When you choose to eat an alkaline diet, you are actually eating foods that are very similar to what man was designed to eat. If you look at what our ancestors ate, you will find a diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, and fish. Unfortunately, man’s diet today is frequently full of foods that are high in unhealthy fats, salt, cholesterol, and acidifying foods.
How Our Diet Changed
Although some people think that man’s diet changed only recently, the shift from a largely alkaline diet to an acid diet actually began thousands of years ago. Our original diet consisted of foraged fruits, nuts and vegetables, along with whatever meat could be caught. As soon as man started to grow his own food, things started to change. Grains became a popular diet choice, especially after the development of stone tools. Once animals were domesticated, there were dairy products added to the diet, along with an additional amount of meat. Salt began to be added, along with sugar. The end result was a diet that was still much healthier than what many people eat today, but the shift from alkaline to acid had begun.
Recent Dietary Changes
It’s no secret that our modern diet consists of many foods which are not healthy for us. Too much junk food and “fast food” has decreased the quality of our diet. Obesity has become the norm, and along with it a higher incidence of diseases such as diabetes, coronary disease, and cancer. If you want to improve your health and reduce the risk of many diseases, an alkaline diet can help get your body back to basics.
What is an Alkaline Diet?
When foods are eaten and digested, they produce either an acidifying or alkalizing effect within the body. Some people get confused because the actual pH of the food itself doesn’t have anything to do with the effect of the food once it is digested. When more alkaline foods are consumed, the body can become slightly alkaline instead of acid. Ideally, the blood pH level should be between 7.35 and 7.45. Foods such as citrus fruits, soy products, raw fruits and vegetables, wild rice, almonds, and natural sweeteners such as Stevia are all good alkaline food choices.
Benefits of an Alkaline Diet
There are many benefits to shifting your eating patterns from acid to alkaline. When the body is kept slightly alkaline, it is less susceptible to disease. It’s easier to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight level on an alkaline diet. Most people experience an increase in their energy level, as well as a lessening of anxiety and irritability once they begin eating more alkaline foods. Mucous production is decreased and nasal congestion is reduced, making it easier to breath. Allergies are frequently alleviated as a result of an alkaline diet. The body is also less susceptible to illnesses such as cancer and diabetes. Most people find that they just feel better, with an increased sense of health and well-being, once they make a conscious effort to adhere to an alkaline diet.
What if you knew about a weight loss program that would help you lose weight and feel younger? Would you try it? The alkaline diet and lifestyle has been around for over 60 years, yet many people aren’t familiar with its natural, safe and proven weight loss properties!
The alkaline diet is not a gimmick or a fad. It’s a healthy and easy way to enjoy new levels of health. In this post you’ll learn about what this dietary plan is, what makes it different, and how it can produce life-changing results for you, your waistline and your health.
Are you enjoying a slim and sexy body today? If so, you’re in the minority.
Sadly, over 65 percent of Americans are either overweight or obese. If you’re overweight, you probably experience symptoms of ill-health like fatigue, swelling, sore joints, and a host of other signs of poor health.
Worse yet, you probably feel like giving up on ever enjoying the body you want and deserve. Perhaps you’ve been told that you’re just getting older, but that simply isn’t the truth. Don’t buy into that lie. Other cultures have healthy, lean seniors who enjoy great health into their nineties!
The truth is, your body is a brilliantly designed machine and if you have any symptoms of ill-health this is a sure sign that your body’s chemistry is too acidic. Your symptoms are just a cry for help. This is because the body doesn’t just break down one day. Instead, your health erodes slowly over time, finally falling into ‘dis-ease’.
What’s wrong with the way you’re eating now?
The Standard American Diet (S.A.D.) focuses on refined carbohydrates, sugars, alcohol, meats and dairy. These foods are all highly acid-forming. Meanwhile, despite pleas from the nutritional experts, we simply don’t eat enough of the alkalizing foods such as fresh fruits, veggies, nuts, and legumes.
In short, our S.A.D. lifestyle upsets the natural acid-alkaline balance our bodies need. This condition causes obesity, low-level aches and pains, colds and flu, and eventually disease sets in.
We’ve lost our way. This is where an alkaline diet can help restore our health.
- I’m sure you’re familiar with the term pH, which refers to the level of acidity or alkalinity contained in something. Alkalinity is measured on a scale. You can take a simple and inexpensive test at home to see where your alkalinity level falls, as well as to monitor it regularly.
- Medical researchers and scientists have known for at least 70 years this lesser-known fact….your body requires a certain pH level, or delicate balance of your body’s acid-alkaline levels – for optimal health and vitality.
