To Our Enota Readers

August 1, 2012

One of the many vegetables growing in our organic garden this year is the jalapeño pepper. The jalapeno is a vegetable—or, more properly, a fruit—that can be grown either in a simple garden or in the home. Besides this, jalapenos can be used for a variety of recipes and mixtures.


Like all capsicum peppers, the jalepeno comes naturally from the Americas. The jalapeno in particular originates from Mexico, and is named after Xalapa, Veracruz. A mature fruit normally ranges in size from 2-3 ½ inches and is normally picked while still green. The juice of the jalapeno has long been used as a remedy for cardiovascular problems or even allergies. Incidentally, the chipotle is a just ripe jalapeno that has been smoked.


Jalapenos have a good source of Iron, Phosphorus, Riboflavin, Niacin, and Magnesium. Also, if you’re looking for a good source of Vitamin C, jalapenos can help. 1 cup of sliced jalapenos contain as much as 66% the Daily Value of Vitamin C, along with 14% the Daily Value of Vitamin A.

Jalapenos are also thought to have a beneficial effect in Alzheimer’s disease—mainly by limiting neuronal damage in the brain.

Most people automatically assume that jalapenos are very hot. In all actuality, the seeds are the hottest part of the pepper. And if you’re eating the pepper raw rather than pickled, you’ll find a little less heat. If you’re looking for a challenge, the jalapeno is definitely not one of the top peppers. The habenero is better for intense heat or—if looking for a touch of true fire—the ghost pepper can feed the flames.


So what gives jalapenos their heat? Well, the capsaicin flavonoid gives many peppers their characteristic heat, and this is especially true if peppers have been pickled or cooked. Also, if you’re looking to add a little bit of fresh jalapeno to your stir-fry or other dishes, be careful in cooking these peppers on the skillet or grill: the compounds released can be a big irritant to the eyes and lungs if not careful. Food chemists believe this is because the capsaicin evaporates and expands.


If you’re eating jalapenos and feel the heat is a little too much, eating cold yogurt can help cool you down. Don’t try to drink a lot of water; this only causes the capsaicin to spread around. The yogurt (ice cream can also help) dilutes the capsaicin and helps to keep it from touching the lining of your stomach, which helps in soothing any burning pain.

DON’T get any portion of the pepper near your eye. If dealing with the peppers, wash your hands before getting your hands near your eyes or nose. If this does happen, rinse your eyes out thoroughly with cold water to reduce irritation.

Of course, eating a large amount of spicy foods over a long period of time can cause ulcers. If you are experiencing any pain after eating spicy foods, give your doctor a call and put the spicy adventures on hold until you know the cause.


Jalapeno Relish

1 lb. Onions

½ lb. bell peppers

1 tsp salt, optional

½ cup of white vinegar

½ lb. jalapeno peppers

1 large can tomatoes, 16 oz.

1 tsp. garlic powder

Cut stems and remove seeds from jalapeno peppers. Chop fine, wear gloves when handling jalapenos. Chop all vegetables, including tomatoes, and place in pot with other ingredients. Bring to a boil, then simmer about 1 hour, stirring occasionally until onions are soft and sauce is slightly thickened.

To get sauce a little hotter, leave in all jalapeno pepper seeds

Bottle and refrigerate, or may be put in jars and canned. Makes about 3 pints.


Best Ever Jalapeno Poppers Recipe

12 ounces cream cheese, softened

1 (8 ounce) package shredded cheddar cheese

1 tablespoon bacon bits

12 ounces jalapeno peppers, seeded and halved

1 cup milk

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup dry bread crumbs

2 quarts of oil for frying

In medium bowl, mix the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and bacon bits. Spoon this mixture into the jalapeno pepper halves.

Put the milk and flour into two separate small bowls. Dip the stuffed jalapenos first into the milk then into the flour, making sure they are well coated with each. Allow the coated jalapenos to dry for about 10 minutes.

