Why does an alkaline-forming diet matter?

Why does an alkaline-forming diet matter?

It is fairly common knowledge (at least among nutritionists and health nuts) that it is important to eat enough alkaline forming foods in your diet. Why? The answer is that our bodies need to be kept slightly alkaline for complete health. And you can ensure this with your choice of foods every day.

The problem is, so many of our foods are acid-forming in the body! The list is long: coffee, sugar, sweetened fruit juices, processed snacks high in corn syrup, dairy products, soft drinks, meats, eggs, grains…. I hear you saying “that is all the stuff I eat!” Add to this the fact that most pharmaceutical drugs are acid forming, as are artificial chemicals such as NutraSweet.

Our blood pH should be slightly alkaline, or above 7.0 An acidic pH is caused by many factors besides our food choices: stress, toxins, immune reactions, and/or immune reactions- basically all the things we have to deal with every day! So our diet becomes even more important. If the body is dealing with acidity, it will compensate, but it does so by using alkaline minerals.. If there are not enough of these coming into the body via the diet, the blood will start to move towards acidity, and the body then grabs minerals from the bone. Perhaps this explains some of the high level of osteopenia and osteoporosis in our society’s women.

Ideally, to maintain good blood pH, your diet should consist of 60% alkaline-forming foods and 40% acid forming foods. If you are ill, and needing to recover health, this needs to be skewed even further, ideally 80% alkaline-forming and 20% acid-forming foods.

So what are the alkaline forming foods? Alkaline-forming foods are green vegetables, legumes such as peas, beans lentils, most fruit, and seeds and nuts (raw). Some really tasty individual foods are pumpkin seeds, cabbage, grapefruit, potatoes, and wild rice. I am a vegetable fan, so it is easier for me, but the  problem is, most Americans  eat so little in the way of veggies!. Salad and veggies and fruit should be our emphasis. And I bought fun books, years ago, on interesting things to do with veggies, and it has become a way of life.

So, try to move your diet a little towards this, as a goal, and you will really feel the difference! Your whole system will operate better, you will sleep better, you’ll experience less bone loss, and the most noticeably, your energy level will really improve!

There is a nice site with more info on the alkaline diet- check out alkaline diet, http://www.alkalinediet.org.

Now go have a huge salad or some veggie soup ! 

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About solomonhealing

Diane grew up in Oregon, and says she can’t remember a time when she wasn’t singing. Her father gave her a guitar for Christmas when she was 13, and she taught herself folk and country styles, and started to write songs. At 19, believing her first talent was acting, she headed off to England, determined to study acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. But life can take some funny turns. Before she could arrange an interview, she was literally “discovered,” playing her guitar and singing to a small, private, New Year’s Eve party at a London hotel. IMG_0005 2A BBC television producer was there, a screen test followed, and the result was a network primetime series of variety specials! “The Diane Solomon Show” of the late 70s, was a great success, and she quickly became a regular on British TV, with other specials of her own, and numerous guest appearances, including several Royal Gala Specials. She recorded 5 albums, appeared on countless radio shows, TV hosting, and musical theater productions. She headed four major UK Theater concert tours of her own, toured with Glen Campbell on three European tours, and opened for a major Kenny Rogers’ tour in 1991. IMGBut then life took another turn, this time not so fortunate. She was diagnosed with the infamous M.E., or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and for the next three years was too ill to walk across the room unaided. For a total of seven years she struggled with half a life. In the darkest hours songwriting was her saving grace, and the title cut of her new CD, “Good Things Don’t Come Easy” was born of this troubled time. With the help a brilliant German homeopathic system of healing, plus nutrition and herbs, she regained her health. Diane was so impressed with these alternate therapies that she has since gained degrees in both nutrition and homeopathy, achieving a doctorate degree from the British Institute of Homeopathy. She practiced nutrition and homeopathy for fifteen years, using a combination of nutrients, herbs, homeopathic remedies, and diet and lifestyle recommendations. She describes dealing with people’s health issues as a kind of “onion layer” experience. Herbs, nutrients, and lifestyle changes are powerful, yet are in some way addressing the outer layers. They help enormously, but she has found that the major changes in people’s health comes from a deep homeopathic remedy, known as the constitutional remedy. Homeopathy is not an exact science, and thought, attention, focus, intuition, and yes, luck are involved in finding this remedy. When the right deep remedy is chosen, improvements in a client’s well being, both physically and psychologically, can be dramatic, even life-changing! Now focusing on writing, Diane lives in beautiful Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, with her husband, Mark Carey. She writes soft country, folk, and classical ballads, playing both guitar and piano. She has written several non-fiction books fields of nutrition and homeopathy, plus has ghost-written and/or edited seven books for clients, in various fields. She has just finished a middle grade mystery/fantasy novel with her husband Mark, entitled The Ravenstone: The Secret of Ninham Mountain, due for publication Sept 30 2016. Kindle cover final oct 10 2015She has also recently published a book on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, entitled, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: a guide to the homeopathic treatment of CFS/M.E. It was published in November, 2015, and was quickly the top selling book on Amazon in the homeopathic category. Sometimes called a “Renaissance Woman,” she writes, edits, researches, designs and builds gardens, always seeking more knowledge, more understanding, and more creative flow.
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2 Responses to Why does an alkaline-forming diet matter?

  1. MrBarns says:

    There’s good info here. I did a search on the topic and found most people will agree with your blog. Keep up the good work mate!

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