Original Ancient Grains

Due to the interest in living healthier lifestyles there is a renewed interest in ancient grains. A rise in food allergies is making wheat and especially gluten one of the most controversial foods in recent years.

Research has shown that ancient grains often provide a richer source of nutrients such as protein, Vitamin B2, iron, phosphorus, copper, selenium, manganese, magnesium, calcium, zinc and many others. They are also less likely to be problematic for persons with food sensitivities, but special attention should be paid to grains containing gluten.

Ancient grains are more nutritious and have less likely been modified. In addition to the health benefits, many people like the taste of these ancient grains, such as quinoa, amaranth, kamut and spelt which are often distinctive in flavour, texture and diversity.

10,000 years ago these ancient grains were first cultivated in the fertile Crest at the dawn of the agricultural revolution and then introduced to Asia, Europe, Northeast Africa, India and Arabic peninsula.

Ancient grains and seeds have come to us from past generations and remain true to their original form. Also known as heritage or heirloom grains, these ancient grains are just as nature intended them to be – simple and healthy.

Most people limit their grains to wheat, barley, corn, oats and rice, but ancient grains can add variety to the diet and are worth exploring.

Acid / Base Metabolism

Acid / Base MetabolismMost Western diets contain too many acids relative to alkaline substances, especially animal proteins vs vegetables products. In addition most people are under a great deal of stress and these two factors combined over time, create  long-term acid stress in the body. Our bodies have a great capacity to buffer acids but over time these systems become chronically over-burdened. Ultimately, acids are stored in the connective tissue where a change in pH has consequences on the functioning of nearly every system in the body.

The best way to support acid-base metabolism is to change the diet and lifestyle patterns which can result in chronic acidity. The body  must compensate by either producing more bicarbonate (alkaline), for example by releasing it from the bones, or by storing these accumulated acids in the extracellular tissue for future removal.

A constantly acidic urine is a reflection of an ongoing need to eliminate excess acid. In chronic acidosis due to diet and stress the net acid load constantly outweighs the ability of the body to replenish bicarbonate. When this happens, acids are stored to prevent blood pH from becoming out of range, first in the extracellular matrix and ultimately inside the cells. This acidic extracellular matrix can result in many different health issues including: chronic pain, fatigue, osteoporosis, allergies and cancer.