There is a trend today for more healthy diets and healthy lifestyles and one of the key messages we see repeatedly is the need for more alkaline foods. This is because an acidic environment benefits disease taking hold and spreading. A lot of articles talk about the beneficial effect a more alkaline body has on limiting cancer, for example.
The problem lies with processed “quick and easy” foods, fast foods, and genetically modified foods. They put our bodies through a lot in just one day. It’s not just about the horrible ingredients that go into everything out there (things that aren’t even food in some cases); it’s also about what this food is doing to our body’s pH levels.
The human body is meant to be an alkaline organism, and if you’re putting too much junk food in, chances are you’re also eating too many acidic foods. When we eat acidic foods, our blood pH can change from a normal alkaline level to a harmful acidic level. This will affect the immune system and make us more susceptible to disease.
I am reading a book about the Epstein-Barr virus which is believed to be the cause of a number of diseases ranging from hypothyroidism to Reynauds to prostate cancer. The book is enlightening, and further strengthens the case for keeping a balanced system. It discusses how the Epstein-Barr virus was once a beneficial virus which helped the body, but through the introduction of harmful substances into food and the environment, it mutated to become a slow destroyer of many of our systems. It presents a solid case for clean eating.
If we keep ingesting foods and liquids which provide fuel for harmful viruses and bacteria that live in our bodies, we run the risk of creating further, more virulent, mutations which are resistant to drugs. Furthermore, the diseases that are already in our bodies thrive on an acidic environment (including the byproducts of some pharmaceuticals according to the book – more on that in a later review).
Even if you are not worried about your blood pH levels, these alkaline foods will help your body for many other reasons and can add to your overall wellbeing and are great for a healthy diet. Start cleaning up your diet, clean up your body and enjoy a lighter and more healthy 2020.
|Swiss Chard||Anti-bacterial and anti-viral counteract free radicals.|
|Melon||Cleansing, high fibre. 92% water.|
|Buckwheat||Improves energy, and beneficial for cardiovascular health.|
|Olive Oil||Rich in vitamin E and monounsaturated fatty acids.|
|Flax Seed||High in fibre and vitamin E. Can reduce inflammation and hot flushes.|
|Avocado||Healthy monounsaturated fats for a healthy heart|
|Banana||An excellent superfood|
|Berries||High in antioxidants|
|Carrots||Contain beta-carotene and beneficial to eyesight.|
|Garlic||Has the power to regulate blood pressure.|
|Grapes||High in multivitamins and antioxidants, grapes can lower blood pressure.|
|Pineapple||Can help with weight loss.|
|Alfalfa Sprouts||Rich in enzymes to keep your hormones balanced.|
|Lemons||One of the most alkalizing food, lemons also aid in cold, cough and flu relief.|
|Sauerkraut||Fermented foods add probiotics to your diet.|
|Grapefruit||Good source of vitamin A and C.|
|Seaweed||Contains iron and is a powerful acid reducer.|
|Quinoa||Helps maintain healthy blood sugars.|
|Cucumber||Its 90% water content will keep your skin healthy and youthful.|
|Parsley||Will clean the intestines.|
|Mango||Great for cleansing the colon.|
|Spinach||The ultimate, vitamin-packed vegetable.|
|Oranges||Great for clearing a cold.|
|Papaya||A natural laxative to keep your colon clean.|