Would you like to know how alkaline foods can save your life and possibly prevent terminal and chronic diseases? Acidic foods are slowly, or not so slowly deteriorating your health right now. In fact the could be setting the perfect environment for chronic inflammation or cancer cells to grow.
The more you are concerned with having a healthy ageless body as part of your ageless lifestyle after 50, the more you will want to educate yourself on the power of alkaline foods.
As you change your eating habits and move toward healthier eating and more vegan dishes you’ll notice that most of those foods are alkaline.
What are alkaline foods and why should you care?
Alkaline foods determine the health of your body in many ways. It’s said that cancer cells can’t form in an alkaline environment. Inflammation flourishes in a body that is too acidic, and inflammation is a leading cause of deadly diseases.
According to Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine inflammation is one of the common denominators of disease. Every chronic disease is an inflammatory disease. No matter what so-called disease you have, from cancer to the common cold, inflammation is a major part of your problem. Learning how to prevent and reverse inflammation will go a long way toward preventing and reversing almost all disease, as well as slowing the aging process, keeping us healthy, biologically young and vigorous for a lifetime.
So in light of that, it would be a good idea for you to become familiar with alkaline foods and what they do for you.
Below the Q & A I’ve got a great chart for you that you’l want to print out and have handy in your kitchen.
Alkaline Foods FAQ (brought to you by Bembu.com)
Do Alkaline foods help acid reflux?
There is a direct connection between eating alkaline foods and reducing the amount of stomach acid, which may help lessen or prevent symptoms of acid reflux. Perhaps you’ve identified certain foods that give you acid reflux when you eat them, and now you avoid them. In all likelihood these foods are on the acidic foods list. When you peruse the list of alkaline foods you’ll likely notice that none of them stand out as foods that contribute to your condition. It’s always best to ask your doctor for a diet plan that will lessen your acid reflux, you might find it very comparable to an alkaline diet.
What does “alkaline forming” foods mean?
It means that while a food might not be alkaline in nature, when broken down by the body is produces an alkaline effect, in contrast to an acidic effect from acid forming foods. One example is that citrus fruits like grapefruits and lemons, while containing citric acid, are actually alkalizing once you eat them. That’s why it’s important to distinguish between foods that on the outside are acidic, but once digested and processed by the human body, become alkaline.
You might notice that there are a lot of different alkaline/acidic lists out there, with change-ups of different foods, some showing them to be alkaline and other showing them to be acidic. It can be really confusing but we did our best to bring you the most accurate data.
What do alkaline foods do?
Alkaline foods may help to bring the body’s pH to a level that supports health and well-being. They might also help to neutralize excessive amounts of acid that can lead to inflammation and other chronic conditions. Although there is some debate as to weather these foods can actually change the pH level of your blood, and therefore change the way your body handles certain diseases and conditions.
Depending on who you ask, alkaline foods can do everything from turn back cancer, to preventing heart disease, to reducing inflammation in the body. But you have to take it all with a grain of salt, because alkaline foods all have their own unique health benefits, so it could simply be a matter of just eating better and cutting out the unhealthy foods from your diet. Both would provide impressive results for most people.
Do Alkaline foods help help you lose weight?
In all likelihood if you change your diet to include more alkaline forming foods you’ll lose weight. This is because these foods have plenty of other benefits in them, and most are considered superfoods. If these take the place of acidic foods, or heavily processed foods, the result is surely that you will lose weight. Almost all of the alkaline foods we’ve found can also be found in diet plans and weight loss programs. Every diet we’ve seen has advocated the use of spinach and other leafy greens, it just so happens that they’re also alkaline.
What do alkaline foods taste like?
There is a wide variety of alkaline foods, so there’s no good answer for this. Many of these foods are vegetables, some are fruits, and some are nuts or grains. It’s important to understand that acidic foods don’t taste like acid, they don’t burn your tongue when you eat them. They produce an acidic effect within the body. Alkaline foods therefore don’t have a specific taste to them when you eat them, and there’s no flavor cues as to whether a food is alkaline or acidic. For example, oranges have citric acid but are alkaline forming, so basically they can taste like just about anything.
Does cooking alkaline foods make them acidic?
While it doesn’t necessarily make them acidic, you might be cooking out essential vitamins and minerals that could be helpful to the body. It isn’t necessary to go on a raw diet in order to eat alkaline foods, but the fresher you can eat your foods the better. If they need to be cooked, stick to methods like steaming them so that you can keep the nutrients in them intact.
Alkaline Foods and Cancer
You may have heard that eating alkaline foods can help prevent cancer, or can turn it around if you already have it. It’s true that hospitals give their cancer patients special diets that are full of alkaline foods to eat, while not necessarily referring to it as an alkaline diet.
