Alkaline Foods

As I will start a Alkaline diet in February in order to detoxify the acidity in my body, I gather down all important facts.

If the body becomes too acidic, it could lead to a number of significant health problems. When the body is overloaded with toxins, it is more prone to becoming acidic. Acidosis, a condition that appears when our body pH is too acidic, can lead to a lot of health problems. Acidic imbalance reduces our body’s ability to absorb minerals and nutrients. It reduces the cell’s capacity to repair itself. It also prevents the body from detoxifying naturally. You may not realize it, but you are taking toxins into your body each and every day. Processed foods contain toxins in the form of artificial additives and preservatives; beauty products contain toxins in the form of chemicals and hormones; even the air you breathe may contain toxins like pesticide residue and pollution.

An alkaline cleanse involves consuming raw, fresh, alkaline soups, juices and smoothies for a period of between 3 and 10 days or more.

The tiniest upward shift in pH will have a positive impact on your wellbeing.

Detoxification diets are based on the idea that people can cleanse their bodies of harmful chemicals by eating only healthy, non-toxic foods. One such diet emphasizes the toxicity of acid for humans and instructs dieters to alkalize their bodies to balance their pH levels. pH levels vary within the body. For instance stomach acid has a low (or acidic) pH of 2-3, whereas bile, that helps break down fat has a higher (or more alkaline) pH of 8-9. Blood pH is between 7.35-7.45 or slightly alkaline. 

Some rules to a successful Alkaline Diet:

– Go vegetarian or vegan if you can. Meat or large quantities of animal products, especially red one along with pork and lamb can be very acidic and produces a lot of metabolic waste. 

– Eliminate dairy products, most fats and oils, wheat, processed foods, sugar and artificial sweeteners from your diet. Omit coffee, tea, soda, alcohol and fruit juice as well.

– Fill more than half of your plate with vegetables for meals. Vegetables are alkaline and help to balance your pH. They also add bulk to meals to replace the acidic foods you are avoiding. The greener the better – spinach is the most alkaline vegetable !
Green leafy vegetables like kale, collard greens, turnip tops, mustard greens and spinach are very alkalinizing for the body. Try to eat it raw by making a big salad mixed with other alkalinizing food like cucumbers, lettuce, tomatoes, celery, cabbage, cauliflower, carrots or onions. 

– Eat grapefruit 15 minutes before breakfast. Grapefruit, like lemons, are great to alkalinize the body.  Grapefruit are very high in water, and contains a powerful substance to help you detox naturally. Try to eat one every day during the body’s pH balancing process. Eat it like an orange and without sugar though, as it’s in the very thin skin between each grapefruit segment that contains the detox substance. Its alkalizing effects offset the acidity of proteins and carbs you may eat later in the day. Squeeze lemon or lime juice onto salads, into water and over rice. 

– Eat celery before or during every meal. Celery is highly alkaline and helps counteract the effect of any acid you eat.

– Replace dairy products with almond milk or coconut milk products. Use these substitutes in cooking and baking, on cereal and as drinks. Cow’s milk has shown to produce an abundance of mucus in the human body. Many people also suffer from a hidden allergy or intolerance, which can increase the acid wastes in the body.

– Include healthy fats to get enough calories per day. Avocado, raw nuts and raw seeds are good sources of omega-3 oils, which strengthen your heart and promote healthy skin and hair. Dress salads with olive oil or flax oil.

– Avoid sugars. Artificial sweeteners are the worst, followed by refined sugar. Natural sweeteners like honey, agave nectar or dried fruits are generally safe, but if you try to alkalinize your body, it would be a good thing to reduce your natural sugar intake as well for a while.

– Drink at least 210 ml of filtered, or pure, water each day for each 4,5 kg of your weight, means 2,8 l if you have a weight of 60 kg. Add a pinch of baking soda to your water or take alkaline supplements. Dissolve ½ teaspoon in 200ml of water and drink every morning until your body’s pH has returned to normal.

– Don’t eat fewer than 1,200 calories per day.

– Reduce stress. Implement a daily practice of a stress reducing activity like yoga, tai chi, meditation or even simple deep breathing.  Stress plays a huge role in the body’s pH.  Stress also speed up ageing, so it’s a good thing to learn to let go.

– Get yourself moving. Being active is essential to good health.  Exercises improve blood circulation and help to detox naturally.  The sweat produced during exercise also contributes to flush out toxins including acidic waste.  Try to exercise daily, at least 30 minutes a day.

ACID – FORMING FOODS (Avoid entirely while on a cleanse)

– Animal proteins such as meat, sausages, fish and eggs.
– Milk and dairy products.
– No white wheat: bread, pastas, noodles.
– Corn
– Cooked grains, except Millet and Quinoa
– Pastries and Sweets
– Sugar and simple carbohydrates.
– Refined foods and Condiments.
– High sugar fruit 
– Chocolate
– Peanuts, Pistachio, Cashewnuts
– Carbonated mineral water
– Cola and other soft drinks
– Distilled vinegar
– Yeasts and Fermented foods
– Soy products especially textured soy
– Gluten (Saitan,…)
– Synthetic food additives such as preservatives, dyes, flavor enhancers (glutamate),  
  sweeteners.
– Frozen foods
– Toxins, which are secreted by bacteria and fungi.
– Mushrooms
– Mustard and ketchup
– Trans fats, are a type of unsaturated fats commonly produced industrially from vegetable fats  
   for use in margarine, snack food, packaged baked goods and frying fast food.
– Saturated fats: most animal fats are saturated. The fats of plants and fish are generally
   unsaturated.
– Crisps
– Anything microwaved
– Tea except herbal tea which is high alkaline
– Coffee
– Alcohol
– Nicotine

