How to Become Alkaline

January 9, 2014 in Health

Alkaline Andrew’s Eating Habits

Water is the essence of life. How water bonds is even more important. Alkaline (high pH) water has smaller bonds that create a greater total surface area, which means it can grab more toxins and hydrate the body more effectively. Our body is mostly fluid. Stomach acid lowers the pH of bodily fluids, like urine, saliva, and the sinuses. This causes inflammation. Most diseases will thrive in inflamed bodies, including cancer.  So, avoid foods that create excessive stomach acid. The science is simple.

On my diet  you can eat as much as you want. Don’t be concern with counting calories or nutritional labels, just read the ingredients and avoid the food that require excessive stomach acid, like: corn syrup, white flour, processed sugar, mammal meat, cheaply farmed meat, animal fat, vegetable/soy oils, black tea, coffee, and alcohol. 

Plus, avoid the artificial stuff: MSG, BHA, BHT, Aspartame, Sucralose, hydrogenated oil/fat, Sodium Nitrate, Propyl Gallate, Sodium Benzonate, Benzonic Acid, Potasium Bromate, Acesulfame Potassium, Saccharin, Olestra (Olean) , Titanium Dioxide, Interesterified Fat, Food Coloring, Red 3, Red 40 (Coal Tar), Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Yellow 13,  Carmin (powdered scale insect bodies processed with ammonia, iron, stannous chloride, citric acid, borax)

Take a look at the Alkaline Food Chart.

