If you want to feel better have more energy and ward off most diseases, learn more about alkaline foods and include more of them in your diet.
Alkaline foods increase oxygen, encourage the “feel-good” body chemicals, and increase energy. Eating a high-alkaline diet will encourage you to get more exercise, and refrain from smoking. You will also find yourself thinking happier thoughts.
Here are only a sample of high alkaline foods:
dried lima beans
grasses (ie wheatgrass)
chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
These foods are alkalizing once in the body:
(THIS IS ONLY A TINY SAMPLE OF THOUSANDS OF HIGH ALKALINE FOODS….PLEASE LEARN ABOUT SOME OTHERS)
The impact of an out-of-balance body
In the body a mildly acidic (opposite of alkaline) condition for a short period of time will not have a big affect on your body. However, most people have extremely poor diets and highly stressful lives, which leads to chronically acidic conditions. This can be devastating to your body and overall well-being. Some of the negative affects include:
- bloating and water retention
- acne and other skin conditions
- weak hair or nails
- trouble maintaining weight
- trouble losing weight
- joint pain
- frequent colds
Studies have established that the higher the alkalinity of the body as indicated by a higher pH level, the greater the amount of oxygen that the blood is able to absorb.
This value is significant because in recent years, scientists also discovered that the inability or diminished capacity of our blood to absorb oxygen is what leads to negative health conditions and diseases such as cancer, heart disorders, neurological disorders, diabetes and various infections.
And here’s the connection between higher oxygen levels in our bloodstream and eating green, chlorophyll-filled foods:
Many or most foods in the high pH category are green and filled with chlorophyll with a molecular structure absolutely identical to hemoglobin except for the center atom. In hemoglobin this is iron, whereas in chlorophyll it is magnesium. This means that when ingested, chlorophyll actually helps to do the job of hemoglobin (hemoglobin is so vital to the health of our blood – in fact, blood is approx 75% hemoglobin). It helps to rebuild and replenish our red blood cells, boosting our energy and increasing our well being almost instantly.
I know this sounds a bit like the old ancient Japanese legend that eating brains makes you smarter – BUT – eating/drinking chlorophyll does increase the quality AND quantity of your red blood cells.
Chlorophyll has the power to regenerate our bodies at the molecular and cellular level and is known to help cleanse the body, fight infection, help heal wounds, and promote the health of the circulatory, digestive, immune, and detoxification systems. Chlorophyll consumption increases the number of red blood cells and, therefore, increase oxygen utilization by the body. Chlorophyll also reduces the binding of carcinogens to DNA in the liver and other organs. It also breaks down calcium oxalate stones for elimination, which are created by the body for the purpose of neutralizing and disposing of excess acid.
Other Chlorophyll Benefits
So in addition to helping to rebuild and replenish our red blood cells, chlorophyll, being highly alkaline, also gives the body the following benefits:
- Anti Carcinogenic: Chlorophyll protects against a whole host of carcinogens found in fungus-laden foods such as nuts and grains, the toxins from cooked meats, and air-borne carcinogens (from pollution). It blocks the metabolism in the body of harmful chemicals known as procarcinogens that damage DNA. Studies published in the journals Carcinogenesis and Food and Chemical Toxicology clearly display that chlorophyll inhibits carcinogenesis.
- Antioxidant & Anti-inflammatory: Containing high levels of the vitamins A, C and E, chlorophyll has strong antioxidant capacity and has also been found to help reduce inflammation.
- Chelation of Heavy Metals: Chlorophyll is one of the most important chelates in nature. It’s ability to bind to and remove toxic heavy metals such as mercury makes it an extremely powerful healer. I’m about to have four mercury fillings removed, and you can bet that I will be getting PLENTY of chlorophyll into my body after the procedure!
- Antiseptic: while chlorophyll doesn’t actually have antiseptic properties of its own, it, quite remarkably, DOES have the ability to aid our body’s tissue in destroying germs. By strengthening tissue, it increases the disease resistance of cells and, at the same time, prevents the growth of bacteria!
- Treats Bad Breath: This one is a real bonus and really works! Chlorophyll has a double-action remedy for bad breath. Firstly, as a deodoriser, it will eliminate odours in the mouth and throat, but secondly (and more importantly) it promotes a healthy digestive tract – which is the primary reason for bad breath. And if you need more – here is another blog post on foods for bad breath!
- Rapid Delivery of Magnesium: this has a highly alkalising effect on the body and helps to deliver much needed oxygen to cells and tissues.
- Contains vitamin K, C, folic acid, iron, calcium, protein: which are all also essential in building and repairing red blood cells and boosting our immune system.
How to Get the Benefits of Chlorophyll
All of the health benefits of chlorophyll are easy to get on a daily basis. The simple way? Eat your greens and drink your greens. I know we are always going on about the importance of greens in your diet, but this is one of the main reasons why – it ensures you’re getting plenty of chlorophyll!
But please don’t just take my word for it. You owe it to yourself to try all this for yourself. This is one experiment you SHOULD try at home because you will be fitter and calmer and brighter and healthier in many many ways…after just a short time. And you’ll be setting a GREAT example for all the people around you, especially the children who are looking to everyone to set an example for their own precious lives. So what are you waiting for?
And don’t forget to research this topic for yourself. You will learn more and more about this every time you look into it. Sometimes certain foods will be listed as possibly alkaline…by some authors and possibly acid by other authors. Don’t worry about that….some foods are tested in one lab to be more alkaline and in others to me more acid. You can clear up any confusion by getting some pH test strips and measuring the pH content for yourself. Or better yet, look up MANY articles and discover the trends for certain foods…..some will appear to be in the alkaline column most of the time or just half of the time or a small portion of the time. You’ll gain confidence about food choices the more you read and learn. But better ye,t just decide to eat more “green” in general and then stick to the foods which really are helping you feel better and leave off the others. Your body will tell you in no uncertain terms if you are helping it!
Written by : Marrow (USA)
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