ALKALINE-FORMING FOODS (Consume freely)

– Low sugar fruits like lemons, limes,pomelo, grapefruit, unripe bananas, coconut, fresh  
  cherries, avocado, tomato. 
– All raw vegetables
– Broccoli and Spinach
– All salad greens
– All sprouts: grains, beans, seeds, nuts.
– Apple cider vinegar (raw)
– Following Nuts and seeds: Hazelnuts are the most alkaline nuts, almonds, chestnut, brazil
 nuts, pecans, macadamias, fennel seeds, cumin seeds, pumpkin seeds, flaxseed, sesame
  seeds, sunflower seeds, chia, pumpkin seeds.  
– Neutralize by calcium and bentonite clay.
– Dried fruits: apricots, figs, raisins, dates.
– Fresh or dried seasoning herbs
– Fresh, raw juice
– Grains: quinoa, millet, buckwheat, browntop millet, spelt, kamut, chickpeas.
– Amaranth
– Almond milk, Coconut milk.
– Herbal Teas: burdock, clivers, echinacea, red clover, calendula, are especially detoxifying
  while herbal tea such as peppermint or chamomile is alkalising. Purify by bitter-containing  
  herbs. Nettle. Alkaline tea.
– Maple Syrup and Molasses.
– Melons
– Lima Beans
– Hijiki arame
– Spirulina (Astaxanthin antioxidant)
– Raw, cold-pressed, organic olive oil, flax seed oil, hemp oil.
– Curcuma
– Garlic

DAILY

Drink every day a ‘green’ juice. Make your own from a combination of green apples, celery, kale, parsley and raw spinach leaves with high amount of Omega-3 fatty acids.

How to start a alkaline diet:

– Use all kinds of vegetables in all forms of preparation and colorful salads.
– Potatoes and chestnuts are great basic side dishes.
– Try green smoothies.
– Sprouts complement salads, Vegetable dishes.
– Quinoa, buckwheat and millet replace conventional grain products such as pasta and rice.
– If the desire for pasta or rice overpowering, then choose gluten-free pasta made from maize,  
  millet or buckwheat, as well as long-grain rice varieties such as jasmine rice, but in the whole
  grain version.
– From nuts and seeds (linseed, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, etc.) delicious patties can be
  prepared.
– Eat fruits instead of sugary snacks. However, eat fruits in moderate amounts. Ideally, fruits are
  eaten on an empty stomach and
  not as a dessert. 
– From nuts and seeds even milk-like beverages, nut cheese, sour cream and yogurt can be
  prepared.
– Freshly squeezed lemon juice or unfiltered apple cider vinegar to replace the usual wine
  vinegars.
– If you like to eat yogurt dressing, then take in the future instead of yogurt white almond. 
– Select only healthy oils and fats: olive oil for salads and for light sautéing, coconut oil and
  organic cooking oil for frying, linseed oil and hemp oil for raw foods and high-quality organic
  butter, raw butter, olive butter or almond butter on bread. Olive butter is very simple to make:
  salt lightly the olive oil, put into a bowl and place in the freezer for an hour, then take it out and
  use it immediately.
– Pure-carbonated spring water or filtered tap water replace all kinds of juices, carbonated and
  alcoholic beverages.
– Herbal teas or green tea occasionally replace coffee and black tea.
– Almond milk replaced milk drinks.

Alkaline Herbal Teas

  1. Yerba Mate Tea: A wonderful tea, native to South America, that can be really useful in detoxing and cleansing. It gives a slight energy boost, that is free from the jitters of caffeine-based drinks such as coffee and green tea and each infusion of yerba mate contains: 
    • Vitamins: A, C, E, B1, B2, Niacin (B3), B5, B Complex
    • Minerals: Calcium, Manganese, Iron, Selenium, Potassium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc
    • Additional Compounds: Carotene, Fatty Acids, Chlorophyll, Flavonols, Polyphenols, Inositol, Trace Minerals, Antioxidants, Tannins, Pantothenic Acid and 15 Amino Acids.
  2. Redbush Tea (rooibos tea): absolutely packed with antioxidants, nutrients including calcium, manganese, zinc and magnesium – all powerful alkaline minerals.
  3. Peppermint Tea: very alkaline, very tasty and very, very good for digestion. It’s refreshing, natural and caffeine free and has been widely recommended for IBS, flatulence, bad breath, nausea and heartburn.
  4. Ginger Tea: good for digestion and nausea – but also great for circulation, colds, flu, stress and headaches.
  5. Rosemary Tea: native to the Mediterranean, Rosemary is another big hitter in the antioxidant stakes. It’s high in the following: beta-carotene/Vitamin A, thiamin/Vitamin B1, riboflavin/Vitamin B2, niacin/Vitamin B3, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, biotin, pantothenic acid, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E and Vitamin K.
  6. Lavender Tea: the best smelling tea, lavendar is the great relaxer – helping ease you off to sleep, to ease anxiety and stress and to help unwind after a long day.

Sources: 
i. a. Zentrum der Gesundheit

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