to post about food and share a little bit.First of all, I think Monica and Theresa's posts on the topic 'DIET AND DOCTOR' summarize very well what you are supposed to eat.
The goal of the diet is to keep your body as alkaline as possible while eliminating any food source (sugars) for yeast and fungus in your body. Plain and simple. That's why no natural sugars are allowed at the beginning. You want to attack and starve the enemy, a 1-2 punch. I know it's hard and one of a sudden you feel like there's nothing left to eat. Let me rephrase that last thought: you cannot eat the way you have always done it. End of the discussion.
I have known about the candida diet for a while, I tried it 4 years ago and I lost a lot of weight, which was not great because I need to gain weight. But I made me realize what kind of food I was eating. Fast-forward 3 years, I stumbled upon the 'Paleo' diet, which is in some ways is similar to the Candida diet. Avoid sugar, yeast, most grains, anything processed, and dairy. What you're left with is veggies, fruits, quality animal protein, some nuts, and quality oils. This diet has been working for me, but I still have to keep my portions a tad larger, because I am not eating the traditional 'fillers' and still want to get enough calories to fuel my training.
I'm throwing the idea of 'Paleo' out there for those who feel there's nothing left to eat. There are tons of blogs on Paleo recipes, which can help add variety to your daily menu. Just read the recipes, choose what ingredients fit the stage you are in, and there you go. Some people may be scared by shifting their paradigm from eat low-fat and grains to eat more fat and protein. Do your research, you might like this shift as much as I do.
I was compelled to post because I once read the saddest post on candida forum: 'Please help, there's nothing I can eat, I've been surviving on boiled chicken and almonds for 2 weeks, my kidneys cannot take it anymore'. I gasped in shock! Please don't do this to yourself.
Here is a summary of my 'culinary' journey and ideology:
1. Going on a 'paleo' or 'candida' diet is NOT, let me emphasize NOT, convenient. It's an investment of time, money, and energy. But the results are worth it.
2. Be open-minded. You'll have to be open to eat veggies and other things that you're not used to.
3. Be adventurous. I sometimes go to the supermarket and choose whatever produce looks appealing and try to cook it. You might be in for a nice surprise. This week I found out I love radishes.
4. Be strong. Avoid temptations, eat before a going to an outing you know they will only have pizza, and bring stuff you can eat to potlucks.
I sure have more points but this is all I can think of right this moment.
Ok, so what I had for dinner tonight:
Chicken thigh fillets cooked on the skillet, olive oil, pepper, sea salt, and a dash of cayenne pepper.
Raw green salad, spinach, garden greens, radishes. Topped with the darker olive oil and more cayenne.
Half a hass avocado.
2 teaspoons of coconut manna as dessert.
Good luck on your culinary discovery.
I have found Yellow Butter Squash in Wal Mart for only $1.58. They are huge and will provide you with two meals vegetables easily!! The cooking instructions are usually on the Squash itself.
Also, Wall Mart regularly sells Avocados for 68 cents each. $3.50 will get you 6 of them!!
Next, In have found canned AMY,S ORGANIC BLACK BEANS and LINTEL BEANS at the dollar store. These are really good for you. However, please DON'T BUY your fresh fruits or vegetables there, as most are grown in Mexico and I know the water used to irrigate them is not safe!!
One last thing...AND THIS IS HUGE. I have discovered that ROOIBUS RED TEA is a very potent ANTI FUNGAL. I found 20 bag cannisters at VITAMIN WORLD for $3.49. BUT GO SLOW, as the first time I drank it, I herxed. Now I drink it many times during the day and it lays the rhizoids down almost right away.
Finally, I have found that the ESSENTIAL FLORA seems to be more effective when refrigerated.
That's it for now. Hope this helps .
LOVE and STRENGTH. AND GOD BLESS!!
Since my income is limited, my diet consists of alkalizing foods that I try to include that are cost effective. My diet contribution will include a typical breakfast, lunch, and dinner using those foods. Where possible, I will include the cost and locations I use to obtain them.
