Acid Alkaline Diet

Did you ever wonder about what is in the alkaline diet and how this works in the body? Did it also enter your mind on how this is applied but could not get a grip of what it involves?

This article will help you understand the alkaline diet and the implications it has as well as the changes it can bring your body.

The Basics of the Acid Alkaline Diet

Defining the Alkaline Diet

The acid alkaline diet is a straightforward and basic approach to maintaining health. This is backed up by extensive research and science by Dr. Robert Young who is a biologist and a blood microscopist. To fully understand the acid alkaline diet, it is best to first understand the details of the diet.

The body is naturally alkaline. The pH level of the body’s cells and fluids like the blood is naturally at 7.365 that may be described as slightly alkaline. And like the way that the body will naturally regulate one’s temperature to stay in tight range, it will do the same for one’s pH level of the different body fluids. And as the body creates acids naturally by the functions of the body, the small buffering system of the body’s alkaline level keeps one alkaline.

The body naturally maintains the cells, blood and other bodily fluids at slightly alkaline level which is 7.365 and it will keep these at all times and will function to maintain the balance. And as it does this, the body will use its stored alkaline buffers to help neutralize acids that one gets from the foods that they eat or from the natural excretion through the body’s processes. Such buffers of the alkaline diet are easily depleted since many eat all sorts of foods unaware of the acid contents of it.

In context, pH scale may be described as logarithmic in short pH 6 is ten times more acidic compared to pH 7, and pH 5 is hundred times more acidic compared to pH 7 and that pH 4 is a thousand times more acidic. Sodas have a pH level between 2 to 3. So one can easily imagine what a diet of meat, fizzy drinks, dairy products, alcohol and others could do to the stored alkaline in the body that results to its quick depletion.

And once people deplete these stored alkaline in their body and still consume highly acidic foods, what will happen to the body?

The body draws alkaline minerals to the places in the body it can source from like for instance, the body will draw out more calcium than the usual to help neutralize these acids however the results of these drastic measures done by the body will eventually lead to the emergence of osteoporosis symptoms hence articles that relate soda consumption is strongly related to osteoporosis condition.

With the many changes that have evolved around us, one’s lifestyle and diet has drastically changed over the years and it cannot be denied that it is because of such that acidity of one has also increased over time. The factors that commonly contribute to one’s acidity are stress, diets, emotions, lack of physical exercise, and many others.

Now targeting the diet, one can say that most of the foods that are naturally acidic or contain too much acid are sugar, yeasts, trans fat, dairy products, alcohol, simple carbs, refined or process foods and many others. These acids are contained in foods that most people love like colas, fizzy drinks, chips, pizzas, cakes, microwave meals, biscuits, crisps, caffeine, breads, fatty meats, cheese, ice cream, beers, wines, smoking, condiments, creams, milky drinks and many more, some of the foods people already know off.

Foods that are naturally alkaline are those of fresh organic vegetables, omega oils, salads, seeds, nuts, whole grains, and pulses. It is important that as much as possible one should eat these raw, fresh and organic to have the best nutrients that one can get out of them. Of course you should also drink a lot of fluids especially water and fresh fruit juices as they are also rich in alkaline content.

Such guidelines are not that hard to follow and very simple to follow and understand. You can easily group foods into alkaline or acid rich based foods and one can do this very easily.

So the following may be good rules to follow to properly group foods into alkaline or acid rich based foods.

1)  If the food is rich in alkaline minerals such as potassium, calcium, sodium and magnesium then these are sources of alkaline for the body.

2)  However- even if the food does have alkaline content in them but contains the following, then these may be said as acid rich based foods.

  • Sugar
  • Yeast
  • Contains fungi such as mushrooms
  • Is fermented such as soy sauce
  • Is processed, refined and microwaved

With these, one can understand some misconception of foods that may be said to be acid or alkaline based. Some fruits for instance are unfortunately high in acid because of its high levels of sugar content. For instance, bananas are rich in potassium and have 25% sugar content. The only fruits that are acceptable to be alkaline are lemons and limes- good for flavorings and dressings, tomatoes, avocados, watermelon and grapefruit; these fruits are alkaline based because these contain low sugar levels.

