What Is Alkaline And What Does It Mean To Keep My Body Alkaline?
Depending on your diet, your body can either become more acidic or more alkaline. Most Americans consume a diet that includes almost twice the amount of acid per day that the body can handle. When this occurs the mineral compounds that make up our bones, are then used to neutralize the overabundance of acid in our bodies. A move away from whole foods diets to more processed foods have resulted in osteoporosis, cancers, diabetes, and heart diseases.
This doesn’t mean you need to completely change your diet to an alkaline diet. Also, yes there are areas in the body (i.e stomach) that need an acidic environment. More of the focus is on the blood. Neutrality is always optimal, and the goal is to take in more alkaline agents and limit acidity. With this we can promote cardiovascular health, improve memory and cognition, boost immune system, prevent cancer (which flourishes in acidic environments), increase energy levels, better mood, and one major one which is keeping bones and muscles healthy.
So Now, How Do I Do This?
Eat more fruits and vegetables
Sounds cliche, but plants contain an abundant amount of alkalizing particles that naturally creating alkaline balance in the body.
Add fresh lemon and lime to your water
So we typically think of lemons and limes as acidic, but they’re highly alkalizing in the body. So get into the habit of putting a fresh lemon or lime wedge in your water. You can even squeeze some of the juices onto your food like lime on rice and salads.
Limit the animal protein
Animal proteins contain a high level of sulfur-containing amino acids, which produce acid as you metabolize them. Protein is a vital macronutrient and very important for body processes, but animal proteins can be limited and more plant-based protein sources should be included. Lentils for example have a super alkalizing effect on the body and are a great protein source. (Stay tuned for an article on plant based protein sources)
Add Herbs and Spices
Cinnamon, ginger, and other herbs and spices are wonderful alkalizers. Herbs and Spices can be added to almost anything from teas, to yogurts, cereals, vegetables and dinner dishes!
Article written by GUADS member Breanna, with contributions from womenshealthnetwork.com