The alkaline diet operates under the idea that the body must receive alkaline fuel to perform optimally.
The human body naturally becomes acidic due to the by-products of its regular functions.
This fact coupled with the environmental and dietary factors, that also increase the body's acidity, can easily push the body into an overacidic state.
Overacidity is a breeding ground for disaster (illness, disease, etc..).
We must exist in this world, so the environmental factors are beyond our immediate control (and will definitely take a huge collective effort). In time, those issues may be resolved. However, all hope is not lost. We do have control over the foods we decide to consume.
Modifying your eating habits can drastically improve your blood's pH level . Eating an appropriate balance of alkaline and acidic foods can restore your health in amazing ways.
Well, the simple answer is: Everyone! Most of us, even us health conscious individuals, are not following a pH balanced diet. So we are all subjecting our bodies to an increased possibility of dis-ease.
If you have been subjecting yourself to the Standard American Diet (S.A.D), which is full of processed foods; you may want to seriously consider this diet to do some corrective work.
Even if you only consume fruits & vegetables, it is still important to create a balanced diet of alkaline and acidic foods. There are some fruits & vegetables that are extremely acidic. It's crucial to identify them and make sure you eat them in moderation.
If you've been plagued by illness, the alkaline diet is a great place to start to turn things around. Chances are your body is providing a nice comfy acidic home for the invaders attacking your cells. Take control of your health! Restore your body, and kick those unwanted guests OUT!
Let's face it, we ALL could feel better. You may think you feel fine now, but are you feeling your BEST? Do you even know what your best feels like? Well, you can experience that feeling by simply making some changes to what you're eating.
The alkaline diet reverses the symptoms of acidosis (too much acid in the bloodstream), but what are those symptoms? What are the signs?
Symptoms of acidosis are the body's way of protecting the pH balance of the bloodstream by keeping the acid focused on less vital organs.
Many (arguably ALL) health problems are the result of a serious pH imbalance in the bloodstream. The acidic body is a playground for all kinds of diseases. Disease cannot thrive in an alkaline environment.
Some common signs of high acidity include: lack of energy, repeated bouts with cold or flu, congestion, excessive mucous production, regular headaches.
The alkaline diet is designed to restore an acidic body to a healthy, slightly alkaline, pH level. Most healthcare professionals accept levels within the range of 7.2-7.4, but some stand firm that 7.365 is the ideal blood pH level.
How does the diet work? Well, people adhering to it consume a combination of alkaline "ash" producing foods. This ash contains essential minerals like potassium, calcium, iron, and zinc. Foods are classified as either acidic or alkaline by the pH level of this ash when it's in water.
Maintaining a healthy pH balance does not require you to sacrifice all acidic foods, but encourages you to eat them in moderation. Ideally, we should strive to maintain a diet of 70-80% alkaline foods and 20-30% acidic foods. However, if you are working to restore your pH balance, then it is recommended that you eat a 100% alkaline diet.
What Can You Eat?
Most believe the alkaline diet is extremely restricting and you're not permitted to have much, especially foods that taste good. That's far from true. However, your taste buds may need time to adjust.
We've compiled a complete list of alkaline forming foods , so here we'll simply introduce the guidelines of the alkaline diet in more general terms.
While following this diet, you will focus on consuming four essential components: chlorophyll, essential oils, healthy water , and minerals (mineral rich salts, especially).
Eating these foods raw (uncooked, or heated below 118 degrees) would be most beneficial. Some vital nutrients are lost in the cooking process. Scientists have noted that vegetables lose a serious amount of chlorophyll after being cooked, which is evident in the drastic color change that occurs in most cases.
Chlorophyll is found most abundantly in sea vegetables and other dark leafy greens . The green color of these vegetables is reflective of their high chlorophyll concentration.
What to Avoid?
Of course, you want to monitor your intake of acid forming foods, but there are some foods that people often consider "safe", that should also be avoided.
High-Sugar fruits are one of those tricky foods. While most are nutrient dense, their high sugar content promotes acidity in the body.
"Fruit itself is not unhealthy per se -- in fact, most fruit is rich in nutrients -- but the sugar it contains ferments like any other acid sugar, wreaking the familiar havoc in your system."
-Dr. Robert Young
The safe fruits, for the purpose of the alkaline diet, are low sugar fruits like: lemons, limes, and low sugar grapefruits. Many believe that these fruits are acid forming foods, but actually they are the most alkaline fruits available. Alkalinity is determined by how the foods break down in the body, and these fruits have proven to be alkaline forming foods due to their alkaline "ash".
Dairy products are also a "no-no"; they should be completely removed from your diet. The lactose (milk sugar) causes major problems in the body, because it beaks down like any other acid sugar and stimulates the transformation of healthy cells into yeast, mold & bacteria. Furthermore, dairy is the most mucus forming food around. There are some wonderful alternatives available. Try soy milk , almond milk , or even hemp milk .
If you are serious about committing to the alkaline diet, then there are some "routine" behaviors you may have to let go. Do you enjoy a cup of coffee along with your morning paper most days? Well, you might want to try an herbal tea or lemon water in your coffee mug. Caffeine, like dairy, produces a lot of acid and mucus in the body. It is also highly addictive, which explains the headaches you may suffer when you try to quit.
Caffeine is not just found in coffee, but sodas, chocolates, and certain teas as well. It is important to eliminate all sources of caffeine from your diet to achieve your desired pH level.
Other Foods to Avoid
Test Your pH
There are a variety of ways you can perform this particular task. And it is very important that you do so regularly. You can self-test, using either your urine or saliva as samples. You can also have your doctor test your blood.
The self-test is not a difficult process at all. Most pharmacies have pH strips or meters available for purchase. Remember, testing in the morning (before your first meal) is ideal. You are more likely to get an accurate reading after that overnight fasting period.
Also, you want to make sure the pH of blood your blood and urine are 7.2+. This number is a sign that there is no cause serious alarm, although there is room for improvement. The recommended pH level is 7.365, as mentioned above.
If you need a refresh your memory about where exactly each color falls on the pH scale, revisit our discussion of pH balance.
Give Yourself Time to Transition
I am a fan of using time to assist me in any endeavor I enter. My mother would always tell me: "Rome wasn't built in a day." I never understood what she meant until I was an adult. Anything truly valuable to you, is worth your time and effort.
Start off slowly, try breaking the dairy dependency or caffeine addictions first. Work more fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet. Sooner then you know, you will be at an 100% alkaline diet. The alkaline diet guru, Dr. Young, suggests people allow themselves a few weeks to prepare for this lifestyle change. If you should slip, be patient with yourself. Just dust yourself off and get back on track.