Essentially, the alkaline diet is opposite the high protein, high fat, low carb diets that are currently in vogue. Moist people have never heard of alkaline-acid balance, but many holistic doctors and nutritionists consider a properly balanced diet to be important to optimal heath and preventing diseases such as cancer. The theory behind an alkaline diet is that because our body’s pH level is slightly alkaline, with a normal range of 7.36 to 7.44, our diet should reflect this and also be slightly alkaline. An imbalanced diet high in acidic foods such as animal protein, sugar, caffeine, and processed foods tends to disrupt this balance. It can deplete the body of alkaline minerals such as sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium, making people prone to chronic and degenerative disease. Thorough scientific studies are lacking on the alkaline diet. Many conventional doctors do not believe in the alkaline diet.
Who is this diet for ?
This diet is for people who feel unwell on a high fat, low carb diet. It is also for people who lead stressful lives and who consume large amounts of acidifying foods such as protein, sugar, processed food, cereals, starches and caffeine, with little alkalinizing vegetables.
What are the symptoms of excess acidity?
Low energy, chronic fatigue
Excess mucous production
Frequent colds, flus, and infections
Nervous, stressed, irritable, anxious, agitated
Weak nails, dry hair, dry skin
Formation of cysts, such as ovarian cysts, polycystic ovaries, benign breast cysts ( fibrocystic breasts)
Joint pain or arthritis
Feel better afterr a detox diet
Leg cramps and spasms
Gastritis, acid indigestine
Medical doctors try to test the acidity or alkalinity of the body tissues and cells by analyzing the blood. Pioneers Carey Reams, Harold Hawkins, or Emanuel Revici developed methods to measure urine pH and other factors such as saliva pH. Modern proponents of the alkaline diet look at the pH of blood, saliva, and urine, in addition to health symptoms and other factors.
What are the guidelines of this diet?
An aklaine diet is composed of approimately 75% alkaline foods and 25% acid foods. The foods listed below are in desending order of akalinity and acidity.
ALKALINE FOODS-75% OF DIET
Vegetables - Sea vegetables, burdock, lentils, onion, daikon, taro, sweet potato, kohlrabi, parsnip, garlic, kale, endive, mustard greens, ginger root, broccoli, potato, bell pepper, mushrooms, cauliflower, eggplant, pumpkin, collard greens, brussels sprouts, chives, cilantro, okra, squash, lettuce
Fruit - Limes, necatarines, persimmons, raspberries, watermelon, tangerines, grapefruit, cantaloupe, honeydew, citrus, olives, loganberries, mango, lemons, pears, avocado, pineapple, apples, blackberries, cherries, peaches, papaya, oranges, apricots, bananas, blueberries, currants, raisins, grapes, strawberries
Nuts, seeds, oils - Pumpkin seeds, poppy seeds, chestnuts, pepper, primrose oil, sesame seeds, almonds, sprouts, avocado oil, flaxseed oil, coconut oil, olive oil, other seeds
Grains - Oats, graqin coffee, quinoa, wild rice
Condiments - Baking soda, sea salt, mineral water, umeboshi plums, spices, cinnamon, molasses, soy sauce, herbs, green tea, rice syrup, apple cider vinegar, ginger tea, umeboshi vinegar, ghee
Dairy - Butermilk, Cheeses and yoghurt
ACIDFYING FOODS- 25% OF DIET
Dairy - Processed cheese, ice cream, soymilk, cow’s milk, aged cheese, soy cheese, cream
Animal meat - All meat, poultry, eggs, and seafood. Beef, pheasant, pork, veal, squid, lobster, chicken, lamb, boar, shellfish, goose, turkey, gelatin, organs, venison, duck
Grains - All foods made from cereal grains including breads, breakfast cereals, crackers, pasta, rice. Barley, barley groats, corn, rye, oat bran, buchwheat, wheat, kamut, spelt, teff, semolina, white rice, millet, kasha, amaranth, brown rice. Avoid all refined flour products such as white bread, pasta, cakes, pies, cookies.
Legumes - Legumes including beans, peas, lentils and peanuts.
Nuts, seeds - All nuts. Hazelnuts, walnuts, Brazil nuts, pistachio seeds, pecans, palm kernal oil, almond oil, sesame oil, safflower oil, pumpkinseed oil, grapeseed oil, sunflower oil, pine nuts, canola oil
Vegetables - Soy beans, carob, green peas, peanuts, snow peas, carrots, chickpeas, tofu, pinto beans, white or red beans, azuki beans, lima beans, kidney beans, string beans, rhubarb
Fruits - Fruits containing benzoic or oxalic acid including plums, cranberries, rhubarb and sour cherries
Condiments -Jam, jelly, table salt, yeast, sugar, chocolate, cocoa, white vinegar, nutmeg, coffee, saccharin, vanilla, black tea, alcohol, balsamic vinegar, curry, honey, maple syrup, rice vinegar. Also avoid chocolate milk, sodas, wine, alcohol.
TIPS ON ALKALINIZING YOUR DIET
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