There are others that claim that cancer simply cannot form or survive in an alkaline environment, and that eating acidic foods is what leads to cancer, and what causes it to thrive and spread in the body. However there are also doctors and scientists that say the body will keep the blood at a certain pH no matter what you eat, and that eating certain foods has no effect on the pH level.
So what is the point of eating an alkaline diet if you’re not going to have an effect on the body’s pH? Proponents of alkaline diets may be inadvertently getting you to eat a healthy diet because they’ve stumbled on a way to separate healthy from unhealthy foods. It’s a diet that is largely vegetarian, and one that would surely lead to improved health if followed as a lifestyle over the long run.
The only clear answer on the matter is that alkaline foods are all healthy foods, each with their own large list of side benefits that show they’re good for the body. At a very basic level, it’s clear to see that foods that are from the Earth would be good for the body, whereas foods that are man-made or heavily processed would be bad for the body. Eating foods that grow naturally, absorb energy from the sun, and then transfer that energy to you when eaten is always a good idea. Eating food that is dead, or that is chemical-laden, would only serve you ill.
Alkaline Foods and Gout
Since gout is caused by an excessive amount of uric acid in the system, the thought is that by eating more alkaline foods you’ll be helping to diminish those levels and be free from gout attacks. It’s true that alkaline foods, once eaten, have an alkalizing effect, and therefore would help to neutralize some of the acidic foods you eat. Special diets for those with gout mimic very closely an alkaline diet, and by going alkaline you’ll be avoiding some of the known foods that trigger gout attacks.
Alkaline Foods and Acne
One of the claims made by alkaline diet promoters is that alkaline foods can help with your acne. The reason cited is that an acidic environment is at least partially to blame for the amount of acne you have. There’s long been a basic thought that eating an improper diet, especially greasy fried foods, can lead to more acne. But perhaps it is not a certain type of food, but rather the acidic effect that causes the breakouts. By eating alkaline you’re getting a load of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants in whole food form, which will likely help your skin be healthy and free of blemishes.
Alkaline Foods and Allergies
The list of alkaline benefits sometimes includes allergy relief. It is unclear how an alkaline diet would help to prevent allergic reactions to things like dust, pollen, or pet dander. An alkaline diet is often referred to as a cureall for anything that ails you. While it certainly couldn’t hurt to eat more alkaline foods, with many of them being superfoods, and full of vitamins and minerals, we couldn’t find any clinical research that would suggest a link between eating alkaline foods and having fewer allergic outbreaks.
Alkaline Foods and Diabetes
Many alkaline foods will also help you keep your blood glucose levels in check so that you don’t have the sort of spikes you get from high-sugar foods. In this respect, many diabetic diets that are prescribed by doctors closely resemble an alkaline diet, with beans and vegetables being the order of the day. The chances of getting diabetes while following an alkaline diet would be lessened, and it may help you manage your diabetes if you already have it. Be sure to consult with your doctor to see if they advise for you to start an alkaline diet, or if there is a better eating plan they recommend for that purpose.
Alkaline Foods and Other Diseases and Conditions
If you are at a site that is trying to sell you on an alkaline diet, you might notice that they’ll make several claims as to what alkaline foods can do for you, including the treatment or prevention of several diseases and conditions. The idea is that if your body is in an alkaline state you won’t be susceptible to certain illnesses and diseases because they can only affect a person that is acidic.
But it is unclear what they mean by saying that you are either alkaline or acidic. There are some parts of the body that need to be acidic in order to function properly, for example you wouldn’t want your stomach to be alkaline or it would be able to break up foods. At the same time, the body is going to regulate your blood’s pH levels, the same way it keeps your heart beating, your lungs breathing, and certain organs and body parts at specific temperatures.
It’s important to do your research in this area, and consult with your doctor before fully subscribing to any diet plan.
I would suggest you download and print this chart here.
Living Traditionally.com says an acid body is a magnet for sickness, disease, cancer and aging. Eating more alkaline foods helps shift your body’s pH and oxygenates your system. Alkaline foods keep your body healthy and functioning correctly, preventing and combating cancer.
Cancer main cause is by the food we eat. Some time ago we consumed a diet of mainly alkaline food but that has changed and rate of cancer also. The majority doctors don’t inform you on the correct food to eat to stay free of cancer and what to eat to cause the body to remove it naturally.
The Foods we eat in today’s time contain both acid and alkalizing forming elements. A diet of mainly acid forming food can contribute to cancer and the common diet here in the western culture. American’s diet today is mostly acidic. If you are fighting cancer you need to balance the body’s pH level because cancer will thrive in an acidic environment whereas an alkaline environment will remove cancer.
