My Alkaline Diet

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In our daily life, most people try to balance their diets in terms of calories, but mostly they do not pay attention to the alkaline level of their bodies. In fact, most people completely ignore the importance of the alkaline level in the body. Generally the pH of our body is around 7.36 to 7.44. pH is the measurement of acid-alkaline balance strength. The reason for the alkaline diet is obvious from the pH of our body, since our body is slightly alkaline and thus we need alkaline food to maintain it and keep our body in a slightly alkaline condition.

In general life, most people downplay the importance of alkaline diet food. Even many traditional doctors do not believe in the importance of alkaline food. But studies have shown that bodies which are acidic tend to disturb almost every system of the body and lead us to several defects like low energy, stress, cold, weak nails and hair, headaches, muscles pain, and several other painful and dangerous diseases. Excess acidity in our body also blocks certain minerals from storage and eventually, these minerals become unavailable.

To get a good alkaline diet, you should have a proper knowledge about which products have alkalinity in them, and also the amount you should use to keep you body in good balanced condition. Here are the some important facts about the alkaline foods and their percentage. This information could be used as an alkaline diet chart to help you choose the right alkaline foods.

First, talking about alkaline fruits, there is a long list of them. Talking about more common you can get apple, apricot, speckled bananas, watermelons, tomatoes, melons of all kind, grapefruits, guavas, coconut, dates, cherries, pomegranates, olives, oranges and papaya, pears, mangoes, loquats and limes. People having any acidic effects in their body should avoid preserved and canned fruits, also which are dried or sugared. Sour cherries, plums, prunes, and cranberries contain benzoic acid and oxalic acid in it.

Vegetables like bamboo shoot, barley grass, celery, chicory, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, garlic, ginger, peeper, peas, potatoes, okra, onions, mustard green, most varieties of mushrooms, spinach, alfalfa, cowslip, dulce, edible flower, cabbage, sea vegetables, wheat grass and many other vegetables have an alkaline effect, and can be used as a source for alkalinity. On the other hand, acidic vegetables are dried beans, corn, asparagus, lentils and garbanzos. You should avoid these acidic vegetables if you are too acidic.

In oriental vegetables, maitake, daikon, dandelion root, shitake, kombu, nori, umeboshi, wakame and reishi are alkaline in nature. Besides fruits and vegetables there are also many other sources of alkaline like almond, Chestnuts, Millet, Tofu, Tamari, and sea salt or table salt. Also there are some minerals which are alkaline in nature and in medical terms, they are also very important for the proper growth and functioning of the body.

Wheat, cream, pickles, corn bread, cereals, corn flakes and other such things should be avoided as they have a very low pH, around 6 to 6.5, and therefore cause a disturbance in the acid-alkaline balance of the body.

The alkaline diet, or the acid alkaline diet, as it is often called, can be considered a procedure of eating the proper foods in order to keep your body free of all kinds of diseases and illness. Basically it is a theory that when we eat or consume a food, after several processes like digestion, metabolism and others, it leaves an alkaline residue or acid residue, which determines the acid-alkaline nature of our body.

Alkaline diet theory is based on the fact that the pH of our body is slightly alkaline, that is from 7.35 to 7.45 (in some texts it is 7.36 to 7.44). Our diet should represent this balance. Severe problems could be caused if this acid-alkaline balance is disturbed. The nature of liquid whether acidic or alkaline is determined by the pH scale. From 0 (very strong acid) to 14 (very strong alkaline) is the range of the pH. 7 is the neutral point on pH as that of water. A pH below 7 shows acid things, as we go down, becoming strong acidic, and pH above seven represents alkaline products, intensity increasing as we go up to 14.

Medical study of almost every kind has alkaline diet roots although this theory not acknowledge by conventional medical societies. Diets which contain 60% alkalinity should be used to maintain the balance of the body. On the other hand, if someone wants to restore his acid-alkaline balance which is often disturbed with the extensive use of meat, eggs, creams, etc., he or she may have to follow a diet which is very rich in alkaline foods (80%).

When talking about alkaline diets, one should focus on low-fat fruits, vegetables, nuts, tubers, fresh citrus, and other such things. When talking about fruits, they are mostly rich in alkalinity and can be used as a good source of increasing alkalinity in the body. A very few number of fruit are acidic. When eating fruits for this purpose, do not eat canned, or sugared or preserved fruits, because they become highly acidic when preserved due to the use of different chemicals.

Vegetables are highly recommended in alkaline diet theory as they are very good source of making body alkaline. Many of the conventional doctors do not believe that eating vegetables instead of meat and eggs could be very useful, they just concentrate on the use of meat to gain energy for the body, but if this meat becomes an acid-forming agent in the body, you will feel weakness instead of power.

Vegetables, especially green vegetables, are very good source of alkaline production and you can use them not only cooked, but vegetables like carrot, cauliflower, tomatoes, and others are used any time you want without even cooking. These vegetables not only provide you with a lot of minerals but are also very good in taste. For proper growth and functioning of the body, minerals like calcium, potassium and magnesium are very useful and they are also the real source of alkaline ash. Our body is turned from acidic to slightly alkaline when these minerals react with the acid present in out body.