Alkalise It!

EATING ALKALINE FOR GOOD HEALTH

You may have heard that following an alkaline diet is good for your health, but what does that mean? When you eat a food, as well as giving you essential nutrition it also exhibits an acidic or alkaline effect on your body. Foods which have an acidic effect decrease blood pH and cause inflammation in the body, foods which are alkaline forming increase blood pH and have an anti-inflammatory effect. Given that inflammation is associated with nearly every single disease, including cancer, heart disease, infertility, arthritis and pain conditions, it is important to keep inflammation levels in our system low. When you eat too many acid forming foods you create inflammation in your body.

So what kind of foods are acid forming? As a general rule, meats, dairy, grains, sugars, coffee and alcohol are acid forming, whereas most fruit and vegetables are alkaline forming.

Let’s take a closer look at some commonly eaten foods and what effect they have on the body

Acid Forming Foods 20% of the diet Alkaline forming foods 80% of the diet
Acid Proteins Alkaline protein
All Meat Almonds
Beef Sunflower seeds
Lamb Pepitas
Pork, bacon, ham Fermented tofu and tempeh
Chicken Mung beans
Fish Millet
Legumes Quinoa
Sausages Nuts and seeds
Shellfish and crustaceans Almonds
TVP Sunflower seeds
Nuts and seeds Pepitas
Cashews Flax seeds
Pecans sesame seeds
Walnuts Sweeteners
Macadamia nuts Raw honey
Sweeteners Stevia
Sugar Blackstrap molasses
Maple syrup Grains and grain products
Agave Buckwheat
Artificial sweeteners Millet
Heated honey Sorghum
Fruit juice concentrate Amaranth
Grains and grain products Quinoa
Wheat Vegetables
Rye All vegetables except those listed as acid
Kamut Very high alkaline vegetables include
Spelt Spinach
Rice and rice flour Silverbeet
Noodles, pasta Kale
Breads Rocket
Vegetables Broccoli
Corn Beetroot
Olives Sprouts
Winter squash Fruit
Fruit All raw fruit except those listed as acid
Cooked fruit Fruits which are high alkaline include
Canned fruit Lemons
Dried fruit Pineapple
Plums Kiwifruit
Prunes Beverages
Blueberries Fresh fruit or vegetable juice
Beverages Alkaline water
Coffee Coconut water
Tea Soda water
Soft drinks (very high acid) Spices and seasonings
Mineral water Chilli
Fruit juices that have been heated (long life) Cinnamon
nutrient water Curry spices
sports drinks Ginger
Spices and seasonings Herbs
Tomato, BBQ sauce Miso
Cocoa Sea salt
Mustard Tamari
Pepper
Vinegar

FINDING THE BALANCE
After reading the list above it would come as no surprise to you that most people’s diet are extremely over acid, with far too much meat, grains and additives and not enough fruit and vegetables. To maintain good health you should aim for a diet that is made up or 80% alkaline forming foods and just 20% acidic foods.

A good example of this would be a small piece of fish with a large salad, or a breakfast made up of fresh fruits with just a little muesli. Following a diet that is high is raw fruits and vegetables is the only way to keep your body alkaline.

Take advantage of the ‘exceptions to the rule’ and consume the alkaline nuts and seeds almonds, peptitas and sunflower seeds, or include some alkaline grains such as quinoa, buckwheat or millet in the diet. Quinoa is a particularly good source of protein and makes a great porridge or rice substitute.

The most important things to keep to a minimum are soft drinks, coffee, tea, alcohol, red meat and refined grains like white rice and bread. Not only are these foods very acidic, they have also been associated with many health conditions and should be avoided where possible.

SEEING THE BENEFITS
Patients which follow an alkaline diet report more energy, weight loss, clearer skin, less pain and discomfort in their bodies, improved sleep and alleviation of headaches and even less hair loss! Try it and feel the benefits for yourself!

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Katherine Maslen

Author

Hey, I’m Katherine Maslen, naturopath, nutritionist, host of The Shift podcast, author and renegade for health.
Since completing 2 bachelor degrees in health science over 12 years ago, I’ve been helping peeps just like you to be their best through awesome health. I’ve spent most of this time one on one in clinical practice – in the trenches with my clients to navigate them through the minefield that is imperfect health.

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