We see more people with cancer today than ever before and it’s because of the typical western diet is far too high in acid producing foods such as animal products which include dairy products.
The foods we use to eat like freshly grown fruit and vegetables where much better for us, so the best solution is to make some dietary changes. The alkaline acid ratio is measured on the pH scale which ranges from 0 to 14 with 7 being neutral. The lower end of the scale which is from 0 to 7 is acidic and anything between 7 to14 is alkaline.
The easiest way to find out what foods are either alkaline or acidic is too research which foods are alkaline or acidic more so than others, also test your alkaline level often. While a diagnosis of cancer may have other contributing factors the food we eat now is the main cause.
Many years ago before we had supermarkets we were eating a healthier diet, now because of processed foods and the popularity of fast food outlets our diets have changed. A diet of food from an acidic range is causing many health problems now and cancer is just one of them. For instance many of our foods are refined and most of our breads and other baked foods are made from refined white flour.
Some other examples of acid forming foods are; pasta, cheese, ice cream and butter, jams and jellies, alcohol and soft drinks. All acid forming foods are not necessary bad, it’s just our diet is out of balance and if you are dealing with any serious health problem it’s essential to look carefully at what you are eating.
Some of the alkaline foods are; fresh fruit and nearly all freshly grown vegetables. Also consuming, nuts, seeds, grains and legumes are all alkaline foods. It’s important to remember that the changes you make to a more alkaline diet have many health benefits including removing cancer naturally.
While cancer has some other contributing factors the most influential cause is what we eat, because our health is directly related to our dietary choices. Our diet has changed over the last 40 to 70 years and most of what we eat now is available in supermarkets and supermarkets have an overwhelming influence on what we now buy.
Much of what’s available in supermarkets is processed and because of it, this food is low in nutritional value and that is without question the reason why there is so much cancer now. It makes a lot of sense if you are dealing with cancer that the first and the most important change you make is with your diet and that you select from a more alkaline range. Also make sure it’s fresh and if all possible that it is organic.
There are two types of Acid and Alkaline foods:
1) Acid or alkaline foods, meaning how much acid or alkaline the food actually contains.
2) Acid or alkaline ‘forming’ foods, meaning the pH condition foods create in the body after being digested.
Acidic conditions inhibit nerve action whereas alkalinity stimulates nerve action. Cold showers make the blood alkaline, while hot showers make the blood acid. A balanced diet helps to maintain the pH balance of the blood. Results however take more than a couple of days to show up. If blood develops a more acidic condition, then the body will inevitably deposit the excess acid to another area of the body so that the blood will be able to maintain an alkaline condition. As this cycle continues, these areas will increase in acidity and some cells will die. The dead cells will then turn into acids.
Some cells may adapt and instead of dying as normal cells do in a acid environment, they will survive by becoming abnormal. These abnormal cells are known as malignant cells. Malignant cells do not correspond with brain function nor with our DNA memory code. Malignant cells grow indefinitely and without order. This is cancer, and cancer develops in the following stages:
1. The ingestion of numerous acid forming foods, fatty foods, refined foods, carcinogenic substances such as nitrates (cold cuts, hot dogs, sausages), aspartame, and chemically treated foods. X-ray and airport body scanners also contribute.
2. Constipation is increased.
3. An increase of acidity in the blood. This stage causes an increase of white cells and a decrease of red cells, which is the beginning of leukemia.
4. An increase of acidity in the extra cellular fluids.
5. An increase of acidity into the intracellular fluids.
6. The birth of malignant cells. This stage of cancer is known as ‘initiation’.
7. Further ingestion of multiple acid foods. Traditional treatment includes high levels of radiation, chemicals and drugs. This stage is called ‘cancer promotion’.
I know I’ve given you a lot of information to digest, especially if this is the first time you have heard about alkaline and acidic foods. I hope you see the importance of this topic on your health.
To start, look into your refrigerator and see what percentage of foods in there are acidic. When you look in your kitchen cabinets, it’s a safe bet that any packaged foods are acidic. Make the shift each week to introduce more whole foods and less prepared foods into your diet.
Personally, I have become a master at cooking large batches and freezing single serving containers. I think it goes back to the old days of living on what I then thought were healthy frozen dinners. There are so many things you can make ahead that don’t take a lot of prep time and freeze well. My Pinterest page has healthy recipes broken down into categories to make it easy for you to get started.
Let me know how you’re doing and the changes you’re making. As always, I’m here to answer any question here or on Facebook.
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