Among the many diets that exist today, the alkaline diet is said to offer the highest potential for a long and healthy life. It is said that by predominantly consuming alkaline foods, our bodies can be supplied with essential minerals and trace elements that balance our PH levels while saving us from all the acidic waste products that a conventional diet contains. But what exactly is behind the acid-base concept and its benefits to our well-being? We at Gruenesmoothies.com give you a little insight into the world of alkaline diets!
- Alkaline diet and the pH-value
- Alkaline diet
- Acidic foods
- Alkaline foods
- Green smoothies - ideal for alkaline diet
Alkaline diet and the pH value
Everyone has certainly heard the term "pH-value" in combination with the topics "acid-base balance" or "alkaline nutrition". But what exactly does this value determine? On a scale of 1-14, it is supposed to indicate how alkaline or acidic our body is. All values below 7 are called "acidic" and all values above 7 are called "alkaline". The value 7 represents a neutral value. A pH-value that is slightly alkaline, i.e. basic, is considered healthy for us. The body constantly tries to keep the pH-value of the blood between approx. 7.35-7.4. This also means that various areas of the body may already be over-acidified, while the ph-value of the blood is neutral. In naturopathy, we speak of chronic hyperacidity or acute acidosis when the body has chronic difficulties regulating the acid-base balance in the various areas of the body. Some areas of the body are then too acidic and others too alkaline.
Alkaline diet: health effects
Although excessive acidity in our bodies can be attributed to many different causes, such as the toxins in our environment or too much stress - factors we are exposed to every day - our diet, however, seems to have the greatest influence on an unbalanced acid-base balance. If our cells are chronically over-acidified, we may experience health problems in the long run. By eating a predominantly alkaline diet, the body is able to de-acidify the various organs that require an alkaline pH level - such as the lymph, small intestine and the connective tissue. At the same time, we are not exposed to waste products that our body has to metabolize in a conventional diet with many convenience products and denatured foods. In addition, an alkaline diet can also help regulate the stomach's acid production - this allows us to digest food in the most efficient way. Other benefits of the alkaline diet are said to include:
- Preservation of bone density and muscle mass
- Reducing the risk of high blood pressure and stroke
- Relief from chronic pain and inflammation in the body
- improved absorption of vitamins and minerals in the small intestine
- Supporting the immune system in its function
- Maintenance of a healthy body weight
- Cancer prevention
Nutrition experts recommend a daily acid-base ratio of about 75 % base-forming to 25 % acid-forming foods. You will learn which foods are base-forming and which are acid-forming in the next few paragraphs.
In addition to very sweet and salty foods, it is mainly animal products that can over-acidify us, if consumed permanently and predominantly. Meat, eggs, and dairy products have a strong acid-forming effect on the body. Other acid-forming foods include highly processed and denatured foods such as white flour, pasta, bread, cakes, coffee, soft drinks and alcohol. Looking at Western eating habits, it is mainly acid-forming foods that make up our daily diet. And for many naturopaths and alternative physicians, it is precisely these foods that trigger the common diseases of civilization.
Ripe fruits, salads, garden and wild herbs, and all vegetables are among the most alkaline-forming foods. Especially citrus fruits, celery and very chlorophyll-containing leafy greens (e.g kale or spinach) can support the deacidification of the body particularly effectively. Some people might think: "citrus fruits taste totally acidic - how can these fruits be alkaline?" - the answer to this question is relatively simple: what tastes sour is not necessarily metabolized sourly in the body. If you eat alkaline, you ensure a balanced acid-base balance. Especially raw, uncooked fruits and vegetables are considered "biogenic" or also "life-giving". Unfortunately, as soon as these foods are cooked, most of the alkalizing minerals and trace elements are lost. Conversely, this means that for a better acid-base balance, it would be best to eat as much raw and unprocessed fruits and vegetables as possible. Acidity and stress are normal in everyday life - with an alkaline-surplus diet, it is possible to face the challenges of everyday life more relaxed.
Green smoothies - ideal for the alkaline diet
The green smoothie is an alkaline power house. Using a high-speed blender, leafy greens, fruits and water are blended to create a nutrient-rich, raw-food drink with lots of vitamins, minerals and fiber. Especially leafy greens contain a large amount of base-forming chlorophyll, which is structurally similar to our blood.
The change to a healthier lifestyle with lots of alkaline foods can be difficult, especially if predominantly acidic foods have been consumed. The high fiber content of fruits and vegetables can cause problems at first, as the digestive system is not yet used to them. With Green Smoothies, these possible digestive aches are eliminated. All ingredients are so finely pureed that our digestive system is relieved from a vast amount of work and we can digest in the most efficient and easy way. Green smoothies are thus an ideal building block for an alkaline or alkaline-surplus diet. Simply replace one meal a day with a Green Smoothie - e.g. breakfast - this sets the basis for a more balanced acid-base metabolism. If you manage to replace one more meal, you are very close to the targeted ratio of 75 % vs. 25 %
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