Your Body’s Balancing Act

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) :

 Asparagus  Beets  Broccoli  Brussels sprouts  Cabbage
 Carrots  Cauliflower  Celery  Corn (fresh)  Cucumbers
 Garlic  Green beans  Lettuce  Mushrooms  Olives
 Onions  Parsley  Parsnips  Peas  Potato skins
 Radishes  Soy beans  Spinach (raw)  Squash  Sweet potato
 Tomatoes  Zucchini
 Apples  Apricots  Avocadoes  Bananas  Blackberries
 Cherries  Dates  Figs  Grapes  Grapefruit
 Kiwi  Lemons  Limes  Mangoes  Melons
 Oranges  Papayas  Peaches  Pears  Pineapple
 Raisons  Raspberries  Strawberries  Watermelon
 Honey (raw)  Maple syrup  Molasses  Rice syrup  Raw sugar
 Almonds  Chestnuts
 Flaxseed oil  Olive oil
 Amaranth  Millet  Quinoa  Wild rice
 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
 Barley  Bran  Brown rice  Buckwheat  Chocolate
 Corn  Corn oil/syrup  Oats  Pasta  Pastries
 Rye  Spelt  Wheat  White flour  White rice
 Butter  Cheese  Eggs  Icecream  Margarine
 Milk  Yoghurt
 Beef  Chicken  Cold water fish  Lamb  Pork
 Shellfish  Turkey  Venison
 Cashews  Peanuts  Pecans  Pumpkin seeds  Walnuts
 Kidney beans  Lima beans  Potatoes (no skins)  Navy beans  Pinto beans
 Spinach (cooked)  String beans
 Blueberries  Cranberries  Plums  Prunes  Rhubarb