What is an Alkaline Diet?
An alkaline diet is focused on the nutrients found in supplements, alkalizing foods, and water that can bring the body back to balance. These vitamins, minerals, and herbs infuse the body with new energy, vitality, and better health. Alkaline foods and water must be consumed to provide the body's nutrients to neutralize acids and toxins in the blood, lymph, tissues, and cells. When the pH balance inside the body is off, the body tries to self-correct. That process shows uncomfortable symptoms such as colds, flues, allergies, diseases, viruses, and bacteria.
An imbalanced pH can affect nearly any area of the body. For example, when the nervous system is affected due to an unstable pH balance, it shows up in the form of depression. When the cardiovascular system is concerned, we could have heart disease or experience other heart-related problems, including thickening and hardening of the arteries, coronary heart disease, chest pain, chest discomfort, stroke, high blood pressure, and heart failure. When muscles are affected, we often feel fatigued and lack energy. And lastly, when skin is affected by improper pH balance, we age quicker.
When the body’s pH level is balanced, the body reaches the ideal weight and naturally corrects opposing health challenges. Transitioning to a more alkaline healthy diet requires a shift in attitude towards food. The critical point to remember is that small changes go a long way! Add more alkaline foods to your diet gradually, one at a time. This is a sustainable and realistic way to bump your alkaline food consumption.
7 Ways to Eat an Alkaline Diet
Here are seven easy ways to create the proper alkaline balance within your body:
Reduce the consumption of sugar and products made from sugar, including soda pop, pies, ice cream, jello, jams, jellies, artificial juices, puddings, doughnuts, corn syrups, chewing gum, sweetened drinks, cookies, breakfast cereals, liqueurs, mixed drinks.
Avoid processed foods and condiments, including ketchup, salad dressings, pickles, luncheon meats, canned fruits, bread, relish, cheese dips, peanut butter, prepared seafood, frozen vegetables, crackers, canned soups, hot dogs, sausages, and sweetened yogurt.
Avoid or decrease the rate of cooling and heating foods and drinks in the microwave.
Avoid dairy, meats, fried foods, and fast foods.
Increase your consumption of raw vegetables and fresh fruits (without sugar). You should include raw vegetables in every meal. If your breakfast is so tiny that you only eat toast or cereal, stop eating toast and take fresh fruits or vegetable juices instead. If your lunches usually consist of sandwiches, try substituting them with a raw salad or vegetable juice. Have a large salad before you eat a heavy entree at dinner. This way, you will be sure to eat all the salad instead of finding yourself too full to finish it.
Grains form the base of a balanced diet and are essential in maintaining the alkaline balance in the body. Grains are a great source of vitamins, minerals, and essential nutrients, including folic acid, fiber, carbohydrates, antioxidants, and phytoestrogens. The Department of Food and Science and Nutrition at the University of Minnesota determined that consuming whole grains reduces the risk of chronic diseases, including cancer and cardiovascular disease. By eating grains, you can eat less but feel full. Grains should comprise about 20% of your diet.
Don't forget to hydrate! Drink at least half your body weight in ounces of good quality water daily. Consider adding liquid minerals and electrolytes to increase the quality of water. My favorite options for this are Endura by Metagenics, Ultima, Nuun, and Liquid IV.
Creating the proper alkaline balance within your body will bring you high quality of life. You'll start seeing immediate improvements in your health. Your energy will increase, and your concentration will be stronger. You also will build strength, stamina, and resistance to diseases. Overall, an alkaline diet will support your entire body in functioning and thriving, not merely surviving! Contact me to learn more on how to start bringing balance back into your life!