Easy ways to be a little more alkaline

  • Nuts are good– Eat more almonds, less peanuts and cashews. 
  • Beans are great – Soak them, use my chart, use sea salt.
  • Sprout seeds and grains when possible. It helps with nutrient absorption.
  • Roast your own nuts: wash thoroughly and soak unsalted nuts for 12 hours, then drain and roast them lightly (put in an open crock pot for 5 hours on low or bake them for 1 hour on lowest setting.) Season well. Store in the fridge.  
  • Grind your soaked nuts into any consistency. Even whip it into a butter. Use ground nuts on salads, cereal, yogurt, or stir fry. 
  • When grinding, add in some dried fruit and honey, making a crust for raw desserts.
  • Chew whole nuts and seeds well, eat slowly.
  • Learn to love almond butter and  blueberry preserve sandwiches, add some fresh whole fruit or even use fruit instead of preserves.
  • Dried apricots are awesome, they help reduce nitrates.
  • Put sun dried tomatoes on everything.
  • Eat cucumbers whole, like a piece of fruit.
  • Immediately wash veggies, to extend freshness. Cut and prep for a few days. Eat fresh with dip, or in a salad, or on a sandwich with a spread.
  • Make lots of dips/spreads/sauces, avocado and beans make a good base, use lots of lemon.
  • Plain corn chips aren’t too bad. Use more dip, less chip. Upgrade to healthy chip brands like Late July.
  • Soy in moderation, tempeh is great, soy nuts are good, tofu is okay, soy sauce is bad.
  • Have non farmed seafood and well fed chicken once a week for nutritional benefits.
  • Mind your Mercury with this chart.
  • Spend the extra buck for some eggs that came from chickens that don’t eat crap, literally. You may not care if they are caged, but have you ever wondered how they get more vitamins and minerals into some eggs, like Omega-3? We are what we eat.  
  • Yogurt is okay, full fat Greek is best. Add some fresh fruit, dried fruit, and/or chopped nuts.
  • If you don’t eat yogurt take a probiotic like Keybiotics. This is a great ad!
  • Cereal – Kashi, Cascadian Farms, Nature’s Path, Mini Wheat, Shredded Wheat, Fiber One, Raisin Bran, Life, rolled oats, muesli, and granola. Mix a few together and add some fresh fruit, dried fruit, and/or chopped nuts.
  • Herbs and Spices – Over season everything! They’re high in Calcium and have a range of other health benefits. Mix your own herbs and spices, using some old shakers. Top 8 are: paprika, dill, chili powder, coriander, cayenne pepper, black pepper, turmeric/curry, and ginger.
  • Take a Turmeric (Curcumin) pill, like Protandim.
  • Use sea salt often. but remember that table salt has iodine, which is good for us.
  • Use lots of garlic and onion.
  • Get a juicer. Juice in bulk and freeze it. 
  • Use your blender for half veggie smoothies.
  • If you want to use a protein powder find a superfood blend or use hemp powder, it has the greatest amount of protein.
  • Veggie juice makes a good stock. Use ice trays to make bullion cubes.
  • Juice 10 lemons per person, every two weeks, or buy 100% lemon juice without sodium benzonate.
  • Drink lemon water with every meal. While lemon is acidic it is less than our stomach acid and aids in digestion, thus improving our pH. 
  • Marinate with lemon.
  • Get a reverse osmosis system, it alkalizes and filters water.
  • Make a pitcher of Arnold Palmer’s, but with herbal tea, lemon, raw honey, and stevia. Mix in a little fruit juice and kids will love it.
  • Use V8 or fresh veggie juice in soups, stews, stir fry, and scrambled eggs.
  • I drink fruit juice on occasion, but only V8 Fusion, half veggies and fruit.
  • Mix some coconut water into smoothies, desserts, rice, stews, and stir fry. 
  • Make sauces for diner with any of these: extra virgin olive oil, coconut milk, coconut oil, almond milk, raw honey, or pure maple syrup; thicken with brown rice flour. Great way to get extra cheap calories if you need them.
  • Cooking tip: When cooking stews, stir fry, rice, beans, really anything, use too much water, not too little, then add in some whole grain flour the last 5 minutes to thicken it up. This helps prevent burning and drying out your rice and beans.
  • Coconut oil is amazing. Use it for cooking, baking, and skin care.
  • Always use apple cider vinegar instead of white vinegar, rice vinegar is good too.
  • Experiment with pickling.
  • Experiment cooking with different flours, find what fits you.
  • GMO wheat is a mild opiate, not good for kids and expecting mothers. It also has more gluten than organic wheat. It’s tough to avoid GMO wheat, so just try to avoid white bread and breads with extra gluten listed in the ingredients.
  • Organic means no harsh pesticides, which is important for babies and pregnant women. Most of us can tolerate it instead of paying more for it. Still, pesticides hurt the environment and are killing the bees. Avoid it if you can.  
  • Sweet Treats and Cheats: UnReal Candy, So Delicious, 60-80% dark chocolate, whole fruit, banana ice cream… there are tons of easy vegan desert recipes without white flour and sugar.
  • Exercise marginally helps improve pH too, but it doesn’t protect the digestive system from a bad diet and doesn’t nourish the body with vitamins and minerals needed to heal from the muscular tearing during exercise.
  • Here is another great resource for natural health and diet. 
  • Buy pH strips and test the pH of your urine. Test daily at first and you will start to see how everything affects it. It will vary throughout the day. Test at different times to get idea of how it’s regulated. In no time, if you are using the alkaline charts, you will be able to predict your own pH at any moment.

Once you become alkaline for a few weeks you will begin to notice how every food affects your body. Your body chemistry becomes stronger, but more sensitive. You will begin to form allergies to the notorious foods, or you just finally realize them once you’ve purged them.  Be careful not to binge too hard when you go off diet because it can destroy your sinuses. I binged once and got a sinus infection so bad that I almost needed surgery. Since then I have not binged and I have not had a single cold, that was almost two years ago. Cold flu symptoms are just that, symptoms. It’s not that I don’t get the colds going around, I just don’t produce any annoying symptoms as long as I mind my pH. My body kills the virus and doesn’t expel the fluids that spread the flu to other people. Help your immune system do its job and prevent you from depending on doctors. Make it your purpose to not be a drain on our health insurance rates. Be the change we need in the world. Help other realize their potential to be disease and pain free. Learn to eat for long life, not pleasure. You’ll be a pillar of your community.