The Miracle of Alkaline Foods
Alkaline foods will give you tons of energy, reverse disease and aging, and completely change the way you look and feel. Eating alkaline food is the perfect way to be in complete control of your health.
The human body goes to great lengths to maintain a slightly alkaline PH of 7.35, but poor diet and stress can change the PH to an acidic one in which disease can thrive.
What are alkaline and acidic foods?
Every food is either alkaline or acidic, but it is not necessarily true that if a food tastes acidic that it will be acid-forming in the body. Sometimes, quite the opposite is true. For example, lemons taste very acidic but they actually help alkalize the body, while some meat will test alkaline, but once in the body will be acidic.
What makes a food acidic or alkaline is the effect it has on the body after digestion. Scientifically speaking, balancing the acidity and alkalinity of our body is the same as balancing the hydrogen ion concentration in the fluids of the body. Foods actually leave an "ash" or residue behind, and if this ash is acidic it will give off hydrogen ions after digestion that make the body more acidic, while an alkaline ash will remove hydrogen ions, making the body more alkaline.
Alkaline Foods: All vegetables and some fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, oils, and grains.
Acidic Foods: All meat, fish, seafood, dairy, eggs, most grains, some nuts, canned, processed, and microwaved foods, condiments such as vinegar, ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard and soy sauce, white sugar, artificial sweeteners, alcohol, coffee, black tea, and others that perhaps were missed.
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Are all acidic foods bad for you?
A common misconception is that all acidic foods are bad for you. Many fruits are acidic, but it does not mean that they should not be consumed, it simply means there has to be a balance between acidic and alkaline foods in ones diet. Most authorities on the subject of an alkaline food diet recommend we consume 80% alkaline and 20% acidic foods. You don't have to get technical about this ratio, just eyeball your plate.
Eating a diet rich in raw vegetables and fruits ensures there is a balance of alkaline foods and acidic ones in our diet.
For example, cucumbers have a PH level of +31.5 and blueberries are -5.3. On a raw food diet, we must consume sufficient fruit for calories which would increase the amount of acidic foods we eat, but the alkalinity of vegetables is so high that it all evens out.
On the other hand, foods such as beef, which is -34.5 and white sugar, which is -17.6, are the two staples of many peoples diets. Add in the acidity of dairy, bread, and coffee, and we have a problem on our hands that a tiny side salad at dinner is not going to be able to fix.
Alkaline diet plan
The average persons diet is highly acidic from eating predominately acidic foods such as meat, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy, grains, legumes, coffee and soda. Some of us have VERY little alkaline foods in our diet and it is no wonder that we are sick and tired. Now is your chance to transform your health by eating alkaline diet foods.
In general, all vegetables and fruits will alkalize the body, and simply by greatly increasing the percentage of these foods in your diet, you will dramatically be changing the PH of your body. On a raw food diet this is easily done, but if you are still eating some cooked foods you will have to be more careful. If you decide to
, you will greatly decrease the amount of acidic foods in your diet, since meat has some of the greatest acidic PH levels of any food.
Tips for using alkaline foods to heal the body
1. Buy a juicer to make green juices, or a blender for
Your goal is to build up an alkaline reserve so that when you eat something acidic your body has somewhere to "steal" minerals from in order to neutralize the acid. Otherwise, your body will steal from your bones or store this acid as waste that creates disease.
The easiest way to build up such a reserve is to make green juices or smoothies. Juices in particular will allow you to take in a huge amount of alkaline enzymes and minerals without all the fiber that would otherwise fill you up. Alternatively, you can eat big salads with all your favorite alkaline foods.
2. Fill up on watermelon
These babies are extremely filling and alkalizing so enjoy this fruit liberally. They are mostly water (hence the name) so you can really fill up on calories without overloading the stomach. One 15" long melon has 1,355 calories and 27.6 grams protein!
3. Abuse lemons
They are one of the top alkaline fruits, so squeeze a lemon into your water any chance you get or make some fresh lemonade by using the juice of one lemon, 16 oz water, and one or two packets of stevia to sweeten.
Tips for eating cooked foods
A raw food diet is the perfect way to alkalize the body without having to worry about what foods you eat, but if you are still eating some cooked foods use these tips.
- Use sprouted bread and pasta such as those made by Ezekiel, or spelt products with no added ingredients, instead of other bread/pasta products.
- Drink goat milk and eat goat cheese instead of cows, and raw if possible.
- Drink green tea instead of coffee
- Have wine instead of beer
- Eat quinoa and brown rice instead of other grains.
- Have fresh water fish rather than pork, beef, poultry and other meats.
- Use stevia instead of sugar and artificial sweeteners.
- For cooked snacks, enjoy unsalted sweet potato chips, air popped popcorn with grass-fed butter, or unsalted corn tortilla chips.
- Avoid this list of extremely acidic foods: Beef, Poultry, Deer, Pork Bread, Pasta, Refined Cereals, Coffee, Sweetened Yogurt, Salt, White Vinegar, White Flour and Sugar, Pickles, Pickled Vegetables, Parmesan Cheese and Processed Cheese.
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