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 !