Nutrition and Supplements

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Judy Macfarlane May 15, 2011 at 6:25 pm

Dear Julie,
Thank you so much for all you taught us the few days you were here with Jo. I have the pH Miracle book now and hoping to get started. One question (I am sure there will be more), but can you put those pH drops in two quarts of water for all day, or do they have to added fresh each time you get a drink? Thanks again, it was so fun to meet and spend time with you. Judy Macfarlane

Adrian Armstrong October 17, 2011 at 2:09 am

Wow… Love your website! So much great information will take a while to explore. Thanks!

chelsea davis October 22, 2011 at 8:17 am

I can’t tell you how excited I am to find your site!!!! I have been into health foods for many years and used to manage a health food store. Just in the past few years I got into Robert Young’s book but really, your site will help me sooo much! Thank you so much for doing this. I can’t wait to try your fabulous recipes. May God Bless You for giving out so much and enjoy Vancouver. It is my dream to move there…maybe someday. Thanks again…Chelsea

Juli Vasquez November 19, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Hi Ladies!!!
I have been doing the Innerlight program for about 10 months. It has been quite a journey for me. I considered myself a “pretty healthy” person. Oh boy! little that I knew… a lot of the beliefs that I had about health had been challenged. Thank God I have had great
coaches /friends that help me find answers and also encouraged me to educate myself and to do my own research. I have lost some weight (about 14lbs), I feel full or energy. People tell me Im glowing! :)
I bumped into your blog and I felt related, I also have sisters (two) whom I love with all my heart and soul! I really love the pictures and the creativity of how the information is displayed.The recipes look amazing! (im quite a foodie myself). Your food selection is wider than mine. I follow the alkaline diet more restrictive; some of the ingredients you use here, like agave syrup and some fruits or carrots. But i am definitively very inspired and i will try some of your recipes!!!

Thank You!!!


Julie November 19, 2011 at 11:40 pm

Hi Juli, sister! There’s nothing like the feeling of “healthy” is there? Way to go! Dr. Young makes the most effective supplements that I have ever used, esp the colloidals. We strive for 70-80% alkaline foods on a daily basis but we do make room for 20% acidic foods that might make up carrots and treats now and then. As long as you balance out each day with enough alkaline foods to buffer the acids we believe this is fine, unless one is ill, or has serious disease, then a seriously strict regime is adapted. I was really strict for about 18 mos as I recovered from my health issues , however I do think it’s okay to zig and zag now and then. Carrots, though sweet, when eaten whole and raw provide natures balanced food that assimilates effectively with it’s own fiber and nutrients as well as the valuable antioxidant Beta carotene and if digestion is optimal and exercise is regular the sugars will be converted to be used for energy by the cells. Our cells do need glucose to be healthy. As for the agave, not so much. I was on the fence for a while about it but now that I am surrounded by nutrition students and profs I am more convinced that it is not a good idea so I will be adjusting my recipes to include other options like stevia or yacon or maple syrup, although all sugar is poison and must be taken very moderately. Thank you for your comments and all the best. Please stay in touch:)

Gwendoline January 7, 2012 at 3:55 pm

I have finally decided to take control of my eating and drinking and kick start 2012 with a bang. I turned 50 on 21st december 2011 and i know i need change. Years of alcohol and very spicy food is now playing havoc with my body. I have just been diagnosed with Osteo Arthritis in my right hand and the pain is ridiculous. The time has come for CHANGE!! I have purchased the Alkaline cook book but not knowing where to start this off……………should i do the juice feast for 3 days then move into the alkaline 4 week diet?? Can you please assist and also i notice on the juice feast cleanse there are other supplements needed, where can these be purchased please. I am in Australia :)

Julie January 7, 2012 at 4:36 pm

Hi Gwendoline, congrats on your new beginning! I also have the Alkaline cookbook, it’s really helpful. In my opinion if you are up for it I would do the juice feast first if you have a few days to chill out and cleanse your body and then begin your new eating regime. It can be quite a radical change for your body so enter with caution or braveness. It is safe but you may experience detox symptoms that could make you feel like you have the flu but this is normal and only happens for some folks. The supplements are at this link here I believe that you can also get them from England, not sure if that is easier. Let me know if you can’t have them sent to you and perhaps I can suggest alternatives that are more available to you in Aussie, however I am very partial to Dr. Young’s specially formulated products and have had excellent success with them. Not all supplements are created equal, nor with a scientist of 40yrs behind them like the Innerlight products. All the best:)

roxy August 8, 2012 at 5:23 am

I want to thank you so much for having this website with awesome information. I ran into this at the perfect time in my life. Im getting rid of things that i no longer need, that have completed its purpose in my life, and now its time to let go of them.: physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Im learning to live lighter. This website is the best and has been helping me in my new journey as a transformed vegetarian. Namaste. Om shanti shanti.

