Almost everybody has been talking about alkaline foods, but there's been no general consensus on what they actually are.
Some have been deceptively including highly acidic foods in this category.
In general, there's just a lot of confusion surrounding this topic, so we're here to clarify things.
Each and every piece of food we ingest releases electrons for the body to use as energy, and leaves an "ash" residue. Foods that are alkaline, however, have rather unique qualities that make them beneficial to the body's overall health.
In our discussion on pH balance , we outline how pH affects the body, and why it's critical that we provide our bodies with the proper fuel. The alkaline group of foods is the proper fuel. Here's why.
The residue that foods produce, when measured along the pH scale, are either acidic, neutral, or alkaline.
Those foods which produce an alkaline residue are nourishing the body with a considerable supply of electrons. These electrons are used as fuel by the body to carry physiological functions.
The key factor that makes alkaline foods alkaline is the mineral content of the residue.
Some minerals are naturally basic, while others are naturally acidic. Basic minerals include: Calcium, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium, Sodium, & Zinc.
Acidic minerals include: Chlorine, Iodine, Phosphorus, & Sulfur.
All of these qualities are found in abundance only in certain foods. The most alkaline of foods are found particular subgroups of fruits, vegetables, fats, and beverages.
When properly prepared, and eaten regularly, these foods can have transformative power for your health.
When I say "eaten regularly", I mean allowing a large percentage of your diet to be comprised of alkaline foods.
Note: Raw foods are more alkalizing than cooked foods. Try to consume more raw fruits & veggies than anything else to boost your vitality.
We are going to explore the foods in each of the previously mentioned categories individually, so you'll have a clear understanding of the benefits each offer the body.
We've also created a free downloadable alkaline foods chart , so that you may have an easily accessible reference at your fingertips.
No, seriously, really go for everything green. Well, maybe not everything, but at least your vegetables.
Vegetables are a low calorie, low sugar way to consume a high concentration of nutrients. These foods provide a plethora of vitamins & minerals (including alkaline salts) that the body needs to thrive. They are also rich in antioxidants.
The alkaline diet stresses the importance of one particular component of certain fruits and vegetables: Chlorophyll. The only way to get chlorophyll is through these foods, but why is it so important?
Plants use this wonder substance to help gather energy they need from the sun. It's like plant blood. Actually it's not that different from human blood.
Chlorophyll's molecular structure is almost identical to that of human blood, except magnesium is its central atom, while iron is the central atom for us.
In the human body, chlorophyll assists the body in multiple tasks, like the distribution of oxygen to cells, and protecting organs from carcinogens.
Green vegetables (especially leafy greens) contain the highest amount of chlorophyll.
The best source of chlorophyll are: grasses. That doesn't mean I'm suggesting you head to the fields and graze with the heifers.
Wheat grass & lemon grass are probably the most popular alkaline foods in this group. Don't stop there though. Try supplements packed with barley grass and kamut grass; there's plenty to choose from at your local health food store.
Okay, it's not what you think. I'm not advocating packing on the pounds, but encouraging you to incorporate healthy fats into your diet.
Yes, fats are alkaline foods.
Fats are actually very critical components of a healthy nutritional lifestyle, without them the body is subjected to severe deficiencies (and the degeneration that comes along with it).
What are healthy fats? Well, you can find them in a variety of places, such as oils, seeds, fruits, & vegetables.
Long chain polyunsaturated fats & monounsaturated fats help keep the body functioning optimally.
Polyunsaturated fats help build cell membranes, stimulate hormone production, and remove acids from the body. This type of fat is commonly found in natural oils like: borage, flax, grape seed, and hemp oils.
Monounsaturated fats provide the body's cellular energy.
Essential fatty acids can potentially relieve symptoms associated with many illnesses like: arthritis, asthma, PMS, skin problems, & even mental and behavioral disorders.
When purchasing oils, make sure you find cold-pressed and unheated brands. Try not to heat them at home either; that destroys a lot of the health benefits they provide.
Water, that is. Drink water responsibly.
More than ever before nutritionists, physicians, and holistic health practitioners alike, are pushing us to be more conscious of the type of water we allow to enter our bodies.
There was a time when simply making sure you drink at least 8 glasses of any kind of water each day was sufficient. Those times are gone!
There are serious conditions to consider when selecting the right water. Is it safe? Not all water is created equal, and some are just undeniably toxic.
When choosing a water make sure that it's pure. Additionally, you want to make sure it is also alkaline water , meaning it should have at least a pH of 8.
Alkaline water is becoming one the most popular alkaline foods on the market these days. Finally, if possible, make sure your water is rich in electrons. To achieve this, most purchase an ionizer.
One last tip: Drink, drink, drink! Chug the stuff if you must. You want to make sure your body is adequately hydrated, for there are serious consequences that come along with dehydration. The most noteworthy of these consequences is death.
Put Some Salt On It
Gasp! Salts are alkaline foods? I know what you're thinking. You don't want hypertension or water retention issues, right?
Well, those are consequences that come along with indulging in the processed salts. There are good salts, and you shouldn't avoid them.
"It is as important to our bodies and our health as water and air."
-Dr. Robert O. Young
Why are "safe" salts so important? Salt is comprised of sodium and chloride, which are two of the body's primary forms of electrolytes.
These elements help maintain the body's pH level, keep the body adequately hydrated, and assist in nerve & muscle functions as well.
Salt is responsible for regulating fluid pressures in the body, including keeping blood volume stable. And if that's not enough, it also helps regulate metabolism & your heart beat.
Avoid the processed stuff! When purchasing salt, make sure to look for sea salt (Himalayan or Celtic) or mineral salt. Mineral salt may be the best option here, because many sea salt sellers (try saying that 3 times lol) are being forced to process the salt due to environmental problems like chemical dumping and such.
Just carefully read the labels.
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