I was speaking to someone recently about her exercise routine and the fact the she has not been seeing much results even though she has been consistent. Then I asked about her diet, and of course, she told me that’s where she’s been slacking.
This got me thinking about a time when I was working out hard without seeing any results, then I went on a diet that was high in vegetables with some fruits and protein for two weeks, and it kick-started my weight loss! It was like a reset button for my body!
This highlights the importance of having a good diet when it comes to attaining and maintaining optimal health. But with so many kinds of diets out there, which one does the most for your body in terms of nutrients and getting it functioning at peak performance???
The answer to that question is, a dietary intake that keeps the body in a state of homeostasis or balance! In this state of the body, nothing is found deficient nor in excess (which are the conditions favorable for disease).
Enzymes control the reactions of all the cells in our body. Conditions must be correct for enzymes to function properly. If conditions in the body are too acidic or alkaline the activity of the enzyme is affected.
“Life on earth depends on appropriate pH levels in and around living organisms and their cells. Human life requires a tightly controlled pH level in the serum of about 7.4 (a slightly alkaline range of 7.35 to 7.45) to survive” – Journal of Environmental and Public Health. Since our bodies are always under the onslaught of stress, toxins, and other environmental factors that threaten to shift our pH to acidic, how can we counteract this?
This can be done through the foods we eat! We want to maintain a diet that is more alkaline than acidic to offset those things mentioned above. The Journal of Environmental and Public Health had this to say: “Increased fruits and vegetables in an alkaline diet would improve the K/Na ratio and may benefit bone health, reduce muscle wasting, as well as mitigate other chronic diseases such as hypertension and strokes”.
Here are some foods that you can start to include in your daily diet right away along with some of their nutritional benefits:
Cucumber– made up of almost 95% water, it is very hydrating to the body while providing key antioxidants
Kale – naturally detoxifies the body and contains antioxidants as well as having anti-inflammatory effects
Spinach – has large amounts of flavonoid compounds which function as an anti-cancer agent, and chlorophyll that aids in cleaning the colon and the blood
Cabbage – as a cruciferous vegetable, it is a good source of fiber along with many vitamins including K, C, and B6
Avocado – great for cleansing and an excellent source of good fats that helps to increase metabolism
Broccoli – another powerful anti-cancer food and supports many processes and systems in the human body, also contains vitamin A (helps maintain eyesight) and vitamin K which helps balance the metabolism of vitamin D
Celery – with its high water, fiber, and antioxidant content, it is great for cleansing
Ginger – naturally suppresses muscle spasms along with numerous therapeutic effects including the inhibition of inflammation
Garlic – is high is sulfur compounds which is needed to maintain the integrity of hair, skin, and nails
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I hope this has given you a starting point in improving your nutrition. It’s certainly done that for me! “From the evidence outlined above, it would be prudent to consider an alkaline diet to reduce the morbidity and mortality of chronic disease that are plaguing our aging population” – Gerry K. Schalfenberg (2011).The alkaline diet: is there evidence that an alkaline pH diet benefits health? Journal of Environmental and Public Health. To read the full article, see the reference below.
*Please leave a comment on your experience with the alkaline diet or any other way of eating you have had success with!
Gerry K. Schalfenberg. Published online 2011, Oct.12. The alkaline diet: is there evidence that an alkaline pH diet benefits health? Journal of Environmental and Public Health. Retrieved on: September 2, 2015. From: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3195546/
What are enzymes? S-cool: the revision website. Retrieved on: September 2, 2015. From: http://www.s-cool.co.uk/gcse/biology/enzymes/revise-it/enzymes