In order for our body to maintain its basic functions of life, it must first have a certain acid-base balance. So, what do the terms acidic and basic (alkaline) mean? It refers to the situations where the acidic pH is less than 7, and the basic (alkaline) is greater than 7. The ideal pH value of our blood is 7.4, and even small deviations up or down are life-threatening. It is our responsibility to maintain this balance.
Some of the foods we consume are acidic by nature, while others are alkaline. Unless we create a balanced acid-base environment in our body, we cannot expect our organs to carry out their activities in a healthy way. Especially fast food diet, excessive consumption of animal fat and protein, irregular lifestyle, inactivity, diabetes, diet rich in simple sugar, excessive alcohol consumption and some digestive disorders create an acidic environment in our body over time. This damages the functioning of our organs and weakens our immune system. In order not to allow this, we need to choose most of the foods we consume from alkaline and a little of acidic foods. To find out which food is alkaline and which food is acidic, please review the table of alkaline-acidic foods. After a while, you will not need to look at the chart, and you will have a positive or negative judgment about all of these foods.
Apart from the foods we take, other negative factors that contribute to the creation of an acidic environment in our body can be listed as follows:
– Eating too much
– Eating too fast
– Eating too often
– Eating a diet rich in foods that are difficult to digest (especially fried meat, etc.)
– Going to bed after eating or eating late in the evening.
All these factors seriously increase the load on our digestive system, regardless of the food we take. Food that passes into the stomach without being chewed sufficiently in the mouth causes gas formation in our digestive system and creates an acidic environment. Today, unfortunately, the increased acid load of the body is held responsible for many chronic diseases, especially cancer.
So, let’s summarize the golden advice of this chapter as follows;
– Take advantage of the raw oil of non-genetically modified fruits such as olives,
– Consume fish such as salmon, sea bass, sea bream by cooking them without losing their nutritional value, (in the oven)
– Consume plenty of fermented yogurt, ayran and kefir made from that yogurt, (Even though yogurt looks slightly acidic, it exhibits alkaline character in our body.)
– Completely remove refined salt, which consists only of sodium and chlorine, from your table! Instead, start consuming unprocessed salt, known as Çankırı salt or Himalayan salt, which contains 84 minerals in our body. Shift the balance towards alkaline by adding it to your water, ayran, meal or salad according to your taste. (I will share my thoughts on Himalayan salt in detail under a separate heading.)
– Do not neglect to consume foods that have alkaline properties and will keep you full for a long time, such as dry beans, chickpeas, kidney beans,
– Keep valuable foods such as spinach, broccoli, cucumber, celery, zucchini, onion and garlic on your table.
– Consume wheatgrass, which you can grow at home and contains many times more minerals and vitamins than many vegetables, either by squeezing out its juice or adding it to your salads. I prefer to benefit from its fiber by adding it to my salads.
– Make it a habit not to skip meals. After skipped meals, we often eat too quickly and too much. If you think you will have a busy day, be cautious and take unroasted unsalted almonds with you. Almonds both suppress your hunger and prevent you from attacking high-calorie foods afterwards.
– Consume plenty of salads that you will make using foods such as lettuce, cabbage, arugula, parsley, carrots, dill and mint. I don’t recommend any dressing for your salad other than lemon and extra virgin olive oil.
– Never neglect to consume pickles made with Himalayan salt and homemade natural vinegar. You can eat pickles consisting of cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, garlic and beets with peace of mind. Thanks to its alkaline character and probiotic structure, pickles support our digestive system and keep our immune system active.
A diet consisting entirely of alkaline foods is not sustainable. I believe that the secret of many things in life is hidden in the word balance. As long as we manage to be moderate, we can consume many foods we love, even if they are acidic. I have always avoided compelling solid diets, as I believe that enjoying life is one of the most important factors that nourish our soul. That’s my advice to you too. We need to create a life-long sustainable diet without straining our souls too much. Because good mental health means good physical health.