I feel I have extensively studied diet as it affects heath. But, one never will know it all. Because as soon as you think you do, food throws a curve at you and you find out you were wrong about something. Weight loss, health and longevity has to be approached through reason, common sense and an open mind.
Furthermore, I have not found the official healthiest diet the prevailing health authorities or professionals all agree with, with few exceptions. Everything I have researched does appear to point to adopting a plant-based whole food diet for ultimate weight loss, health and long life.
I think our bodies were ‘engineered’ to eat largely plant based food which has been uncooked. I don’t think a little cooked food hurts, although I do believe the focus needs to remain on fresh whole raw intact uncooked fruits and vegetables for best health, weight loss and longest life.
‘The human body has an amazing ability to maintain a steady pH in the blood with the main compensatory mechanisms being renal and respiratory. Many of the membranes in our body require an acid pH to protect us and to help us digest food. It has been suggested that an alkaline diet may prevent a number of diseases and result in significant health benefits [1 ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3195546/]’.
Alkaline Forming Foods
Garlic Asparagus (Fermented) Veggies Watercress Beets
Broccoli Brussel sprouts Cabbage Carrot Cauliflower Celery
Chard Collard Greens Cucumber Eggplant Kale
Edible Flowers Onions
Peas Peppers Pumpkin Sea Veggies Sprouts Squashes Alfalfa
Honeydew Melon Nectarine
Tropical Fruits Watermelon
Pumpkin Seeds Tempeh (fermented) Squash Seeds Sunflower Seeds Millet
Apple Cider Vinegar
Probiotic Cultures Fresh Fruit Juice Mineral Water Water
Herbal Tea Ginseng Tea
Acid Forming Foods
FATS & OILS
Olive Oil Safflower Oil Sesame Oil Sunflower Oil
Rice Cakes Wheat Cakes Amaranth Barley Buckwheat Corn Oats (rolled) Quinoa
NUTS & BUTTERS
Brazil Nuts Peanuts
Distilled Vinegar Wheat Germ Potatoes ALCOHOL
Beer Spirits Hard Liquor Wine
Black Beans Chick Peas Green Peas Kidney Beans Lentils
Lima Beans Pinto Beans Red Beans
Soy Milk White Beans Rice Milk Almond Milk
To conclude, although it might be healthier for us to lean toward the more alkaline diet, acid foods do provide benefits. For example, the acid nuts, seeds, and beans and legumes should be considered added to the diet. Possibly limited amounts of certain ‘whole’ grains and potatoes included. Most importantly, don’t miss out on nutrition by forfeiting all acid foods.
But, do learn to listen to your body in how it feels after you eat something. We all know meat and dairy with its bad cholesterol is not healthy and sugary oily junk and snack foods, too. And, as we age, we will all have to be even more vigilant about our overall lifestyle to stay healthy.
In ending, to have total control knowing what’s in the food you eat, you will have to prepare it yourself from scratch using fresh organic fruits and vegetables devising your own favorite recipes.
Source- 1 URL ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3195546/
Access Day 11
Access Month January
Access Year 2019
Article Title The Alkaline Diet: Is There … – PubMed Central (PMC)
Note- consult your doctor before you change your diet.