People are becoming ever more aware that nature provides us with the most nourishing foods on the planet and that most of these ‘super foods’ are simply high alkaline / plant based foods.
The scientific evidence of eating a more high alkaline/ plant based food is almost unquestionable. What we must all understand is that high alkaline / plant based foods have been eaten around the globe for tens of thousands of years and have helped fuel some of the greatest civilizations of the world has ever known!
The Ancient Egyptians,Romans and Greeks all ate large amounts of plant based foods. Along with the Incas, Aztecs, Mayans, Ancient Persian who actually traded these foods.(the Cocoa bean was deemed more valuable than gold to the Aztecs & Mayans)
The oldest recorded civilizations in our world, the Indus Valley & Mesopotamian people are regarded as the “Cradle of Civilization”, who were pioneers in agriculture and credited with (but, by no means limited to) many other important developments and inventions that we all take for granted in today’s society.
The Mesopotamians Civilization Credited With & Invented:
- The rise of the city as we recognize that entity today,
- The invention of writing (although writing is also known to have developed in Egypt, in the Indus Valley, & in Chinaindependently from the Mesopotamians).
- The Invention of the Wheel.
- Domestication of Animals.
- Common Tools.
- Sophisticated weaponry andwarfare.
- Wine &beer.
- Demarcation of time into hours, minutes, and seconds.
- Religious rites.
- The sail (sailboats), and irrigation.
If a simple diet of high alkaline plant based foods helped fuel the ancient people of this world, who built the great pyramids and conceive the idea of the modern wheel…then why are we all not fueling our body and minds this way?
I’m pretty sure the Good Health, Energy, Vitality and Clarity of Mind all these Ancient Civilization experienced from eating High Alkaline / Plant based foods, helped them achieve so many great feats of engineering and social economics during their 1000+ year reigns on this planet!
High Alkaline Plant Foods are more ‘nutritionally dense’ meaning they give your body all the nutrients and nourishment ( even on a cellular level) it needs it to thrive. High alkaline foods are easily absorbed and utilized by our digestive system and can reduce excessive stress on the body.
Consuming highly acidic foods puts your body and digestive system under massive stress and results in:
- Increased inflammation of cells in the body.
- Slowing down the ability to absorb nutrients.
- Causes insulin spikes that store excess blood sugar (glucose) as fat, rather than to use it properly.
Insulin also communicates with many other hormones needed for various functions, including those made in the adrenal glands such as the stress hormone cortisol.
Abnormally high cortisol levels and hormonal imbalances result in:
- Powerful urges to eat. (and i don’t just mean the munchies!)
- Mood changes. (I’m sure we’ve all been HANGRY before…)
- Lack of energy. (…and i’m sure we’ve all fallen asleep on the sofa after a roast dinner!)
This leads on to the production of visceral fat and various other factors that contribute to disease formation in the body.
The high carbohydrate, heavily processed sugary foods & drinks, that we see advertised in every corner of the world (name me somewhere that doesn’t sell Coca Cola) are just normal every day purchases for a lot of people in today’s society.
However the unavoidable truth is these types of food & drink arethe MAIN CAUSE in the rising obesity rates around the world.
Eating High Alkaline Plant Food on a regular basis gives you the health, energy and vitality your body needs for its optimal performance across all aspects of your mind, body and its auto-immune functions.
The pH of our most important cellular and fluid functions in our bodies, such as blood flow (responsible for the transportation of oxygen & nutrients around the body) are designed to best operate at a pH of 7.365, which is slightly alkaline. ( >7 PH is alkaline)
Your body HAS to keep the pH of your blood, cells and other fluids at just slightly alkaline (pH 7.365) and it will do ANYTHING it has to in order to maintain this pH balance! This is due to the bodies natural survival mechanisms to maintain a state of Homeostasis.
To do this, your body calls upon its store of alkaline buffers (Hydrogen Ions) which it draws upon to neutralize the acids we ingest or create through bodily processes. This store of alkaline buffers is very easily depleted because most of us eat and drink such strong acids.
One crutial thing to understand when it comes to our bodies pH levels, is that the pH scale is logarithmic. Which put it in simple terms means, pH 6 is 10x more acidic than pH 7 – meaning pH 5 is 100x times more acidic than pH 7 and pH 4 is 1000x more acidic and so on….
If these alkaline buffers are depleted, the body is forced into drawing upon the alkaline minerals it has to buffer which causes havoc in the body!
Put it this way, your blood pH level is so important, the body will sacrifice ANYTHING to maintain the optimum blood alkaline level. (pH 7.365)
Your body WILL SACRIFICE your medium and long-term health to keep this short term goal of optimum blood alkaline (pH 7.365) to ensure homeostasis in the body.
