My Alkaline Diet

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Because of today’s lifestyle which is often referred to as the “rat race,” one of the things that suffers most is our diet. We end up eating foods that are easy to buy (a.k.a. fast food), but which are not always appropriate for our overall wellbeing. The result is short-term and long-term health problems. Yet all that was needed was an alkaline diet plan to save us those mountains of medical bills and a lifetime of physical discomfort. If there is one thing that is common with the foods that are harmful to the body, it is in their level of acidity. The body needs a healthy balance between acidic and alkaline nutrients, to enable it to function at its optimum. In fact, the body’s pH level (or level of acidity/alkalinity) tilts slightly more towards alkalinity. It is unfortunate that many of the meals we eat today, especially processed foods, are mostly acidic after they are digested by the body.

The good news, though, is that just like one can fix the pH level of a swimming pool, so can the human body’s pH; one can turn an acidic body into an alkaline body. For the human body, the best way to correct this is by changing your current meal plan into an alkaline diet plan by introducing certain foods that are naturally alkaline. Even though this will not result in an overnight change of the body’s pH level, its results will be apparent if one keeps at it.

Foods that one can use to alter body pH through an alkaline diet plan include Lemon, Lime, Avocado, Tomato, Grapefruit, Watermelon, Rhubarb, Almonds, Pumpkin, Sunflower, Sesame, Flax, spelt, Lentils, Cumin Seeds, Sprouted Seeds, Asparagus, Artichokes, Cauliflower, Radish, Swede, Cabbage, Lettuce, Onion, Spinach, Turnip, Chives, Garlic, Carrots, Green Beans, Beetroot, Celery among others. On the other hand, increasing alkalinity must be accompanied by a reduction in the intake of acid-rich or acid-causing foods like carbonated drinks, vinegar, white breads, white pasta, mayonnaise, coffee, beer and foods containing saturated fats.

One must be careful of course not to go to the other extreme and end up with a hyper alkaline body. Remember that moving into an alkaline diet plan does not mean neglecting all foods that are acidic. Nutritionists have long known that many foods we know to be acidic, actually transform into an alkaline state once they go through the digestion process. Good examples of these types of foods are oranges and lemons. These citrus fruits contain citric acid when in their raw form but are converted into alkalis as they go through the digestive tract.

Checking one’s pH level is no longer that difficult. There are strips available at your local medicine store just that can help you determine your body’s pH levels. A number of websites now also provide a section where one can do an alkalinity test online. This is done by using data that the end user enters as relates to their diet to come up with an estimate. This will of course have a significant margin of error due to the limited amount of information one can provide to the website and the widely varying acid and alkali content of different specimen of the same food type.

An alkaline diet plan is essential for our bodies, as it is a studied fact that our body is slightly alkaline, so to keep this natural balance, we have to take alkaline foods to provide our body with alkalinity. If we fail to do so and the percentage of acid increases in our body, we may have to face many diseases and other functional problems.

It is better to make a dietary plan to make sure that we are taking the necessary amount of alkaline foods to maintain our body’s acid-alkaline balance. These plans are called alkaline diet plans and consist of different strategies and ingredients that are necessary to keep us healthy and in good working condition. This could be considered as a diet chart which contains foods and drinks of our daily use and the best way to consume them.

The theory behind this aspect is that the normal pH of our body is between 7.35 to 7.45, that is slightly alkaline, so to keep this balance, we have to consume more alkaline foods than acidic foods. Everything we eat either produces an acid or alkali when digested inside our body. When we consume food that has an acidic effect, the level of alkalinity in our body decreases, and to maintain this level, our body uses minerals like potassium and calcium stored in our body. These minerals are necessary for proper growth and functioning of our body, so we need to take them along with food to fulfill their deficiency in the body.

Although there are no solid medical proofs based on trials and experiments that ensure the usefulness of alkaline in our body, it is accepted that they have a good effect on the body. Conventional doctors, although do not believe the alkaline acid balance theory, but do believe that cutting down the usage of meat, salt and other acidic foods are good for health. Also, scientists have found that using vegetables and fruits that are rich in alkaline minerals are a good way to reduce the risk of osteoporosis and kidney stones.

If you are willing to start an alkaline food plan, do not start it without consulting your doctor, because in many cases, it is recommended to use this in a specific proportion or in some cases, you cannot do this at all. For example, if you are suffering from kidney disease, most probably you cannot start an alkaline diet plan. Also there are some cases if a person is on medication, starting a alkaline diet may affect the process, and could be harmful in some cases, so before initiating a alkaline diet plan, consult your doctor to take a professional advice.

Now, moving towards the contents of the plan, keep in mind that natural foods are mostly alkaline in nature, not all, but most of them. So add vegetables and fruits in your daily diet in appropriate amounts. Also keep in mind that when these products are preserved, canned or sugar-coated, they become more acidic. So use them when they are fresh. Also you have to minimize the consumption of meat, salt, creams, ice creams, cheese and milk. They are acidic in nature and can disturb the acid-alkaline balance of the body. In drinks, use lemon water, distilled water, vegetable and fresh fruit juices (not all, since some of them are acidic). And avoid coffee, tea and especially soft drinks, they are highly acidic in nature. Try to plan your diet with a ratio of 80 to 20, means 80 percent of your food should be alkaline.