There are distinct benefits to following an alkaline lifestyle. Alkalinity means that something has a pH higher than 7. The human body is naturally slightly alkaline, with a blood pH of around 7.4.
The stomach is acidic, which allows it to digest food. The pH of saliva and urine changes depending on diet, metabolism, and other factors.
Eating more alkaline foods help to balance the body’s acid/alkaline ratio, which should, under healthy circumstances, be 80% alkaline and 20% acid. Infections caused by ‘opportunity seeking’ bacteria happen more readily when the body is more acidic.
Foods supporting alkalinity include nearly ALL green foods either eaten fresh, steamed or baked AND most fruits.
Nuts, seeds, and spices also promote alkalinity.
Avocados, ready-to-eat bananas, berries (raspberries, blueberries, blackberries), carrots, celery, dates or garlic are top of my list. All green food promotes alkalinity in the body, including asparagus.
So starting your day with a cup of warm water with fresh lemon juice is also a way to quickly reverse the overnight aggregation of acid in the body at the same time eliminating bodily waste. Fruit in the morning activates the colon that is why it is one of the secrets to ensuring your have a fresh colon and bowel daily.
Lemons and limes might be acidic on the outside but once consumed in whole or juice form the body converts to alkaline.
All animal-based foods are acidic. The body has difficulty recognising highly acidic foods and will often set up mechanisms to dispel the food in form of reflux or IBS.
Maintaining an alkaline awareness will ensure your body does not become a breeding ground for disease. Animal pathogens actually poison the body and generate unfavourable bacteria causing long term acidosis in the body.
An alkaline diet is designed to optimise the overall health of the human body and long term exposure to a balanced fruit and vegetable-based dietary lifestyle will ensure long term good health and longevity.
So how does it work?
Health Ranger, Mike Adams sums up the processes around making your body more alkaline accurately: “When a person ingests food to “burn” for fuel, the digestive and metabolic process transforms it into a kind of ash which is either acidic or alkaline. The laws of modern biochemistry further explain that it is not the organic matter of foods (whether the food itself is acidic or alkaline), but their inorganic matter (such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium, sulfur, phosphorous; that is, how they break down in our bodies), that determines either the acidity or alkalinity of this ashy residue”.
Teaching children at an early age about the benefits of eating fruit and vegetables should not be underestimated – good childhood habits become good adult habits. In fact, anyone suffering from any form of disease should immediately look to using the alkalising qualities of food to support the healing process. Using alkaline food is even used to heal Diabetes Type 2, which is demonstrated very efficiently by Dr Gabriel Cousens in his amazing documentary entitled Reversing Diabetes in 30 Days.
In short, maintaining an 80/20 balance between alkaline and acid in the body, is imperative to good health.
However, in recent years there has been a proliferation of material surrounding the benefits of alkaline water but the dangers of taking in water as high as 9.0Ph can have the reverse effect and cause alkalosis which bears the same symptoms as acidosis – aches, pains, stomach and bowel issues, lack of energy and high lethargy levels.
Preparing alkaline food is easy but it does take awareness. Try this salad for instance, which is not only using colours of the rainbow, but it is also very, very tasty.
Pesto & Sun-Dried Tomato Green Salad
Recipe from: https://minimalistbaker.com/vegan-ricotta-sun-dried-tomato-pesto-salad/
- 3/4 cup Whipped Almond Ricotta (recipe link below)
- 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes (buy packed in oil, then loosely pat dry and chop)
- 1/2 cup pine nuts
- 1/2 cup cooked chickpeas
- 1/2 cup Easy Vegan Pesto
- 3 Tbsp lemon juice
- 5-6 cups mixed greens or spinach (organic when possible)
- Start by preparing Whipped Almond Ricotta (follow link for instructions). Then set in refrigerator until serving.
- Next prepare Easy Vegan Pesto dressing (follow link for instructions). Then cover and set in refrigerator until serving.
- To plate, arrange greens on a serving platter (or bowl) and top with sun-dried tomatoes, pine nuts, and cooked chickpeas. Dollop on spoonfuls of almond ricotta and drizzle with vegan pesto. You can also squeeze with fresh lemon juice (optional) for extra flavor and moisture.
- Best when fresh. Store leftovers separately (undressed) up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
Balance is the key and adopting a whole food pant based approach to your food. Processed fast food for-instance is highly acidic and the general rule is gauging your energy levels – low energy levels indicate higher than normal acid levels. Change the nature of your food intake and get your gut working so that all the nutrients and energy can be released from the food particles.
Facts: http://www.onegreenplanet.org, http://livingthepresence.org/pdf/acid_alkaline_fds.pdf
Images: Public Domain and Minimalistbaker.com – with thanks
Scott Mathias is a Digestive Health Specialist living in beautiful Queensland, Australia and teaching globally. His journey to excellent health began when he sought and found natural means to heal himself of a chronic digestive disorder. He proceeded to further change his lifestyle to support his ongoing excellent health by learning to prepare and serve the most amazing whole-food plant-based recipes. Download Scott’s FREE 7 Day Meal Planner
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