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Sports and Greens

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In my blog article on baking soda for kidney health, I expressed how the kidneys are constantly neutralizing acid produced during metabolism. The kidneys do this by producing about a pound of bicarbonate each day to keep the pH of blood and other body fluids at or near the pH of 7.4, which is a slightly alkaline fluid environment. The reason for this is simple. Our cells, through metabolic reactions, produce hydrogen ions as well as lactic acid. It is the lactic acid that actually produces muscle pains when exercising for a prolonged period of time. Normally, bicarbonate binds these acids, transports them to the lungs where they are eliminated as carbon dioxide. Some acid is also excreted by the kidneys.

However, as efficient as this system is, it can be easily overwhelmed. Primary examples are extensive, prolonged exercise, kidney insufficiency and lung insufficiency of any kind.

HOW ACIDITY AFFECTS US

Too much acidity slows down all metabolic reactions. All metabolic reactions are enhanced (sped up) by enzymes, and enzymes are proteins made of amino acids. Acidity basically denatures proteins (i.e. starts changing their shape) and thus makes them less capable of performing their job. Continue reading


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Radical Remedies: Healthy Fertility

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Fertility is a big issue in our society. With more and more processed foods and artificial preservatives in our diet, the lack of nutrient-based foods, and progressively older age of women and men becoming parents for the first time, it is little wonder that this is a growing concern.

Fortunately in the vast majority of cases, simple changes in diet, exercise and lifestyle can increase fertility to the point of conceiving without resorting to expensive techniques such as in vitro fertilization.

The following supplements have been shown to enhance fertility:

Red Raspberry Leaf in capsule form or as a tea

Red Clover

Nettle Leaf

Maca which also increases libido (should not be used during pregnancy)

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Radical Remedies: Natural Testosterone Boosters

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There is renewed hype about testosterone replacement therapy. At first, a lot of middle-aged men jumped on the bandwagon because testosterone replacement offered a quick fix to improve vitality, energy, stamina, strength and sexual performance.

Now, lawyers and critics are not far behind as more and more TV ads about testosterone replacement causing increased risk of strokes and heart attacks appear. Other potential side effects are increased risk or exacerbation of prostate cancer, decreased sperm count, acne and hair loss.

The story of testosterone replacement is probably just too good to be true.

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