My friend wrote to me:
“I had to try eating more alkaline foods. A search on the internet, made me realise that it is really hard to go on a strict alkaline diet and – as harmful to the wellbeing of over 70s – we are advised to eat more protein at that stage.
I was surprised to find that legumes and rice are acid but then I realised and marvelled at the wisdom of our parents and grandparents. They would add onion, potato, carrot and celery when cooking legumes and plenty of fresh parsley on top of boiled legumes, thus minimising the acidity. The Cypriot souvlaki (kebab), acidic meat in acidic bread, is balanced with plenty of salad, onion and raw parsley.
I started thinking of lots of my ancestors’ foods and realised they balanced all acid foods with alkaline foods. HOW DID THEY KNOW is a question I cannot answer. Probably trial and error but science today can prove it’s the right thing to do. It also proves that it took science a very long time to catch up with old practical wisdom”
It is an established fact that for our health and well-being we need maintain an optimum pH balance within our body:
‘The body functions at its best when the pH of its internal bio-chemical environment, measured as a whole, is equal to 7.39, meaning slightly alkaline. …illness will accompany any incidence of acidosis or alkalosis. …acidosis is by far the most common… because both modern lifestyle and diet promote acidification of the body’s internal environment.’ Christopher Vasey, Expert on the Alkaline Diet
‘Your health depends on the balance of an alkaline environment, created by eating foods such as tomatoes, avocados and green vegetables… Striking the optimum 80/20 balance and regulating your body’s acid/alkaline chemistry through simple changes in diet can result in weight loss, increased stamina and strength, a stronger immune system and a greater sense of wellbeing.’
R. Robert O. Young, Pioneering scientist and author of “ The pH Miracle”.
Now, let’s check if your diet contains sufficient alkaline food groups
pH Balance Diet – Alkaline fruits:
lemon, avocado, lime, tomato, grapefruit, coconut.
Some experts also recommend: watermelon, apples, pineapple, apricot, bananas, pears, fresh dates, strawberries, figs, blueberries, raspberries, honey melon, redcurrant, blackcurrant, cherries, kiwi, mandarins, mango, nectarine, green and black olives, oranges, papaya, peach, plums, gooseberries.
pH Balance Diet – Alkaline vegetables:
asparagus, eggplants, cabbage (green, white cabbage and red cabbage,), onions, cauliflower, radish, fresh peas, spinach, carrots, green beans, beetroot, celery, peppers, sweet potato, cucumber, broccoli, kale, Brussels sprouts, pumpkin;
Some experts also recommend: artichokes, mushrooms (incl shiitake), chicory, fennel, spring onions, potatoes, kohlrabi, leeks, turnip, parsnip, swede, okra, algae (spirulina, chlorella, nori).
Green drinks are great, as they contain a variety of different ingredients, providing an optimal pH.
pH Balance Diet – Alkaline herbs and lettuce:
watercress, garlic, lettuce, chive, basil, chillies, coriander, dandelion, parsley;
some experts also recommend: nettle, iceberg lettuce, fennel seeds, ginger, capers, Cardamom, chervil, curcuma (yellow ginger), cumin, lemon balm, nutmeg, marjoram, horseradish, clove, oregano, pepper (black, green, white, red), peppermint, allspice, romaine lettuce, rosemary, ruccola (rocket) lettuce, saffron, sage, thyme, vanilla, hyssop, cinnamon.
pH Balance Diet – Alkaline sprouts and seeds:
almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds (incl tahini paste), flax seeds, buckwheat, spelt, most sprouted seeds (including soya, alfalfa, mungo beans, chickpeas, broccoli), hummus, soy sprouts.
pH Balance Diet – Alkaline drinks:
Green drinks,fresh vegetable juice, alkaline water, water with lemon or lime juice, various herbal teas (our recommendation is rooibos tea), vegetable broth, unsweetened soya milk, almond milk, goats milk.
pH Balance Diet – Alkaline fats and oils:
flaxseed oil, hempseed oil, avocado, olives and olive oil, evening primrose, coconut oil, certain oil blends especially oil blends containing Omega 3-6-9.
Typical acid-forming foods are alcohol, smoking, fast food and ready-made foods, sugary foods and anything made with white flour.
This is the plan, which helps improve your nutrition.