Not So Random Thoughts and Recipes

Friday, April 22, 2011

Boosting Your Immune System . . .

Raw almond milk smoothie with cacao nibs

There are a myriad of ways you could strengthen your immune system. Through research and experimentation I've found that my body responds best with alkaline foods. Alkaline foods are mostly green vegetables, low in sugar. Foods that readily convert to sugar in the body are not alkaline. Some fruits are alkaline, for example, unripe bananas, lemons, limes, avocados, tomatoes, sour grapefruits and coconuts. Rice, pasta, bread (all grains), potatoes, ripe bananas, are all examples of acid foods that put stress on the body's immune system. All animal foods including fish and especially dairy, are highly acidic in addition to harboring bacteria, hormones and pathogens.

quinoa topped with raw veggies tossed in olive oil & lemon juice

According to Dr. Robert O. Young, PhD, in his book, 'The PH Miracle', "The pH level of our internal fluids affects every cell in our bodies. The entire metabolic process depends on an alkaline environment. Chronic over-acidity corrodes body tissue, and if left unchecked will interrupt all cellular activities and functions, form the beating of your heart to the neural firing of your brain. In other words, over-acidity interferes with life itself. It is at the root of all sickness, dis-ease, and disease."

Read future posts for more information about the benefits of an alkaline diet.



Although my smoothies are health building overall, they are not alkaline. They are a good transition from eating an acidic diet to a more alkaline diet. A true alkaline diet is by it's very nature, raw, vegan and mostly green.

Chocolate Almond Milk Smoothie
1 serving

1 1/2 cups raw almond milk
6 fresh dates
1 Tbls. cacao nibs
1 Tbls. ground flaxseed
1 Tbls. salba seeds
2 frozen, unripe, (slightly green) bananas

In a Vita Mix blender add first six ingredients and blend for 2 minutes or until dates are well blended.  Add in bananas and blend until smooth.  

Drink in good health!

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