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  1. fairydust39

    fairydust39 New Member

    The Alkaline Diet
    From Cathy Wong, N.D.,

    Essentially, the alkaline diet is opposite the high protein, high fat, low carb diets that are currently in vogue. Most people have never heard of alkaline-acid balance, but many holistic doctors and nutritionists consider a properly balanced diet to be important to optimal health and preventing diseases such as cancer.

    The theory behind an alkaline diet is that because our body's pH level is slightly alkaline, with a normal range of 7.36 to 7.44, our diet should reflect this and also be slightly alkaline. An imbalanced diet high in acidic foods such as animal protein, sugar, caffeine, and processed foods tends to disrupt this balance. It can deplete the body of alkaline minerals such as sodium, potassium, magnesium, and calcium, making people prone to chronic and degenerative disease.

    Thorough scientific studies are lacking on the alkaline diet. Many conventional doctors do not believe in the alkaline diet.

    Who is this diet for?
    This diet is for people who feel unwell on a high fat, low carb diet. It is also for people lead stressful lives and who consume large amounts of acidifying foods such as protein, sugar, processed food, cereals, starches, and caffeine, with little alkalinizing vegetables.

    What are the symptoms of excess acidity?
    Low energy, chronic fatigue

    Excess mucous production

    Nasal congestion

    Frequent colds, flus, and infections

    Nervous, stressed, irritable, anxious, agitated

    Weak nails, dry hair, dry skin

    Formation of cysts, such as ovarian cysts, polycystic ovaries, benign breast cysts (fibrocystic breasts)

    Headaches

    Joint pain or arthritis

    Neuritis

    Muscle pain

    Feel better after a detox diet

    Hives

    Leg cramps and spasms

    Gastritis, acid indigestion
    Medical doctors try to test the acidity or alkalinity of the body tissues and cells by analyzing the blood. Pioneers Carey Reams, Harold Hawkins, or Emanuel Revici developed methods to measure urine pH and other factors such as saliva pH. Modern proponents of the alkaline diet look at the pH of blood, saliva, and urine, in addition to health symptoms and other factors.

    What are the guidelines of this diet?
    An alkaline diet is composed of approximately 75-80% alkaline foods and 20-25% acid foods.

    Alkaline Foods
    Higher alkaline are better

    Vegetables -- High alkaline: wheat grass, barley grass, alfalfa spouts, broccoli sprouts, other types of sprouts, cucumber, kale, parsley, sea vegetables. Moderate alkaline: avocado, arugula, beets, bell peppers, broccoli, cabbage, celery, collard, endive, garlic, ginger, green beans, lettuce, mustard greens, okra, onion, spinach, tomato. Slightly alkaline: artichoke, asparagus, brussels sprouts, carrot, cauliflower, kohlrabi, leeks, peas, rhubarb, rutabaga, turnip, watercress, zucchini

    Fruit -- Slightly alkaline: coconut, grapefruit, lemon, lime

    Beans and legumes -- Moderate alkaline: lima beans, soy beans, white beans. Slightly alkaline: Lentils, tofu.

    Nuts, seeds, oils -- High alkaline: pumkin seeds. Slightly alkaline: almond, borage oil, coconut oil, cod liver oil, evening primrose oil, fish oil, flaxseed oil, olive oil, sesame seeds.

    Grains -- buckwheat, quinoa, spelt

    Condiments -- Moderate alkaline: cayenne, red chili pepper, sea salt, stevia. Most herbs and spices are somewhat alkaline.

    Dairy -- Slightly alkaline: goat milk


    Acidifying Foods
    Lower acid are better. Most acidic are worst

    Dairy and Dairy Substitutes -- Slightly acid: cow's milk, rice milk, soymilk. Most acid: cheese (including cottage cheese, hard cheese, aged cheese, and goat cheese), ice cream, soy cheese, whey protein powder.

    Animal meat -- Moderate acid: wild fish. Most acid: beef, chicken, duck, eggs, farmed fish, gelatin, lobster, organ meat, pheasant, pork, poultry, seafood, squid, turkey, veal, venison.

    Grains -- Slightly acid: amaranth, millet. Moderate acid: oats, rice (brown rice, white rice), rye, wheat. Most acid: barley, corn, rye.

    Beans and legumes -- Slightly acid: black beans, chickpeas, kidney beans.

    Vegetables -- Most acidic: mushrooms, potatoes. Fruit -- Slightly acid: cantaloupe, dates (not dried), nectarines. Moderate acid: apple, apricot, banana, all berries, figs (fresh), grape, honeydew, mango, orange, papaya, peach, persimmon, pineapple, tangerine, watermelon. Most acid: dried fruit.

    Nuts, Seeds, and Oils -- Slightly acid: brazil nuts, flaxseeds, hazelnuts, pecans, sunflower seeds, sunflower oil, grapeseed oil. Moderate acid: butter, ghee, corn oil, margarine, walnuts. Most acid: cashews, peanuts, pistachios.

    Condiments -- Moderate acid: ketchup, mayonnaise, table salt. Most acid: jam, mustard, soy sauce, vinegar, white sugar, aspartame, molasses, sugar cane, barley malt syrup, honey, maple syrup, brown rice syrup, yeast.

  2. pepper

    pepper New Member

    I am learning is best for us. I have been learning so much from a woman who helped her daughter go from severe CFS to attending university finally at the age of 30. One of the things she recommends is an alkaline diet.

    The other day I bought a Needak rebounder from a very knowledgeable guy who came to the house and taught me all about the rebounder and how he regained his health after being diagnosed with cancer 16 yrs ago. He said an alkaline diet with 50% raw foods is what has helped him along with rebounding and lifestyle changes.

    My friend is in the U.S. at the moment being treated by an old friend who just happens to specialize in treating CFS and other chronic illnesses. He has been stressing with her the importance of reducing the acidity in her body.

    Finally, my GP told me to get an old book from the library, Fit for Life. I think I read the wrong book, Fit for Life, A New Beginning. But it is fascinating. One of the things the author recommends is an alkaline diet.

    So in the past several weeks I have heard this from various sources and have decided to work towards a more alkaline diet.

    The article above really sums it all up nicesly.

    Thanks.
    Pepper