Dip the jalapenos in milk again and roll them through the breadcrumbs. Allow them to dry, then repeat to ensure the entire surface of the jalapeno is coated

In a medium skillet, heat the oil to 365 degrees F. Deep fry the coated jalapenos 2 to 3 minutes each, until golden brown. Remove and let drain on paper towel.

Recipe obtained at

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Got Protein?

February 17, 2012

Greetings, Enota Fmily.

We all know that we need protein to live.  But,  what do you picture when you hear the word protein?  Today’s post will talk about such topics as What is protein?  What are the types of protein?  And,  just how much protein do I need each day?

What is protein?

Proteins are part of every cell in our bodies.    Proteins in our bodies  are constantly being broken down and replaced.  (The protein in the foods we eat is converted into amino acids that are later used to replace these proteins in our bodies.)  Protein is found in:  meats, poultry, and fish;  eggs;  milk and dairy products; legumes (dry beans and peas); tofu;  nuts and seeds;  grains and some vegetables.  (There is some protein in some fruits, but for the most part it’s not enough to count.)

What are the types of protein?

Proteins are made up of amino acids.  There are 20 different amino acids that join together to make all types of protein.  Some of these amino acids can’t be made by our bodies,  so these are known as “essential amino acids”  because it is   essential that our diet provide them.

 Complete proteins are those that provide all of the essential amino acids.   Animal-based foods,  dairy products,  and eggs are complete proteins.

Incomplete proteins are those  that are low in one or more of the essential amino acids; and,  complementary proteins are two or more incomplete proteins that together create adequate amounts of all the essential amino acids.  For example,  rice and beans together provide all the amino acids your body requires;  but, separately they don’t.  And, you don’t have to eat them at the same meal… eating the two items within the same day will still allow your body to combine their amino acids.

How much protein do I need?

Generally speaking, about one third of your diet should be protein. The  Recommended Dietary Allowances (RDA) for adults is 46 grams for women and 56 grams for men.

Examples of  protein

 in common foods:

1 cup of milk has 8 grams of protein
A 3-ounce piece of meat has about 21 grams of protein
1 cup of dry beans has about 16 grams of protein
An 8-ounce container of yogurt has about 11 grams of protein
Added together, just these four sources would meet the protein needs of an adult male (56 grams). This doesn’t count all the other foods that add smaller amounts of protein to his diet.

Most people in the United States eat far more protein than required.  Usually this doesn’t harm the body unless you have certain medical conditions, such as kidney disease.  Of course,  intake of many protein sources is high in calories and fat, so you might want to cut back on certain protein sources such as fatty meats, cheese, and dairy.


Since many vegetarians avoid eating all (or most) animal foods, they must rely on plant-based sources of protein to meet their protein needs.  A vegetarian diet can easily meet the recommended protein needs of adults and children.

Some of the issues surrounding animal- based  protein sources (mainly meats)  are high amounts of saturated fats, steroids and antibiotics that have been given to the animal. Also, if the animal was fed something loaded with pesticides, you will be eating them too!  All these substances are absorbed by the animal and passed along to you.

6 Little-Known Protein Sources:

#1: Alfalfa sprouts:  Add alfalfa sprouts to  salads or sandwiches. The calories in these sprouts are 40% protein.

#2:  Almonds: Almonds are filling, a great substitute snack in place of chips or candy bars;  and 15% of their calories are from protein.  2/3 of a cup of almonds provides all the protein an adult male requires for the day.

#3: Hemp protein:  Just three  Tbs of hemp protein powder is enough protein for an adult’s daily needs!  By having Hemp protein in a shake for breakfast you are starting your day with a good energy supply. In blender, mix 1/2 cup almond milk or coconut milk with 1 cup water, 1 Tablespoon hemp protein, and a banana;  blend until smooth.

#4:  Hummus:  Hummus, made primarily of pureed garbanzo beans  is a great source of protein ( 25% of its calories) and is a no-fat food!  Great for weight loss!  Use cucumber slices rather than chips to further increase your level of health.

