Where’s the evidence an Alkaline diet benefits our health? I know that when I stopped eating grains such as oatmeal and legumes like peanuts, I didn’t suffer from acid reflux anymore, late at night. An overly acidic pH could potentially become problematic turning into metabolic acidosis.
I believe the healthiest diet is a high alkaline diet. Our blood pH is kept neutral automatically by our bodies between 7.35 to 7.45. But, when your blood becomes too acidic, body mechanisms adjust pH to a healthier level. How is this done?
One way is by releasing calcium from bone. But, this is not what we want, because over the years, it could result in our bones becoming brittle or fragile eventually resulting in osteoporosis. Antacid pills or tables don’t cure the problem. Changing what foods we eat will likely do the job. The human body works best with a slightly alkaline pH somewhere between 7.0 and 8.0.
Oats and most other grains are acidic. Also, I want to save my teeth, so eating an alkaline diet would help stabilize acidity surrounding them. I always rinse with water after eating, brush with a soft brush, floss, use a water-pikⓇ and GUMⓇ Proxabrush Cleaners daily. See dental care post, here.
But, even though they are acid, I eat a cup or two of California grown brown basmati rice and a cup or two of pinto beans. I also eat one to two large potatoes every day. I add green salads and fruit like berries to cover all the nutritional bases.
There are though alkaline plant foods I do intentionally avoid such as citrus, eating too much of certain fruits like pineapple (I feel it is too acid and has much sugar,) and fruit juice (I drink only one daily green smoothie.)
‘Many nutritionists believe an 80 – 20 alkaline/acid food proportion is a good guideline for diet’ ~ your author
Decrease or limit these acidic foods…
FATS & OILS
Canola Oil, Corn Oil, Flax Oil, Lard, Olive Oil, Safflower Oil, Sesame Oil, Sunflower Oil
Rice Cakes, Wheat Cakes, Amaranth, Barley, Buckwheat, Corn, Oats (rolled,) Quinoa, Rice (all,) Rye, Spelt, Kamut, Wheat
NUTS & BUTTERS
Cashews, Brazil Nuts, Peanuts, Peanut Butter, Pecans, Tahini, Walnuts
Noodles, Macaroni, Spaghetti
Distilled Vinegar, Wheat Germ, Potatoes,
Beer, Spirits, Hard Liquor, Wine
BEANS & LEGUMES
Black Beans, Chick Peas, Green Peas, Kidney Beans, Lentils, Lima, Beans, Pinto Beans, Red Beans, Soy Beans, Soy Milk, White Beans, Rice Milk, Almond Milk
Increase Consumption of the Good Alkaline foods…
Garlic, Asparagus, (Fermented) Veggies, Watercress, Beets, Broccoli, Brussel sprouts, Cabbage, Carrot, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Collard Greens, Cucumber, Eggplant, Kale, Lettuce, Mushrooms, Nightshades, Mustard Greens, Edible Flowers, Onions, Peas, Peppers, Pumpkin, Sea Veggie,s Sprouts, Squashes, Alfalfa
Apple, Apricot, Avocado, Banana, Cantaloupe, Cherries, Dates/Figs, Grapes, Grapefruit, Lime, Honeydew Melon, Nectarine, Orange, Lemon, Peach, Pear, Pineapple, All Berries, Tangerine, Tomato, Tropical Fruits, Watermelon
Almonds, Chestnuts, Tofu (fermented,) Flax Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds, Tempeh (fermented,) Squash, Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Millet, Sprouted Seeds
Apple Cider Vinegar, Probiotic Cultures, Fresh Fruit Juice, Mineral Water, Water, Green Tea, Herbal Tea, Ginseng Tea
Cinnamon, Curry, Ginger, Mustard, Chili Pepper, Sea Salt, Miso, Tamari, All Herbs
‘It would be prudent to consider an alkaline diet to reduce morbidity and mortality of chronic disease that are plaguing our aging population [1 ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3195546/]’.
The American diet has too many acidic foods like animal proteins, refined cold cereals, sugars like corn syrup (high fructose corn syrup) and processed food.
For best health, we need to avoid processed sugary simple-carbohydrate foods because they are acid-producing raising blood sugar levels too fast.
Acidosis can cause us problems like…
- Create hormone imbalance
- Bring on premature aging
- Osteoporosis/joint pain
- Aching muscles/lactic acid increase
- Slowed digestion/constipation
- Lack of energy/fatigue
- Cardiovascular damage
- Weight gain/obesity/diabetes
- Bladder problems
- Kidney stones
- Immune deficiency
- Increase free radical damage
To conclude, a healthy diet should consist of unprocessed, whole, organic foods. This means eating a diet based largely upon plant based whole food.
Coloring and preservatives are not good for our bodies and can build up in our tissues. Learn to make a habit of reading labels very carefully.
I am convinced through my own research we were made to eat vegetables and fruits. I am not so sure about grains, nuts and seeds. These are acidic.
Therefore, I would avoid all animal products like meat, dairy and eggs. Eat very few nuts and seeds. Maybe, an occasional avocado.
‘Eating raw or sprouted food is a great source for enzymes. What do enzymes do? They speed up chemical reactions that take place in our bodily cells. Enzymes are essential aiding in important functions like digestion and our metabolism’ ~ your author
Additional least acid forming alkaline foods are almonds, sesame seeds/tahini, raw honey for a sweetener, green peas, potatoes, quinoa, millet, miso and tofu.
Go to condensed list of acid/alkaline foods, here.
Source- 1 URL ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3195546/
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Note- consult your doctor before you change your diet.