What’s so good about alkaline foods?

by Polly N on October 10, 2010

I have extolled the virtues of raw food many times before and will continue to do so until the end of time! The simple truth is that when we eat living foods, we are more alive. But there is another extremely important element in creating health, infact this is THE most important fact there is and is the difference between having a healthy body and an unhealthy body.

Although you may think that you’re pretty healthy and don’t seem to have any major health problems, it is fairly likely that you’re body is out of balance. I’m not referring to whether you can walk straight – I’m talking about your internal system. Some of the symptoms of overacidity are; bloating, eczema, psoriasis, muscle cramps, swelling, headaches, allergies, colds, flu & sinus problems to name a few. Chronic illnesses set in when all other possibilities of neutralizing or eliminating acids has been exhausted! It all comes down to one thing, how acidic you are.

If, like me you were too busy passing notes in Science class than to learn about pH balance, you might not remember that the pH scale goes from 0-14 with 7 being neutral. Below 7 is ACID; above 7 is ALKALINE with the optimal blood level being 7.365.

The pH level of our internal fluids affects every cell in our bodies. The entire metabolic process depends on an ALKALINE environment. FACT: The majority of the foods typical of a Westernised diet are ACID-forming; meat, bread, dairy products, alcohol, caffeine, sugar, refined carbohydrates, saturated fats etc. Chronic overacidity corrodes body tissue and can interrupt all cellular activities and functions. It is the root of ALL sickness and disease. It is also what’s keeping you fat! (I’m not saying you are fat, but if you’re struggling to shift those pounds, then it’s very likely that you’re system is too acidic!)

Oh and by the way, cancer LOVES an acidic environment. Just one more very valid reason to stay away from the meat and the cheese and the dairy products and all that other refined stuff that we try to kid ourselves are not that bad. BOTTOM LINE – they are creating an acidic crack-den inside you and while you may be asymptomatic (not showing any sign of illness or disease) now, you are potentially setting yourself up for a shocker in years to come. Trust me – don’t wait until it’s too late!

Okay, so you’re probably wondering what you CAN eat if all the other “good” (read toxic) stuff is out of the question?!

If you were to guess the answer to that question – what would it be? Something green?! Correctamundo!!

As human beings, we need oxygen to survive; we simply cannot live without it. Now even though you’re not a nutritionist, I know you know that oxygen isn’t found in cooked or processed foods, nor is it found in meat or cheese. Oxygen is found in beautiful green chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is the substance in plants that allows them to absorb light from the sun and covert that light into usable energy.

Here’s a geeky fact for you; Chlorophyll is chemically related to blood – the only difference being that the main atom is hemoglobin (blood’s oxygen transporter) is iron, while in chlorophyll it’s magnesium. Chlorophyll contains a powerful blood builder that is said to increase red blood cells, improve circulation, ease inflammation (which we know promotes angiogenesis or cancer cell growth), oxygenates the body and counteracts free radicals. Boy oh boy! This stuff is good! So by feasting on raw fruits, veggies, dark green leafys we fill our bodies with liquid oxygen, the single most important element keeping us alive.

Here’s a little list to help you realise that you are far from being deprived on adopting a more alkaline diet;

  • Veggies; cucumbers, kale, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, celery, spinach, chard, lettuce, parsley, lentil sprouts, onions, garlic, leeks, alflalfa sprouts, broccoli sprouts, green beans, winter squash, sweet potatoes, pak choi, carrots etc
  • Fruits; avocados, tomatoes, limes, lemons, apples, watermelon, grapes, berries. (Note; lemons, limes and oranges are acidic fruits but actually become alkaline once they are consumed)

There is a whole host of other foods you can eat and I’m not going to lie to you – they don’t come in packets or have a shelf life longer than a few days. If it’s made in a laboratory or has a shelf life longer than you, do you WANT that in your body?

I could go on for an age about this as there is so much information but the bottom line is that you would be better off it you were to;

  • Eat raw foods that are living to give you oxygen, enzymes, energy, minerals, vitamins, cancer-fighting phytonutrients etc
  • Eat foods that are low glycaemic (ie do not send your blood sugar soaring)
  • If you must eat meat/dairy products then eat organic AND adopt an 80/20 or 70/30 rule where you eat 80/70% raw to 20/30% cooked food. The enzymes in the raw food helps your body to break down the cooked food which is devoid of any enzymes as they get destroyed in the cooking process giving your body more work to do and forces your body to use up the enzymes from it’s own reserve.

