We have been hearing more and more about the Alkaline diet online.
So we decided to speak with Certified Holistic Health Coach Scott Mathias to get him to shed some light on this topic for us.
Here is what he had to say.
” 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 food helps 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.
Lemons and limes might be acidic on the outside but once consumed in whole or juice form the body converts it to alkaline.
So starting your day with a warm cup of lemon flavoured water is also a way to quickly reverse the night-time aggregation of acid in the body at the same time eliminating bodily waste.
Ensuring you have fresh fruit and a bowel cleanse every day.
All animal based foods are acidic. The body has difficulty recognising highly acidic food and will often set up mechanisms to dispel the food in form of reflux of IBS.
Maintaining an alkaline awareness will ensure that 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.
The alkaline diet is designed to optimise the overall health of the human body and long term exposure to a balance 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, sulphur, 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. Infact 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 Type2, which is demonstrated very efficiently by Dr Gabriel Cousins 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 affect 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, it is also very tasty.
Pesto & Sun-Dried Tomato Green Salad
- 3/4 cup Whipped Almond Ricotta
- 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes (I buy Trader Joe’s brand – otherwise, 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 (~1 lemon as recipe is written) (optional)
- 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. 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.
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