What is an Alkaline Diet?
Q: Why Alkaline?
A: Eating an alkaline diet and drinking alkaline water promotes a reduction of the body'sacidity. Raw alkaline foods help cleanse the body and are needed to help prevent body toxicity. It has been scientifically proven that cancer cells do not thrive in an alkaline body and it has been demonstrated that cancer cells may shrink when exposed to alkaline body fluids. A high alkaline foods diet could also be labeled as “anti-aging” because it increasesyour intake of antioxidants.
Constant consumption of highly acidic food takes a toll on the kidneys, which need to regulate our pH for us. These highly acid-forming foods—including meat, dairy, cheeses, and refined sugar, as well as nicotine and caffeine—stress the kidneys. Eating alkaline foods can be crucial to preventing diabetes and heart disease.
One very helpful website for clarity on how alkaline foods help us are the pH Miracle Diet websites: http://ph-miracle-diet.org/index.php or http://www.phmiracleliving.com
Raw fruits and vegetables and their juices, fresh air, and sunlight carry a negative charge, as do alkaline foods. These alkaline foods magnetically attach to the acidic wastes and literally pull them into the eliminative channels for release. Many health complaints can be attributed to excess acidity in the body, which can cause stress, anxiety, weak nails, dry hair, dry skin, nasal congestion, frequent colds and infections, headaches, muscle pain, arthritis, hives and leg cramps.
Your health depends on the balance of an alkaline environment, created by eating foods such as tomatoes, avocados and green vegetables, striking the optimum 80/20 balance and regulating your body's acid/alkaline chemistry. Through simple changes in diet, one can see results in weight loss, increased stamina and strength, a stronger immune system and a greater sense of well-being.
Q: Which foods are alkaline?
A: Eating an abundance of nutrient dense alkaline foods such as green leafy veggies or dark blue or purple berries can slow aging. Concentrate on low sugar foods, fresh alkaline vegetables, nuts, seeds, salads, and water rich foods.
Extremely Alkaline Forming Foods – pH 8.5 to 9.0
Lemons, watermelon, agar agar, cantaloupe, cayenne pepper, dried dates, figs, kelp, limes, melons, papaya, parsley, seaweeds, mango, grapes, watercress, asparagus, kiwifruit, fruit juices, passion fruit, pears, pineapple, raisins, umeboshi plums, vegetables juices.
Moderately Alkaline Forming Foods – pH 7.5 to 8.0
Apples, apricots, alfafa sprouts, arrowroot, flour, avocados, bananas, berries, carrots, celery, currants, grapefruits, guavas, herbs (leafy green), nectarine, peaches, pears, peas, persimmon, pumpkin, spinach. bamboo shoots, beans, beets, bell pepper, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, carob, daikon, ginger, grape, kale, kohlrab, lettuce, okra, oranges, parsnip, peaches, peas, potatoes and skin, raspberry, sapote, strawberry, squash, sweet corn, tamari, turnip, apple cider vinegar
Slightly Alkaline Forming Foods – pH 7.0
Almonds, artichokes, barley-malt, brown rice syrup, brussel sprouts, cherries, coconut, cucumbers, egg plant, raw honey, leeks, miso, mushrooms, ripe olives, onions, pickles, radish, sea salt, spices, taro, tomatoes, vinegar, water chestnut, amaranth, artichoke, chestnuts, raw goat’s milk, olive oil, millet, sesame seeds, soy beans, soy cheese, soy milk, sprouted grains, tempeh, tofu, tomatoes, yeast.
Q: Which foods are acid-forming?
A: Sugar, sweets, alcohol, trans fats, meats, dairy, pizza, cola, biscuits, chips, white breads and pastas, refined foods, and processed foods. Processed food drains your life force as the vital enzymes needed for your body to function optimally are killed. Enzymes are the life force of all people and can be found in raw plant foods. If we do not eat enough enzymes, enzymes that are more digestive must be taken from our bodies' own dwindling enzyme reserves. Over time our enzyme reserves are depleted and our immune systems become weak and acidic, which in turn leads to diseases such as cancer, diabetes, arthritis, and most non-genetic diseases known to man.
Q: Why Gluten-free?
A: Gluten has a irritating and negative effect on your health on many levels; it is linked to Alzheimers, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and celiac disease. Gluten also leads to poor assimilation of nutrients since the intestinal tract does not properly absorb nutrients when irritated. For further information, please check the following websites: http://www.glutenfree.comhttp://www.celiac.org
Q: Define "raw" for me, I see it all the time at health food stores.
A: We call food raw if it is:
* Uncooked - never heated above 42 C/118 F degrees
* Unprocessed - as fresh or close to the earth as possible
* Organic - no irradiation, preservatives, pesticides or GMO
Q: What should I eat then?
A: Eat lots of vegetables especially green leafy veggies; both green leafy vegetables and non-leaf vegetables contain a variety of nutrients compared to their calorie content. Most are alkaline. Eating a diet high in these foods can help deter diabetes and heart disease.
Replace simple sugars and flours with as much veggies and fruit as possible: Sugars and flours generally contain very little nutrition. Eating starches and sugars can keep your blood sugar levels elevated all day, which can lead to diabetes.
Protein is required for your daily nutrition. Vegetable proteins can be balanced by combining different foods: Combining legumes or beans, with grains will yield a balanced protein, and rice protein can complement the proteins in vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower or spinach.
Eat monounsaturated fats, avoid saturated fats, and don't avoid Omega-3 fats: Plant foods that contain monounsaturated fats include olive oil, almonds and avocados. A very fair amount of fat should be in the form of Omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in mackerel, salmon and flaxseed oil.