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Alkaline Diet: What Is It and a List of Food That Are Alkaline- Promoting

Alkaline Diet: What Is It and a List of Food That Are Alkaline- Promoting

There are many different diets out there but the term diet can be quite negative as it alludes to restricting or denying yourself. The approach to take is a healthy eating lifestyle. It’s more about including as much beneficial nutrition as possible and that’s what the alkaline diet is. In this article I’ll give a quick breakdown along with a list of alkaline foods.

What Is The Alkaline Diet?

The simple definition of eating alkaline is consuming foods that put your body in more of an alkaline state as opposed to an acidic state. When you’re in an acidic state it can make your body vulnerable to illness and disease.

We measure whether something is acidic or alkaline on the pH scale and if you can transport yourself back to high school the pH scale goes like this:

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  • 0-7 acidic
  • 7 is neutral
  • 7-14 is alkaline

If it’s been awhile you can be forgiven for not remembering what acid is but you are NOT forgiven for the acid washed jeans you wore in high school…

How Does The Alkaline Diet Work?

People who support the alkaline diet say that when you replace acidic foods with alkaline ones you can really improve your health. The first step is eliminating those foods that can be seen to cause an acidic state in the body. Not surprisingly that would include things like refined grains and sugars, processed foods, and alcohol. Also on the list would be:

  • Meat, poultry, and fish
  • Wheat
  • Eggs
  • Dairy

So what’s the list of alkaline foods that you want to include to be as healthy as possible?

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  • Most fruits and vegetables
  • Soybeans and tofu
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Legumes

What you are looking at here are real whole foods that can fit into a mostly vegetarian lifestyle. It can also accommodate vegans with it not including dairy. Ideally you want to for the best stuff you can find specifically local and organic. A lot of these things you can even grow yourself to save some money while you’re at it.

Is The Alkaline Diet For Everyone?

Ideally you want to keep your body in an alkaline state and your blood is always at that state being around 7.34-7.45 on the pH scale. Your stomach on the other hand is highly acidic, around 2-3.5. This is critical though as the hydrochloric acid in the stomach needs to be that way to break down food.

The problem that arises is that your urine pH and blood pH can be different. A urine pH reading does not indicate the same thing in the blood. The urine measurement may be high but that doesn’t give a good indicator of body pH and your overall health. There’s really nothing you can do to change your blood pH as your body will regulate that itself.

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Another issue is the possibility of being deficient in other nutrients when you cut out quite a wide variety of foods. But even if you are a full on carnivore your diet should still be plant based. You are wanting to include many of these alkaline food each day for optimal health. You should be aiming for double digit servings of non-starchy vegetables each day.

The foods listed as alkaline are good for you so should be included daily and if you do consume animal proteins you want to look for the cleanest sources possible. Ideally grass fed and finished animals that are free from hormones.

What Are Some Take-aways From The Alkaline Diet?

One of the main things the alkaline diet is based around is not just about what it includes but what it DOES NOT include. There aren’t any processed and junk snack foods. There isn’t any fast food, refined carbohydrates, alcohol or trans fats. There isn’t any high fructose corn syrup or artificial flavors and sweeteners. It’s focused on real whole foods that are nutrient dense and natural. As far as diets go it’s pretty good because of what it promotes.

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When you start eliminating those things is when you can start seeing some improvements in your health. When you make it a point to include things off this list of alkaline foods each day you make it easier for your body to run optimally and for you to feel your best. When you combine this with good exercise, reducing stress, and getting quality sleep you start getting yourself on the road to true wellness.

Remember, you always want to check with your doctor before embarking on something new as it pertains to your health.

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Jamie Logie

Jamie is a personal trainer and health coach with a degree in Kinesiology and Food and Nutrition.

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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