#5:  Spinach:  The calories in spinach are 49% protein!!!  Spinach is an incredibly healthy food.  IF you are looking to lose weight and/or build muscle,  spinach is an ideal food.

#6:  Sunflower Seeds:   Protein makes up 17% of the calories in sunflower seeds.  They make a great snack or you can use them on a salad.

Long-story-short:   Try to get your protein  from natural, easily absorbed sources such as the ones listed above. Your body will appreciate it!

Enota Mountain Retreat

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Ready for Winter Weather?

February 15, 2012

Hello, again,  Enota Readers!

Are YOU Ready for Winter Weather?   Despite an unusually mild winter,  it has snowed in the North Georgia Mountains a couple times in the past week.  And although it is mid-February, many of us remember  big snow storms in the month of March!  So, even though there’s a lot of wishful thinking that spring will be early this year, we can’t become complacent.  Just in case,  let’s review emergency preparedness for winter storms…

Of course, the main point of any preparedness plan is to be ready BEFORE the announcements of inclement weather!   Getting ready before winter storms strike includes two main steps:

#1:  Create a home emergency preparedness closet with at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food and water for your home as well as other items your family needs..  Ask yourself questions such as, “What is my family’s usual routine?  How can we make this experience safe, less-than-scary,  maybe even enjoyable?”  Household emergency supplies should include enough water,  food,  and other supplies to last a few days without power or help.  Things to have on hand include:   Food that doesn’t require heating or refrigeration,  such as canned meats, soups and stews,  cereal,  and energy bars.  Take into consideration your family’s likes and dislikes, food intolerances, etc.  Having a bunch of nearly-inedible food will not be comforting to your loved ones.

Be sure to include a manual can opener,  paper plates, and plastic cups and utensils.

Have at least 1 gallon of water per person per day (allow enough for four days),  and don’t forget the pets!  They will need water (and food), too.

Also have on hand:  Flashlights and batteries,  a battery-powered radio and clock, cell phone. Other items, depending on your family’s habits and needs:  games,  puzzle books, etc.,  a first-aid kit,  cold-weather clothing and blankets for each family member.

 Make a plan and practice the plan with your family.  Stay informed and aware of approaching  weather  so that you are prepared for whatever the weather throws your way.  And,   even if you already have an emergency closet, read on… there might be a new idea or two… something you overlooked.

 #2:  Vehicle kits for  winter road travel  are also a good idea.  Keep your vehicle emergency kits up-to-date for the season!  (What if you were stranded in your vehicle?  How safe would you be?  And, for how long?)  Be sure to have warm blankets, first aid kit, water, protein snacks, pet supplies.

Road conditions can change in an instant. Before traveling, give cars a winter preparedness exam:

Check antifreeze;  Check and replace older batteries; Remember to keep the gas tank near full to avoid freezing water in the fuel line;  Check tires and spare tire for proper inflation;  and,  make sure that vehicles  contain the following emergency supplies:  Jumper cables,  ice scraper, bag  of sand, road salt or non-clumping cat litter  (the bag’s extra weight means better traction, and the contents can be spread under slipping tires),  a small shovel to dig away wheels or shovel dirt under wheels; flares or reflectors; and, emergency backpacks for each family member.  Each persons’  emergency backpack should include:  coat, hat,  and gloves;   snow-proof boots;  nonperishable food;  and a few dollars and a bit of change.

Other Cold Weather Considerations  (Info from FEMA)

  • Stay indoors during the storm.

  • Walk carefully on snowy, icy, walkways.

  • Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow. Overexertion can bring on a heart attack—a major cause of death in the winter. If you must shovel snow, stretch before going outside.

  • Keep dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat. Wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and transmits heat rapidly.

  • Watch for signs of frostbite. These include loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in extremities such as fingers, toes, ear lobes, and the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, get medical help immediately.

