Want to lose weight? ‘Cut out carbs,’ they say. Depending on who the source is, maybe they say:
- Eat 50% less calories per day.
- Stop eating cheese.
- Eat only meat.
- Eat only vegetables.
- Eat on a tiny plate so the food looks bigger and you trick yourself into eating less.
The list of tips and tricks for eating less is endless and fluctuates often. The term, ‘healthy diet’ itself is highly debatable. What is considered healthy changes quickly and often, either from new research that is introduced, or fad diets that become ingrained into popular culture.
The underlying focus of nutritional programs, such as Weight Watchers or the Atkins Diet, is on counting calories or removing a particular food group from a diet.
But there is crucial factor of nutrition that is often overlooked hardly ever spoken about: a pH balanced diet.
Eating a diet rich in alkaline foods has been scientifically shown to dramatically improve physical and mental health.
The human body, specifically the blood, should be slightly alkaline, ideally at about 7.4 on the pH scale. Foods such as beef, ice cream, or even artificial sweeteners, are highly acidic. When eaten regularly they can wreak havoc on overall health.
It is a common misconception that only fast or fried foods are detrimental to your health. Lean beef is extremely acidic. Seemingly harmless foods such as jams and low-fat puddings are also extremely acidic.
A high pH level causes a myriad of negative effects. An acidic body is unable to absorb nutrients correctly, resulting in sluggishness, fatigue and anxiety. The effects worsen dramatically as acidic foods continue to be eaten on a regular basis. This results in a weakening of the body’s immune system, the inability to efficiently remove toxins from the body, and a highly increased susceptibility to cancer.
The good news is that there are hundreds of foods that can boost the body’s alkaline level. And often it only takes a few tweaks in routine to fix the problem.
Many foods normally thought of as acidic, such as citrus fruits, are actually highly alkaline-producing. Adding these foods is an easy transition from an acidic diet into a more balanced alkaline diet:
- Bananas – Sliced onto cereal or eaten whole, bananas are an easy and nutritious way to add alkaline foods to any breakfast. Note: Bananas are also high on the glycemic index, however. Eat in moderation
- Lemons – Lemons are often incorrectly labeled as acidic. Although lemons are citric, on the pH scale they are highly alkaline. Lemons are the absolute powerhouses of a balanced, alkaline diet.
- Herbs & spices – In addition to making your meals more flavorful, herbs and spices add more than a dash of alkaline-boosting power. Curry, ginger, oregano- virtually all herbs and spices increase beneficial alkaline levels.
- Sour cherries – Sour cherries are a delicious treat, perfect as a snack or dessert. Note: Only sour cherries provide powerful alkalizing benefits – all other types of cherries are categorized as acidic – they don’t count!
- Cucumbers – Crisp and refreshing, cucumbers are a quick and easy way to add a powerful alkaline punch to any salad.
This is only a small sampling of the many alkaline-forming foods available. Swap out an acidic food for an alkaline one every day and the change will be noticeable. Make this a habit and the positive effects will be dramatic. Making this informed choice requires no special pre-packed meals or mandatory meetings. It’s a delicious, all-natural and low-cost way to a better, longer, and healthier life.