When Melissa Etheridge confessed to Access Hollywood Live a few weeks ago that the Western Diet and its high levels of acidity is what gave her breast cancer, the world reacted with a firecracker of emotions. Some applauded her for recognising that there may be a link between cancer and diet, while others thought she’d totally lost her mind.
In my opinion, Happies, the crux of what Etheridge was saying was absolutely true, it was just her delivery system and lack of explanation behind this topic that caught the skeptics alight. Cancer, in particular, is a very complex disease, and simply putting it down to diet can piss a lot of people off. That isn’t my aim here today. My aim is to explain this whole idea of alkalinity vs acidity, and help you guys gain more knowledge and information so that you can make your own informed decisions based on what you believe.
Once again the medical world and natural therapies are at loggerheads about the effectiveness of a diet based on alkaline forming ingredients, but who’s to say that science is always right? The fact is that your body’s preferred pH level is between 7.36 and 7.44 – which is slightly alkaline. So, it’s safe to assume that if your body sits in this happy region, it will work more effectively, and efficiently, than if it was at the acidic end of the scale. Right? It makes sense to me.
The problem is, however, that many of the foods we eat in the Western diet are acidic. Alcohol, coffee, black tea, juice, beef, chicken, eggs, farmed fish, pork, shellfish, cheese and dairy, artificial sweeteners and mushrooms are some of the most acidic foods out there, and guess what? They are some of the most common foods in our diet. Even grains like brown rice, wheat, and cous cous are all acidic.
The problem with eating a diet high in acid-forming foods is that it can lead to low energy levels, fatigue, infections, disease, anxiety, dry skin, ovarian cysts, muscle pains, weak hair, infertility and more. But when your body is alkaline, yeast, bacteria, fungus, and viruses that thrive in acid-based environments have nowhere to flourish, allowing your body to cleanse the blood, regenerate the cells, and essentially, reboot itself.
The key isn’t to cut out any of the above foods, we need some acid-based foods in our diet, but what is important is BALANCE. Aha, balance. They key to all good things in life. Everything that you can think of that is green is highly alkaline – grasses, cucumber, kale, kelp, spinach, parsley, broccoli, sprouts. While all other fruit and vegies tend to be moderately alkaline (except mushrooms and dried fruit which are acidic) so adding as many of these foods into your diet each day will help balance out your system and make you feel a zilllllion dollars.
Fruit, veggies, sprouts, alkaline water, Himalayan Rock salt…all these things will help cleanse your blood, renew your system, and make your insides sing with joy. OK, maybe not sing, just elegantly hum, so get them in your diet already. Go on, scoot!
Be sure to come back and check out part two where I give you recipe ideas, daily menu plans and more. FUN!!