Alkaline diet: the basics.

I changed to an Alkaline diet at the start of my self-healing process after my cancer diagnosis.  Now there are so many fad diets and systematic ways of eating these days that it’s hard to keep up.

On the surface to a person following the traditional, or what we’re told is the ‘balanced’ diet, it seems abit complicated, but when you get into it its actually fairly easy.  And your body will love you for it!

So heres the basics:

The Alkaline diet is plant based nutrition, and works on the theory that disease cannot exist in a Alkaline environment. Vegetables are alkaline forming, and other foods such as meat, dairy, gluten, sugar, most grains, fast foods or processed foods are acidity forming in the body, therefore limiting those as much as possible is your aim. Your body works hard to regulate your pH level to maintain a balance, but why make it work harder than it needs?

It pulls the nutrients it needs to maintain a balance from the alkaline forming foods, if we’re not eating enough of those it will start to pull these minerals from our bones, teeth and organs, which can lead to a drop in the immune system.

Therefore it’s a good idea to work on the 80/20 basis.  80% of your plate is Alkaline, only 20% other, being close to neutral or low acidity.

 

Top 10 Alkaline Forming Foods

  • Garlic
  • Avocado
  • Asparagus
  • Ginseng
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Almonds
  • Lemons
  • Broccoli
  • Kale (or any dark leafy greens)

Top 10 Acid Forming Foods

  • Meat
  • Dairy
  • Grains (non-glutenous grains like buckwheat, quinoa or brown rice are lower on the scale but still acidic)
  • Sugar
  • White Pasta and Bread
  • Alcohol
  • White Potatoes
  • Caffeine
  • Vinegar (except Apple Cider Vinegar)
  • Legumes (but have other health benefits to counter balance this)

See my Recipes blog for ideas for great meals.

2 thoughts on “Alkaline diet: the basics.”

  1. Hi Jem what brand of Apple cider vinegar do you use? I got one to help with acid reflux but it makes it worse

    1. Jem Ayres

      Hi Jane, I usually use Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar but believe Biona organic are good too. Best of luck

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