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Is it Possible to Maintain Alkaline Balance on a Diet including Meat?
Is it Possible to Maintain Alkaline Balance on a Dietincluding Meat?Here are the 13 reasons why our bodies, if given the right nutrition, will be so much more alkaline when including meat in the diet.1. On the Alkaline Paleo diet stress is greatly relieved. Stress is the greatest acidifier and getting the right nutrition will calm the mind enormously.It’s been both mine and Ian’s experience that stress is no longer nearly the problem it wasprior to going on this Alkaline Paleo diet. By getting all of our amino acids so necessary fromhigh quality protein (meat, eggs or fish)and the good fats we need, we’ve created a platformfor the body to have the brain function as it should. Amino acids from good proteins areessential to a healthy psych. There are studies that show that many psychiatric disorders canbe reversed when amino acids are supplied adequately to the diet. The Alkaline Paleo protocol will help to create a really calm and clear mind, a mind that doesn’t get caught on the small stuff and with the big stuff is able to creatively find way through and beyond. A calm mind created more alkalinity.And a calm mind allows for deep breathing. When we are stressed we shallow breathe whichmeans we don’t eliminate the carbon dioxide so well from our lungs. Carbon dioxide comesfrom carbonic acid which is acidifying and part of the way the body gets rid of excess acids.Depression which doesn’t allow good thinking has become something that is very rare for usnow and only lasts for a very short time before we get to understand what it is about and thendo what it takes to move quickly through it. And stable blood sugar levels from the AlkalinePaleo diet ends the up and down mood swings that come from low blood sugars. Ian used toget really grumpy when he didn’t eat on time. He can now miss a whole meal and remains ahappy boy!2. On the Alkaline Paleo diet we don’t eat grains. Grains are much more acidifying to the body than meat.Meat is acidifing but the most acidifying food (apart from sugar) is grains. One of the thingsabout any grains is they are not easily digested because of many factors including phytates,lectins, gluten (forms of gluten are found in all grains) and high carbohydrate levels. Whenfoods are difficult to digest this sets up inflammation in the gut which then promotes gutdysbiosis and finally inflammation throughout the body. Through incomplete digestion in the intestines, grains cause inflammation. Inflammation causes stress and therefore more bodily acidification.One way to gauge acidity is to measure acid-induced calcium loss in the urine. A study by theUni of Toronto examined the effect of increasing gluten consumption with the level of calciumloss in the urine. An incredible 63 percent increase in calcium loss occurred with an increase ofgluten from bread. About 10,000 years ago our Paleo ancestors ate meats, vegetables and asmall amount of fruit, nuts and roots. This formerly alkaline human diet pH balance shifted tothe acid side with the introduction of grains, especially wheat.3. Sugars: the most acidifying foods – are almost eliminated and cravings for sugar just disappear! 1/4
If we do decide to eat berries we will be ingesting some acidity and sugar from these fruit, butfor the most part, with the Alkaline Paleo diet, Ian and I just prefer savoury foods now. Oursweet tooth has just faded away. No more cravings. This doesn’t mean there isn’t anoccasional foray into the fruit world but where we craved sugar and fruit before, it is now just anice thing to eat a tiny bit of fruit every now and again – as it would have been with ourPalaeolithic ancestors.4. We need only a small amount of meat, eggs or fish with every meal; a lot less than if we still needed to get all our essential amino acids from grains, pulses and nuts.Compared with the amount of grains, nut and legumes we need to eat to get enoughnutrition, the amount of meat, eggs or fish we need is comparably much much smaller inbulk.Meat, eggs and fish are the only foods that contain all the essential amino acids, B12 andeasily absorbed iron. We are probably even saving money on this diet!5. On the Alkaline Paleo diet we found there are other factors in meat that lessen acidity.In his book ‘Wheat Belly’ Dr William Davis tells us that: “New research suggest that meats have other effects when ingested that partially negate theacid load. Animal protein exerts a bone-strengthening effect through stimulation of thehormone insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1), which triggers bone growth and mineralization. Thenet effect of proteins from meat, despite their acid-generating properties, is that of increasingbone health. Children, adolescents, and the elderly who increase their meat intake showincreased bone calcium content and improved measures of bone strength.”The fact that vegetarians don’t eat acid forming meat would lead us to expect their bones to bestrong and healthy but they actually have the highest incidence of osteoporosis.6. On the Alkaline Paleo diet overall food consumption lessens, due to