Alkaline foods vs acidic foods

January 15, 2012

Did you know that eating alkaline foods will prevent disease, slow the aging process and increase your energy levels?

Put simply, our blood is slightly alkaline, with a normal pH level of between 7.35 and 7.45, however many of us would tend to be more acidic because of our lifestyles – too much coffee, processed foods, too much meat, alcohol, sugar, salt, working long hours, lack of sleep and stress (emotional or physical)!

If your body is overly acidic you will feel like crap, you will be lacking energy, you will put on weight and constantly be sick. Worse case you will end up in hospital with serious issues.

Disease thrives in an acidic environment. If your body is too acidic you are likely to have other nasties such as bacteria, yeast and fungus growing in your body, which is one of the biggest causes of bloating, lack of energy, wind/gas, feeling tired, sluggish digestive system and weight gain.

So what can you do about it? You need to get your body back into a more alkaline state. There are tests you can do, but if you focus on eating 70% alkaline foods and 30% acidic foods (ideally 80/20!) this will be a good start to getting your body back to a healthier state. Drink at least 2L of water, reduce your stress and get enough sleep! Simple right?!

Here is a list of alkaline and acidic foods to help you with eating more alkaline.

Eating a healthy akaline based diet is not a 'fad' ~ it is pure science.

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Natasha Ellingson My large family recently moved to Edmonton, AB from the isolated & remote northern community of Fort Nelson on the beautiful Alaska Highway! I am a Canadian Yoga Alliance & Yoga Alliance 500hrs registered experienced Yoga teacher. I completed my training in Classical Ashtanga & Hatha Yoga systems at the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. I continued my Yoga Teacher Training in an Ashram at Mount Madonna, California under the guidance of Baba Hari Dass the Hanuman Fellowship. I have the training & ability to teach people to teach yoga and become yoga teachers themselves <3 My passion is for yoga therapy and yoga as a lifestyle rather than a workout class. I am a mother of 5 children. I am a student Psychologist with Athabasca University in my 4th and final year of a Bachelor of Arts program. I enjoy holistic & sustainable living, the outdoors, being physically active with my family, gardening & preserving, world travel, marathon running, and living & sharing a yogi lifestyle. I am a student of the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition, sharing nutrition advice/counseling as a Registered Holistic Nutritionist. Although I do follow a plant-based diet, I do not believe there is a 'one-size-fits-all' nutrition regime. I am also a Personal Fitness Trainer with Can-Fit-Pro and Life Coach!

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