Having tried many diets, I don’t believe in them! They are hard to follow and most people gain back all the weight they lost without changing their lifestyle. What I do believe in is eating healthy, and eating in a way that you can maintain as your everyday lifestyle.

The best way to differentiate what is healthy versus unhealthy is the effect it has on your body.

Having the correct biochemical balance (pH) in the body is important for optimal health; when it is out of balance, your body will be too.

The key to understanding pH is understanding how foods are digested and what is left behind, called ash. Ash will be either acidic, alkaline, or neutral.

Too much acidity in the body leads to a number of symptoms and diseases in the body.

For example, 60 million Americans suffer from heartburn at least once a month and 15.5 million Americans suffer from stomach ulcers.

What medicine is prescribed for these people? ANT-ACIDS.

Antacids are not the solution – eating alkaline foods is the solution.

Why is acidity such a problem?

When your body is too acidic, it works hard to lower acid levels by getting calcium and magnesium from your bones and muscles, leading to osteoporosis and arthritis. A high accumulation of acid deposits in your joints causes painful swelling and irritation.

Remember, your body is 80% water – which means that you are changing the pH of the water of your body from alkaline (ideal) to acidic which is the perfect environment for the formation of bacteria, fungus, cancer cells, and more.

So where do you begin?

For starters, most fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains and healthy oils leave behind an alkaline ash, and most meats, animal products, wheat, dairy, coffee, alcohol, fried foods, and processed foods leave behind an acidic ash.

The foods you might consume on an alkaline diet are generally known for being anti-oxidant rich, anti-inflammatory, cancer fighting, and nutrient packed “super foods”. It is low in meat and dairy, and high in fruits and vegetables, as well as the healthiest of fats (coconut oil, avocados, flaxseed oil, and olive oil).

If you answer YES to any of the following, taking baby steps towards an alkaline diet can produce positive results:

  • Is your diet lacking in colorful vegetables?
  • Is your diet lacking in fresh fruits?
  • Is your diet high in animal proteins?
  • Is your diet high in processed foods?
  • Do you drink a lot of coffee, sodas, or alcohol?
  • Do you eat quickly or late at night?

In changing the way you eat, you will also simply “feel” better due to less overall stress, less inflammation, weight loss, more energy, better moods, and a general sense of well-being.

For more information, be sure to check out my blog or stop by the office to check out the pH greens and pH drops that you can use to detox your body of acidic ash.