Sugar is one great issue since the blood tends to deviate from the normal pH level of the body that is 7.365 which results to major stress of the entire body. The body needs to keep the normal pH levels intact and to do this it will go to extreme steps and sacrifices.

Factors that could affect one’s acidity

Stress, lack or no physical activity and emotions all contribute to one’s alkalinity or acidity. Dr. Young with his extensive analysis of the live blood has actually noticed that emotions have an effect to one’s blood and health twice as much and so all of the aforementioned factors do in fact contribute to the wellness of the body. Exercise is generally essential to the body since it helps pumps blood to circulate in the body as well as lymph to help eliminate wastes and supply enough oxygen to the different organs and cells.

This is all the detailed explanation of what the acid/alkaline diet is and how it works in the body.

And a simpler explanation to the Acid/Alkaline diet is the following:

The body is naturally designed to be in an alkaline state and it will do all measures to keep it that way for a long time. And so when one consumes acidic rich foods, avoid exercise and then continually go on being stressed and experience negative emotions it is likely that the body gets overwhelmed with too much acid that may result to all sorts of complications.

It is not surprising that people already know acid rich foods that are harmful to the body like sodas, chips, sweets, burgers, beer, dairy product and etc., this goes the same for foods that are good for the body which many of us already know of as well like leafy vegetables, fresh foods, salads, seeds, nuts and etc.

To successfully achieve an alkaline diet, one needs to start a 70 to 80 percent alkaline rich foods and limit or restrict from eating acid based foods. Don’t forget to also drink 3 to 4 liters of pure water everyday to be more refreshed, energized and rejuvenated.

It is always good to listen to your mom and eat green vegetables every day.

5 Healthy Valentines Day Tips

It’s happy hearts’ day and ladies couldn’t help having their heart all a-flutter over the excitement of what their sweethearts have prepared for them.

Valentine’s day is simply relishing on the fact that you have somebody to laugh with, to cry with, share your thoughts with, dream with, and enjoy life with. It’s a time to take a pause from the hurly-burly of life and try to make sense of what the hustle is really all about. It’s a time to relax and just chill out with your most favorite person in the world.

Celebrating Valentine’s day need not be extravagant for your girl to swoon over you all over again. Fact is, every girl just needs to feel they are special and thought of regardless of the method and style. A dinner at an expensive restaurant is not bad. It will give your sweetheart the chance to doll up and flaunt the fact that the object of her affection is taking extra care to make her feel special on Valentine’s day.

However, us girls (who does not care for frills) would also kill to have our sweethearts cook for us, prepare a dinner for two on the rooftop of his flat, surrounded by flowers, with the stars winking and smiling approvingly at us. I wouldn’t say ‘no’ to candles and a sparkling red grape juice either. So like the movies, I know. What you might be able to cook up may not be exactly like the movies but my point is, any guy can make Valentine’s special for his girl in any other way…without giving way to unhealthy foods. It’s not so much about the theatrical effects. It’s more of who you chose to spend Valentine’s day with and what little ways you do to make it memorable for both of you. The more important thing is your thoughtfulness.

There are a lot of advantages of simply whipping up something for your girl.

Firstly, you don’t have to sweat trying to make reservations on that overly expensive restaurant a year ahead just to make sure you’d have a table available.

Secondly, you’ll be able to control the ambiance of your dating place. You can play the music tracks you both want.

Thirdly, you don’t have to look over your shoulder over other tables and see if what you’ve ordered is at par with excellence.

The good thing about cooking for your girl is that you can couple the great, memorable moments with equally great healthy alkaline food.

Here are a few tips to consider for your menu this Valentine’s day –

Use heart-friendly fats

The good thing about salad is that you get to pour in as much of healthy olive oil as you like. Frying stuffs with olive oil is also a healthy alternative.

Give love with whole-grains

Go for whole-wheat pasta when you’re considering for a pasta main dish. A whole-wheat bread would be perfect to wipe the sauce round the plate before munching on it and complete the meal.

