WHY YOU SHOULD EAT ALKALINE

Nowadays it’s common for people to be overly acidic. An overly acidic body is known as acidosis – at some point the body can’t function properly as it should and this can lead to many health issues, including depression, joint paint, heart disease, diabetes, and some types of cancer.

When the pH goes off, oxygen delivery to cells suffers, constructive enzymes become destructive, and microbial looking forms in the blood can mutate shape, mirror pathogenicity and grow.

Total healing of some chronic illness is indeed possible, and can take place when the blood is restored to an alkaline pH. This can be achieved by nurturing your body with the right food, something very important to those fighting a disease or overcoming an illness, but also to those who just want to feel better and be healthier both now and in the long run.

The most alkaline foods are whole plant foods, and the most acidic & inflammatory foods are all those coming from animal sources and others such as alcohol, refined grains, highly processed foods, sugar, sodas, and junk food.

The key is to eat focusing around naturally more alkaline foods like greens, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, raw nuts and seeds (versus roasted), beans and legumes – yes, all the super-foods! These foods are packed with healthy phytonutrients, health boosting and protecting antioxidants & fiber. Herbs and spices are also more alkaline, anti-inflammatory and boost immune function just like whole foods do.

Once you get to balance you pH you will start to notice positive improvements such as:

  • less pain from inflammation related conditions such as arthritis.
  • easier fat loss.
  • better digestion in general.
  • increased energy levels.
  • better mental focus and better mood.

What about some of those healthy whole foods that are acidic by nature like lemons and oranges? Are they bad for us?

No, not at all, and here’s why: whole plant foods are always naturally more alkaline; they contribute to an alkaline body when a balanced, healthy plant-based diet is followed, so a certain plant being slightly less alkaline than another won’t affect your health as much as the acidic foods will. Furthermore, once these naturally “acidic” plant-based foods’ minerals (calcium, magnesium, potassium, etc) enter our bloodstream and mix with our blood they actually alkalize the body.

Many people have seen their health dramatically improved, and also diseases reversed after following a balanced plant-based nutrition.

If you haven’t seen it yet, do check out the outstanding documentary “Forks over Knives” to learn more.

Where do you get YOUR protein?

Where do you get YOUR protein? Instead of worrying about how much protein we are getting, we should actually focus more on the SOURCES of our protein. Protein in our foods comes packaged together with other things that can either be harmful or healthful, depending on the source.

Protein from ANIMAL sources comes packaged with saturated fats, cholesterol, antibiotics, hormones including IGF1, estrogens, & progesterones, heme iron, choline & L-carnitine which are transformed into TMAO, heterocyclic amines, polyaromatic hydrocarbons, industrial pollutants such as mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls, & dioxins, advanced glycation endproducts, & neu5GC.

These compounds are linked to inflammation, atherosclerosis, tumor cell growth, oxidative stress, insulin resistance, endocrine disruption, unhealthy weight gain, increased acid load, & negative changes in our gut bacteria. Even when we buy organic or grass-fed, we still get almost all of these noxious elements – they are inherent to the foods themselves.

In contrast, protein from PLANT sources comes packaged with polyunsaturated fats, monounsaturated fats, fiber, & thousands of additional health-promoting phytonutrients including vitamins, polyphenols, & other antioxidants.

This combination is a winning one, as it lowers oxidative stress and inflammation, increases insulin sensitivity, promotes a healthy gut microbiome, & reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, Alzheimer’s, gout, kidney stones, & fatty liver disease, among others. Plant protein has even been shown to decrease the risk of premature death compared to animal protein.

We can get ALL of the protein we need from plants. The choice is yours. Where will you get your protein?