Get Your Body (And Life) In (Alka)Line

Balance is crucial in the body. It’s crucial for organ function, blood and lymph flow, digestive function and skeletal, muscular and connective tissue health. In short, body balance determines overall health. The pH of the body, the body’s acidity or alkalinity is the physiological component of balance in the body. Yes, emotional and energetic balance also play an equally large part in body balance, but on a physical level the body’s pH directly determines your state of health.

Every time you eat, you are presented with an opportunity to increase, decrease or maintain your state of health. The body is naturally alkaline, so eating alkaline foods are nourishing to the internal (and external) body. When acidic foods are eaten, the pH of the body shifts, making it more susceptible to illness and disease. Disease, predominantly cancer, cannot survive in an alkaline environment.

Ideal balance consists of a diet made up of 50-80% alkaline foods. Not all acidic foods are bad, and the body needs some acidity to keep it in proper ratio. This is a good list of healthy acidic (and alkaline) foods:

The benefits of a strongly alkaline diet are endless. People who are frequently lethargic, anxious or irritable – or those who suffer from nasal congestion or excess mucus, see drastic changes in their moods and life. People who are constantly sick with the flu or suffer from arthritis, heart disease and/or diabetes also see dramatic increases in their health. An alkaline diet increases digestive and immune function, reduces pain and inflammation, helps heal oral mouth disease and slows the aging process.

You’re ready to start eating more alkaline now, right…

Top Alkaline Foods

Almonds, Brazil nuts, sesame seeds, flax seeds
Cold-pressed oils like hemp, flax, borage seed
Grains like quinoa, wild rice, millet, amaranth, buckwheat
Grasses, especially wheatgrass
Greens, especially kale, spinach, lettuces, collards, mustard greens, turnip greens, cabbage and endive
Lemons, limes, grapefruits
Lentils and other beans
Oil-cured olives
Raw tomatoes (cooked tomatoes are acidic)
Root veggies like sweet potatoes, red potatoes, jicama, daikon

Acidic Food To Moderate

Animal protein like red meat, poultry, fish, eggs, milk, cheese, dairy
Chemicals, drugs, cigarettes, heavy metals, pesticides, preservatives
Coffee (including decaf)
Black tea
Heavily processed foods, regardless of ingredients
Honey, corn syrup, brown sugar, fructose
Ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard
Some legumes like chickpeas, black beans and soybeans
Processed soy products
MSG processed oils an fake fats like margarine, trans fats and refined vegetable oils
Refined grains like wheat and oats
Soda, energy drinks, sports drinks
Table salt
Salted and roasted nuts
White sugar and sugar substitutes
Yeast and vinegar (with the exception of raw apple cider vinegar)
Soy sauce (tamari is ok)

This article was written by Kirsten Nagy, Certified Holistic Nutritionist and Lead Author at Her passion for health and wellness extends far beyond her own personal practices, and she loves helping other embrace a healthy lifestyle, the easy way

Eduard Angelo Oliquiano

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