Eating real foods that are alkaline, have a high bio electric charge and that are packed with protein and nutrients will rock pre and post workout and will have long term health benefits.
I read on your website about the bioelectric charge of food. Why is this important? What are some examples of foods with a high bioelectric charge?
Dr. Jan Kasprowitz: Everything has a bioelectric charge including your organs, the food we eat as nourishment. Everything has bioelectricity. Everything has a bioelectric charge. That charge is measured in what we call megahertz.
The average bioelectric charge of your organs is about 70 megahertz, which simply means they work at their optimum at 70 megahertz. The question is what happens if the food that you’re eating as nourishment for your body has a low bioelectric value?
For example, all food in a can, because it’s in the can it’s been heated to kill all the bacteria, has a bioelectric value of 0 which means there is no nourishment in that food. No matter what the label says on the back in regards to vitamins, carbohydrates, proteins. It has nobio electric charge. It is not going to do anything for your body.
A Big Mac for example, has a bioelectric charge of 4 megahertz. Our organs optimally work at a bioelectric charge of 70. Eating a Big Mac with a bio electric charge of 4 is not going to do much for your organs.
Green vegetables have a bioelectric charge ranging from 70 to 90. That’s huge because that’s the range that our organs actually function when they’re optimum. Fruit also has a high bioelectric charge. Its bioelectric charge is about 65 to 75.
I drink green drinks throughout the day which are basically different types of grasses and super foods. The majority of the green shakes out there have a bio electric charge of 250 to 350. That’s a lot of energy.
We need to eat foods which have high bioelectric values otherwise we’re depleting our bodies of energy and literally wasting away our organs because we’re not feeding them the proper energy they require.
What are some examples of alkaline foods and how does eating alkaline food make us healthier?
Dr. Jan Kasprowitz: A couple great examples of alkaline foods is anything and everything green – cucumbers, kale, lettuce, all the different lettuces, all the dark leafy greens, asparagus, even hemp seed is very alkaline as well.
The reason why you need to be alkaline, our bodies work most efficiently at a pH of 7.365. What is pH? That’s a measure of acid and base in the body. There’s a scale from 0 to 14. 0 is highly acidic. 14 is highly basic. Both are very caustic and dangerous.
In the middle, we have 7 which is what water is supposed to be. Unfortunately, most of the water that people consume, the Deer Park and the Poland Spring has the actual pH of 4.5. It’s actually quite acidic.
By providing an alkaline internal environment in our bodies, we create an environment that’s inhospitable to almost all diseases, bacterias, viruses, a lot of colonic issues that many people have in regards to inflammation and even some cancers.
Fat is a very alkaline source. That is why our body holds on to body fat when we’re very acidic. Our body will utilize that fat to basically buffer the acid that is created from the foods that we eat, from different stress levels, even the sugars that we consume that actually get converted over into acid.
What greens (like kale and spinach) give us the most bang for the buck?
Dr. Jan Kasprowitz: All dark leafy greens have benefits. The key is to keep a variety in your diet such as kale, beet greens, cucumbers, avocadoes are phenomenal, broccoli, cabbage, celery and sprouts. The key though is when you’re cooking them, you don’t want to overcook them. You want to eat them as much in their natural state as possible.
Personally, I have a home sprouting kit on my counter. I buy a bag of let’s say alfalfa sprout seeds from Amazon. It costs me $10. I can make about $150 worth of alfalfa sprouts right on my counter.
The wonderful thing about sprouts is they’re easy to make on your own at home. It takes a couple days. All you got to do is water them 2 or 3 times a day. When you pick a vegetable from the ground it starts to decay and die.
The beauty of sprouting is the fact that the sprouts, they’re not decaying. They’re actually just thriving. They’re actually growing into an actual plant. You pick yourself some sprouts off your home sprouting kit. You throw them into a bowl with some olive oil and sea salt. That’s a highly nutritious, best bang for your buck alkaline food that you can eat.
What are the best foods to eat and drink before and after a workout?
Dr. Jan Kasprowitz: Before your workout, you need some energy. You want to wake up. I know a lot of young athletes who are taking these pre-workout beverages that literally make them itchy and give them the jitters. That’s not energy. That is the body trying to get rid of this toxin that you just ingested.
You want to eat real food. Of course, I always tell everybody start your pre-workout with some alkaline water. Drink alkaline water throughout your entire workout. Eat some dates. Dates are a great source of carbohydrates, good energy. A banana is an excellent idea, some sprouts and even include some coconut oil about 20 to 30 minutes before your workout.
The beautiful thing about coconut oil, it’s such a stable oil that when you ingest it, your body utilizes it for energy immediately. Therefore, there’s a thermogenic effect. There’s a good amount of calories in it. It’s safe. It actually increases you’re good cholesterol levels.
Something that is alive and something that has significant levels of bio electric value is imperative before your workout.
After your workout, you want to make sure that you’re eating something that’s going to replenish your glycogen. Glycogen is the fuel that’s in your muscles, the carbohydrates that your muscles use for fuel when you’re working out.
The easiest thing to do is eat something that’s quick like a banana. Banana is going to have a good amount of sugar in it. It’s got other nutrients in there as well. It’s easily digestible. Therefore, it could replenish your glycogen stores, the fuel for tomorrow’s workout.
In regards to protein, again have a shaker cup, fill it up with some alkaline water. You could use some hemp seed. You could use some pea protein. I advise everybody to use spirulina. It’s a green algae but it has the most abundant amount of protein of any other protein source on the planet.
What are other super foods that we haven’t mentioned and how will these make us rock?
Dr. Jan Kasprowitz: There are five that I use. The number one super food that I enjoy using are goji berries. Goji berries, they’re very rich in L-Glutamine and L-Arginine, both of which are very important in boosting your growth hormone. Growth hormone is that fountain of youth hormone. It’s also rich in antioxidants. Whenever you exercise or whenever you’re battling some stress issues, your body is releasing these free radicals. That’s what antioxidants do. They fight these free radicals. It’s also an immune booster. It also boosts your hydration because it’s so rich in hydrogen atoms. The wonderful thing that it does, it’s very rich. It also helps produce super oxide dismutase, which is called S-O-D. That actually helps prevent cholesterol from oxidizing and actually sticking to your arterial walls.
Number two on my list is raw cacao, which is basically what chocolate is turned into when you process it and you put all that sugar into it. Cacao actually has the highest antioxidant concentration of any food on the entire planet. It is very rich in magnesium, iron, chromium, manganese and zinc. It also helps produce serotonin which is that really good feel good hormone.
Number three on my list, which I mention all the time is coconuts. Coconuts, coconut oil, coconut water, coconut milk, it’s anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-microbial. It helps utilize sugar. It’s also the precursor for many anti-aging hormones. It speeds up your metabolism. It also helps increase the amount of HDLs, which are the healthy cholesterol that is in our body.
Number four on my list is a thing called, Maca, M-A-C-A. It improves conditionings ranging from anemia, chronic fatigue, depression, malnutrition, and stress – a lot of these things that athletes do come across.
Number five on my list is of course spirulina. It’s 70% protein by volume, which makes it the richest form of protein on the entire planet. It’s a complete protein. It has all the essential and non-essential amino acids in it. It’s rich in vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, and vitamin K and has a high concentration of an anti-inflammatory essential fatty acid called GLA.
If you are interested in speaking with Dr. Jan Kasprowitz, visit www.chiropracticandsportsrecovery.com, or call 917-748-2902 to schedule an appointment.