Welcome to Day Five!
You’ve most likely heard some talk about alkaline foods and how important they are in keeping us healthy. Yet, do you know why? The PH in our bodies will always stay around 7.36. If we eat something that is acidic our body will compensate by pulling alkaline stored in our body. In most cases this is taken from our bones. It will also use our fat storage as a buffer and store the excess acid there. Contributors of acid in the body come from stress, anger, processed meats, pasteurized cheese and milk, breads, energy drinks, soda, cigarettes, coffee, and alcohol. This creates an environment of illness, dis-ease, pain, and weight gain. When we become overly acidic, our bodies go into survival mode and to keep us alive will do a number of things.
1. Acids will store fat! This is one reason we can cut calories, feed on “diet” foods, work out religiously, and STILL not LOSE WEIGHT! Our bodies are trying to save our lives by holding onto fat.
2. Acids will draw on our alkaline reserves by going to our teeth and bones for alkaline.
3. Many people in chronic pain are highly acidic. The excess acid aggravates pain. The only way to reduce the pain is to reduce the acid.
Make 70% of your food intake alkaline based. If you’re highly stressed and/or hold onto a lot of anger you’ll need to increase that to 90% or even 100%.
Best Alkaline Foods:
All vegetables, especially raw green leafy vegetables.
Fresh herbs and spices: parsley, basil, cilantro, cayenne, ginger, are the best!
Sea Vegetables and algaes
All fruit, especially watermelon, avocado, cucumber, young coconuts
Grains: quinoa, amaranth, buckwheat, and millet
Good Fats: cold-pressed olive oil and unrefined coconut oil
Raw unprocessed sugars like raw honey and dates.
*Note: Even though citrus fruits like lemons and grapefruits are highly acidic before entering the body, once they are digested and assimilated, they are very alkaline. 🙂
As you can see, this program is very alkaline. All you need do is follow along and FEEL this difference to see the truth in how we should be feeding our bodies.