Your Alkaline Diet
Ensuring proper intake of alkaline-forming foods does not have to be extraordinarily difficult, and one must not (probably couldn’t if you tried) cut acidic foods entirely from their diet.
Scientists recommend an 80% / 20% split between alkalizing and acidifying foods (and drinks).
This contrasts the SAD diet, which often flips that ratio around.
There are some changes in your diet that can be made quickly and easily in order to alter your pH level.
Always eat your vegetables. They are the largest source of alkaline- forming foods available.
Almost all vegetables are alkaline-forming, so you have a wide selection to choose from.
The best choice in alkalizing varieties are broccoli, celery, chard, collard greens, kale, cucumber, cauliflower, and mushrooms, just to name a few.
These foods are naturally alkaline and will not only help reduce stress on the body in fighting acid, but are also highly nutrient- dense and super good for you!
Fortunately, despite how sweet they are, many types of fruit are alkaline-forming.
These include melons, lemons, oranges, peaches, pears, apples, bananas, berries, cantaloupe and grapes.
Remember, you do not have to eliminate dairy products, rice, and all protein from animal sources in order to maintain a healthy pH level.
Some Foods Can Be Deceptive
One might naturally think that a lemon or a cup of coffee is acid- forming since they are acidic.
But here’s where things get a bit tricky.
Did you notice how I mostly used the words “acid-forming” and “alkaline-forming”, rather than simply “acidic” or “alkaline” in this article?
That’s because not all acidic foods are acid-forming and not all alkaline foods are alkaline-forming.
Coffee and lemons are just two examples of acidic foods that are actually alkaline-forming.
It can be a bit confusing trying to figure out what your body thinks about the things you put into it.
So, until we can put together a comprehensive list for you, just go to your favorite search engine and type in something like “alkaline- forming foods” and you’ll see many entries both there and in the Images section.
One major tip on reducing acid-forming foods: limit your food purchases to single-ingredient foods as much as possible.
Processed foods (consumed primarily by most Americans) are by their very nature acid-forming.
Choosing and preparing single-ingredient foods – even combined like in a salad – is a far better option, since you can dictate the exact ingredients.
This includes making your own salad dressing, since store bought dressing is chocked-full of acid/inflammation-forming ingredients by the dozen.
I challenge you to make a shift towards single-ingredient foods and an alkaline-forming diet.
It is an experiment you can run at any time to see if any positive changes occur.
Try it for a day, a week or even a whole month and see for yourself if your energy levels, alertness, sleep and lots of other areas of your life improve.
There is very little chance that eating healthier will bring negative results…