1. ONE HALF AVOCADO... 2. ONE HALF LEMON WEDGE... 3. ONE OR TWO HARD BOILED EGGS... 4. RAW ALMONDS... 5. ONE THIRD CUP BUCKWEAT, MILLET, AND AMARANTH WITH FLAX SEED CEREAL WITH COCONUT MILK
ITEMS WITH COSTS:
1) AVOCADOS AT WAL MART....68 CENTS EACH
2) ORGANIC EGGS AT WAL MART...$3.08/DOZEN
3) ALMONDS AT RALEYS...$3.99 A POND WHEN ON SALE
4) CEREAL AT RALEYS... $2.50/BOX (10 SERVINGS PER BOX ) IN ORGANIC AISLE
5) LEMONS AT WALL MART...42 CENTS EACH
6) COCONUT CONCENTRATE (GOLDEN STAR) AT WAL MART...$1.48 PER CAN WILL ALMOST FILL A PITCHER...I ADD DISTILLED WATER AND CINNAMON.
1. 6 TO 8 MEDIUM SIZE SHRIMP... 2. THREE OUNCES QUINOA PALENTA.... 3. SMALL SALAD OF ESSENTIAL GREENS... 3. ONE HALF LEMON WEDGE... 4. ONE HALF AVOCADO...5. ALMONDS...6. COCONUT MILK
ITEMS WITH COSTS:
1) QUINOA PALENTA AT RALEYS...$3.59 PRECOOKED IN ORGANIC AISLE (WILL PROVIDE ABOUT FOUR SERVINGS) SLICE AND MICROWAVE FOR ONE MINUTE AND ADD A LITTLE SALT.
2. ORGANIC SPRING MIX (GREENS) AT WAL MART...$2.48 FORR A PRE WASHED BIN (WILL PROVIDE FOUR SERVINGS.)
1. 4 OUNCES RANGE FED BROILED ORGANIC HAMBURGER...$2.29 PER POUND WHEN ON SALE AT RALEYS. (SEASON WITH GARLIC AND OLIVE OIL)
1 RANGE FED BROILED CHICKEN THIGH....PRICE VARIES AT RALEYS....ABOUT $4.25 ( 4 TO A PACKAGE)
RED ONION WEDGE... TWO LARGE RADISHES...SLICE OF RED OR GREEN PEPPER (ALTERNATE CUCUMBER OR GREEN SQUASH)...ONE HALF AVOCADO..ONE HALF LEMON WEDGE...THREE OUNCES BROWN RICE... COCONUT MILK.
That's it. I will vary vegetables with spaghetti or butter squash that I wait to get on sale at WALMART. I will also cheat(sugar) with an occasional banana or nectarine. For snacks when I need to, I will eat sunflower or pumpkin seeds.
This diet does not require much cooking (which I don't like to do) and, for me, has kept me satiated and feeling well nourished. I have not varied much from it in 60 days now and together with the supplements seems to be working well for me.
However, I believe it is best to find the foods that work best for each of you, as we all have different metabolic types. I suggest you read John's article entitled "Diet; Acid versus Alkaline" from the important articles section of this site.
STRENGTH and LOVE and May GOD BLESS!
I wanted to remind everyone that here are VERY SPECIFIC FOODS that are likely to be genetically modified and that I strongly believe YOU MUST AVOID. Please pay attention to looking at the label for these in the foods you are buying and eating and aviod them if you can!
Sugar (unless cane sugar)
Aspartame, also called NutraSweet, glycine soy isolates
High fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
Hydrolyzed vegetable protein
Soy protein isolate
cyclodextrin maltodextrin triglyceride
modified food starch
fructose (any form)
monosodium glutamate (MSG)
mono and diglyceride
We have too much Candida (Yeast)in our bodies. We also have destructive Fungus. Candida and fungus feed on sugar. AVOID SUGAR COMPLETELY!! Sugar will make more skin issues and keep you sick! Eating foods like bread, potatoes, and white rice contain starch. Starch turns to sugar which will make more skin issues. Eat brown rice and brown rice bread instead.
STRENGTH and LOVE
John B. 2/16/2013
Sugar/Fruit - Refined or white sugar is poison. Period. It wreaks havoc on the body in a multitude of ways, not the least of which are fueling yeast or fungal overgrowth, causing systemic inflammation, and suppressing immunity... not a good thing for anyone, but especially not for Morgellons sufferers.
