Month: December 2013
WOW….those are words to remember!!
Optimal wellness for our body is having a slightly alkaline pH balance, which creates the right amount of oxygen in our blood for all of our cells to function normally. By having an acidic pH can lead to a higher chance of disease. Of course, acidic foods are fine to eat, but we need to maintain the balance of our blood pH levels slightly towards the alkaline side. It takes a conscious effort sometimes to achieve this, because we all tend to eat more from the acidic side.
An acidic pH can occur from eating too many acidic foods, but also from emotional stress, toxic overload, or anything that deprives the cells of oxygen and other nutrients. In response, the body will try to compensate by using alkaline minerals to create the right balance. If the diet does not contain enough minerals to compensate, a build up of acids in the cells will occur.
It’s interesting that our emotions can have just as much effect on our pH levels as what we eat and drink!
Symptoms of having higher acidic pH levels are commonly digestive issues, an overgrowth of yeast (candida), fatigue, mood swings and irritability, inflammation and challenges with the immune system response. The best way to combat this is to eat or drink plenty of alkaline foods and by drinking lots of water….and checking your emotional state of mind!
The ideal diet should consist of 60% alkaline foods and 40% acid foods to maintain good health. If your goal is to restore back to good health, the diet should consist of 80% alkaline foods and 20% acid foods.
A list of typical acidic foods:
Almond Milk, Beer, Black Beans, Blueberries, Bread, Canola Oil, Cashews, Cocoa, Coffee, Corn, Corn Syrup, Cranberries, Dairy, Deep Fried Food, Garbanzo beans, Hard Alcohol, Lentils, Meats of all kinds, Mustard, Oatmeal, Olives, Olive Oil, Pasta, Peanut Butter, Pecans, Quinoa, Rice, Rye, Seafood, Soda, Sugar, Tahini, Tobacco, Vinegar, Walnuts, Wine.
A list of alkaline foods:
Almonds, Apple Cider Vinegar, Apples, Apricot, Asparagus, Avocado, Bee Pollen, Beets, Blackberries, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cantaloupe, Carrots, Celery, Cherries, Chili Peppar, Cinnamon, Coconut, Cucumber, Curry, Dates, Figs, Eggplant, Garlic, Ginger, Grapes, Grapefruit, Green Leafy Veggies, Honeydew Melon, Kale, Lemon, Lime, Mineral Water, Miso, Mushrooms, Mustard, Onion, Orange, Peach, Pear, Pineapple, Peppers, Probiotic Cultures, Pumpkin, Radishes, Raisins, Raspberries, Sea Salt, Spinach, Strawberries, Sweet Potatoes, Tamari, Tangerines, Tofu, Tomatoes, Watermelon and Whey Protein Powder!
Enjoy all of your favorite foods and try to be consciously aware of eating more foods from the alkaline side for optimal health!!
Besides a great cup of coffee, here are some natural food choices that can really perk you up when you need it:
1) Apples. These are high in antioxidants and natural sugars that give a healthy boost in energy. They’re convenient and easy because they don’t need to be refrigerated, so they can be ready to eat at any moment.
2) Eggs. Simply put, it’s much needed protein, which releases energy at a slower rate, keeping your blood sugar levels from changing too rapidly and making you feel tired. They are also rich in the B vitamins, iron, and healthy fats, that give you long lasting energy through the day.
3) Raw Almonds. More healthy fats and protein and even some fiber, all the while keeping your blood sugar levels balanced and staying energized. Snacking on a handful here and there as a snack is easy and perfect for a quick burst of much needed energy.
4) Dark Leafy Greens. Swiss chard, spinach, kale (among many others) are amazing greens loaded with all of the essential minerals and vitamins, that give tons of boosts to your energy levels. Make a quick salad, a side dish or blend into a green smoothie for that amazing jolt of much needed energy.
5) Kiwi. These are packed with potassium and vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant. They have the power to jolt your energy when you need it. They don’t need to be refrigerated and are so easy to eat. A plus, is their fiber content.
So when you’re feeling that mid-afternoon crash, snack on some of these great energy boosting foods instead of reaching for a soda or sugar, and see how your energy levels go up while still supporting your adrenal glands.
Drink plenty of water too! Dehydration is one of the main reasons for exhaustion.
Make sure you are getting plenty of hours of sleep you need each night. It’s something everyone needs more of. ( :