All About the Alkaline Diet

Alkaline vs Acids

One of the many reasons that it’s important to eat healthy is that these whole foods are more alkaline.

Unfortunately, most modern people eat a diet that is very acid-forming. And with acidity comes obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, infertility and even cancer. Acidity is also linked to low energy, chronic fatigue, inflammation and headaches.

We are able to use our diet to get into an alkaline state, resulting in glowing skin, boosts in energy and restful sleep.

So what foods should we eat to form an alkaline diet? Great question!

Most people think that all they need to become alkaline is to eat a bunch of greens…not necessarily true.
And then there is the phenomenon of lemons that are naturally acidic, but then turn alkaline in your body.

It’s confusing stuff! So why should we care about being alkaline?

It all boils down to your body’s pH levels…

The health benefits to being alkaline are great. For example, the more alkaline you are the healthier your teeth and gums will be.

And you can expect to have improved immune function, reduced pain and inflammation and even begin to age slower.

Rather than worry about everything that you eat, the simplest place to start with balancing your pH levels is with the water you drink.

Current research suggests that as much as ninety percent of people are chronically dehydrated.

The solution? Drink more water, of course.

And if you choose to drink spring water, rather than tap or “drinking” water, then you’d be on your way to becoming more alkaline.

Since the easiest way to introduce alkaline into your body is through the water that you drink, and since your dehydrated anyway, this really is a win-win!

Simply adding alkaline booster drops to your water has been shown to have a tremendous effect on your pH levels.

Remember alkaline will help to flush out harmful acid from your body. Drinking alkaline water is simply the quickest, most convenient way to do this.

The other main factor to a balanced alkaline diet is to eat a diet filled with greens high in alkaline.

The highest ranking alkaline foods are those fresh vegetables, leafy greens, low-sugar fruits, nuts, seeds and some healthy oils – see the picture above for a visual demonstration.

Of course in our modern, fast-paced life eating enough greens to get the alkaline boosting effect needed would be pretty difficult.

Supplementation is a wonderful solution.

I like to look at supplementation as a “tool” to help make up the gaps in your diet.

Powdered greens from a reputable brand are a great option to use to increase the alkalinity in your body.

Christopher Vasey, N.D., wrote a book “The Acid Alkaline Diet” in which he talks about the benefits of supplementation and also goes into detail about the high acidic foods to avoid — or at least limit.

I definitely see the benefit in creating an internal pH balance by hydrating with alkaline boosted water, eating my greens and other highly alkaline foods in order to rid the body of harmful acids.

 

Comments

  • Sue June 20, 2016 at 7:24 pm

    I’ve made your Almond Bread recipe a few times and each time the middle of the loaf comes out wet, even when I leave it in the oven more than 45 minutes. The batter is not as smooth as yours either, which makes it difficult to have all the batter smooth for slicing after it’s baked. Any ideas? Many thanks.

    • Diana June 22, 2016 at 1:02 am

      Hi Sue,

      A couple of ideas for you…1) If the bread doesn’t appear to be cooked through in the middle then cover the top with foil and slightly reduce the oven temperature and continue to bake it until the loaf doesn’t jiggle when you shake it. 2) Combine the ingredients in a food processor rather than a mixing bowl and pulse until smooth. Hope this helps! Enjoy!

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