  • Watch for signs of hypothermia. These include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion. If symptoms of hypothermia are detected, get the victim to a warm location, remove wet clothing, warm the center of the body first and give warm, non-alcoholic beverages if the victim is conscious. Get medical help as soon as possible.

  • Drive only if it is absolutely necessary. If you must drive: travel in the day; don’t travel alone; keep others informed of your schedule; stay on main roads and avoid back road shortcuts.

  • Let someone know your destination, your route, and when you expect to arrive. If your car gets stuck along the way, help can be sent along your predetermined route.

  • If the pipes freeze, remove any insulation or layers of newspapers and wrap pipes in rags. Completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes, starting where they were most exposed to the cold (or where the cold was most likely to penetrate).

  • Maintain ventilation when using kerosene heaters to avoid build-up of toxic fumes. Refuel kerosene heaters outside and keep them at least three feet from flammable objects.

  • Conserve fuel, if necessary, by keeping your residence cooler than normal. Temporarily close off heat to some rooms.

  • If you will be going away during cold weather, leave the heat on in your home, set to a temperature no lower than 55ºF.

    And, remember, Spring really

    IS just around the corner!

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Start Your Garden NOW!

February 13, 2012

Greetings, Enota Family!

Yes, it DOES seem early to be thinking about Spring planting,  but now is actually the perfect time!  Even though the temperature in the North Georgia Mountains is in the teens,  it’ll be Spring “just around the corner.   Planning and prepping your garden is just as important as the planting.

Here are ten things to do

for your garden NOW:

#1:  Take a walk through the area where you plan to have your garden plot(s) this year.  Take note of anything that needs attention before planting time…  mold or fungus,  insect infestation,  fallen tree limbs,  etc.  Many of these problems can be addressed now; and, if they need to be cared for later, you will have notes as to what needs to be done prior to planting.  Cleaning up the garden space now will also prevent garden pests later…

#2:  If you haven’t already done so, plan your garden.  Look through seed catalogs,  sort through seeds you already have, and decide what you want to plant and where.  Do the math now, and it will prevent problems later.  DO the research to see how much room a grown plant will require,  how much light it will need,  where it would thrive in your garden… ( Many pests will winter-over in last years’ plants…)

#3: More math!!!  Decide whether you want to begin early with seedlings started indoors and plan accordingly; determine which vegetable varieties you want to grow and what the appropriate planting time for each is.  Be sure to buy seeds appropriate for your zone!

#4:  Oh, my!  Even more math!  Next, lay out your garden plan on graph paper, noting how much space you will need for each species, and placing them in appropriate areas for the amount of sunlight they each require.  (Remember, the sun is much higher above the horizon in the summer than during the winter.)

#5:   Be realistic while you are still in the planning stage!  How much can you and your family take care of?  And, how much do you want to produce?  If you plan on canning, freezing,  or dehydrating,  you will want to plant more than what your family can eat during the harvest season.  But, if you don’t plan on preserving the extras,  it’s a shame to end up throwing good produce in the compost heap!

#6:  Winter is the perfect time to take care of fruit trees. Pruning is very beneficial and doing so while the trees are dormant is perfect timing.  Late winter is also a good time to start spraying dormant oil on fruit trees and shrubs to manage winter pests

#7:  As winter ends, certain steps should be taken to prepare the soil for spring. Preparing the soil in a garden will increase the growth of a crop or flower bed, and it can be done during the winter.  Tasks that should  have been done in the autumn include removal of weeds and  dead crops.  A layer of compost should have also be added. If these things were not done in the autumn, do them now;  it’s not too late.

#8:  Once the ground has begun to thaw,  start digging up the garden beds and preparing the soil for planting. (Digging in wet , saturated soil is counterproductive, so do this chore during a dry spell.)  Adding compost as you go,  dig the garden beds about 8 to 12 inches deep.

#9:  Mulch your garden after you’ve prepared the soil.  Mulch helps to keep the temperature of your garden soil more constant.   Mulch will keep new seedlings warm once you’re at the planting stage.

