Forget Everything You Know About Alkaline Diet

Or if you knew anything at all?

Over the years, the health industry has witnessed a tremendous increase in the number of diet plans.

Some of these procedures were researched and tested in the laboratories proving their efficiency, thus producing noticeable physical results. With a lot of diet options at hand, people get easily confused on which diet plans are actually working for their body type.

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What is Alkaline?

One of the main strategies to fight disease-causing bacteria and viruses is to monitor the food intake. The food that you eat can be further classified into two categories in terms of pH (power of hydrogen) level.

Foods can be acid-forming or alkalizing depending on its recurring effects evident to the human body. In the pH scale, chemical properties of a substance range from 0 to 14. A pH reading of 7 is neutral. Levels higher than 7 but equal to or less than 14 indicate a basic or an alkaline substance. Likewise a scale of 0 to less than 7 creates an acidic chemical reaction.

pH level what is acidic, what is alkaline
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Levels of Alkaline Diet

Alkaline diet has 10 level points, with 1 being the lowest and 10 being the best. It was created to monitor a person’s progress and commitment toward maintaining an acid-less diet. You are in Level 10 if you eat 100% vegan foods that are hygienic, fresh, and raw. Only a very small percentage reach this level as many would still prefer to add a little meat in their menu.

Level 9 reflects an 80% vegan diet and 20% cooked diet. This level is described to be a very high quality of achievement. Each deviation in the level represents a 20% increase in cooked diet and 20% decrease in vegan diet except for levels 3, 2, and 1.

Level 3 describes a person eating 100% cooked vegan with meat diet. Level 2  is for person eating 100% cooked food diet excluding desserts. Level 1, the worst case and where majority of the unconscious people belong to, defines a 100% cooked food diet including all the kinds of sweet desserts.

Too Much Acid Weakens Your Immune System - Watch Out!

Technically speaking, your blood is slightly alkaline in nature. It has a pH range of 7.35 to 7.45. Don’t get confused, you still need acidic food! Regardless of whether the food is acidic or not, the total food intake should cancel out the effects of one another that will give a sum of average level.

Too much intake of acid-producing foods might destroy the most essential nutrients the body needs such as sodium, magnesium, calcium, and potassium. This imbalance therefore, can weaken the immune system in return.

A lot of body illnesses are caused by excessive amount of acid intake in the digestive system. If not regulated up to a safe threshold level, this condition will develop into chronic acidosis. What is so horrifying about this medical condition is that it deprives the body cells the oxygen they need to function normally. This will result to diseases like cancer, stroke, memory loss, and heart attack.

The Role of Homeostasis

Have you heard about homeostasis? It refers to the ability of the human body to maintain equilibrium or stability to maintain healthy medical condition regardless of the rough changes in its external environment. To make it simple, take note of your normal body temperature. Regardless of how cold the surrounding is, your tongue remains warm.

Imagine you are in the middle of the forest during winter and your body feels weak because you did not eat prior to going out. Do you think you would survive the frost? Or let’s say you consumed the wrong type of food and your acid level rose up just in time with the winter, would you still survive?

As a basic rule of thumb, so as not to kill your freedom of eating habits, the average advised percentage of food intake is 80% alkaline and 20% acidic.

 

Healthy Alkaline Food You Should Eat More Often

 

Organic Grains and Legumes

Lima Beans +12.8              Fresh Soybeans +12

Granulated Soy +12.8       Buckwheat Grouts +0.5

Lentils +0.6                         Soy Flour +2.5

Dried Soy Nuts +26.5       White/Navy Beans +12.1

Tofu +3.2                             Pure Soy Lecithin +38

 

Root Vegetables

Red Radish +16.7               Black Radish +39.4

Horse radish +6.8              Carrots +9.5

White Radish +3.1             Potatoes +2.0

Rutabaga +3.1                    Beet +11.3

Kohlrabi +5.1                      Turnip +8.0

 

Vegetables

Celery +13.3                       Cauliflower +3.1

Dog Grass +22.6                Dandelion Grass +22.7

Asparagus +1.3                  Green Beans +11.2

Barley Grass +28.1            Brussels Sprout +0.5

 

Fruits

Unripe Banana +4.8          Cantaloupe -2.5

Apricot -9.5                         Sweet Cherry -3.6

Fresh Coconut +0.5           Black Currant -6.1

Blueberry -5.3                     Ripe Banana -10.1

Fig Juice Powder -2.4         Cranberry -7.0

Sour Cherry +3.5                Ripe Gooseberry -7.7

Mandarin Orange -11.5     Dates -4.7

Ripe Grapes -7.6                 Pear -9.9

 

Benefits of Alkaline Diet

 

Disease Prevention

Did you know that by increasing the alkaline level in your body, you are also increasing your protection against body anomalies in a day to day basis? These symptoms of imbalance are runny nose, pimple breakouts, fatigue, and unstoppable vowel movement. You won’t believe this, but do you know that an acidic environment yields the growth of fungi, bacteria, and yeast? The growth and outbreak of these micro-organisms could result to colds. If your body is more alkaline, you are less likely to have colds.

Weight Management

Do you hate eating fruits and vegetable? Hate no more! These types of food make your blood more alkaline; while sugar, carbohydrates, and alcoholic drinks make you more acidic. Invest on your kitchen. The best natural medicines are found in the fruit market. Live a healthy lifestyle now.

Increases Bone Density

As people age, bones become weaker. Maintaining a healthy alkaline diet balances the ratio of minerals that are crucial for the development of bone structure and muscle mass. Alkaline diet improves absorption of Vitamin D — that is responsible for protecting your bones.

 

Tips for Correct Food Combination

Below are the important points for describing what food combination goes best with different common foods that a normal person consumes in a week. You may want to jot them down for future quick reference to help you maximize your alkaline diet.

  1. Green vegetables are combined best with all proteins and all sort of starches. Remember that no single food can contain the purest starch in the world. However, they don’t get well along with milk!
  2. All kinds of meat are combined best with green vegetables only; but not a good idea taking them with milk, starch, proteins, sweets, acidic fruits and vegetables, cream, butter, and oil.
  3. Acid fruits are combined best with other acid fruits only and fair with nuts and milk. Consuming them together with all kinds of sweets and starches such as bread, cereals, proteins, and potatoes is a dilemma that will cause you indigestion.
  4. Legumes, peas, and beans are combined best with oil and butter. However, never ever consume acid fruits, cream, lard, and sweets with them or else your stomach will turn into a battlefield.
  5. Melons are best eaten alone, nothing more and nothing less.
  6. Egg goes well with green vegetables, but not with proteins, starch, sweets, butter, cream, lard, and oil.

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