08 Feb Exploring An Alkaline Diet – Nourish The Body
There are many different types of food theories out there. I don’t like to associate myself with one in particular. There are pros and cons to the majority of theories with certain foods to include and exclude. I don’t like to avoid certain foods (ie. meat, fat, carbs, or gluten). We need to nourish ourselves. We shouldn’t fear food. Instead, we should enjoy living a nourishing life. I don’t eat bread all the time – but it isn’t because I fear bread. It’s because there are so many other nourishing options to enjoy. Focusing on the addition of quality foods is the best way to have a positive relationship with food. There is one food theory out there, the Alkaline diet, which I do try to incorporate with balance. What is the Alkaline diet? Well, simply put, foods fall into two categories: acid or alkaline. This acid/base balance deals with the reactions in the Kidneys. Either foods will produce ammonium (acid) or bicarbonate (alkaline). So although something might be acidic by nature (ie. oranges, lemons or limes which contain citric acid), it doesn’t necessarily turn to acid in the body.
|Acidic Foods||Alkaline Foods|
|white pasta/ white bread||green tea|
|red meats||sweet potato/quinoa|
Various symptoms associated with acidic diets include low energy, fatigue, irritability, headaches, recurring infections, rosacea, dry skin and acne. Bone loss and/or mineral loss is a main problem associated with an acidic diet. So what foods are acid and more importantly Alkaline? Basically, whole, real foods are Alkaline with the exception of red meats and roasted nuts. Raw nuts however, are not as acidic! Eating foods in their more natural state is the safest way to consume them. This doesn’t mean we should fear red meats either – but just be aware to keep them in balance. Did you have a steak last night? Maybe try to have some chicken tomorrow (only mildly acidic). Fish, eggs, most grains and beans sit more neutral on this scale. So there are still a lot of options out there. What does this Alkaline diet ask you to avoid? Processed foods, white sugar and strong stimulants! This should be a no brainer already. We know these aren’t healthy. We should be aware of this scale for balance. This food theory isn’t asking us to avoid bread. This theory is asking us to improve the quality of bread. Are you buying a commercially made brand? Is there a local, quality source that you can add to your diet? Eating whole foods is the way our grandparents ate. Nourish our bodies. If we strive to incorporate real foods in our diet more often, we will have more energy, we will have a stronger immune system and we will feel our best!