Last edited on September 7, 2012.
When I was starting to learn about alkaline foods for optimal health around December of last year, here are a few of the sites that I found and referred to often (these links at the bottom of this blog were saved in an email I sent myself, which I just dug up in my inbox!). When I read that eating more alkaline foods and decreasing the amount of highly acidic foods from my diet would improve my non-existent energy, would make me feel less pain, and would make me live longer in general, disease-free, I was IN! I read different websites, checked out books from the library, and made small changes to my diet! Here's what I did:
1.) Stopped drinking coffee (highly acidic). I was drinking a lot of it, and couldn't understand why I was actually feeling MORE tired every time I upped the amount. I replaced it with alkaline-forming green tea.
2.) Stopped eating sugar, honey, maple syrup (all acidic) and replaced them with lemons, limes, and all kinds of fruit (alkaline, neutral, or slightly acidic).
3.) Stopped eating meat and became vegetarian! Now I'm near-vegan, only consuming eggs and whey protein powder every now and again.
4.) STARTED eating tons more veggies! Especially green veggies like kale and spinach (both are HIGHLY alkaline).
A quick explanation of alkaline foods:
They are high in minerals. They are high in chlorophyll (dark leafy greens and green veggies), they are high in antioxidants and/or vitamins, they are low in sugar, which makes them low glycemic index foods. Also, veggies are high in phytonutrients--nutrients necessary to prevent diseases such as cancer. All of this makes them anti-inflammatory foods as well!
The typical diet is currently 70% acidic and only a mere 30% alkaline. We are a nation of people walking around with obesity, diseases, colds you can't shake and turn into worse bacterial infections, pre-diabetes, signs of heart disease, heart disease, muscle spasms (me), pain, bacterial infections, flus...that is because most people are in a state of acidosis, which is perfect for all of the above to flourish.
Make your body resistant to all of the above. It starts by reaching an optimal pH level. To do this, start making changes to your diet so that you are consuming 70% ALKALINE to only 30% ACIDIC foods. Remember, balance is the key. If you eat 100% alkaline foods, that could be extremely dangerous. A good rule of thumb is to eliminate all highly acidic foods that cause diabetes and heart disease, and increase your veggie intake. It's as easy as that.
A side-effect of all of this is weight loss!
If you're interested in improving your health, I recommend reading all you can on the subject and checking out the sites below...remember, I'm NOT in the health or medical profession, I learned all of this on my own, and I'm only writing from personal experience. Also, a quick way to improve your health is to avoid or cut down on highly acidic foods and increase your amount of veggies you eat everyday from 0-2 servings (that was me; it could be you, now???) to 5-9 servings! Remember, serving sizes aren't that big to begin with, so don't get overwhelmed. Here's my quick list:
Highly acidic foods to eliminate or reduce in your diet:
Coffee, black tea, sugar, soda, diet soda, dairy, wheat, meat, saturated fats, trans-fats, fast food, processed foods (junk food and frozen meals in boxes...if you can't pronounce the ingredients, then it's probably not the best for you...), pickled foods...not food, but HIGHLY acidic are OTC and prescription drugs.
Highly alkaline foods to try to include more of each day:
Green tea, stevia, purified water (with pH drops or fresh lemon or lime juice, your water turn alkaline), non-dairy milk, coconut water, avocados, dark leafy greens, especially kale and spinach, white navy beans, lentils, quinoa, wild rice, buckwheat, sesame and pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds and hemp protein, olive oil, dates, chlorella, sea vegetables, and almonds and almond butter (almonds are the only alkaline nuts).
Healthy acidic, slightly acidic, and neutral foods you can include each day to meet your 30% acidic food requirements:
All other beans, all other nuts, chia seeds, Omega-3 eggs, small amounts of lean meat and fish (unless you go vegetarian! Remember, meat is highly acidic!), very limited low-fat or fat-free dairy (unless you go vegan!), any and all fruits, and rice, especially brown and basmati!
Please review the following sites for all foods and their level of acidity or alkalinity (copy and paste them in an email you send to yourself, which is what I had done!):