#10:   Start seedlings.  Although many vegetables  can be directly planted outdoors,  starting  seeds indoors can be   educational  and might give you an earlier harvest.  For children,  preparing seeds for sprouting and watching them grow is an invaluable biology lesson.  Some plants that do well when started inside include  broccoli, Brussels sprouts,  cabbage,  cauliflower,  cucumber,  lettuce, melons,  spinach,  squash,  tomatoes,  zucchini,  and nearly any herb.

Remember,  depending on your planting zone,  some vegetable seeds can be planted outdoors in the late winter.  Sowing them after the soil has been properly tilled and organic matter has been added is ideal. Crops such as  asparagus, leeks, lettuce, peas, onions, and spinach  can be sowed during this time.

Doing prep work now will

make your planting and

gardening more enjoyable

throughout the spring and


And for a hands-on organic gardening experience, book your reservation at Enota.  We have organic vegetable gardens and herd gardens as well as various farm animals,  including chickens, cows, goats,  and rabbits to name a few…  You can learn about organic farming while having a relaxing and restoring vacation!  We’d love to see you soon.

Enota Mountain Retreat

1000 Hwy 180,  Hiawassee GA 30546

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Fountain of Youth?

February 10, 2012

Greetings, Enota Family!

Today we;re going to talk about a “fountain of youth”… a natural substance that has many healthy benefits – coconut oil!  What is it?  What’s so good about it?  What diseases and conditions does it affect?  What are its uses?

What is Coconut Oil?

Coconut oil is the oil obtained from the dried meat of coconuts.  It is as an edible fat as well as for making soaps, etc.  One of the substances found in coconut oil is lauric acid. The human body converts lauric acid into monolaurin; and,  monolaurin helps  deal with viruses and bacteria causing diseases such as herpes, influenza, cytomegalovirus, and even HIV. It helps in fighting harmful bacteria such as listeria  and heliobacter pylori, as well as  harmful protozoa such as giardia lamblia.  Although the exact mechanism is unknown,  coconut oil has many health benefits and is used extensively in traditional Ayurvedic Indian medicine.  Only recently have Americans begun to appreciate the uses and benefits of coconut oil.

Some of Coconut Oil’s Benefits:

The health benefits of coconut oil include hair and skin care,   weight loss,  maintaining cholesterol levels,  stress relief,  increased immunity and bone strength,   proper digestion and metabolism,  relief from kidney problems, heart diseases, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV and cancer.   (We will talk about these in more detail throughout this post.)  Coconut oil has antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal,  and antibacterial properties. Coconut oil consists of about ninety percent  saturated fats,  with traces of few unsaturated fatty acids, such as monounsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids.  Most of the saturated fats are medium-chain Triglycerides, which assimilate well in the human body.  The unsaturated fat is primarily lineolic acid, which aids in weight loss.  Contrary to your first reaction,  coconut oil will not raise your cholesterol or make you gain weight;  it is the exact opposite!  Read on…

Uses for Coconut Oil:

Heart Diseases:

Because it contains large quantities  of saturated fats,  there is a popular misconception that coconut oil is not good for the heart.  However, coconut oil is actually beneficial for the heart!  It contains about 50% lauric acid, which helps in preventing various heart problems including high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure.  The saturated fats present in coconut oil  do not lead to increase in LDL levels.    It also reduces the incidence of injury in arteries and therefore helps in preventing atherosclerosis

Hair  and Skin Care:

Coconut oil provides  natural nutrition for hair and skin.   It is an excellent conditioner and provides the essential proteins required for nourishing damaged hair.  Regular massage of the head with coconut oil ensures that your scalp is free of dandruff, lice, and lice eggs, even if your scalp is dry.  (It works for your pets, too!)   Coconut oil is also an excellent massage oil for your skin;   It acts as an effective moisturizer on all skin types.   Because of its antioxidant properties,  coconut oil also delays the  wrinkling and sagging of skin which normally occurs with age;  and,  is used in  treating various skin problems including psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and other skin infections.

