Every day our bodies face an onslaught of potentially harmful factors: air and water pollution, processed foods, stress, viruses, etc. It's a lot for the body to battle on a daily basis, but keeping a simple plan to help minimize or avoid the effects is a good option. Here are some easy steps to help bolster your protection.
Begin with a well-balanced diet.
The ideal diet is 80 percent raw, 15 percent cooked and 5 percent junk food. An easier approach is 60 percent raw, 30 percent cooked and 10 percent junk food. Allowing for junk food removes the resentment energy associated with deprivation. If you ever see me eating a pizza or some other questionable food, you will know I am enjoying my 10 percent.
Raw foods, fruits and veggies should be organically grown.
Eat fresh sprouted organic seeds and whole grain products, such as quinoa, millet and brown rice.
Eat healthier proteins
If you are going to eat meat, make sure it is free range and grass-fed. Grains are sprayed with chemicals and those chemicals are ingested by the animal eating them. With fowl, eat more turkey than chicken. Chicken has more fat, which is where the toxins are stored.
Eat deep sea fish with scales. Avoid fresh water and farm-raised fish, as these have a tendency to be more polluted.
As for dairy, less is best. It causes phlegm and mucus in the intestinal tract, which can impede the uptake of nutrients.
Drink plenty of water
Water is an important nutrient, so drink plenty of it. Try to drink distilled or deep spring water, and add some fresh squeezed lemon juice. This helps to stimulate the liver and adds some alkalinity to your system.
Foods to avoid
Whenever possible, eliminate fried, fatty and greasy foods, as well as caffeine, sugar, salt and white flour. If you are a parent giving your child a chewable vitamin made with sugar or corn syrup, you are continuing the addiction to sweets. If you need a sweetener, use stevia, xylitol or lo han as substitutes.
In addition to moving towards a vegetarian-style diet and minimizing the bad dietary items and habits, be sure to build your supplementation program. Start each day with a strong high potency multiple vitamin, and in the evening take a strong mineral formula. Taking vitamins in the morning gives you energy throughout the workday, and taking minerals in the evening calms and relaxes the body. You will sleep better, too!
The Bottom Line
Your body is designed to be more alkaline on the inside, so you want your body to be more alkaline than acidic. A vegetarian-style diet is ideal because it automatically makes it easy for the body to maintain an alkaline state. Fruits and veggies are fundamentally alkaline. The only vegetables you want to be aware of are the nightshades: potatoes, tomatoes, bell peppers and eggplant. These are not good for people with gout and/or arthritis. Otherwise, the more fruits and veggies, the more alkaline the body and the healthier you will be.
What percentage of your diet is alkaline?