Your body likes to be alkaline. Simple as that. What does that mean? It all boils down to balance. When our bodies are in homeostasis, which is a state of equilibrium in the body, our pH level is around 7.3. If our pH level wavers just below or above this, it causes an alarm response in the body. Eating foods that are acid producing, such as processed, refined, animal products, and basically anything in the SAD category, this can create a toxic environment in the body. Acid forming foods are those that range from 0-6 on the pH scale. 7=neutral (neither acid or alkaline), so foods that rank 8-14 are considered alkaline forming. These foods are foods such as leafy green veggies, crunchy veggies, green drinks, most fruits and fresh fruit juices, tofu, and most nuts. Eating an abundance of these nutrient dense foods, can help keep the body in balance and keep it alkaline and happy.
Eating RAW is a good way to promote an alkaline environment. Cooking foods make them more carcinogenic, which means that they can react with enzymes in the body to produce free radicals, which can be cancer forming. Try to eat raw as much as possible. Avoid charred or grilled meats, especially red meat as often as possible. (And no, I’m not just suggesting this because I’m a vegetarian; there is scientific research to back this up, so just try me!)
The mysteries of our bodies knowledge of acid vs alkaline is truly fascinating. Our bodies are pure magic and all I know is that when I eat alkalizing foods I feel better, am more energized and I’m in a happy mood.
Here is a link to a list of acid/alkaline foods to help you shop smarter for foods that serve you!
And here are a couple book references:
The Acid Alkaline Food Guide by Dr. Susan E. Brown
Alkalize or Die by Dr. Theodore A. Baroody
…And here are some recipes that are simple, nutritive and ALKALINE!
Raw Tomato Basil Soup (I made this for dinner recently and it was so delicious!)
1 handful fresh basil and a little more for garnish
whole grain tortilla chips for garnish
Cut tomatoes into chunks. Peel and take pit out of the avocado. Put tomatoes, avos and basil in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour soup into bowl and garnish with crumbled tortilla chips and more basil. Can be served at room temp or warmed. It’s SO good and SO easy!
Green Powder Smoothie-AKA Dori’s Morning Coffee
6-8 oz rice or almond milk
1 1/2 scoops whey protein powder
2 tablespoons flax meal
1/2 cup frozen berries or fresh if you have them…it’s such a good time of year for fresh fruit!!
1 heaping scoop of Green Vibrance powder
Blend together in perfect harmony and enjoy! You can take this on the go, like I do, so there is no excuse to not start your day off right with one of these bad boys.
This time of year is the perfect time to start incorporating more alkaline producing foods into your eating lifestyle. There is an abundance of wonderful berries, other fruits, such as mangos, pineapple, watermelon (which is one the most alkalizing fruits, BTW), and of course all kinds of veggies such as kale, snap peas and radishes.
Please don’t be confused with citrus. Just because citrus fruits such as lemons, oranges, etc are acidic tasting, this does NOT make them ACID foods. The “ash” they leave behind in your body has an alkaline make up, and these fruits should be eaten. Lemons are extremely helpful at detoxifying the liver, so squeeze fresh lemon juice in water or on salads to utilize their benefit.
According to Dr. Brown’s book, when the body experiences pH balance, you experience radiant good health. When the body is off kilter, the disease process begins…and as Dr. Baroody says, Alkalize or Die.