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What exactly is an alkaline diet?
Maybe you’ve heard others talking about alkaline and acidic foods… there’s actually quite a bit of confusion surrounding the two and we weren’t really taught the differences growing up. An alkaline diet is based on eating lots of leafy greens, vegetables, fruits, and some nuts and grains — which we know is good for us but what is being alkaline all about? In the chart below, a pH scale runs from 0-14 with 7 being neutral and 14 being the most alkaline. In order to stay healthy, we aim for a slightly alkaline pH in our body of about 7.4. It’s not that simple though to change our pH levels and when we eat lots of acidic foods it takes far more alkaline ones to counteract the effect.
Our bodies blossom in an alkaline surrounding and suffer in an acidic one. An alkaline diet boosts our absorption of vitamins, improves our immune system, and protects us from diseases like cancer. Diseases thrive when our bodies are acidic, and foods like sugar, coffee, dairy, and even carbonated water are creating an acidic environment. Do you know carbonated water falls at a 1 on our pH scale?! When our bodies are too acidic we gain weight, get sick, and suffer from allergies, inflammation, pains and more.
It’s not that you should never eat something acidic, but consider eating more alkaline foods and being more mindful of your overall intake. If you started your day with coffee, eggs, cheese and some bread, you just had all acidic-forming foods. Throw some greens or fruits in there! A great way to eat more alkaline foods is through juicing and smoothies where it’s easy to sneak in a lot of raw veggies, high in chlorophyll, which help alkalize our blood. This also allows our bodies to feel satisfied longer so we aren’t likely to overeat.
While some foods seem acidic, when ingested they are actually very alkaline, as in the case of lemons and apple cider vinegar. It’s important to remember food is only one determinant in our health. A lack of sleep and high stress can also cause too much acidity. The good news is that putting an emphasis on alkaline foods means eating more greens, fresh veggies, and fruits. This helps to nourish our bodies with vitamins, minerals, and new healthy cells. Foods high in nutrients make us feel more vibrant; what’s not to like!
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” – Hippocrates
Tips to improving your diet with more Alkaline foods:
– Drink water with lemon in the morning!
– Integrate more green juices or smoothies into your daily diet so you are positive you are getting enough raw-vitamin filled nutrients
– Buy a green superfood blend to add to your drinks for alkaline forming foods. No excuses here because it is that easy as adding a spoon to your almond milk or glass of water!
– To reduce stress, meditate, take a walk, or practice a breathing exercise. Whatever that relaxes you, you need to do more of it to unwind from all of the unnecessary stress we allow to build up.
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There is no point to give you a list of foods to eat if you are feeling miserable because eventually you will fall off that healthy meal plan since there are many more factors affecting you that kale won’t solve. I am here to be your ally and help you find your own way to happiness and health.
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