If you are like most people trying to live a healthier life style, you have come across one fitness blog after another telling you how the key to health comes down to exercise and calorie counting. Well, exercise is great. But the main part of health comes down to diet, and the key to a healthy diet is not counting calories, but rather eating foods that are highly alkaline. Here is some perspective on doing just that.
The Benefits of Eating Alkaline
What does it mean to be alkaline? In short, it means that your body is not carrying excess acidity, and that your PH balance is in the “basic” range, as opposed to acidic (with over 7 being basic and under 7 being acidic on a scale from 1 to 14).
Having an acidic body leads to an incredible range of health problems. It is the driving cause of weight gain because the excess acid catalyzes the production of fat cells in the body to contain the acid. It causes the breakdown of red blood cells, leading to anemia. It also causes the breakdown of white blood cells, leading to immune system failures. It is linked to cancer, diabetes, and all sorts of maladies because of its tendency to disrupt the body’s regular metabolic functions.
An alkaline diet helps reverse these problems. A complete alkaline diet will restore a person to his or her ideal weight, strengthen the body’s immune system, and improve blood flow. It is even vital to preserving brain health and long term functionality. As David Perlmutter explains in Brain Maker, healthy gut bacteria enable the metabolic functioning of the body that is required for brain health, and is only adequately produced with a largely alkaline diet.Alkaline foods naturally are low in acidity. Generally, you can’t go wrong with dark green vegetables like spinach, broccoli, kale, watercress, and the like. But most fruits are also alkaline such as bananas, cherries, peaches, raisins, and others.
In general, alkaline foods are low in sugar, whereas acidic foods are often high in sugar (candies, cakes, chocolates are all highly acidic). That is because sugar itself is an acid, and considered to be essentially a toxin by many experts. However, even though there is a lot of sugar in some fruits, it is not always metabolized in a way that increases blood sugar in the body. Consult an Alkaline Acid food chart for more precise information, and remember that your body’s health depends on being a wise eater…so get wise, and be alkaline. Learn more about what types of foods are acidic and what foods are alkaline.