Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Alkaline diet or pH diet

An excellent way to prevent the oxidative stress, in our body, is to follow an alkaline diet.

It’s a diet, the aim of which is, to bring the pH balance in our bodies according to the type of food we consume.

What really matters is not the pH of the food but the result in our body, when consumed. For example, lemon juice is strongly acidic but when we drink it, it turns into strongly alkaline.

The ph in our body is slightly alkaline, ranging from 7.35 to 7.45.

If we want to maintain this pH rate, in our blood, then 80% of our daily diet should include alkaline food (vegetables and fruits) and only 20% acidic food (meat, dairy products and sweets).

Moreover, all processed food (e.g cakes, biscuits, cured meat products, compotes, soft drinks, canned or concentrated juices) should be  banned.

Never forget the daily quantity of water we should drink ( 1 1/2 -2 ltr).

It's useful to point out that we may come across with food tables classifying food as acidic or alkaline which confuse us even further.

However, the general rule to follow so as not to get perplexed is the following:

- We eat without measure all kinds of vegetable  and edible veggie roots and bulbs ( e.g carrots, beetroots e.t.c).

- Add an excellent group of food products in your nutrition; water melon, tomatoes, lemon juice, raw olive oil, ripe olives, almonds and sesame.

- You can consume fruits and rice, moderately.

- Small amounts ( max. 30% daily) of meat, fish, poultry, eggs, milk and dairy products, bread, pastry, honey and drinks (soft drinks, alcoholic drinks e.t.c).

- We do not also forget that we never eat proteins (meat, fish or poultry) with carbohydrates (pasta products or bread).

- We always eat fruit with empty stomach, never after a meal.

- Avoid using sugar, bottled or canned juices, processed cereal-based foods and any other kind of processed food.

- Try to consume fresh fruits of all colours, season vegetables and low glycaemic index * foods (leguminous crops and oil seeds, dark chocolate e.t.c)

(*) We will refer to the glycaemic index in our next life story.

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