What is the Alkaline Diet
Have you heard of the Alkaline Diet or maybe foods being acid or alkaline?
The theory is that a high-acid diet creates a breeding ground for disease and leads to poor health. If you’re getting achy joints, lethargy, gaining weight, craving carbs or sugar, brain fog or wounds/ injuries heal slowly then it’s possible you’re running too acidic.
The human body is alkaline in form but acidic in function. What this means is that our body must be in an alkaline state to operate at it’s best but the by-products of all of it’s functions are acidic. This means we need to help our bodies stay alkaline because we naturally produce acid each and every day not to mention create it via the acidic food choices we eat.
The alkaline diet is based on the idea that optimal health comes from balancing the body’s pH by eating more fresh veg and fruit, as well as certain legumes, grains and nuts.
Many people start the day with coffee followed by toast or perhaps cereal, maybe a muffin for morning tea, a sandwich for lunch and then meat and a tiny amount of veg for dinner – all of these are acid-forming. A high-acid diet can lead to constipation and bloating as well as a lack of energy, weight problems, joint issues, rapid ageing and gum disease amongst others.
The right pH is critical for optimal human health. Factors such as pollutants, stress, drugs, alcohol and prescription drugs all push our body towards acidity.
Foods to avoid include sugar, excessive coffee, dairy, refined carbs (white bread, pasta, alcohol) and excessive animal protein. Surprisingly, some foods that have an acid taste – such as lemons and apple cider vinegar– actually have an alkalising effect on the body once they’re digested.
A healthy alkaline body is best supported by mineral rich leafy green veg and herbs, non starchy veggies, low sugar fruits, lemons, limes, grapefruit, avocado, coconut, sprouted nuts and seeds, high quality salt and water. These foods in effect neutralize acid and re mineralise our blood. The results of this are increased physical strength and stamina, improved mental clarity, improved immune function and better skin, hair and nails. Bonus!
Green Smoothie’s are a great and easy way to boost your alkalinity because you can pack them full of a variety of greens. One of our fav’s is kale, parsley, mint, avocado, banana, coconut and stevia.
Doing a cold pressed juice cleanse for six days or even longer is also going to provide your body with some massive nutritional benefit via super feeding. You literally flood your cells with oxygen, energy and life. It has to be organic though!
Warren and I experienced first hand many years ago just how acidosis can affect the body. Too much stress, white sugar, flour and dairy resulted in really bad joint pain for Warren and an overwhelming feeling of fatigue that just wouldn’t lift. He honestly felt like an old man.
On seeing a Naturopath and having his pH tested (amongst others) it was found that he was extremely acidic. Once we began work on returning it to a normal and slightly alkaline state, the improvements were out of sight.
So if this resonates with you, maybe keep a food dairy for a week (an honest one guys) and see just how much acidic food you are consuming. You might be surprised and it might encourage you to introduce some more alkaline foods into your diet.
Let us know how you go!
Below is a brilliant chart that clearly shows whether a food is considered to be acid or alkaline.
To help your body with transitioning to an alkaline diet read here.
To read about the other side of the alkaline story you can read here.
To grab yourself a cold pressed juice cleanse, click here to view the options available.