Shift to an alkaline diet

What is alkalinity? Our body consists of 75% fluid and all fluids can be measured by the pH value scale from zero to 14. PH of 7 is neutral, while alkalinity is above 7 and acidity is below 7. Our blood PH is 7.4. While gastric fluid needs to be extremely acidic, the rest of your body is constantly trying to maintain an alkaline level to stay healthy.


The liver’s role

As we have learned, our liver is responsible for neutralizing and eliminating toxins and harmful substances. Our liver depends on the alkalinity of our food in order to do this task effectively, so we need to provide the body with a sufficient intake of alkaline-rich foods. However, the typical American diet is rich in intoxicating acidic substances, such sweets and starches which overload the liver with toxins without providing the alkalinity it needs to process the toxins.

So in order to help your liver maintain alkalinity, you need to consume alkaline rich foods.


What is an alkaline diet?

A healthy alkaline diet consists of 75% alkaline foods and 25% acidic foods. As a simple rule of thumb, most vegetables and fruits are alkaline while most starchy foods, meats, condiments, processed and salted foods are acidic. Beverages such as coffee and soda are also very acidic. So an alkaline diet sounds almost totally opposite of typical American diet, right? Yes, it is.

For our family, the challenge to create an alkaline diet involved reducing the starchy content of our meals. We achieved this by increasing the proportion of protein content to relation to starch content – for example, we served smaller portions of starchy pasta or rice with each meal, and added beans or tofu to each pasta or rice serving to increase the protein content. At the same time, we increased our serving sizes of vegetables and salad. Juicing is also a great way to alkalinize the diet.

In summary

  • Alkaline rich foods support your liver as it cleanses your body and processes your foods.
  • An alkaline diet consists of 75% alkaline foods and 25% acidic foods.
  • Buy organically grown vegetables as the budget allows.
  • The best alkaline foods are green vegetables especially zucchini, string beans, squash and garlic, onions, miso, pumpkin seeds and all sprouts.
  • Juicing is an efficient and effective way to boost your alkalinity.
  • Acidic foods include high-glycemic grains, most meat products, coffee, processed wheat products, white bread, white pasta, white rice, alcoholic drinks, artificial sweeteners, coffee, soda and sugar.