Is An Alkaline Diet the Key to Health?
- Posted on: Aug 24 2018
You’ve seen the paleo diet, the yeast-free diet and now the ever popular, ketogenic diet. All of these are excellent nutrition plans, and all for different reasons. But one lifestyle that we should all be mindful of is the alkaline diet; an eating plan and lifestyle that keeps your body at a less acidic state, and one that has more of a balanced pH.
In 2012, the Journal of Environmental Health discovered that balanced pH levels may help reduce morbidity and mortality from chronic diseases, cancers and other illnesses, such as diabetes, arthritis and hypertension.
What is an alkaline diet and what can it do for you?
An alkaline diet, commonly referred to as the pH diet, helps to balance pH levels in your body, specifically within your blood and urine. Your body’s pH levels are determined primarily by the foods you eat. An alkaline diet is one that consists of highly alkaline foods – mainly fruits and vegetables, and foods that are unprocessed and plant-based. An alkaline diet is so beneficial for your health that is said when a body’s pH levels are balanced, disease and illness cannot set in.
Below are the many benefits to an alkaline diet:
- Balanced pH levels
- Cell protection
- Balanced mineral levels
- Cardiovascular health
- Kidney stone prevention
- Higher bone density & muscle mass
- Reduced muscle spasms
- Reduced inflammation
- Improves vitamin absorption
- Increases immune system function
- Supports a healthy body weight
- Improves digestion
In our quick, “feed me now” type of world we live in these days, we are consuming a very high sodium diet, which is low in essential minerals, such as potassium and magnesium, as well as important vitamins, fiber and antioxidants. In addition to this, our diet is very high in refined fats, processed foods and sugar. A diet such as what we currently consume results in increased acidity in the body and therefore, unbalanced pH levels and a host of health issues such as heart disease, unhealthy body weight, inflammation, muscle aches and pain, as well as nutrient deficiencies.
To follow an alkaline diet, you simply need to buy and consume alkaline foods, which are less acidic and help to balance out your body’s pH level.
Below are some of the best alkaline foods you can consume to maintain a healthy pH level:
- Fresh, organic fruits, such as spinach, dates, avocados, mushrooms, kale, cucumber, jicama, bananas, garlic, watermelon, figs, cabbage, salary
- Raw, organic vegetables
- Alkaline water, which can be easily made by adding lemon, lime or baking soda
- Green drinks that are rich in chlorophyll
- Beans & legumes
- Raw almonds
I encourage you to incorporate these foods into your diet every day, and one of the best ways to do that is to enjoy a Superfood Smoothie, which is high in many of these nutrients and greens. Get the recipe to my Superfood Smoothie here. You can also easily incorporate greens into your daily routine
Foods that may contribute to acidity include:
- Caffeine: tea, coffee, soda
- High sodium foods: canned soups & canned goods
- Processed foods and meats (i.e. lunch meat)
- Processed cereals
- Packaged products
- Whole grains
- Artificial sweeteners
Bottom line: for a long, healthy life, it is so important to consume foods that contribute to balanced pH levels and reduce the amount of acidity throughout your body.
An acidic environment is breeding grounds for cancer, disease and major illnesses. An alkaline diet is one that helps maintain healthy pH levels in your blood and urine, and therefore, reduces the amount of acidity throughout your body. Aside from balancing your pH levels, an alkaline diet also provides many other health benefits to help you lead a life of optimal health, wellness & vitality.
What one acidic food will you cut out of your diet today? Let us know in the comments below!
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