Nutrishion Lesson: Maybe the problem is acids?!

Happy Sunday! Today I stumbled upon my "Eat This and LIVE" book today and something caught my interest. Apparently, according to Dr. Don Colbert MD, "Our cells thrive in an alkaline environment but get constipated with metabolic waste and toxins in an acidic environment". Here we thought it was simple: eat more veggies, more fiber, less cholesterol, blah blah blah.. but it turns out it's much more scientific. Apparently there are even some fruits, veggies, you should limit in comparison with other types. I've known for a while that corn isn't the greatest vegetable for you, but seeing it on the list of acidifying foods in the veggie category only next to olives and winter squash really brings that truth home. You should shoot for about 60/40 alkalizing foods to acidic foods. It's probably easier to understand like this: "That's about one serving of vegetables and one of fruit or other alkalinizing foods for every serving of acidic foods (meats or grains). Alkaline-forming foods include most fruits, green vegetables, lentils, spices, herbs and seasonings, and seeds and nuts. Acid-forming foods include meat, fish, poultry, chicken, eggs, most grains, legumes, and especially desserts, processed foods, and fast foods" (Colbert 64).

Sounds obvious right? Well, check out these categories:

Alkalizing foods:  A rainbow of nutrition!

Veggies: Alfalfa, Barley grass, beets, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chlorela, collard greens, cucumber, eggplant, garlic, green beans, green peas, kale, lettuce, mushrooms, mustard greens, nightshade veggies, onions, peas, peppers, pumpkin, radishes, rutabaga, spinach (green), sprouts, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, watercress, wild greens, wheat grass

Fruits: apple, apricot, avocado, banana, berries, blackberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, cherries (sour), coconut (fresh), cranberries, currants, dates (dried), figs (dried), grapes, grapefruit, honeydew melon, lemon, lime, muskmelons, nectarine, orange, peach, pear, pineapple, raisins, raspberries, strawberries, tangerine, tomato, tropical fruits, watermelon.

Grains: Millet, Quinoa, Buckwheat

Nuts: Almonds (wahoo! i knew it was good I switched to Almond butter instead of peanut!!), Chesnuts

Sweeteners: Stevia (I don't use this though, I use maple syrup, honey, and agave)

Spices and Seasonings: chili pepper, cinnamon, curry, ginger, herbs (all), mustard, sea salt

Other: Alkaline antioxidant water, apple cider vinegar, duck eggs, fresh squeezed fruit juice, ghee (clarified butter), green juices, mineral water, quail eggs, soured dairy products, veggie juices

Minerals: Calcium pH 12, Cesium pH 14, Magnesium pH 9, Potassium pH 14, Sodium pH 14

Acidifying Foods

Vegetables: Corn, Olives, Winter squash

Fruits: Pickled fruits, cranberries

Grains, grain products: Barley, bran (oat), bran (wheat), bread, corn, cornstarc, crackers (soda), flour (wheat), flour (white), macaroni, noodles, rice (all), rice cakes, rye, spaghetti, spelt, wheat germ, wheat

Beans and Legumes: black beans, chick peas, kidney beans, lima beans, pinto beans, soybeans, white beans

Dairy: butter, cheese, cheese (processed), ice cream, ice milk

Nuts and butters: Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, legumes, peanut butter, peanuts, pecans, pine nuts, walnuts

Animal protein: bacon, beef, carp, clams, cod, corned beef, fish, haddock, lamb, lobster, mussels, organ meats, oyster, pike, pork, rabbit, salmon, sardines, sausage, scallops, shellfish, shrimp, tuna, turkey, veal, venison

Fats and Oils: almond oil, butter, canola oil, corn flour, safflower oil, sesame oil, sunflower oil, all fried foods

Sweeteners: corn syrup, sugar

Other foods: catsup, cocoa, coffee, mustard, pepper, soft drinks, vinegar

Drugs and Chemicals: aspirin, chemicals, drugs (medicinal), drugs (psychedelic), herbicides, pesticides, tobacco

Your pH should be between 7.0 and 7.5. You can get a pH test from your drugstore if you're curious!

Now, don't forget, Dr. Colbert isn't recommending you eliminate all the foods from this category from your diet, but you should shoot to eat foods from the Alkalizing foods group more commonly than those from the acidifying group.

Sugar and your pH balance: Not only does it lead to type 2 diabetes, elevated cholesterol, obesity, an impaired immune system, but scientifically check this out: Sugar is bad for your pH, thus can lead to osteoporosis: "Sugar creates an acidic environment in your tissues, which causes your body to cry out for alkaline foods. If you don't get enough calcium in your diet, your body may pull it from your bones and teeth to rebalance your pH, and you may develop bone loss and eventually osteoporosis" (Eat, 33).

Video of the Week: Dr. OZ: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZ060iBBncU&playnext=1&list=PL4F0B5262345A19F9

I'm still working on what recipe to share with you later today, so stay tuned!

Bonne Santé!

Trish