(BClifestyle.ca, Spring 2014 – link)
The results you want come from daily practice. It’s the small daily decisions that effect us in a huge way.
Healthy food = Healthy cells = Healthy thoughts = Healthy YOU. Conversely, crap goes in, crap comes out. You get the idea.
So much talk on it lately. “It’s the silent killer,” experts say. “So what’s the deal,” you say. Here’s the low down:
WHAT IS IT: Occurs when the pH balance (yes, like a swimming pool) in our body is more acidic than alkaline. The root cause of the majority of our dis-eases— Cancer, Arthritis, Heart Disease, Diabetes, Auto-Immune disorders—occur and thrive in an acidic environment. Allergies, mood disorders, skin problems, kidney stones, depression, fatigue, digestion issues are also linked to inflammation in the body.
WHAT TO DO: Everything we are at NOURISHED. Eat a whole foods diet high in fresh vegetables, load up on greens (Green is God), fruits, legumes, quinoa, brown rice, oats. These foods alkalize the body.
CUT BACK ON: Dairy, sugar, refined carbohydrates, meats, soda (are you still drinking that anyway?), coffee. These are all acid building and major energy drainers.
I know what you are thinking … “What no meat, no milk, where am I going to get my protein, my calcium?” We all have been brainwashed by the big cattle and dairy industries. It has been imprinted in our minds that without an animal source on our plate, we have no protein. Without milk our bones will be brittle. I mean just read this recent article in the NY Times.
The USDA was super into the “Meatless Monday Program” until the big businesses caught on. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/26/us/usda-newsletter-retracts-a-meatless-mondays-plug.html
Instead of adding meat to your plate yet again, go green. Leafy greens are loaded in calcium and even have protein. Notice I begin this section with CUT BACK. I am not saying eliminate this food from your diet. Crowd it out by adding more healthy in. Start small, think big. Try replacing your coffee with a green smoothie. https://www.nourished.ca/recipes/ You will feel an instant difference. Instead of a caffeine jolt, you will feel fresh, new, oxygenated. Sooner or later you’ll be craving your greens and not the coffee. Trust me.
Use this pH Scale to know how acidic your foods are. The more alkaline you eat the less acidic your body is and the less likely inflammation occurs. The higher the pH (greater than 7) the more alkaline, and the lower the pH the more acidic. Are bodies are healthiest in the low 7 ZONE.
0 – 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6 – 7 – 8 – 9 – 10 – 11 – 12 – 13 – 14
acidic <————-neutral————-> alkaline
Processed foods—fruit, beans—Vegetables and Leafy greens. So tell me how you are gonna put this to the test. Try it and I promise
you’ll beat inflammation and build energy reserves. Isn’t that what it’s all about?
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