8 pillars to optimal health – Alkalise

Different body compartments / fluids have different pH levels. The stomach is extremely acidic, the colon and small intestine less so, while the blood is very slightly alkaline for example. However, many nutrition experts will support the notion to become more alkaline. The Western diet with its excess of meat (which are generally acidic) and lack of vegetables (that are generally alkaline) leave the body in a more “acidic state”. Some researchers and nutrition experts claim that disease, such as cancer, thrives in an acidic environment. More conservatively enzymes and hormones work optimally in a very narrow pH band, so it seems pertinent to become more alkaline for optimal health.

Here is a table to acid / alkaline foods, base your diet around more alkalising foods.

Foods

Alkaline

Acid



Fruits



Dates, figs, melons, grapes, papaya, kiwi, lemons, watermelon, limes, grapefruit, mangoes, apples, raisins, avocado


Cherries, rhubarb, blackberries, cranberries, prunes




Vegetables, beans and legumes


Onions, Mushrooms, Cabbage, Tomatoes Asparagus, onions, parsley, spinach, broccoli, garlic, green beans, celery, lettuce, courgette, sweet potato and lentils



Potato, pinto beans, navy beans, lima beans, chocolate


Nuts and seeds


Almonds, chestnuts, almonds and coconut

Milk



Brazil nuts Pecans, cashews, peanuts, walnuts


Grains


Amaranth, millet, quinoa


Wheat, spelt, brown rice, white rice, corn, oats, buckwheat, rye, white flour, pastries, pasta



Meats


None


Fish and Shellfish

Bacon, Beef, Chicken, Liver, Lamb, Veal



Eggs and dairy



None


All


Beverages


Herb teas, lemon water, green tea



Beer, soft drinks, coffee, black teas


One if the most acidic thing you can eat is grains, conventional nutritional wisdom will suggest getting 6-11 serving a grain based products a day. Well this will increase your acidity and make you fat. Instead eat small servings of meat, fish etc… with unlimited amounts of vegetables. Add in small portions of grains for balance but don’t centre your meals around them.

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