Fruit desserts are equally sweet

Of course, any special meal is not a meal without a dessert. Skip the fattening cakes and pastries. Fruits would be as sweet, literally and figuratively speaking, without the guilt afterward. If it were up to me, palm dates would be equally nice, if not exotically attractive to the palate. Trying a never-been tasted fruit like the tropical durian would be quite an added excitement to this special day. I heard some use durian as an aphrodisiac too. Hmm…

Less with the sodium

Don’t go too dependent on salt to season your recipes. Salt increases the risk of developing a high blood pressure. You can spike your recipe up by adding spices and herbs instead. They make the recipe more interesting too. It also goes without saying that you should opt for fresh food items. Canned or preserved foods usually use salt as preservatives. It’s therefore very unhealthy.

Chocolates?

If you are buying chocolates, you might want to choose darker chocolates which have less sugar and milk. You can also consider other healthier alternatives like Macadamia nuts, or a variety of nuts and seeds for him or her.

To cap the night off, and the one thing a girl can’t have too much for a perfect Valentine date recipe, is a good company and good humor. Happy heart’s day everyone.

Metabolic Types and Your Dietary Needs

My friend, who is a mother of two and in her early thirties, eats meat like a man twice her size. She can devour one large T-bone steak and still manage to gulp down some side dishes in one sitting. What is surprising is that she doesn’t gain much weight with eating so much meat and her regular check ups reveal no health problems whatsoever. If I ate as much meat as she does, I’d feel nauseated.

Then there are the various diet fads in the market that can leave you quite confused. Which diet should we really follow – the high fat, high protein and low carb diet or the low fat high carb one? And seriously why do the so-called health experts and nutritionists contradict one another? The key to all these is metabolic type.

We all know that as human beings, each one of us is different. We are all unique. Well, that rings true not only on our personalities and physical appearances but also on our biochemical make up. The truth is we all have different metabolism. When you hear of testimonies and stories about some people who found success on a particular diet, you usually don’t get to hear about the others who did not, the 30-50 percent who never benefited at all. The fact is, no one diet is right for everyone.

That’s because we are all biochemically different. Our bodies function and react best on different mixtures of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. So what works for Jane may not necessarily work for you and what’s worse, it could even adversely affect your health. You might want to ask then – how can we figure out the right combination of carbohydrates, proteins and fats that would be perfect for you? First of all, you need to establish what your metabolic type is.

There are of course, basic guidelines on nutrition that we all need to follow to be in the pink of health such as taking the following: plenty of fruits and veggies, good quality protein from fish, animals and vegetable sources, and unsaturated fat.  Now, what differentiates people from one another is the proportion or quantity of fats and proteins versus carbohydrates that that we need, for us to maintain a balance diet. There is after all, a perfect diet based on your metabolism.

There are three metabolic types and you will fall under one of these categories: the “Protein Type” or Fast oxidizers, the “Carb type” or slow oxidizers and the “Balanced type”.

The Protein Type

My friend who I mentioned in the beginning of this article belongs in this category. People in this category are fast oxidizers meaning they need protein in their every meal.  They thrive on high fat and high protein diet. Further, they need to have three full meals a day. If by chance they skipped a meal, they would soon become jittery; feel faint, depressed or irritable. Fast oxidizers are basically carnivorous and cope badly on grains. Given a pasta or noodle dinner they would easily feel hungry in a short time. Now, as regards their personality, protein types are usually fast thinkers, often busy and high achievers. They are driven but tend to be stressed most of the time.

The Carb Type

People who fall under the Carb Type are Slow Oxidizers so they tend to be better off on less fat and protein. They are the opposite of the Protein type. If they consumed a lot of fat and protein during a meal, they would then feel lethargic and tired. These people are better at shifting to a vegetarian diet. They also fare well on lighter meat and fish such as chicken and fish. They can take in more grains than the Protein Types and can skip a meal without any adverse reaction. Forgetting to eat, which is unthinkable for a Fast oxidizer, is quite alright for the Carb Types. In terms of personality, Slow Oxidizers are generally laid back and easygoing and are less stressed than the Protein Types. But they tend to suffer from lethargy and occasional blues or depression as well as apathy.