Weight Loss and Energy:

People who live in tropical coastal areas and eat coconut oil daily are not overweight.   Coconut oil  contains short and medium-chain fatty acids that help in taking off excessive weight.  It is also easy to digest and aids  in the healthy functioning of the thyroid.  It also  increases  body metabolism by removing stress on pancreas,  thereby burning  more energy and helping overweight people reduce weight. Coconut oil is also often used by athletes and body builders because it contains lesser calories than other oils,  its fat content is easily converted into energy,  and it does not lead to accumulation of fat in the heart and arteries.  Coconut oil helps in boosting energy and endurance, and enhances the performance of athletes.


Coconut oil taken internally  helps in absorption of other nutrients such as vitamins, minerals and amino acids.  It  helps improve  digestion and  prevent various stomach and digestion  problems such as  irritable bowel syndrome. The saturated fats present in coconut oil have anti microbial properties and help in dealing with various bacteria, fungi, parasites, etc., that cause indigestion. Coconut also oil helps in preventing kidney and gall bladder diseases.


Coconut oil  strengthens the immune system because it contains antimicrobial lipids, lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid  all of which have antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties.


 Coconut oil helps in controlling blood sugar, and improves the secretion of insulin. It also helps in effective utilization of blood glucose, thereby preventing and treating diabetes.   Coconut oil is also useful in treating pancreatitis and in dissolving kidney stones.

Bones and Teeth:

As mentioned earlier, coconut oil improves the ability of our body to absorb important minerals.  These include calcium and magnesium which are necessary for strong teeth and bones.  Thus coconut oil is very useful to women who are prone to osteoporosis after middle age.  It also stops tooth decay.

Wow! This is good stuff!  Start

incorporating coconut oil into

your life and watch it improve

your health!

Enota Mountain Retreat

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pH – Part Two

February 1, 2012

Greetings, Enota Family!

Today we are going to continue our

discussion of pH balance, the importance

of keeping our diets alkaline, and specific

foods to prevent pH acidity.

The first rule for ridding acidity from your diet is  to avoid fast food,  sugar, and refined ( ???) flour.  (One could write an entire post on just this subject, and perhaps we will at a later date…)

 Instead,  include a wide variety of alkalizing foods in your diet.  It is recommended that your dietary intake consist of 80% alkalizing foods and 20% neutral and acidifying foods.  Acid-forming foods include meat, dairy products, chocolate, bread and all  other yeast products, alcohol, carbonated drinks and coffee and tea.  Eating an alkaline diet can restore your overall health.  When the alkaline nutrients enter your bloodstream virtually every cell in your body is re-energized.  An alkaline diet can improve your skin, your mental clarity, and your energy level! It also helps reduce allergies and aids in weight loss.

What Are The  Highest Alkaline Foods?

#1:  Avocados:

Ideally, include five or more avocados in your weekly diet.   Despite what you may have been told about avocados,  they will not make you gain weight.  Avocados are 85% fat,  but it is the good fat which lowers your LDL (bad)   cholesterol and raises your HDL (good) cholesterol.  Avocados also contain oleic acid which promotes antioxidant production and slows the process of heart disease.  The fat in avocados actually speeds up your metabolism,  helping you lose weight – not gain. Avocados also contain many other nutrients that have an anti-inflammatory effect on the human body.  Avocados are a powerful,  alkaline superfood!  An interesting way to introduce avocados into your diet is to use them in place of mayonnaise – in foods such as potato salad or deviled eggs!

#2.  Bell Peppers / Peppers:

Peppers can be used raw, fried, roasted, or grilled and will deliver a great taste as well as  antioxidant power.

