Thursday, August 19, 2010

Adding Alkaline to your diet

So for all my picky eater friends out there,  I have jumped the boat! I have decided after researching for many months to add more alkaline to my every day diet.  If you don't know what that means I will show you, but first I wanted to explain what made me want to change so drastically.

I have wanted to start eating more healthy for a while, and I learned some important things about how alkaline in your system can help and too much acid can create a disease environment inside your body.

 but I first heard about alkaline changing and helping your health at a women's meeting i sang at almost a year ago.  There was a lady there who had had cancer and she began to tell us that her whole life was changed when she started drinking "Kangan water" (note: this is not a plug for selling water purifiers)  She showed us how much acid was in the normal things we drink every day: tap water, soda, dasanni water, aquafina water. She used a dropper test and when she put the liquid into the water/soda it would turn either yellow,orange or bluish green. The more blue the more alkaline in your body.  I was shocked to learn that everything I was drinking was mostly acid forming.

Now after more research and talking with fellow massage therapist/ health nuts, I am adding more alkaline to my diet in this manner: For Breakfast and Lunch I only eat alkaline forming foods and for dinner I eat whatever I want.  I have bought test strips to test the PH of my body from a local health food store and I plan on making this a lifestyle change, not a diet.

Here is some more information on this topic and a food list if you are interested.

Human blood pH should be slightly alkaline ( 7.35 - 7.45 ).  Below or above this range means symptoms and disease.  A pH of 7.0 is neutral.  A pH below 7.0 is acidic.  A pH above 7.0 is alkaline.
An acidic pH can occur from, an acid forming diet, emotional stress, toxic overload, and/or immune reactions or any process that deprives the cells of oxygen and other nutrients.  The body will try to compensate for acidic pH by using alkaline minerals.  If the diet does not contain enough minerals to compensate, a build up of acids in the cells will occur.
An acidic balance will:  decrease the body's ability to absorb minerals and other nutrients, decrease the energy production in the cells, decrease it's ability to repair damaged cells, decrease it's ability to detoxify heavy metals, make tumor cells thrive, and make it more susceptible to fatigue and illness.  A blood pH of 6.9, which is only slightly acidic, can induce coma and death.
The reason acidosis is more common in our society is mostly due to the typical American diet, which is far too high in acid producing animal products like meat, eggs and dairy, and far too low in alkaline producing foods like fresh vegetables.  Additionally, we eat acid producing processed foods like white flour and sugar and drink acid producing beverages like coffee and soft drinks.  We use too many drugs, which are acid forming; and we use artificial chemical sweeteners like NutraSweet, Spoonful, Sweet 'N Low, Equal, or Aspartame, which are poison and extremely acid forming.  One of the best things we can do to correct an overly acid body is to clean up the diet and lifestyle.
To maintain health, the diet should consist of 60% alkaline forming foods and 40% acid forming foods.  To restore health, the diet should consist of 80% alkaline forming foods and 20% acid forming foods.
Generally, alkaline forming foods include: most fruits, green vegetables, peas, beans, lentils, spices, herbs and seasonings, and seeds and nuts.
Generally, acid forming foods include: meat, fish, poultry, eggs, grains, and legumes.


go to this website above to see a food list of alkaline forming foods/ acid forming foods in your body. Or google alkaline food chart.

Last note:  In an alkaline environment cancer can not for thought.

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