The Standard American Diet, or “sad diet”, is promoting more and more people to self inflict pain and agony on themselves and become overweight, sick and tired.
It is very low in vital nutrients, oxygen and is also a very acidic diet consisting primarily of toxic, acid-forming foods such as processed sugars, refined grains, alcohol and coffee, factory farmed meats and dairy, artificial sweeteners, coloring, flavorings and preservatives, and hidden GMO’s.
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This acidic diet, combined with our relatively new instinct to reach for a pill for every ache and pain, lack of exercise and rest, and intense amounts of stress in our lives make it obvious as to why more and more people are being diagnosed with chronic, life-style related disease that conventional medicine claims to have no cure except another pill or surgery.
One of the many problems with this unsustainable lifestyle is the average consumers lack of understanding in the importance of survival and well-being from the bloods pH level and implantation of an alkaline diet. Alkaline promoting foods are among the most important foods lacking in the today’s modern way of eating.
Most people consume vast amounts of food and pharmaceuticals that promote acidity, which in turn makes them more susceptible to disease. What people don’t realize is that our bodies are constantly trying to achieve a state of equilibrium at a pH of about 7.365, which is slightly alkaline.
When a person consumes food, it is transformed into a kind of ash once processed by the digestive system, resulting in either acidic or alkaline ash.
“All natural foods contain both acidic and alkaline-forming elements,” says the Conscious Living Center.
“In some, acid-forming elements dominate; in others, alkaline-forming elements dominate. According to modern biochemistry, it is not the organic matter of foods that leave acid or alkaline residues in the body. The inorganic matter (sulfur, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium and calcium) determines the acidity or alkalinity of the body fluids.”
When the body doesn’t have enough nutrients to maintain a slightly alkaline state, it takes from the nutrient reserves in the bones and other places of the body. It is for this reason that a nutrient dense alkaline diet, consisting of a balance with both acidic and alkaline foods, is very important for our health.
Some experts in the field believe a 80 percent alkaline-forming and 20% acidic-forming diet is ideal for proper pH balance and overall well-being.
An alkaline diet consists of foods, and lifestyle choices, which do not promote an acidic environment in our bodies, yet promote a more alkaline environment where disease cannot thrive.
You can order pH test strips online or at local health food stores that carry these products. This is a great way to check your pH levels as well as experiment with changes to your diet and the difference it truly makes.
Below is a list of 12 different alkaline-forming foods, according to several different resources on acid and alkaline-forming foods and simple ways to implement them into your diet.
12 Alkaline Foods
1- Leafy Greens (Swiss chard, kale, spinach, turnip greens)
3- Fresh Coconuts
6- Chia Seeds
8- Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage)
9- Root vegetables (radishes, carrots, beets, turnips, rutabagas)
10- Cayenne pepper
11- Melons (watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew)
Easy Ways to Implement Alkaline Foods Into Your Diet
1- Smoothies (I am a huge fan of smoothies because of their convenience, taste, and ability to cram in so much nutritional value into one cup.
Try a green smoothie consisting of cucumber, leafy greens, avocados, chia seeds, coconut water/milk, almonds or almond butter, an organic protein supplement, (Garden Of Life is a great organic, non-gmo protein supplement) and maybe a wheatgrass supplement.
Or, make your own creation with some of the things listed above.
3- Fermented foods, like organic sauerkraut
4- Salads are too easy. Get your base of leafy greens, chop up some cucumbers, carrots, cabbage and radishes, throw on some chia seeds and almonds, sprinkle some cayenne pepper, and top off with a homemade dressing with coconut oil (or organic cold-pressed olive oil) and lemon juice.
5- Instead of layering your toast with butter, try some coconut oil or spread on some avocado
6- Try a sandwich with sprouted grain bread with avocado spread, leafy greens, cucumbers, and then go from there.
7- Lemon water
The main thing to remember is not perfection, it’s adding in more alkaline diet foods as you go. Taking each day to incorporate a little more alkaline-forming foods, while trying new alkaline diet foods, and reducing the acid-forming foods will make a huge impact on your pH levels and overall well-being.