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Alkalinise your diet

Why are lemon and apple cider vinegar, which are acidic, good for alkalinising? A food’s acid or alkaline forming tendency in the body has nothing to do with the actual pH of the food itself.  Lemon and apple cider vinegar, despite being acidic in nature, help our stomach’s acid regulation and digestive enzyme production.

This allows the food to move through to the lower digestive tract well digested. Undigested food in the lower gastrointestinal tract can ferment, causing bloating and raised acid levels in the gut.

Maintaining pH balance in your body is very important for optimum wellness.  Studies have shown that an alkaline diet can reduce muscle wasting and may benefit bone health as well as improve cardiovascular outcomes and memory.1

Foods can either be acid-forming or alkalinising. A diet that is too acidic could potentially lead to health problems or create an environment prone to disease.

Introducing the most acid- forming foods….

Alcohol, sugar, coffee, fruit juice, soft drink, processed foods, artificial sweeteners.

Introducing the most alkaline-forming foods…

Fresh vegetables – especially green ones, fruit, olive oil  (not cooked/heated), almonds, lemon water

Excellent digestion starts in the mouth!

We encourage you to sit when you eat, preferably without the distraction of the TV, phone or computer. Pay attention to the food on your plate and express gratitude for where it has come from and those who have provided it.

Be mindful of the tastes in your mouth and chew your food well.
Please ensure you speak to your health practitioner to get the correct guidance for you. The priority is to eat a balanced diet, not necessarily to exclude all the foods on the acidic list.

 

Download this guide to acid and alkaline forming foods
Reference 1. The Alkaline Diet: Is there Evidence that alkaline pH Benefits Health. J Environmental and Public Health Volume 2012

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Dr Nicole Avard
General Practitioner

Nicole is a really awesome doctor and makes the yummiest chocolate mousse you have ever tasted. It has no sugar or dairy it’s amazing! You can contact her and get the recipe or read more of her interesting articles.

Food is our body’s fuel. It provides the nutrients that give us energy and vitality. It helps to buffer us against illness and to keep our bodies at a healthy weight. And food really can be our medicine, because so many foods have genuinely medicinal and helpful properties.
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