Jackie August 18, 2012 at 8:38 pm

I have just started my research on alkalinizing/acidizing foods. I found your website by accident. I am looking for trustworthy advice from an authentic source. The impetus for me was being diagnosed with osteoporosis. I was very surprised to find out that I had the disease since I exercise regularly and eat what I thought was a healthy diet. I do tend to drink more wine than I should and have to cut that out. Why is there so much contradictory information about what to eat and what not to eat on the various “expert” websites on this topic? Does that mean that this is not an exact science and more of a guessing game? How do you substantiate your information? Thank you.

julie August 19, 2012 at 10:08 am

Hi Jackie
The alkaline chart I follow is in my opinion the most accurate as it gives the actual measurement of the degree of alkalinity with a number that is positive for alkaline and a negative for the acidic foods. The higher the positive number the greater degree of alkaline ash – positive effect it has on the body. This study is where the calculation was determined showing the alkalinity or acidic nature of urine after ingesting foods which is an indication of the affects of that food on the body’s fluids. This is just the abstract of the entire study but I studied it in my research class. The full article is available for viewing at any medical library or by membership to pubmed.

This is a scientific approach/calculation that was created to measure how the food truly affects the body.

Secondly, I just completed a years study of holistic nutrition and we learned all about food how our body uses it and how it affects our health and then how to know the source which is really the most important element of eating-knowing where your food is from, how is was grown and how it was handled and how much processing & additives and how long ago it was picked, grown or made etc. Seems over kill but this is how people used to eat. We’ve strayed so far to our own races detriment.

Then, assuring you have a healthy digestive track, which most of us don’t, which means even a healthy diet is not useful if the body isn’t properly metabolizing and assimilating the nutrients.

I hope this helps. In my opinion balancing your alkalinity along with a healthy digestive track and managing your stress and emotional well being is a winning combination to a healthy life, period.

It can be more complicated but it doesn’t have to be.

Hope this helps:)



jes August 27, 2012 at 1:14 pm

I recently had cancer surgery. I am now doing the alkaline ph as an alternative to radiation and chemo. Has anybody else done this?

Julie August 31, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Hi Jes, If I was you I’d be doing the exact same thing! I truly believe that this is ideal particularly if you are very strict and choose to really focus on the foods that support the body when it is in healing mode and completely avoid those that do not support healing (ie; all sugars– natural (from fruit) and processed, all processed foods and bad oils, and I would also avoid all grains as they convert to sugar and I would choose to avoid all animal products). I’ve read many testimonies that support healing thru a strict alkaline lifestyle. Wishing you strength and healing as you navigate this journey. Please let me know how you are doing. I recommend the Crazy Sexy Cancer book or documentary by Kris Carr for inspiration.

jes September 3, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Hi Julie,
Thanks for your support during my healing process. Is it ok to buy vegetable juice from concentrate? What kind of food do you snack on? I found kale chips at the health food store, but what else do you suggest?
Thanks for all your help.

Nicole W September 20, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Hi Julie,

I discovered your site about a month ago. It is a beautiful website! Thank you for taking the time to put it together. It is rare to see natural healing websites AND good design and writing. Good job!

I have started implementing the alkaline diet into our lives with the help of Dr. Youngs book. I have struggled with Candida for most of my life and my 3 yr. old daughter now has thrush. Although changing our diet has improved our symptoms we are still dealing with yeast overgrowth. I have read in Dr. Young’s book about PH Drops which are drops of chlorine dioxide. I have heard about chlorine dioxide before from a product called MMS (Magical Mineral Solution). I haven’t tried either but from what I can see it should be safe for us to take in small quantities. Do you know anything about the PH Drops or MMS? If so, would you recommend either?