Here are just some of the antioxidants bell pepper contains:    Alpha-carotene,    Beta-carotene,   Carotenoids,     Cinnamic acid,  Cryptoxanthin,  Ferulic acid,  Flavonoids,    Hesperidin,   Hydroxycinnamic Acidsluteolin,    Lutein,  Luteolin,   Quercetin,   and  Zeaxanthin…  Bell peppers also contain lots of Vitamin C –  twice as much as oranges.   Bell pepper is one of  the best food source of the most  common antioxidants – vitamins C,  A,  and  E.

Bell peppers have also shown up in research relating to decreasing the risk of cardiovascular disease,  inflammation,  type II diabetes,  and cancer.

#3  Broccoli:

Steamed or raw broccoli is a hugely alkaline, hugely nutritious food.   Put it in salads , juices,  smoothies, and  soups Steam it with other veggies  or have it in stir-fry.   Try to eat broccoli daily.  If you can’t eat it daily try to have it at least four times a week.

Broccoli is an incredibly powerful superfood  for  inhibiting cancer, supporting the digestive system, the cardiovascular system, the detoxification process of the body.  Broccoli  also supports the skin,  metabolism, and immune system.   It is an  anti-inflammatory and contains lots of  antioxidants.

#4  Celery:

Celery is another favorite because it’s alkaline and has a  high water content as well.    Use it often as  a base for soups and juices.  If you are hoping to lose weight, you’ll also be happy to hear that celery contains lots of potassium and sodium and is,  therefore,  a diuretic – meaning it helps rid the body of excess fluids.  Celery is high in Vitamin C;   foods rich in Vitamin C   support the immune system and fight inflammation,  thus helping with many of the most common and most challenging health problems… arthritis, asthma,  osteoporosis, and cardiovascular disease.  Celery also contains a couple of lesser-known nutrients – phthalides and comarins.  Phthalides  lower cholesterol and comarins inhibit cancer.

#5 Cucumber:

Cucumbers have the highest water content of any food known to man.  They are 95% water.  Thus, cucumbers are known for hydrating the human body.   Cucumbers  contain large amounts of antioxidants, including the super-important lignans.  Lignans  have a strong history of medical research in connection with the reduced risk of many cancers,  including breast,  ovarian,  prostate,  and uterine cancer.  Lignans are also associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease.

Cucumbers  also contain vitamins K and C, and slightly less of vitamin A and the B vitamins.  Cucumbers contain the following alkaline minerals as well:  calcium,  copper,  iron,  magnesium,  manganese,  phosphorus, potassium,  selenium,  and zinc.

 Use cucumbers as a base for  alkaline soups,  smoothies and juices – giving you a very alkaline, very nutritious base that also tastes great.

#6   Kale:

Kale is a leafy green veggie that is widely known for its cancer-fighting,  cholesterol-lowering,  antioxidant-rich,  and detoxifying  properties.   Kale is a powerful cancer fighter because it  contains at least four glucosinolates.  When consumed   glucosinolates are  easily converted by the body into cancer fighting compounds.

Kale is also known to have a big effect on lowering cholesterol.  Interestingly, it is more effective steamed than raw for cholesterol lowering.    Kale also contains extremely high amounts of Vitamin K, Vitamin A, and Vitamin C as well as a huge chlorophyl content.  Try to eat kale at least two or three times a week.

#7  Spinach:

As with all green foods, spinach is rich in chlorophyll , a potent alkalizer and blood builder.  Spinach is extremely alkaline.  It is also super high in  Vitamins A and K,   manganese,  folate,  magnesium,  iron,  vitamin c,  vitamin b2, calcium,  potassium,  vitamin e, and  dietary fiber.  A true superfood!  Spinach is easy to find in the grocery store and is easy to grow as well.  Try to eat some spinach every day.

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Body pH – Why Care?

January 30, 2012

Hello, again, Enota Friends!

Lots of us remember taking chemistry in high school or college; and, most of us have had our physician check the pH of our blood or urine,  but do we really understand what it means?

Moms and scientists around the world tell us that we should eat at least five vegetables daily.  But, how many of us really do it?  And,  how many of us understand why it’s advised. How can we do this when our lives are lived on-the-run and on the road?   Increasing stress-related medical conditions in the world’s population points out that our overscheduled lives are unhealthy.

