100 YEARS AGO: The foods eaten were mostly fruits, vegetable and cultured or fermented foods with some animal products. When we look at this food from the perspective of body chemistry - this is an alkaline diet.
TODAY IN 2013: Today our diet is mostly grain based with refined sugars, animal products and some fresh produce. From the perspective of body chemistry - this is an acidic diet.
HOW DOES FOOD AFFECT OUR BODY?
If we eat an acidic diet on a regular basis we gain weight, hold on to fat, have poor immune health and age quicker. Disease flourishes when we our body is in an acidic state.
SYMPTOMS OF AN ACIDIC BODY:
Here are just a FEW of the symptoms of a body that is too acidic:
Stage 1: chest & head mucous, joint pains, chemical sensitivity, heartburn, muscular pain.
Stage 2: inflammation, hives, cold sores, migraines, eczema, viral or fungal infections.
Stage 3: scleroderma, cancers, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, MS, Chron's disease.
*When we are acidic we store fat and it is really hard to burn the fat.
HOW DO WE FEEL ON AN ALKALINE DIET?
Increased energy, good digestion, clarity of mind. When we are alkaline our body is able to defend itself (strong immune system) and repair itself (quick healing). We also burn fat quickly.
Since our body is naturally alkaline, this is our optimal state. Specifically 7.3 on the pH scale.
THE MOST BALANCING FOODS:
Leafy greens! Try to eat a pile of greens two meals a day. Brings in oxygen, fiber, vitamins and minerals. Reduces sugar cravings.
Eat root vegetables daily. Rich in minerals. Leave you satisfied and grounded.
Lemon water. Energize the liver, helps detoxify the system.
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