The pH of your body affects every aspect of your health.  pH levels regulate, affect and control practically everything in nature, including your body.  When your body is pH balanced, it's full of vitality, you'll have increased energy, mental clarity and you'll even notice that your skin has regained that healthy glow.

Everything living on Mother Earth must remain in a pH balanced state for the ecosystem to function as designed.  Science proves that fish in our oceans and lakes can only survive in properly balanced environments; trees in our forests can only grow in properly balanced soils; and people can only stay healthy if the body has a balance between its levels of Acid and Alkaline.

We know that pH balance is important for overall health, but how does it affect flexibility?

It's pretty simple, actually.  The lower (more acid) your body's pH balance, the more inflammation (hence rigidity) you have in your body.  You can improve your flexibility almost immediately by choosing to eat the right foods.  If you're interested in gaining flexibility, don't take my word for it, try it!

Below are some of my favorite Superfoods. Buy them fresh and purchase organic whenever possible.

DARK GREENS

Dark green vegetables are some of the most mineral-dense foods on the planet, and waterborne greens or sprouted greens are even better (waterborne greens usually have 2-10 times more minerals).

MY FAVORITES

Spirulina, chlorella, barley grass juice extract, wheat grass, kale, parsley, all seaweeds and sea vegetables, chard, and spinach.

GRAINS & SEEDS

Today, the most nutrient-dense foods are the ugly, brown-colored, intimidating dry goods you see in plastic bins at the health food stores.  They take a little extra work to prepare (cooking or sprouting), but it's well worth it.

Not everyone strives to be an ultra-bendy Yogi, of course, but most of us would like to have a bit more flexibility just so we could spend more time playing with our kids and grandkids.  Or maybe you're a runner who's hamstrings have gotten really tight and those monthly massage sessions are helpful, but you're not quite where you want to be.

Let's go back to diet to see how else what you eat affects who you are:

Most people get their fat from animal-based foods like milk, ghee, cheese, butter, and meat. In animals' bodies (and yours), built up toxins like pesticides, herbicides, antibiotics, and pollutants are most-often deposited in fat cells.  Eating cilantro helps the body to detox from many pollutants, but if you reduce the acidic foods you eat, you reduce the amount of inflammation in your body and you reduce the number of the toxin loving fat cells.

Do I have to become vegetarian?

Of course not.  I'm not a vegetarian (close, but no cigars, thank you), and have no plans on becoming one.  Besides, you can no more live a healthy life eating just alkaline foods than you can eating only acidic foods.  Like life, eating for your health is a balancing act of making the proper choices.  People vary, but for the most part, the ideal diet is made up of 75% alkalizing and 25% acidifying foods by volume.

To help you make the proper choices, I'm incorporating a food chart below.

ALKALIZING FOODS

VEGETABLES
Garlic
Asparagus
Fermented Veggies
Watercress
Beets
Broccoli
Brussel sprouts
Cabbage
Carrot
Cauliflower
Celery
Chard
Chlorella
Collard Greens
Cucumber
Eggplant
Kale
Kohlrabi
Lettuce
Mushrooms
Mustard Greens
Dulce
Dandelions
Edible Flowers
Onions
Parsnips (high glycemic)
Peas
Peppers
Pumpkin
Rutabaga
Sea Veggies
Spirulina
Sprouts
Squashes
Alfalfa
Barley Grass
Wheat Grass
Wild Greens
Nightshade Veggies

FRUITS
Apple
Apricot
Avocado
Banana (high glycemic)
Cantaloupe
Cherries
Currants
Dates/Figs
Grapes
Grapefruit
Lime
Honeydew Melon
Nectarine
Orange
Lemon
Peach
Pear
Pineapple
All Berries
Tangerine
Tomato
Tropical Fruits
Watermelon

PROTEIN
Eggs
Whey Protein Powder
Cottage Cheese
Chicken Breast
Yogurt
Almonds
Chestnuts
Tofu (fermented)
Flax Seeds
Pumpkin Seeds
Tempeh (fermented)
Squash Seeds
Sunflower Seeds
Millet
Sprouted Seeds
Nuts

OTHER
Apple Cider Vinegar
Bee Pollen
Lecithin Granules
Probiotic Cultures
Green Juices
Veggies Juices
Fresh Fruit Juice
Organic Milk
(unpasteurized)
Mineral Water
Alkaline Antioxidant Water
Green Tea
Herbal Tea
Dandelion Tea
Ginseng Tea
Banchi Tea
Kombucha

SWEETENERS
Stevia

SPICES/SEASONINGS
Cinnamon
Curry
Ginger
Mustard
Chili Pepper
Sea Salt
Miso
Tamari
All Herbs

ORIENTAL VEGETABLES
Maitake
Daikon
Dandelion Root
Shitake
Kombu
Reishi
Nori
Umeboshi
Wakame
Sea Veggies

 

ACIDIFYING FOODS

FATS & OILS
Avocado Oil
Canola Oil
Corn Oil
Hemp Seed Oil
Flax Oil
Lard
Olive Oil
Safflower Oil
Sesame Oil
Sunflower Oil

FRUITS
Cranberries

GRAINS
Rice Cakes
Wheat Cakes
Amaranth
Barley
Buckwheat
Corn
Oats (rolled)
Quinoi
Rice (all)
Rye
Spelt
Kamut
Wheat
Hemp Seed Flour

DAIRY
Cheese, Cow
Cheese, Goat
Cheese, Processed
Cheese, Sheep
Milk
Butter

NUTS & BUTTERS
Cashews
Brazil Nuts
Peanuts
Peanut Butter
Pecans
Tahini
Walnuts

ANIMAL PROTEIN
Beef
Carp
Clams
Fish
Lamb
Lobster
Mussels
Oyster
Pork
Rabbit
Salmon
Shrimp
Scallops
Tuna
Turkey
Venison

PASTA (WHITE)
Noodles
Macaroni
Spaghetti

OTHER
Distilled Vinegar
Wheat Germ
Potatoes

DRUGS & CHEMICALS
Chemicals
Drugs, Medicinal
Drugs, Psychedelic
Pesticides
Herbicides

ALCOHOL
Beer
Spirits
Hard Liquor
Wine

BEANS & LEGUMES
Black Beans
Chick Peas
Green Peas
Kidney Beans
Lentils
Lima Beans
Pinto Beans
Red Beans
Soy Beans
Soy Milk
White Beans
Rice Milk
Almond Milk

 

Please remember, I am not a nutritionist, and cannot advise you in specifics for you individually.  Also remember, there are levels of acidity and alkalinity in the various foods; for instance, pumpkins seeds are the most alkaline of the nuts/seeds while walnuts, Brazil nuts and hazelnuts are the most acidic.

Eat more leafy, green vegetables, more fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, and seeds.  Try to obtain more of the fats you need from the vegetable kingdom rather than the animal kingdom and see the difference in your health, your skin, your vitality, your energy levels and your flexibility.

 


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