Our bodies have to maintain a fine PH (acid/alkaline) balance in order to keep us alive and healthy, if we are constantly consuming acidic forming foods and beverages (meat, sugar,alcohol,caffeine etc) than they will take nutrients from our organs and bones to neutralise the acids leaving us weakened and prone to disease. Our bodies will also store fat in order to disperse acid, making weight lose even harder to achieve. Some fruits are actually alkalising once metabolised, a juiced fresh lemon in some warm water 10 mins before breakfast is a great way to start your day, alternatively a teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar in warm water or Himalayan Rock Salt Sole ( has to be prepared in advance).
When we are under stress we tend to take short shallow breaths which leads to a build up of carbon dioxide making our blood acidic. After your morning hot water and lemon try sitting upright comfortably and take long slow deep breaths for 5-10 mins, not only will this alkalise your body but set you up to face your day in a relaxed positive manner.
Below is a list of Alkaline and Acid forming foods and beverages, to alkalise the body aim for 80/20 alkaline/acidic until the end of January and then 60/40 to maintain through the year.
This list is not exhaustive
Grases (wheat, straw, barley, dog, kamut, etc.) Cucumber
Other Seafood (apart from occasional oily fish such as salmon)
|DRINKSGreen DrinksFresh Vegetable JuicePure Water (distilled, reverse osmosis, ionized)Lemon Water (pure water + fresh lemon or lime)
Non-sweetened Soy Milk
|OTHERSVinegarWhite PastaWhite BreadWholemeal Bread
Condiments (Tomato Sauce, Mayonnaise etc.)
|SEEDS, NUTS & GRAINSAlmondsPumpkinSunflowerSesame
Any Sprouted Seed
|CONVENIENCE FOODSSweetsChocolateMicrowave MealsTinned Foods
|FATS & OILSSaturated FatsHydrogenated OilsMargarine (worse than butter)Corn Oil
|FATS & OILSFlaxHempAvocadoOlive
|OTHERSSprouts (soy, alfalfa, mung bean, wheat, little radish, chickpea, broccoli, etc.)HummusTahini||FRUITSAll fruits, aside from those listed in the alkaline column.||SEEDS & NUTSPeanutsCashew NutsPistachio Nuts|
|General Guidance:Stick to salads, fresh vegetables and healthy nuts and oils. Try to consume plenty of raw foods and at least 2-3 liters of clean, pure water daily.||General Guidance:Steer clear of fatty meats, dairy, cheese, sweets, chocolates, alcohol and tobacco. Packaged foods are often full of hidden offenders and microwaved meals are full of sugars and salts. Over cooking also removes all of the nutrition from a meal.|