You might think…”I don’t need to know all this chemistry. Besides, what does the proper pH balance and alkalinity matter to me?” I know these were my questions when I first heard about alkaline eating.
We’ll use two examples of how acid and alkalinity plays a role in your body.
1. We all know that our stomach has acid in it. Along with enzymes, this acid is essential for breaking food into basic elements that can be absorbed by the digestive tract. What if we didn’t have any acid in our stomachs? We would die from malnutrition in no time because the body couldn’t utilize a whole piece of meat or a whole piece of anything, for that matter! Make sense?
2: Different parts of our body require different levels of acidity or alkalinity. For example, your blood requires a slightly more alkaline level than your stomach acids. What if your blood was too acidic? It would virtually eat through your veins and arteries, causing a massive internal hemorrhage!
While these examples demonstrate that the various parts or systems in the body need different pH levels, we don’t need to worry about that.
Our problem is simple and it’s this…..we are simply to acidic overall, period. If you’re interested in learning more about pH you can find tons of information on the web by simply searching the term.
The most important thing to know is this. When your body is too acidic over a long time, it leads to many diseases like obesity, arthritis, bone density loss, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. The list is endless, because the body simply gives up the battle for vitality and goes into survival mode as long as it can.
An alkaline diet is unique.
Many diets focus on the same foods that cause you to be overweight or sick in the first place. They simply ask you to eat less of those things, to eat more time per day, or to combine them differently.
In fairness to these diet’s creators, they know that many of us don’t want to make the bigger changes for our health. We like a diet that’s focused on processed and refined foods, our meat, our sugar, alcohols and such. The diet creators are simply trying to help us make easier changes.
We’ve gotten used to eating this way, and it’s not ALL our fault! Greedy food processing giants have a vested interest in keeping us eating this way. Profits are much higher in this sector of the food industry than in the production of your more basic foods like fruits and veggies.
So, again, YES…this diet is different. If those other diets worked you would you would be feeling lean, healthy and vital you wouldn’t need to read this article. You wouldn’t need a dietary change.
Here’s a partial list of foods that you can eat freely in an alkaline diet:
- Fresh fruits and freshly made juices
- Fresh veggies and juices
- Cooked veggies
- Some legumes and soy
- Lean proteins and some eggs
- Certain grains
- Healthy fats and nuts
*You may be surprised to learn that some veggies and fruits are better for you than others!
You can consume limited quantities of these foods and beverages:
- Many common grains
- Refined foods and sugars
- Alcohol and caffeine
What’s it like to be on the alkaline diet, and what results can you expect?
Like any change in diet or lifestyle, you’ll go through an adjustment period. Yet because you’re burning the cleanest fuel, which your body craves, so unlike many diet plans, you won’t ever need to feel hungry. Plus, you can eat all you like until you’re satisfied. You also won’t need to count calories. And you’ll enjoy plenty of variety, so you’ll never get bored with eating.
Think of an alkaline diet as a type of ‘juice fast’ for the body. Only it’s not so extreme. You’re eating nutrient-dense, easily digestible foods that your body craves. When you provide all the cells of the body that it so desperately needs, your hunger goes away. And there’s no need to worry about boring veggies, since there are tons of delicious recipes found on the web and in books.
With all the diet plans out there, why should you consider an alternative plan like the alkaline diet?
When followed properly, you can expect to melt the fat away more easily than with traditional plans. Many testimonials exist where people report losing over two pounds each week. (And that much weight wouldn’t be wise in most diet programs.) Plus your skin will become more supple again, your energy will increase and you’ll feel younger.
Plus, the alkaline diet does two important things that traditional diets don’t.
1. It provides superior nourishment to your body’s cells.
2. It naturally helps to detoxify and cleanse the cells, too.
These two facts are behind the reason why an alkaline diet work so quickly and safely.
One, final note, when considering an alkaline diet. Since it’s can be quite different from the way you may be used to eating, you might wonder if you can return to your former eating habits. The honest answer is that it’s smart to continue as many of the principles as you can once you have lost all your weight. But it doesn’t need to be all or nothing. Anything you do to adopt a healthier diet will greatly increase your chances for keeping the weight off for good.
I’m a big proponent of eating an alkaline diet most of the time. I’m passionate about it because it worked for me, and helped turn my weight and my health around. Once you follow an alkaline diet for a month or two, you can determine how much of it you want to adopt as part of your long-term healthy lifestyle.
Katherine researches and writes articles about health, weight management and wellness topics. She has a Holistic Life Coach Certificate and has been writing for over 10 years.