It is important to eat alkaline foods to combat all the acidic foods we regularly consume as part of the Standard American Diet. Acid-forming foods are sugar, white flour, sodas, artificial sweeteners, alcohol, coffee, fried foods, MSG, meat, dairy, vegetable oils, and junk foods. Prescription drugs also create a more acidic environment in our bodies. Alkaline foods help offset the negative effects of acidic foods, like low energy, weight gain, depletion of necessary vitamins and minerals, and an environment ripe for disease in our bodies.
Acidic foods pull from our body's alkaline reserve, mainly calcium which weakens our bones, tissues, and teeth. Lack of calcium causes hundreds of degenerative diseases and conditions, including arthritis, heart disease, high cholesterol, cancer, gout, acid reflux, high blood pressure, and obesity. Your body protects itself by utilizing fat cells to store acid leading to weight gain. High acidity in your body for a prolonged time can lead to acidosis which causes brain fog, free radical damage, cancer, diabetes, headaches, high blood pressure, hormone imbalance, joint pain, sleep problems, digestive issues, and yeast and fungal overgrowth. An additional problem is that acidic foods lead to more food cravings since your body is not getting the essential vitamins and minerals needed. These cravings lead to eating more acidic foods and the devastating cycle continues. Part of this cycle includes weight gain. You can break this cycle by consuming more alkaline foods.
Some of the most alkaline foods are alfalfa sprouts, broccoli, carrots, celery, chlorela, cucumber, dates, figs, garlic, greens, green juice, kelp, lemon, lettuce, lime, miso, parsley, radish, raisins, sea vegetables, seeds, spinach, spirulina, sprouts, swiss chard, green tea, vinegar, and wheat grass. Eating more alkaline foods will provide you with increased energy, better digestion, less inflammation and pain, better mental focus and mood. Alkaline foods help fight inflammation and disease. Evaluate your diet and determine if you eat more acidic or alkaline foods and if you have any of the symptoms described above. If so, consider adding more alkaline foods to your meals and remember that it's all about balance. We are all unique and you need to find what works for you.
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