Acid vs Alkaline foods

When considering health there are five facets that you can address. Exercise (strength, stamina and suppleness), Nutrition (inc. water), Rest (including meditation to clear the mind), Positive Mental Attitude and Cleanliness. Obviously within the exercise portion addressing your posture is essential, however todays focus is on nutrition, more specifically acid vs alkaline balance, a lesson learned on my first visit to a nutritionist 15 years ago.

The science part.

The blood must be maintained within a very narrow range of pH, a measure of how acid or alkaline something is. This is one of the many, many amazing functions that the body achieves without us having to pay attention to it, reminder again, if needed, of how tremendously brilliant your subconscious mind is.

The food part.

Typically the Western diet contains a lot of acidic foods, common examples are meat, coffee, alcohol, sugar and artificial (well anything). All this excess acid needs to be tucked away somewhere so that it doesn’t disturb the delicate blood pH, and so typically it is stored in fat. The result of this is that if we take up exercise to lose weight (in itself an acidic activity), the body cannot dare release the acid stored in the fats and so if we are not hydrated, or we don’t eat enough alkaline foods we will not lose weight.

Therefore drinking 8 cups of water a day and eating more alkaline foods aids the body in weight loss as well as improving overall health.

Examples of Highly Alkaline foods
Himalayan salt, Grasses, Cucumber, Kale, Kelp, Spinach, Parsley, Broccoli, Sprouts, Sea Vegetables, Green Drinks, All Sprouted Beans/Sprouts.

Moderately Alkaline
Avocado, Beetroot, Capsicum/Pepper, Cabbage, Celery, Collard/Spring Greens, Garlic, Ginger, Green Beans, Lettuce, Mustard Greens, Okra, Onion, Radish, Red Onion, Rocket, Tomato, Lemon, Lime, Butter Beans, Soy Beans, White Haricot Beans, Chia and Quinoa.

Mildly Alkaline                                                                                                                      Artichokes, Asparagus, Brussel Sprouts, Cauliflower, Carrot, Chives, Courgette, Leeks, New Baby Potatoes, Peas, Rhubarb, Swede, Watercress, Grapefruit, Coconut, Buckwheat, Quinoa, Spelt, Lentils, Tofu, Other Beans and Legumes, Goat, and Almond Milk, Most Herbs and Spices, Avocado Oil, Coconut Oil, Flax Oil.

Neutral/Mildly Acidic                                                                                                                    Black Beans, Chickpeas, Kidney Beans, Cantaloupe, Currants, Fresh dates, Nectarine, Plum, Sweet Cherry, Watermelon, Amaranth, Millet, Oats, Spelt, Soybeans, Rice/Soy/Hemp Protein, Freshwater Wild Fish, Rice and Soy Milk, Brazil Nuts, Pecan Nuts, Hazel Nuts, Sunflower Oil, Grapeseed Oil.

Moderately Acidic                                                                                                                                   Fresh, Natural Juice, Ketchup, Mayonnaise, Butter, Apple, Apricot, Banana, Blackberry, Blueberry, Cranberry, Grapes, Mango, Mangosteen, Orange, Peach, Papaya, Pineapple, Strawberry, Brown Rice, Oats, Rye Bread, Wheat, Wholemeal Bread, Wild Rice, Wholemeal Oats, Ocean Fish.

Highly Acidic                                                                                                                                                               Alcohol, Coffee and Black Tea, Fruit Juice (sweetened), Cocoa, Honey, Jam, Jelly, Mustard, Miso, Rice Syrup, Soy Sauce, Vinegar, Yeast, Dried Fruit, Beef, Chicken, Eggs, Farmed Fish, Pork, Shellfish, Cheese, Dairy, Artificial Sweeteners, Syrup, Mushrooms.

Now is losing weight more complicated then eating more alkaline foods, drinking more water, and doing enough exercise that you burn more calories than you consume? Yes, unfortunately it is. It doesn’t have to be, but unfortunately our psychology gets in the way. Please only use this as a reference, if you would like to speak to a qualified nutritionist about calorie control there are a few I can recommend.

Yours in health – Dr Gary

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