The Balanced Type

The last classification of metabolic type is the Balanced Type. People in this category can eat varied kinds of food. They are the most flexible of the three types as they can do well on lower fat and protein meals as well as the higher fat and protein ones. Generally speaking, what they eat doesn’t have much of a difference to the way they feel. They are the classic omnivores as they can eat from a wide range of foods. Like the Carb Types, they can also miss a meal but they will feel the effects more than the Slow Oxidizers. Personality-wise, people under the Balanced Type category are generally happy and relaxed.

“Alkalize or Die” by Dr. Theodore A. Baroody Review

I came from a family of “happy eaters”. You know the kind where every meal is like a party and people eat and talk at the same time. We ate a lot and talked a lot during meals. Maybe because we were a big family, that’s why. Anyway, by the time I was 17, I had hyper acidity and high cholesterol. I tried to go on a diet and go with less sugar and meat. By the time I got married, my stomach pain was bothering me a lot and my blood pressure was constantly fluctuating.

When I first heard about the alkaline diet, I got curious and started to research about it. I also started drinking alkaline water which in itself was helpful in treating my stomach pains. While surfing through Amazon I came across Dr. Baroody’s book “Alkalize or Die” so I decided to give it a try.

At first, I found the book boring with all of Dr. Baroody’s rambling about his experiences and beliefs. Most of the time he didn’t present any references to support his statements in the book. I did try to continue reading with an open mind because as I understood it, Dr. Baroody came up with the theories and principles in the book after many trial and errors. I believe it was more a personal journey for him than a scientific one. However, it would have been easier to digest all his theories if he had presented more hard evidences instead of “feeling” statistical data.

What I do appreciate about the book is his approach to healthy living with each individual’s unique biochemistry in mind. He acknowledges that each person may experience varied results with each dietary preparation. This principle of individual metabolism has long been held by many health practitioners in the past and had been the topic of scientific discussions for a long time now.

On the other hand, I am very uncomfortable with his propensity to present metaphysical teachings of eastern mysticism as facts.  Although Dr. Baroody did express that his viewpoint is founded on healing philosophies from the ancient Chinese, Tibetan, Hindu and Greco-European, it would have been easier for me to be keep an open mind if he had dealt with this issues more as a gray area that needed more studies or a belief system that affects people’s health and healing process so much like a placebo.

One example of this metaphysical belief of his that I found really hard to swallow can be seen when he advised people to stop eating red meat as “the destructive emotion of slaughter is assimilated by the person who eats flesh.” (pg. 63). No matter how hard I try not to, his explanation abut why red meat is bad sounded too fantastic for me. I’m sure many people would also find this as “too spiritual or religious” more than “scientific.” Anyway, everybody knows why too much meat intake is bad. One word – cholesterol.

I do agree with him though that sugar is poison. What with diabetes now on the rise in the country. Sugar and other sweeteners are very pervasive in our society nowadays and I don’t think that the existence of so many illnesses now is just a coincidence.

But what I think really saved this book and made it worth buying is Dr. Baroody’s chart of foods with a corresponding rating to show their acid-forming or alkaline-forming properties. His list is exhaustive and easy to understand. The author used his own pH scale that he had developed. Dr.Baroody’s scale is on page 38 and ranges from 0.5 to 7.5 with foods having a range of 4.0 and above as alkaline-forming and below 4.0 as acid-forming.

In summary, I believe that there are real and tangible benefits to having an alkaline-based diet and Dr. Baroody’s book can help readers identify the right foods for them. But, if you read this book with a strictly scientific view, meaning you are looking for footnotes and references then this book may disappoint you. The same goes for those with s ”god” issues. This book is not about entertainment and fun too. It’s all bout diet that can help some health problems and getting back to dietary basics of eating more plant based foods.

In saying that, I have come across another literature that has also helped me plan my meals. The newsletter I subscribed at thealkalinediet.org has also helped me learn more about the pH levels of certain foods. It has also helped me plan what to buy, what to cook and even how to prepare my alkaline-based meals. It also keeps me updated about alkaline-diet in general.

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