So picture this. You’ve just finished eating your favorite meal. You feel full for about one hour and then before you know it, feelings of sluggishness ensue then lethargy on a level that seems impossible to shake. This scenario plays out all over, in many homes, offices and restaurants. The sad part about this is that food is supposed to energize, revitalize and heal the body; and many times people suffer this fate due to the fact only heavily fried and cooked foods are only eaten. While the writer enjoys a healthy share of cooked meals there is also a need and an understanding that raw foods need to be consumed as well. The reality is that at least 50% of our daily food intake should be raw in order to keep the body balanced and operating properly. And behind the over all need to eat some raw foods (in their natural state) is understanding of consuming foods at are Alkaline, versus acidic. So what’s the difference you may ask? Here is what we need to know about consuming Alkaline foods:
alkaline foods are foods such as whole fruits and vegetables and certain whole grains, which are low in caloric density. Healthy Alkaline Diet Foods involve the ideal balance between acidifying and alkalizing foods. Some of the most recognized Alkaline fruits and vegetables and spices are: Beets, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Celery, Cucumber, Kale, Lettuce, Onions, Peas, Peppers, Spinach, Apple, Banana, Berries, Cantaloupe, Grapes, Melon, Lemon, Orange, Peach, Pear, Watermelon, Cinnamon, Curry, Ginger, Mustard and Sea Salt.
Consuming these foods in their raw (or at least minimally cooked) forms should provide balance and restoration to the body that has overly consumed heavily cooked and fried foods. If you are wondering the forms in which you can consume these Alkaline foods in its simplest form consider
1) Juicing: Keeping a juicer handy and close to you is a quick way to keep your raw food balance in a manner that digest food quickly; 15 to 20 minutes at most.
2) Raw Snacking: Simply keep any assortment of the above mentioned fruits and vegetables in zip-lock bags on your person is one way to get them into your body easily, plus it helps ward off hunger throughout the day.
Remember, keeping the right balance of eating cooked and raw foods gives power to the body, and keeping it Alkaline as much as possible is the key.
Dr. David (Daud) K. Scott N.D.; CHNP.
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