Fruit or other natural sources of sugar are somewhat better because fruit delivers sugar in combination with fiber and various nutrients. Consequently, the body's response (in terms of insulin spike, etc.) is less severe - as measured by their lower glycemic index.
However, some isolated fruit sugars (like fructose) are even worse than table sugar. Many store bought juices contain added sugar, and typically the absolute worst kind, high fructose corn syrup.
Bottom line - all forms of sugar feed yeast and other pathogens, including parasites. Best practice - especially early on - is to eliminate all forms from your diet.
Stevia is by far the best substitute if you must have something sweet. It has no metabolic downside whatsoever.
Tawney 1/25/1013 Food for Thought
As a vegetarian, this is what my weekly shopping list consists of:
First and foremost, Organic Produce.
AVOCADO(Packed full of Omega-3/Omega-6 fatty acid, protein and vitamins/minerals. I highly recommend buying and eating as much of it as possible! It has helped me out a lot with keeping my weight)
I tend to cook around all of these with every meal.
My list also consists of:
BROWN RICE and BROWN RICE PASTA
ALMOND MILK (I have also discovered ALMOND CHEESE. You won't find any Cholesterol, GMO's, Lactose, Saturated Fat or Preservatives in the 'Lisanatti' Brand-I'm not sure of anyone else here has tried it or would recommend it-the label does say it contains Expeller-Pressed Canola oil so I do use it sparingly and I've noticed no ill affects to speak of thus far.) I have also found 'Lundberg' BROWN RICE CHIPS, they are delicious not to mention USDA Certified Organic! KIND products offer a lot of great Fruit & Nut Bars as well as Granola. Just be sure to keep a look out for the sugar content in some of their products! I buy the 'Healthy Grains Maple Walnut Clusters with Chia and Quinoa' It offers 300 mg Omega-3 and it is Gluten and GMO Free, plus it has no Refined sugar. It works great with the Almond Milk for a quick breakfast and just as well on it's own as a snack. I just stick with the serving size.
I hope this general outline helps get you started!
Hello again Tawney
INCREDIBLE POST ON FOODS!! In this last post you have nailed down the MOST IMPORTANT dietary program that I have ever seen here!! Eating the foods that you have laid out here will MEASURABLY BOOST the Logos nutrients. Eating them RAW will help eliminate biofilm from your digestive track and will also rebuild a strong epiphelium (stomach lining) as you restore your good gut flora.
Like you, I eat almonds with every meal because they are very alkalyzing. I also eat EVERY vegetable on your list,(RAW) except tomatoes, with every meal. Yes, EVERY MEAL!! The Brocolli and Squash are good for skin and give overall vitamin support. The Jallepena peppers, red onions, and radishes work to clear the sinuses and stomache. They help reduce biofilm that loads in mucous. The GARLIC PROVIDES ANTI BACTERIAL support. The GINGER aids in easing overall digestion. I also include Pumpkin seeds as an ANTI PARASITIC. Adding RADISHES completes the picture. The real power comes when you eat them all together. This is what God intended for us to eat!
By eating all the vegetables you list here, you are giving your body the BEST CHANCE you can for a quicker restoration of your overall terrain.
GOD BLESS YOU FOR POSTING THIS for others to see.
STRENGTH and LOVE
I would like to mention what I've been drinking throughout the day as I feel that it has played a big part in my healing thus far. So here goes:
I have been drinking 'Braggs' Raw/Unfiltered Organic Apple Cider Vinegar twice a day. It's important to buy the unfiltered, unpasteurized Apple Cider Vinegar as it contains the intact (healing) enzymes formed through the fermentation process. I mix 2 tablespoons with 8oz cold water(first, in the A.M.)and the second time around (in the evening) I add another 2 tablespoons to a big cup of Green Tea with some Lemon Juice. To my surprise, I've grown to enjoy the combination!
Now for my favorite part, TEA!
I have always been an avid Tea drinker so I was absolutely thrilled to learn that was ONE thing that wouldn't change though all of this. Here are a few that I mainly rely on:
-'Traditional Medicinals' Everyday Detox Tea with Lemon (Promotes healthy liver function.)
-'The Loose Leaf' Detox Tea with Organic Peppermint, Nettle, Ginger, Milk Thistle and Dandelion Root (Cleans the liver, intestines and colon. All of which are VERY crucial.)
