Alkaline Diet, How Can I Get There?
We have talked extensively about the countless benefits of eating an alkaline diet. But one thing is to read and talk about it, and a whole different one is to actually do it. How can we progressive change our day to day eating habits to attain an Alkaline Diet?
Maintaining an alkaline diet is essential to avoiding the health risks associated with an unbalanced bodily pH. According to the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center, foods with high acidity levels give off hydrogen ions in water while forming salt in the body. While it is difficult to completely eliminate the presence of acidifying foods in your diet, a coordinated meal plan consisting of high-alkaline vegetables and fruits can make a significant impact on your overall pH.
Write a weekly meal plan that includes three to five meals consisting of primarily alkaline foods. Search a detailed listing of acid and alkaline forming foods such as the charts available at the Rense or Wolfe Clinic websites and create a list of alkaline foods you want to eat, such as broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard greens, alfalfa, green beans, lettuce, kale, cucumber and garlic.
Research recipes and meal ideas for preparing alkaline foods by visiting the Balance pH Diet website or creating your own recipe ideas. Make a list of all the ingredients you will need to prepare your alkaline meals and visit your local farmers market or organic food store to purchase your produce and other ingredients.
Prepare a salad with three or more alkalizing vegetables recommended by the Wolfe Clinic. For a mixed green alkaline salad, select at least 1 cup each of organic chard greens, kale and green spinach and rinse your vegetables with filtered water. Prepare your vegetables in a salad bowl for serving and season with an alkaline dressing of 3 tbsp. of tamari and organic alfalfa sprouts.
Eat alkalizing fruit such as organic apples, bananas and cantaloupe throughout the day to reduce the urge to reach for a more acidifying snack. Peel and cut each fruit with a kitchen knife and store in a Tupperware or other plastic container. Shake the container to evenly mix the fruits and take bites of your organic fruit mix throughout the day.
Reinforce your alkaline diet by curbing your intake of high-acid foods and substances such as soft drinks, coffee, meat and dairy products. According to the Wolfe Clinic, the most optimal ratio of alkaline to acid-forming foods is 75:25. Keep track of your daily consumption of alkaline and acidifying foods, snacks and beverages to make sure you are meeting your diet goals.
TIPS AND WARNINGS
To test your bodily pH , ask your doctor for a urine or blood test to get an accurate reading of your body’s current acidity or alkalinity level. For less intensive testing, pH strips are available at many drug stores and can provide a quick estimate of your current pH level.
Consult your doctor or personal physician before embarking on a radically different diet to make sure you are taking into consideration all of the vital minerals and nutrients you need to function normally.
THINGS YOU’LL NEED
Organic chard greens
Organic green spinach
Organic alfalfa sprouts
3 tbsp. tamari
Tupperware or other plastic container
You don’t need to go from black to white in one day. Doing a progressive adaptation is a more realistic, more sustainable way to make any lifestyle change. The tips provided by Livingstrong.com are great for reaching this goal. Do you have some tips of your own you would like to add to these? Please share them with us!
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