For those of you who feel your diet is a weak area, making some simple changes in this regard will make a big difference to your health. For those who already eat a balanced diet, with a variety of fruit and vegetables, following this guide more strictly may be what you need to boost your health and vitality and give you that edge you’ve been searching for.
Your body’s balancing act
Our body is constantly working to achieve a state of balance, or homeostasis. By being receptive to stimulants in our environment, our nervous system helps to maintain and regulate our body’s natural workings. Things like our blood pressure, breathing, temperature and blood sugar are examples of this.
Acid vs Alkaline
Another area that requires regulation is our body’s natural acid/alkaline balance. Our blood’s pH should naturally be slightly alkaline (7.365), yet lifestyle factors such as medications, sugar, poor diet and emotional stress can make our body more acidic. When we are too acidic, vital minerals such as calcium are leached from our bones to help alkalise the body (osteoporosis), and our body tries to protect us by storing more fat (weight issues). Not only that, an acidic environment within our body allows bacteria, yeast, viruses and cancer to thrive; conversely, when our system is alkaline these things struggle to survive.
To help control your internal environment, ensure that your diet is predominantly high water content foods that are fresh and organic. Eat more green vegetables, and less sugars, meat and dairy.
Below is a table of many common foods that fall into either the acidic or alkaline catagories. You should aim to eat 80% alkali foods and limit the acidic foods to no more than 20%.
Alkali Foods (80% of diet) :
|Radishes||Soy beans||Spinach (raw)||Squash||Sweet potato|
|Honey (raw)||Maple syrup||Molasses||Rice syrup||Raw sugar|
|Flaxseed oil||Olive oil|
|Breast milk||Goat milk/cheese||Soy milk/cheese||Whey|
|Ginger tea||Green tea||Herbal tea||Lemon water|
Acidic Foods (20% of diet) :
|Artificial sweeteners||Brown sugar||Honey (processed)||White sugar|
|Beer||Coffee||Processed fruit drink||Carbonated drinks||Tea|
|Rye||Spelt||Wheat||White flour||White rice|
|Beef||Chicken||Cold water fish||Lamb||Pork|
|Kidney beans||Lima beans||Potatoes (no skins)||Navy beans||Pinto beans|
|Spinach (cooked)||String beans|