If you’d like more information on this, I reccommend Dr Robert Young’s “The pH Miracle”.

Until next time, keep it clean and keep it green!

xxx

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Richard Blakelidge March 24, 2011 at 12:57 pm

Fantastic website, great to see an affiliation with Philip Day and his credence team.
Your style of writing is very accessible and portrays a very warm genuine quality.
I will regularly promote what you are about.

Best of luck with your campaigning!

Kind regards

Richard.

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Luther August 5, 2011 at 4:49 am

This is actually pretty awesome. I have to admit, when I first saw this post, I thought, how doesn’t want a healthy life style. But fast food is irressistable… nice post.

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Denise Bell December 8, 2011 at 8:26 pm

Hello Polly

Very good website and have just received you book which is excellent.

How do you get enough calcium

Do you take any supplements vit c, vit e or garlic capsules or digestive enzymes

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polly December 8, 2011 at 10:57 pm

Thanks Denise, there is plenty of calcium in green leafy vegetables and not something I worry about eating a varied plant based diet. The myth that we need calcium from milk for our bones is complete rubbish and the calcium from plant based foods are much easier to assimilate. I take probiotics, sublingual Vit B, B12 and lots of super foods ;o)

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Dr. Paula Grenier February 7, 2012 at 6:57 pm

HI Polly

Wow! Do we need to talk!! I LOVE what you are saying 100%!! I am all about going green and going clean. I am also a chiropractor who sees LOTS and LOTS of people so far from that reality. My ongoing quest is how to get them from there to here where some of us understand theses concepts and are choosing to live them more and more. I would so appreciate having a one on one conversation with you. Is there a time when I could call you?

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polly February 7, 2012 at 7:11 pm

hey paula – ill email you direct ;o)

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Nadeem January 26, 2013 at 8:08 pm

hi polly

just been reading up on the acid vs alkali stuff.
learn something new!
how does it fit in with weight loss?

thanx!

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polly January 27, 2013 at 11:25 am

Hiya! You should find that as you start to alkalise your body, eat plenty of fresh greens, fruits and veg (raw) that you will become your natural weight. (whether that be needing to put on a pound or two or lose some).

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bambam April 28, 2013 at 9:24 am

Wow! I have recently been suffering of nervous acidic reflects
which is new. N my asthma n ezcema have been
through the roof. I came across alkaline water by the bending
Machine in my neighborhood lol I bought it. But when I got
Home I wanted More info. Who knew!

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Jamen Carrizosa May 26, 2013 at 5:12 pm

Hi Polly,
Thanks for the article. I just learned about this on Friday from my new chiropractor. Do you have any suggestions for someone who works out a lot? I’ve always heard to increase your protein intake when looking to recover and build muscle. I’ve also read that your body maintains its ph level regardless of diet. It’s difficult to know what to believe :-/
Thank you, Jamen

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polly May 27, 2013 at 2:59 pm

Hiya, you could use hemp powder to build protein and greens are loaded with protein too.

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Alex September 22, 2013 at 7:51 pm

Hey Polly, great blog. I am working on the first alkaline sports drink, which I think you will be pretty fond of. As I’m sure you know, acidosis is a big problem in athletes because exercise causes our cells to make acidic waste and our bodies work hard to keep from becoming acidic. Sports drinks are extremely acidic, more so that you would imagine (they generally range from pH 2.5-3). Taking in these acids in a time when our body is working hard NOT to become acidic is very counterproductive. Please check this out, we have a short video telling our story and explaining a bit about acid base balance and exercise. It is well worth your time. And please help us spread the word about our campaign!
This is the link.
http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/phenoh-inc/x/4449069

Thank you!

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Angie Weemhoff October 5, 2013 at 6:43 pm

Polly, I love this article! My sister and I have a blog that we started based on our personal experiences with real clean food. We’re just getting started and checking out what everyone else has to say on the subject. We put a link to this article in our blog. Thanks so much, Angie.

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polly October 7, 2013 at 8:29 am

Awesome! keep up the great work Angie and thanks for visiting ;) Your blog looks great! x

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