I’ve been reading a lot lately about the detoxing benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables. For me, it’s just one more reason to eat fewer processed foods and more real, natural foods. As I get older, my passion for nutrition becomes more and more about me staying healthy and less about trying to change the mindsets and diets of people around me.
Last weekend, my husband and I sat down to revise our budget and fine-tune plans for our future. When “Little Man” leaves the nest, we want to be able to pay cash for our purchases, we want to travel – we want to enjoy life. To live the life we envision, I need to be in great health. I want to feel well, look well and stay active. I don’t want to be bogged down with a bag full of medications or physical limitations that will keep me from enjoying my husband, seeing the world and playing with my grandkids.
The more I read food labels and learn about mass food production, the more I realize the unfair beating our body suffers each and every day from our fast-paced living. I don’t believe in quick-fix fasts or harsh cleanses, but I do strongly believe in creating a good internal working environment to aid health and healing through the foods we eat and the beverages we drink.
So that’s why I do what’s considered “slow detoxification”. A gradual, daily detox balances the slow kill of a toxic environment. Slow detoxing promotes a healthy immune system by creating a slightly alkaline pH environment. Normal body pH falls within a very narrow range – 7.35 to 7.45. Think about how narrow this range is. What if you had to consistently maintain a checking account balance of $7.35 to $7.45 while someone was constantly swiping your debit card – forcing you to work night and day to maintain your balance?
Refined carbohydrates, dairy and meats are acid-promoting foods. Eating too many of these foods put stress on the kidney and liver and can increase your risk of disease. That’s why it is important to work with my body to maintain an alkaline pH to reduce added stress on my body and immune system to bring blood pH back into balance. So my remedy is to eat fewer acid-producing foods and more alkaline-promoting foods to offset the damage of a modern diet.
Wondering if the foods you eat are acidic or alkaline?
Check out this list of acid-producing foods so you know which foods to cut back on.
Check out this list of alkaline-promoting foods so you know which foods to eat a lot more of.
Until next time,