A typical breakfast for many people consists of  orange juice, toast, honey,  sweet rolls,  muffins,  waffles,  pancakes,  etc.,  all of which contain huge amounts of sugar and simple carbohydrates.  This promotes high levels of yeast to grow inside the body.  Traditional high protein breakfasts such as  eggs,  bacon,  sausage,  etc. also compromise the gastrointestinal system and lead to higher acid levels in our body.

As a result, many people nowadays suffer from  acidosis, which is the condition of having too much acid in the system .  Everything we eat  influences our body pH level.   By consuming acid-forming or acidic food,  as noted above,  our body is continuously fighting to neutralize the excessive acid and  retain pH balance.    Symptoms of a pH imbalance  include weight problems as well as other health conditions such as allergies,  arthritis,  acne,  even heart attacks!

Most American diets are  acid forming.  Our bodies are built to withstand some acidity,  but it’s a problem when our bodies can no longer process so much acidity from the foods we eat.  In addition to diet, other factors such as stress cause us to be even more acidic. Proper digestion is,  of course,   essential to the proper functioning of our bodies.    We tend to take our digestive tract for granted, thinking it’s a simple process… food in… nutrients to cells… wastes out…  However, when you take a closer look at digestion  you realize that the process is fairly complex.

One element of digestion that is seldom discussed is the importance of keeping the body’s cells alkaline.  The pH level of your body is very influential during  every step of the digestion process.  The stomach is designed to be acidic;  our stomachs require acidity for certain digestive actions including digesting proteins. The stomach’s acidity also protects the digestive tract from germs and pathogens.    When we eat alkaline foods, the stomach produces more hydrochloric acid which keeps the pH of the stomach acidic.

However, the rest of the gastrointestinal tract requires an alkaline environment.  When the food reaches the small intestines this is where most of the nutrient absorption occurs.  To neutralize the stomach acid, the liver secretes bile.  Meanwhile the food mixes with enzymes such as lactase, sucrase and maltase,  all of which are secreted from the alkaline mucosal membranes.

Our bodies are designed to know how to maintain  the proper acid and alkaline levels  for proper digestion. But when we take products such as antacids, this can mess up this balance,  resulting in poor nutrition.  The key is to maintain enough of an alkaline environment in the first place so that medications and antacids won’t be necessary!

While acidity is beneficial to your stomach,  if the rest of your body gets too acidic,  it can be harmful for the digestive tract.  With too much acidity a variety of issues can result,  including toxicity, weight gain and the creation and storage of fats.   (In fact,  fat is created to store acids and toxins) .  On the other hand, when an alkaline environment is maintained in the body,  diseases are less likely to form.

Fortunately there are alkaline foods that can keep your body’s  pH balance at an optimal level.    What you need to do is alkalize your body pH to restore good health and nutrition.  The over-acidification of your body can be reversed by creating a proper nutritional balance of alkaline-forming and acid-forming foods in your diet.

An alkaline way of life is the perfect start to restore your overall health. By eating an alkalizing pH diet,   your body’s pH level will gradually be balanced.  When the nutrients of alkaline foods get into your bloodstream,  every cell in your body will be regenerated. An alkaline  helps  boost your energy levels,  improve your skin,  reduce allergies and enhance mental clarity.

Also, when alkaline pH balance is achieved, your body  will instinctively drops to its ideal weight. As soon as the acidic environment is eliminated, there will be no need for new fat cells to form.   The remaining fat in your body is no longer needed to store acid wastes,  and it will melt away.  An alkaline way of life will restore good health.   You will  see and feel the difference!

We hope you have a better understanding of your body’s pH balance. Next time we’ll talk about specific alkaline foods to eat in order to restore the optimum pH balance in your body.   And, remember… for a healthy and relaxing experience, come visit us here at Enota.  Call and book your reservation for a beautiful vacation experience.

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