satiety from eating healthy fats, and less food consumption means less acidity in the body.Eating too much is very acidifying no matter how alkaline a food is. When the stomach anddigestive system is overloaded it puts tremendous stress on the body to deliver the saliva,hydrochloric acid, pancreatic enzymes, bile, digestive enzymes and all the other hormones andenzymes needed for digestion. We all know what it’s like to be over-full. We feel awful. Thebody is in an enormous amount of stress trying to deliver what is needed to digest this surplusof food and we know what stress does – it acidifies! Dairy – especially plain milk – is acidic andso is cheese.7. On the Alkaline Paleo we eat very little dairy products. Dairyproducts are acid making in the body.Dairy is very hard to give up as it has a opioid like effect in the brain which will cause cravings.Why do I mention this? Being addicted to any substance drugs or drug like food causes astress reaction in the body and stress is acidifying. 2/4
Dairy is usually a part of a vegetarian diet as it is one of the few ways that a vegetarian getsenough quality protein, and fat soluble vitamins such a Vitamin A, K2, D3 and the vitamin B12.If someone is vegan and doesn’t eat these foods they quickly become deficient in essentialamino acids. These vitamins & amino acids will need to be supplemented in pill form in order toget these nutrients. Is this an optimal diet if you need supplements to survive?What happens if you are vegetarian and have a food sensitivity to dairy? Unless wesupplement with a large amount of eggs we will have a lot of deficiencies, we will get sick asvegetarians and vegans often do, despite their alkaline diet. I know, I was one of them.Bringing back meat into my diet allowed me to get nutrients I was badly missing. 8. On the Alkaline Paleo we drink leafy green vegetable juices. These are very alkalizing due to high potassium – and we love them!We drink (when we are back in Australia) a green vegetable juice every day. We don’t addcarrots, beetroot or fruit as they are high in sugar. Fruit juice is acidic also. We have juices of kale, celery, cabbage, cucumbers, parsley, lettuce, coriander (detoxes mercury) and someginger. The alkalinity of the palaeolithic diet has been estimated to be 6 to 9 times more alkaline than the modern diet, thanks to its large potassium salt intake from vegetable sources.It is thought that our ancestors’ urine pH was as high as 7.5 to 9.0 compared to the our modernrange of 4.4 to 7.0. Our Paleo forebears also lived in a much cleaner world where his air wasclean and rich in oxygen, with clean food and (most likely alkaline) pure water, stress wouldhave been limited to those moments where they were hunting – or being hunted!9. On the Alkaline Paleo diet we have stable blood sugar levels from eating good fats and no high carb foods.Even blood sugar levels are really important as spikes in blood sugar are very acidifying andcause glycation which cause the ageing process. Diabetics are an example of the effects ofhigh blood sugars levels as they age much faster than those with healthy blood sugar levels.10. On the Alkaline Paleo diet drinking alkaline ionized water alone will increase alkalinity – and help to negate the effects of AGE’s (free radicals).Unlike our Paleo ancestors” world, in today’s world we need all the help we can to stayalkaline and drinking alkaline water is an easy and great way of achieving this. Alkaline water 3/4
is a rich sourse of antioxidants. Antioxidants are fantastic for negating AGE’s in the blood stream thereby increasing the ability of the body to remain youthful and healthy. 11. On the Alkaline Paleo diet Candida Albicans and other bad gut bacteria, with their excretion of very acidic waste, will no longer thrive. Getting the proper probiotic environment back into the gut is essential for alkalinity. 12. On the Alkaline Paleo diet we eat more vegetables now than we did as vegetarians. We don’t fill up on bulky grains, pulses or nuts so there is more room for fresh vegetables. Apart from eating meat and fat all the rest of food we eat are alkaline vegetables. 13. On the Alkaline Paleo diet we eat very little fruits as they are high in sugar and not nutrient dense. We don’t eat much fruit as I have stated before it is acidifying due to the large amount of sugars now found in it. Fruit is more like a treat than a necessary part of the diet, to be eaten sparingly This is how Dr Kate Shanahan, author of “Deep Nutrition” says when she speaks at Sean Croxtons’ Real Food Summit: “I should have corrected myself to say… (fruit is.)..mostly empty caloroies. They’ve been bred for sweetness and while fruits do of course convey nutriends to our bodies the nutrient to calorie ratio of most vegetable is far greater than that of most fruits.” This has been so good to write and I hope I have helped to make it clear that contrary to our modern belief that eating meat = acidity that actually eating meat= great nutrition and more alkalinity. I would love any comments on the above or any ideas you might have about why the Alkaline Paleo diet might contribute towards alkalinity. 4/4Powered by TCPDF (www.tcpdf.org)