In order for you body to maintain an optimal operating environment (homeostasis) It will draw alkaline minerals from elsewhere in the body such as calcium from your bones, and magnesium from your vital organs.
Forcing the body to continually undergo this process by eating a highly acidic diet can lead to all manner of inflammatory conditions. The incredible stress your body is under trying to neutralise these acids is huge!
Your body will overproduce sodium bicarbonate to try and neutralise the acidity from highly acidic foods we eat and the stomach will produce excessive hydrochloric acid to digest these highly acidic foods…. reflux anyone?
If the body is having to constantly work in overdrive mode just to maintain the optimal operating environment, of blood alkaline pH Level 7.365 it can have a much more devastating effect on the body than you might think….
Any acidic toxins the body cannot expel will be bound up inVisceral Fatto protect your organs from the acids and the toxic byproducts they produce.
Excessive visceral fat is just the start of a whole lot more inflammatory related issues in the body….
Visceral fat does more than just lead to inflammation down the road — it becomes inflamed itself!
This occurs when there are higher levels of visceral fat in the body than normal and it starts producing a type of inflammatory molecule called interleukin nm-6. This kind of fat stores inflammatory white blood cells and kicks off a series of auto-immune reactions. Inflammation is at the root of most diseases. This is why inflammatory belly fat (visceral fat) is linked with cognitive decline, arthritis & diabetes.
Also bare in mind that if the body is constantly drawing calcium to neutralise the acids you consume through the highly acidic food you eat, then your potential for developing symptoms of osteoporosis are dramatically increased too.
There are all kinds of high – moderately alkaline forming foods and they all contain high levels of vitamins, minerals, omega oils, phytonutrients, antioxidants and fibre.
I’m sure you can guess the the most alkaline foods for the body are… fresh vegetables, salads, leafy greens, omega oils, nuts, seeds, pulses, whole grains
Most people are generally aware of the foods that are good for us (fruits & vegetables) and we certainly know which foods are not good for us. (sweets, fizzy drinks, junk food)
To keep it really simple high alkaline foods are fresh, raw, whole foods, with a high-water content and OR high nutritional value.
Taking this simpler approach to food, makes eating more Alkaline Based Foods on a daily basis easy to incorporate into anyone’s lifestyle.
The easiest way to eat more alkaline food on a regular basis, is to ensure that every meal or snack you have on any given day is made up of 80% Alkaline Based Foods and the remaining 20% is more Acid Based Foods.
This simple 80 / 20 rule makes it easy to understand and follow a more alkaline based food diet on a regular basis.
As we’ve already mentioned, the foods that are alkaline to the body are of the fresh vegetables, salads, leafy greens, omega oils, nuts, seeds, pulses, whole grains type of foods.
Diet, stress, emotions and no exercise contribute, in their own ways to the increased acidity in our body.
However, as the ways and demands of modern life have changed over the last century, our diets and lifestyles have obviously changed too….and not necessarily for the better!
I’m sure that if people are given all the information needed and a list of Alkaline / Acidic Foods (hence the reason for this article) that more people would eat foods that actually nourish them rather than destroy their bodies cells.
I’m also confident that 8 out 10 people given this list of foods, (see images below) could easily choose 5-10 more Alkaline Based Foods that would easily fit into their everyday diet.
Most people already know the types food that are not good for us. Yet society has still dramatically increased the amount of acidity /sugar into our daily lives.
It will be no surprise to learn that the most acidic foods are: sugar, trans-fats, yeasts, dairy, simple carbs, alcohol & heavily processed or refined foods.
These acids manifest in our diets as colas & fizzy drinks, pizza, chips, cakes, biscuits, microwave meals, crisps, breads, caffeine, cheese, fatty meats, ice cream, smoking, beers, wines, condiments, milky drinks, cream etc.
This all makes perfectly good sense right…?
Simply focus on eating more of the foods you know are GOOD for you and stay away from the foods that you KNOW are bad for you…it all makes perfect sense!
Throw in some exercise, lots of hydration, avoid stress and get as much good sleep as you can, (6-8 hours is perfect) and you’re on track for the perfect lifestyle balance for your health, that even the most skeptical of your friends, family members or physician can get on board with.
By now It hopefully all makes perfect sense, that simply eating more / higher alkaline plant based foods gives your body all of the tools it needs to thrive: the nutrients and nourishment it needs to give you the health, energy and vitality of your dreams.
Nature has shown us time and time again that the most nourishing foods are alkaline.
Nature has (and continues to) shown us the foods that rob our body of energy, cause stress to the digestive system, clog us, destroy our energy and age us at a faster rate, are the acid-forming foods…
…foods like sugar, trans fats, refined foods, fast foods, junk foods, chips, soda, pizza, wheat are the main type of foods to seriously avoid!