Breakfast – how to improve constipation and reduce your risk for many diseases.

Choose to have a better life starting with breakfast.

Breakfast is a really important meal. You can start the day off with high quality nutrients that fuel your system, reduce your risk for many health problems and help you enjoy a better life. Or you can do something else…

Many a breakfast includes grains of one form or another and these are all acidic except buckwheat, millet and amaranth which are moderately alkalizing (see acid/alkaline chart at alkalizingforlife.com) There are also problems with many grains as explained at wellnessmama.com “The real problem with grains.”

Overall, an alkaline diet is associated with a number of benefits as discussed in a 2011 review article* (looks at many scientific papers to arrive at conclusions backed by broad based researched scientific evidence).

The conclusion of this article: “From the evidence outlined above, it would be prudent to consider an alkaline diet to reduce morbidity and mortality of chronic diseases that are plaguing our aging population.”

In plain language, if you would prefer to put off the day you meet your maker and have less disease while you are here, you may want to consider an alkaline diet.

To the breakfast

1. First thing in the morning take approx ½ to ¾ cup of whole buckwheat seeds and add 3 times the amount of boiling (preferably filtered) water and put on the lowest gas heat. Let simmer for 30 to 40 mins with the lid open a little until most of the water is absorbed by the buckwheat or has been evaporated.

Best not to dry the buckwheat out too much as then the pot requires more effort to clean afterwards.

Whole buckwheat is available at health food stores and even in the health section of Safeway (although sometimes it is out of stock so you might have to try a few different stores to get some). See below for more info on the benefits of using buckwheat.

2. Once cooked, add 1 to 2 dessertspoons of ground linseeds (also called flaxseeds and available from health food stores. These are also alkaline and have many health benefits including lowering the risk for some cancers including prostate and breast.

3. Add a handful of frozen blueberries (also alkaline) which have good anti-oxidants and add a bit more taste to the breakfast.

4. Add in some unsweetened almond milk (Blue diamond brand available from Coles and Safeway) or macadamia milk which has recently become available.

5. I also like to add 2 teaspoons of Acai which is a powerful antioxidant and has many other beneficial properties (although acai is a bit more expensive).

6. A couple of dessert spoons of ground up pepitas or pumpkin seeds is also useful.

Buckwheat benefits from Advances in the Development of Functional Foods from Buckwheat. Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, Volume 41 , Issue 6 , 2001

Buckwheat proteins have unique amino acid composition with special biological activities of cholesterol-lowering effects, blood pressure lowering effects, and improving constipation and obesity conditions by acting similar to dietary fibre.

Flaxseed (AKA Linseed) benefits

Flaxseed is gluten free, low in carbohydrates and high in fibre and antioxidants. It improves digestion, colon detoxification, fat loss and lowers cholesterol. It may reduce the risk of breast cancer along with endometrial, ovarian and prostate cancers. It may benefit menopausal symptoms as well.

Acai benefits

Acai is an Amazonian berry that has one of the highest amounts of antioxidants of any food. It boosts immune cell function, normalises blood sugar, insulin and cholesterol levels. It may also help with cancer and emphysema.

* Gerry K. Schwalfenberg. The Alkaline Diet: Is There Evidence That an Alkaline pH Diet Benefits Health? Journal of Environmental and Public Health Volume 2012, Article ID 727630.