Thanks for your feedback! Nicole

admin September 22, 2012 at 9:17 pm

NIcole, I use the pH drops often and they are totally fine. They alkalize your water by adding precious alkaline minerals that our bodies are so deficient in. You truly can’t go wrong and they will be excellent for alkalizing.
As for the Candida it can be difficult to get a hold of but often it is associated with a leaky gut. I highly recommend having live blood analysis done so they can perhaps identify this for you- if that isn’t possible I would just try a protocol of L-Glutamine 2-3 scoops per day away from food and use full spectrum enzymes with every meal and use probiotics for 30 days or more and then eat a candida diet (take fiber supplement- I like to get a candida kit like the brand “Renew”) with no sugar or any grains or processed foods for 30-90 days and you might just knock it flat!! You can get probiotics for children and then avoid sugar with your child as well and you may find childrens’ enzymes too, not sure. And of course drink lots of water to flush those yeast beasts!

good luck

admin September 22, 2012 at 9:28 pm

Jes, the best veggie juice is fresh. Concentrate has been pasteurized thus heated so the living enzymes are dead- then of way less nutritional value. I love veggie sticks and hummus, celery and almond butter, kale chips are awesome, dehydrated raw veggies crackers, sundried raw coconut flakes, gogi berries, cacao nibs, ( use the last 3 like a trail mix) and seeds and nuts ( soaked if you can). Hope this helps.

Sarah January 4, 2013 at 6:32 pm

Hi Julie

I wanted to know if it is okay to do the juice detox for more than three days if I wanted to lose a good amount of weight? And is it okay to exercise whilst doing it?
I also wanted to find out if this diet would be useful to cure ongoing constipation as I have IBS.



julie January 5, 2013 at 2:53 pm

HI Sarah, yes of course you can do the juice feast for longer than 3 days, some folks do 7 and others that are in group cleanses do 30+ days. It’s your body and you need to follow it’s lead and pay attention to how it feels. I would highly recommend working with a holistic nutritionist or a Naturopathic doctor for some guidance if you plan to go longer, just for good measure. An alkaline lifestyle will most certainly sort out any constipation issues as it is very high in greens & veggies. However, if you have anything else that is out of balance ie your IBS, a live blood analysis will identify that more clearly and help you to pin point exactly what measures to follow with regards to supplements. You probably need digestive support with enzymes and probiotics and you are probably dehydrated and need electrolytes and lots of water in your diet. A juice feast will surely get your system moving and will also flush toxins. If I were you I would juice daily and do lots of green smoothies both of which give your digestive track a break as they are basically predigested and easy to assimilate giving your body the concentrated nutrients that it is absolutely craving. Your digestion needs to be able to absorb this goodness so be sure to supplement with the enzymes and probiotics. Again, seeing a professional is your best bet since I don’t have all your personal history. Good luck and keep me posted. If you choose to go your own journey without a professional I recommend reading and following Dr. Robert O. Youngs book, The pH Miracle- Revised- for the wisest info!

admin January 5, 2013 at 2:56 pm

Oh and Sarah, weight loss is a natural by-product of cleansing and re-balancing the body, bonus, huh!

Sarah January 6, 2013 at 6:03 am

Thanks a bunch for the info, all very helpful! I shall spread the word of your website, its fantastic :)

Amanda T July 10, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Hi Julie
Ive searching online for a while now looking into a alkaline diet. i love your website, thank God for people like you & your sister : ) Ive been severely sick recently and still am. ive been diagnosed with interstitial cystitis (inflammation of the lining of the bladder) in 2007 and really didn’t understand what that really was. being years on emlrion ( medication for the bladder wall). with the bad side effects depression & hair loose and over all the medicine did not cure it. i decided to get off years back. along with that Ive been struggling with bad yeast infection around the same time 2007(this one is un-curable at this moment). antibiotics make things really worse. so im here because lately Ive learned that acid foods irritate my bladder with pain frequent urinating & makes the yeast come back 10 times strong. Avoiding certain foods eating more alkaline foods seems to help. Having little to know knowledge about alkaline brings me to your website. lately spending lots of time searching online & praying to come across websites like your which is awesome too. im a gluten free family and juice my fruit & greens (kale & spinach) so i try to eat right, thought i was doing good too. guess not, but im trying to remain a good attitude for my husband & little ones. its soo hard, im down to tolerating no foods with out a flare up. ive lost 8 lbs and im soo weak today and i dont want to be hospitalized at all. because no matter what i eat my bladder flares up and im urinating all night ( sleepless nights & my yeast infection is out of control) the doctors just give you medicine that gives you more problems than you had. right now i would love to strive for my family and i a healthier choices of foods. i would like any advice you have please….
i was reading a post between you and another lady and she mentioned having candida you gave her some really good advice i wrote down.

admin August 24, 2013 at 9:30 pm

Hi Amanda, so sorry I’m tardy with my reply. I hope you are not still suffering from IC. Alkalizing your diet at 90-100% will help immensely. Juicing green veggies is really great but avoid the fruit as it will flare it up. Lemon can be tricky so use it very sparingly until your symptoms improve. I highly recommend using pHorsalts from or as they quickly alkalize and buffer acids and will ease the burning. Also using the super greens from either site in your water bottle thru the day will help a lot. Let me know how you are:)

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