The overall theme with this blog and recipes is to eat more alkaline (oxygen rich), plant based foods and eat less acid forming (oxygen poor) foods such as meat, gluten and dairy products. My blog is focused on providing recipes using predominantly alkaline rich ingredients. (When signing up to my free weekly recipes, you’ll receive the food chart detailing the alkaline and acid foods.)
This isn’t about prohibiting foods, weighing or counting calories, judging people by what they do or don’t eat. It’s about learning how our body works, eating more soundly, improving our own health and avoiding potential illnesses in future. Preparing meals and eating should also never feel like a burden. I love great food and it should be enjoyed!
Alkaline pH Concept
Your blood and body are at its healthiest when alkaline positive.
The blood measures 7.35 to 7.45 on the pH scale. Every substance has a pH on a scale from 0 to 14. The closer to 0, the more acidic a substance is; 7 is neutral, and as a substance climbs toward 14, the more alkaline (or basic) it becomes.
Just like our body’s temperature is rigidly regulated at 37 °C (98.6°F), so is the pH range. The body works to maintain this balance through respiration, urination and mineral depletion. It affects every cell in the body. The more we overload it with acid foods, the harder it has to work to compensate whilst the more alkaline food you eat, it allows the body to be unstressed, leading to more energy and greater overall health.
Overacidity corrodes our body tissue, interferes with cells activities and functions, is the main cause for sickness and disease and the reason behind the body creating fat cells – a defense mechanism for carrying acids away from your vital organs to protect them.
As for illnesses, an overly acidic body allows microforms to thrive (bacteria, yeast, fungus and mold) and produce acidic wastes when they feed on glucose(sugar), fats and proteins. It’s these wastes (not microforms) that cause the symptoms of a very long list of (most) diseases.
By eating alkaline based foods, you restore your pH levels, control the growth of microforms & wastes, clean intestines and restore your body to it’s natural healthy state – neither over nor underweight – your body’s own ideal weight.
My Rule of Thumb
For someone who is healthy and in overall good shape, I find it useful to follow an 70-30 rule. 70% alkaline based foods on the plate and 30% more acid forming foods.
If someone is curing an illness then that’s a different matter and you’d want to do a 100% cleanse straight away and consult your doctor first (see note below).
Then there’s the in between. Someone who wants to get into better shape and feel healthy without sensations of bloating, tiredness and other minor problems. You may decide to do a 100% cleanse initially then move onto 70-30 once in balance. Alternatively, it might be better to ease your way into it using a step approach, whereby you first avoid meat for a certain period, then try removing dairy products, then try removing wheat and gradually see how your health improves.
Please note that this blog is based on my research by delving into books, articles, internet publications, etc and will always try to link the original source on my posts. I’m simply sharing what I’ve learnt and hope it might be useful to others. I’ve also included the Book Section for your further reading. Please always consult your doctor or nutritional practitioner before embarking on any new changes to your diet, in particular, if you’re suffering from any form of illness or taking medication.