During these cold, comfort-food ridden months I’ve been craving something fresh. The Alkaline Sisters has solved my problem. These two sisters decided to change their eating habits to include more raw foods and focus on foods that decrease inflammation in the body and increase energy and overall health. With beautiful food photography, scrumptious recipes, and great resources for alkalizing and revamping your eating habits (and waistline), I believe I’ve found a new favorite food blog!
Dr. Robert Young, Ph.D is the founder of the Alkalarian Diet. According to his theory:
…when the blood becomes too acidic, the body will take whatever action necessary to regulate the acid-alkaline balance of the blood. According to Young, in this environment the body will begin to break down and show signs of disease including cancer, obesity, osteoporosis, yeast overgrowth, flu, skin disorders, etc. Young researches and writes about pleomorphism occurring on a cellular level. Young’s fundamental theory is that the human body is alkaline by design and acidic by function and that there is only one sickness, one disease, and one treatment. Young claims that this one sickness and one disease is acidosis, the over-acidification of the blood and then tissues due to an inverted way of living, eating, and thinking. The “one treatment” is to maintain the alkaline design of the body through an alkaline lifestyle and diet.
Young’s books recommend an alkaline protocol consisting of a low-stress lifestyle and a high-water content, high chlorophyll, plant-based diet. The protocol recommends moderate intake of high-carbohydrate vegetables, some grains, and fresh fish. Young recommends abstaining from “acidic” foods — such as sugar, red meat, shellfish, eggs, dairy, processed and refined foods, stored grains, artificial sweeteners, alcohol, coffee, chocolate, and sodas — because overloading the body’s ability to eliminate excess acidity will result in the body becoming sick and decomposing. Young claims that disorders such as weight gain, water retention, cholesterol, calcium stones, and tumors are all life-saving mechanisms for storing and dealing with excess acidity in the body. Young’s writings commonly explain these theories using a “fish tank” metaphor that compares the environment of the human body to the environment of a fish tank. (source Wikipedia)
pH Scale: a system of describing acidity or alkalinity, ranging from pH 0 to pH 14, with pH 7 being neutral. Values lower than 7 indicate acidity; those higher than 7 indicate alkalinity. Each number on the pH scale represents a tenfold change in acidity or alkalinity. Thus pH 5 is 10 times more acid than pH 6, and pH 4 is 100 times more acid than pH 6; pH 11 is 1,000 times more alkaline than pH 8. In general, plants grow best in the pH range of 4 (very acid) to 8 (slightly alkaline). (Source: Wikipedia)
Alkalosis: a condition reducing hydrogen ion concentration of arterial blood plasma (alkalemia). Generally alkalosis is said to occur when arterial pH exceeds 7.45. The opposite condition is acidosis. (Source: Wikipedia)
To learn more about alkalizing your body: go here, read Dr. Young’s book The pH Miracle (I read it as a teenager and remember it being an interesting read, but I think I’ll re-read it), and check out the Alkaline Food Chart to see what foods are more alkalizing to the body and which aren’t.