-'Red Rooibos' (As Peter mentioned, is a powerful anti-fungal! I also drink Blueberry Rooibos in loose-leaf form and I can't get enough of it.)
- 'Puerh & Peppermint Tea' (This tea holds INCREDIBLE cleansing effects, it's great for your blood, as well as digestion. It is also known to increase metabolism!)
-ANY Green, Peppermint or Chamomile Tea is going to be a plus!
Here is a great tip for you. I discovered this accidentally. Put a couple lemons on the top of your stove when you are broiling or baking. Leave them there for maybe 10 to 15 minutes. You can then cut them in half and the pulp will more easily come right out. I then add this pulp to water.
You can also add the pulp to any vegetables that you may be steaming. Save the water in the pan, let it cool, and then drink it. This becomes a power packed nutrient dense and alkalizing drink!
STRENGTH and LOVE
I also found something interesting regarding whole grains in the diet. Whole grains are very good for you but they can be difficult to digest if they aren't sprouted or soaked in water overnight in an acid solution such as a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar or whey from yogurt or yogurt itself.
The reason for the slight difficulty in digestion is because they have an outer layer called the bran which has plant chemicals called phytates which can decrease digestion and keep the seed from sprouting. To improve digestion, and absorption of minerals all cultures used to sprout, soak, or ferment, their whole grains.
Lately I have been soaking my oatbran/oatmeal in water overnight with a teaspoon of yogurt to digest the phytates and break them down. I dump the water replace it with fresh water and then cook it. Its makes it much more digestable it lowers the phytate content and allows more minerals to be absorbed from the food.
I soak my rice the day before in water add a teaspoon of yogurt and let it sit overnight I then dump the water and let it sit till the evening it will usually begin to sprout. I then cook it. Its been working for me well; I just plan ahead abit.
I find since I have been doing this my digestion has improved allot.
Google. soaking, sprouting grains and germinated brown rice. You will be amazed!
My diet remains unchanged. I am still eating specific raw vegetables. Radishes, red onions, red bell peppers, spring mix greens, almonds, shredded coconut, jalapeño peppers, garlic and different herbs with EVERY MEAL.
The fresh herbs I am rotating are ginger, basil, oregano, tarragon, cilantro, and rosemary. I am also using Sharwoods hot curry powder. It has a blend of spices which include cur cumin, turmeric, and cloves, all very potent anti-fungals! Remember that anti-fungals break down the fungal cell walls but that it is important to rotate them so the fungus cannot adjust. I will also use 3 to 5 drops of Oil of Oregano under the tongue twice a week.
I continue to eat eggs and avocados daily, with range fed beef or chicken twice a week. I also am still taking Whey Protein Isolate and food grade Vitamin C when money will allow. An occasional granny green apple and pumpkin seeds rounds everything out.
You said clean diet... I'm curious what you mean by this? There is a lot of good diet advice on the site.. I initially referenced Doug Kauffmann the nutritionist of KNOW THE CAUSE, he has some helpful advice,including books on cleansing diets to starve candida. Fungus being a major component of Morgellons it is soo necessary to starve the fungus which will allow the protocol to do it's job in restoring your system. I followed his Phase1 diet for nearly 2 yrs making a lot of progress but it wasn't until a friend told me recently to cut out the buckwheat and quinoa I was eating have I started to see more progress. NO SUGAR, NO YEAST, NO FRUIT,BREADS,GRAINS, LIMIT CARBS! EAT VEGGIES!- (excluding carrots & potatos beans), lean meats, fish,everyones body responds diferent to foods Im just saying what works for me.. i exclude even brown,white rice some others eat this and make progress I wouldn't.Eat highly alkaline foods.. I was eating cashews for the longest time not realizing thier acidic.. ALMONDS HAZENUTS are alkaline, Oh and PURIFIED LEMON WATER, STEVIA to sweeten:).. There is more dietary advice here just thought i'd throw some basic essential diet advice out there(if u know all this already good your quicker than i am lol:) Honestly takes some fierce dedication and will to make the changes needed,but i know you got it.. those to little boys are inspiration enough!You and your boys are in my prayers.. I know there is an amazing healing taking place right where you are and you and your boys will pull thru this as a team! Love will see you thru :) Keep in faith!!