Alkaline Diet 101 – What It Is and Why You Should be Doing it

Why You Need To Start The Alkaline Diet Today!

While at first the alkaline diet can seem overwhelming, complicated and more hassle than it’s worth, I’m here to break it down and present to you the alkaline diet in it’s simplest form – both what it is and why it’s so great for you.

If you’re struggling to shift a few execess pounds, having issues with your skin, aches in your joints, or simply want to take preventative measures and improve your health, you’ve come to the right place.

I feel like many people look at the alkaline diet like a passing fad – just another one of those trendy instagram diets – when in fact, this is far from the truth. The alkaline diet isn’t about image, drastic changes or starving yourself. It’s about consuming a healthy amount of (preferably organic) fruits and veggies, correct food combinations, and overall – balancing your consumption.

There’s no need to feel like you can’t enjoy what you’re eating when it comes to the alkaline diet. As I said earlier, it’s about balance – give and take. And as reward for the ‘give’, in turn, the alkaline diet will bless you with mental and physical rejuvination and vitality.

So, What Is The Alkaline Diet?

Not only said to improve health, the alkaline diet is also known to lower cholesterol, strengthen your immune system, boost energy levels, stabilise blood sugar, aid in weight loss, slow the ageing process, preserve muscle mass as well as protecting against a variety of health problems.

In order for your body to function at optimal health, you must maintain a pH level between 7.35 and 7.45 – the perfect range for oxygen to be carried around your body. An alkaline diet works to maintain the delicately balanced pH levels so that body doesn’t have to work too hard to do it for us.

The great thing about the alkaline diet is that it doesn’t force any drastic changes, and you don’t have to elimate any of your guilty pleasures – ie meat, chocolate, flavoured drinks etc – you simply have to moderate and balance.

So for example, if you’re not quite prepared to cut meat out just yet – that’s fine, but be sure that you’re consuming a healthy amount of veggies and not combining your proteins with white potatoes/white rice or any other starches.

If you’re a coffee lover, you don’t have to ditch the beans for green tea just yet – you can still enjoy your gold roast, but ensure that your hydrating before you’re caffinating. With every cup of caffeinated drink you should be equally consuming 250ml of water, and waiting at least 30 minutes between eating.

Why Should You Be Eating An Alkaline Diet?

Did you know that our bodies borrow natural minerals and vitamins in order to help break down and aid complex digestion from poor food combination choices, as well as refined and processed foods we eat?

For example, a plate mixed with acid and alkaline enzymes will not only leave you feeling heavy and tired (aka the all-too-familiar ‘itus’) but it means that your body is borrowing calcium from your bones in order to return some balance to your pH.d

So, if you experience pain in your bones and joints take a look at what you ingest on a daily basis and ask yourself if an alkaline diet is worth a try for yourself. In my personal experience it was what seemed like an inexplicable, unfamiliar and definitely premature ache that lingered in my joints – especially my knees and shoulders.

I was only in my early twenties, always kept active and had a naturally slender build, which is what made these pains so confusing, but also what made it so easy for me to think I was able to eat whatever and however without any consequences on my body. But a diagnosis of IBS and the reality of irritated joints was enough to make me take a look at my lifestyle – my diet especially.

Discovering the alkaline diet and learning how to ease alkaline into my everyday has resulted in a plethora of fantastic benefits, from mental clarity, less bloating and discomfort after eating, and of eliminating those pains in my joints.

Here Are Some Alkaline Foods You Can Include In Your Diet

Fruits

 

Grapes

Pears

Watermelon

Mango

Apples

Avocado

Banana

Berries

 

Veggies

 

 

 

Sweet potato

Celery

Asparagus

Carrots

Cucumber

Leeks

Onions

 

Grains

 

Lentils

Quinoa

Wild rice

Millet

Barley

Oats

Brown rice

 

Of course this list isn’t exhaustive, there are plenty more fruits, veggies and grains which are highly alkaline and should definitely be incorporated into your diet. It’s important to rotate your foods and not consume the same foods over and over. This will ensure that you don’t develop an intolerance to the nutrients of whichever foods you’re eating too often.

 

Common Misconceptions About The Alkaline Diet

 

One common misconception with the alkaline diet is that by following this lifestyle we’re trying to change the pH level in our body. In actual fact it’s about supporting the body in maintaining its natural pH balance by eating a healthy alkaline foods, which aids the body in maintaining balance as it doesn’t have to do so much work to digest what you consume.

Another common misconception is that it’s a difficult or draining path to follow. In order to reap the maximum benefits, it’s best to consider the alkaline diet as a lifestyle – something which is a part of your everyday life. This can seem daunting, but it’s really not as difficult as it might seem. If you’d like further advice or services on your alkaline diet, feel free to drop me a message and I’ll do my best to tailor you some information. But I encourage you to research, experiment and just give this a chance to change your life. No regrets, I promise.

 

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I’m Lilli, and I help people cleanse unwanted and negative energy from their mind, body, soul and space in order to be the best version of themselves. I’m a Reiki practitioner, Alkalnie Nutritionist, Complemtary therapist, Freelance writer and I work from home while raising my heaven sent son.

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