Category: Alkaline diet
Following three months of ingesting acid-free (nothing in a can, no mortal night colors — mushrooms, berries, berries — etc), that I had been treated. Seriously. I avoided radioactive iodine therapy, put on weight again and got on with my life.
Where does this sit with my eating today? And where does this fit with Paleo eating? According to my post last week, my take on Paleo eating is this: I eat a stack of vegetables — mostly greens — dairy in moderation, and eggs and meat in moderation also. This still fits with an alkaline mentality, but is not strictly an alkaline diet. However, I don’t stick to any diet, I choose my own way. The major thing I take from the alkaline diet is lots of vegetables, especially green ones, no sugar, no processed foods, no trans fats. Which is also Paleo in it’s thinking.
I thought I’d get The Alkaline Sisters to share a little bit of a 101 and some recipes. Jo grilled Julie recently:
Why should we be alkalising our bodies?
Alkalizing or ‘balancing the pH of your body’ will supply your body with a level of nutrition it may utilize to keep optimal wellness.
It’s Essential for our survival to Keep a blood pH of 7.365
There are other varying pH levels within our body which also have to be maintained, but have greater fluctuation, like our urine. They reflect quite directly the food that we consume. A bad diet is very taxing on your body as it has to constantly maintain homeostasis, which it undergoes at all times, struggling to obtain alkalizing nutrients from organs and bones thus depleting their necessary stores.
What does too much acid do to our bodies?
A prolonged acidic diet will gradually make small incremental adjustments to our blood, making it more acidic. Even the smallest variation in our blood = big issues. An overly acidic body gives a perfect breeding ground for bacteria & disease.
Bacteria & disease, especially cancer cells, Can’t thrive in an alkaline body
Immune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis — which is an acid build up in the joints, an imbalance of the pH of the blood — can be relieved if not resolved.
How to eat alkaline — in summary?
Enjoy a lot of alkaline foods and minimize acidic ones.
80\% alkaline, 20\% acidic foods each day is ideal
If you don’t already suffer from disease, then one wants to super alkalize till you resolve the matter. Our bodies were created to heal themselves, but could only do so when they’re provided with wholesome nutrients that will nuture this procedure.
Is it more than just food?
Those people who eat incredibly healthy may still lead very stressful lives, which constantly leaves our bodies in a fight or flight mode of stress. This hormonal response was intended for us to take care of sudden short occasions of stress as in our ancestors when they encountered dangerour situtations ie a bear or a tiger to tackle or run from. This fear also causes our bodies to secrete acidic fluids that then have to be balanced. Getting a handle on your stress will make a massive difference to your wellbeing.
Activities like yoga, meditation, long walks, pampering baths, quiet reading and Healthful relationships is the other half of the battle in maintaining a healthy body for a life of longevity, free of disease
What are your top five strategies for alkalising?
Veggies, veggies and more veggies! Veggies are whole foods minus the intense sugars that feed disorder, and also are packed with all the nutrients in the ground- which are thought to be moved to our bodies through our plants. Choose organic to make certain you have the most nutrients possible, as organics pack 25\% more nutrients than conventionally grown produce. Enjoy a proportion of 80\% veggies either raw, lightly cooked, blended and juiced and make sure you center on a great deal of green chlorphyll rich veggies that convert to greater quantities of energy!
Low sugar fruits. Lemons, limes, grapefruit, avocados, and berries are the most perfect fruits to consume. Sugar feeds disease, so moderation is imperative to keep health. Enjoy different fruits as an occasional treat to minimize your intake, and prevent fruit juice altogether unless freshly pressed in tiny quantities on occasion.
Consume only 20\% each day of acidic foods. This should represent only whole unprocessed foods including plant and organic animal protein, whole grains (preferrably sprouted), nuts, seeds, and some fruit.
Water, water, alkaline water. By upping your water intake each and every day you will increase all body functions that all require water in some manner. If this water is pure and alkalized it will optimize these functions. Flushing toxins is vitally important and without water we can’t eliminate these properly and they get lodged and cause problems. Shoot for 3-4 litres per day, one upon waking, two between meals and one in the evening. Adding lemon will increase the alkalinity, as will a tiny pinch of Himalayan sea salt, should youn’t have the capacity to acquire an alkaline filter which will filter & boost the pH of your water.
Lower your stress and erase negative thoughts. I must work at this daily to keep a healthy state.
What are the biggest things we should avoid?
Sugar. One of the most acidic things to the body is sugar. It is a poison that kills. All sugars, even those from fruit, are recognized as sugar by the body and an extra causes disease.
Dairy. It’s exceedingly mucous causing although it’s slightly alkaline in nature. In the rare case that someone could acquire raw dairy one might argue it’s benefits, but realistically we shouldn’t be drinking the milk of other animals that is intended to nuture the lives of their offspring as we don’t have the enzymes to break it down properly after about the age of 2. [please note, this is Julie’s opinion. Personally, I respond well to some dairy. I believe that it’s an individual thing — Sarah]
Stimulants like coffee, alcohol, sodas, chocolate, sugar — these ought to be avoided altogether for those in a disease state and used only on occasion otherwise. It takes 32 glasses of alkaline water to balance 1 can of pop, and 8 glasses for a single glass of wine, so imagine how difficult it is for our bodies to fix the imbalance when you have these.
Processed foods. Since the introduction of processed foods in the 1950’s disease rates have been climbing steadily especially the top two fatal ones like cancer & cardiovascular disease. As tempting as they could be packaged foods are largely poison — filled with non-food and chemicals. Do your very best to only shop the exterior of the grocery shop and minimize your purchases of packages. Your cart should be mostly full of veggies and whole foods. In a restaurant setting do everything you can to incorporate a salad and/or veggies in your choices.
Dwelling in a constant state of unhappiness & stress. Only you can change your life and choosing not to boost your situation is a recipe for disease.
You mentioned lemon juice in water — isn’t lemon acidic?
Many folks misunderstand the manner alkaline food affects our bodies. On the outside or our body a lemon is acidic, but once consumed it leaves an alkaline ash which supports body functions within. Adding lemon to your water, warm or room temperature is a great way to alkalize your body.
How do we examine our system to observe how alkaline we’re? And what exactly are we planning for?
It is rather straightforward. A stip of yellow litmus paper (availble at most health stores) will respond with your urine and also reveal on a scale the level of alkalinity in the body fluid. Assessing your saliva isn’t almost as acurate.
Typical pH of about 7.0-8.0 is a fantastic spot to be. Even greater is excellent for reversing illness.
Testing your pee in varying times of the day will yield varying results. Following a night of rest that your body was busy detoxing so your first urine of the day will reveal a higher degree of acidity. The next one, before eating food, just water, will provide you a more acurate picture. Mid afternoon is a great time to measure especially after a balanced meal. Make sure you take your pH for a couple of days and chart it and have a peek at the fluctuation to observe how you’re doing depending on your daily diet. This is a symptom of how your body is correcting your pH based upon your daily diet.
Anything else you think we should know?
1. With an alkaline lifestyle there’s absolutely no portion control or calorie counting. Just by consuming a diet with a high proportion of veggies and a little balance of acidic foods you will observe pounds melt away as you nourish your body with the food it’s crying for. Conversely you will get a few pounds if you’re below weight as the body adjusts to it’s normal healthier weight.
2. The main reason cholesterol levels soar in the body is to fix the severe damage caused to the arteries by acidic blood, which scours your arterial walls like a harsh scrub with steel wool. Simply by following an alkaline diet cholesterol levels are known to drop with in days and weeks.