An alkaline diet may lower your risk of exhaustion, premature aging, sickness, allergies, muscle aches, joint pain and osteoporosis. A study published in 1994 in the New England Journal of Medicine found that women who neutralized their body’s acidic state with an alkalizing agent absorbed calcium and phosphorous better and increased the rate their bodies formed new bone matter.
You can check the acidity in your diet with a urine test. Test the second pee of the day as the first is usually too acidic from natural nocturnal metabolic processes. You can buy PH strips online or at your pharmacy. Ideally, you’ll have a pH level between 6.5 and 7.5.
The lower the number, the more acid is present. If your pH level is consistently higher than 7.5, you may be losing valuable alkaline amino acids. You should strive for a neutral pH, neither too acidic nor too alkaline.
To be healthy and alkaline you must eat foods that contain alkaline minerals (calcium, magnesium, potassium). In addition, the more raw foods you eat, the more enzymes you are putting into your system which helps to alkalize the body. Enzyme production falls as we age and we need them in order to digest our food. By taking in more living foods rife with their own minerals (we can’t make them) and enzymes we can help make our bodies less acid. Minerals like: copper, zinc, selenium, chromium, manganese and iodine. These minerals are used to make enzymes, neurotransmitters, hormones and proteins – all essential to keep us from aging.
Try to make the alkaline foods you eat about 80% of your diet and the acid 20%. Check out Christopher Vasey’s book: The Acid-Alkaline Diet for Optimum Health.
Drinking lots of pure water, freshly squeezed fruit and green juices in another way to alkalize. Make your juicer your best friend! Buy a twin engine juicer like Samson Ultra Juicer or Green Star Juice Extractor. They are the best and can get juice even out of even a broccoli stem.
Steps to a more alkaline body
Eat more vegetables and fruit. Eat two cups of alkalizing vegetables with both lunch and dinner. Sweet potatoes, kale, collards and other greens will help quickly alkalize your body. Melon, especially watermelon, and berries are alkalizing fruits. If you have a hard time digesting fruit, consider lightly steaming it first.
Limit red meat in your diet. Beef, pork and shellfish are the most acidic protein sources. Turkey, chicken and lamb are better choices; although all meats are acid-forming, the best choices are venison and cold water fish. Alkalizing forms of protein include soy-based foods such as tempeh or tofu, almonds and milk and cheeses made from goat’s milk or nuts (try Dr. Cow – fabulous!).
Stay hydrated by drinking herbal teas and water with a squeeze of fresh lemon or lime juice. Avoid caffeine (esp coffee) and alcohol. Fermented drinks such as kombucha or kefir will also alkalize your system.
Eliminate sugar and artificial sweeteners. Nutrasweet, Equal and Sweet ‘n Low are very acid-forming, even more so than refined white sugar. Choose stevia, agave, rice syrup or fresh fruit juices for sugar fixes. Or, try the relatively unknown, Lucuma Powder – a low glycemic food made from a Peruvian fruit and once known as the Gold of the Incas. Or sweeten with freshly squeezed juices (NEVER use concentrated juices as all the vitamins have run off during processing). Remember, sugar is a big ager because it makes you more acid and is an inflammatory. This wreaks havoc with your immune system and creates a great environment for sickness and thereby, bodily stress and aging.
Processed foods, MSG, coffee (even decaf) and black teas, preservatives, drugs, chemicals, alcohol, heavy metals, corn syrup, brown and white sugar, honey, mayo, ketchup, processed soy, processed oils like margarine, trans fats, soda, sports drinks, salted roasted nuts, yeast and all vinegars except for apple cider, animal proteins – all meat and dairy, refined grains (white), wheat, oats and some beans (though they can be part of a balanced diet)
Water, hemp, flax and borage seed oils, avocados, all green veggies and juices, lentils, raw tomatoes, sprouts, seaweed, grains like millet, wild rice, quinoa and buckwheat, grapefruit, lemon, limes, stevia and root vegetables (sweet potatoes, burdock, turnips etc.)
An AMAZING pro-alkaline cookbook is:
Honestly Healthy: Eat with Your Body in Mind, the Alkaline Way by Natasha Corrett
I found myself surprised by how unique and delicious the recipes are.
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