With the agricultural revolution in the last 10,000 years and even more recently with industrialization in the last 200 years, our environment, lifestyle and diet had become increasingly acidic. Even when we try to eat healthy, our plants have been raised in deficient soil and are lacking in necessary minerals and nutrients. They have instead been saturated with insecticides and growth hormones and have been genetically modified to compensate.
Our grocery store aisles are lined with cheaply engineered, mass producible foods that are highly addictive and are routinely labeled as “all-natural” to mask chemically altered ingredients. We are left in the dark as we purchase and consume these foods. Even the tap water we drink contains chlorine, fluoride, and other heavy metals which accumulate in our bodies over years, unbeknown to us.
The result of accumulated toxicity and acidity in our body is that our body chemistry and pH has been altered to become acidic. Couple with the fast-paced, high stress, low-exercise lifestyle prevalent today, increased acidity in our daily lives is practically unavoidable. Most people in today’s world are living with acidic bodies, unaware of the detriment excess acidity may be taking on their overall health and quality of life.
The Alkaline Diet is a simple, straightforward approach to health that is key to reducing your body’s acidity and restoring proper chemistry. It’s all about balance. By following the simple logic behind The Alkaline Diet—giving your body the optimal proper alkaline nutrition and limiting your intake of acidic foods and other acid-building lifestyle choices—you can eliminate excess acid and restore a natural balance in your body.
The Complete Alkaline Diet Shopping Guide makes it simple to make the healthiest choices for you and your family with the foods that you buy. We will start with some general principles in the form of basic Do’s and Don’ts of the Alkaline Diet. We have then included a shopping list broken up by department, that you can take with you next time you hit the grocery store.
12 BASIC DO’S OF THE ALKALINE DIET
-DO eat raw, whole, unprocessed foods—ones that are as close to their natural form as possible. ‘Whole foods’ are ones that have been processed or refined as little as possible and are free from additives and other artificial substances.
-DO fill your diet to fresh vegetables and fruits.
-DO give priority to dark leafy greens like raw spinach, swiss chard, brussel sprouts, kale, and mustard greens.
-DO eat fermented foods like kefir, kombucha, kimchi, saurkraut, pickles, miso, tempeh, and natto.
-DO munch on raw nuts and seeds like pumpkin seeds, flax seeds, almonds, sesame seeds and chestnuts. Avoid nuts and seeds that have been roasted or with added salts and oils.
-DO eat sprouted grains like lentils, soy beans, watercress, alfalfa, wild rice, millet, spelt and quinoa.
-DO aim to get the majority of your protein from plant sources, as opposed to meat and dairy.
-DO drink blended green drinks made from leafy greens, grasses, fruits, seeds and nuts.
-DO drink fresh, raw vegetable juices.
-DO consume low sodium or no sodium foods. If you must add a dash of salt opt for vegetable salt or sea salt.
-DO add baking soda and fresh lemon into your diet generously.
-DO drink clean, filtered, preferably alkaline water and aim to drink between three and four liters per day.
12 BASIC DON’TS OF THE ALKALINE DIET
-DON’T eat added sugar. If you must sweeten use raw honey.
-DON’T purchase processed foods, grains, and cereals like corn flakes.
-DON’T consume artificial sweeteners.
-DON’T eat fried foods.
-DON’T consume processed dairy products, especially processed cheeses, ice cream, buttermilk, and cream cheese. Kefir (a fermented milk product) is a healthy alternative to traditional processed dairy that is high in probiotics. Yogurt can be another healthy dairy option, if done right. When buying yogurt look that is comes from goat or sheep milk and has no added sugar.
-DON’T include bacon, sausage, and cold cuts in your diet.
-DON’T eat pastas, breads and other packaged grains.
-DON’T consume oats or whole wheat products. All traditional grains, whole or not, produce acidity in the body.
-DON’T drink carbonated soft drinks. Cola’s are among the most acidity of all foods in the grocery store with an extremely low pH of just 2.5.
-DON’T drink caffeinated beverages or fruit juices with added sugar.
-DON’T drink alcohol.
-DON’T consume food coloring and other preservatives.