Raw Energy: Strive to be alkaline

By Brenda Richter

A healthy or neutral pH for your body is about 7.5. Most people are too acidic, which prevents their immune system from functioning at its best.

When your body’s pH drops, the likelihood of ailments, including colds, illness, disease, body aches and pains, and other symptoms sharply increases. The food you eat has a direct effect on your pH and, by incorporating a greater portion of alkaline-forming foods into your diet, you can increase the pH level in your body (making it more alkaline).

The costs of acidity are profound, and oftentimes they go undetected since our bodies are equipped with a natural buffering system. Acidosis is often a factor in fatigue, impaired sleep, stress, loss of lean muscle and increased body fat. Acid-forming foods are the primary cause of an overly-acidic system.

Raw foods, including fresh fruits, vegetables (particularly green, leafy vegetables) and natural fats have an alkalizing effect, once digested. Meat, dairy, coffee, prescription drugs, stress, pollution, refined flour, processed foods and soft drinks are very acid-forming. Exercise helps to release acidosis.

Finding a happy balance between the food you eat, feeling satisfied and being alkaline doesn’t have to be a challenge. Raw foods is more than vegetable sticks, apples and leafy salads as many deliciously enjoy enticing entrees and desserts like lasagna and chocolate mousse, created meat- and dairy-free. Learn more and attend a “Why Raw?” talk or take a raw foods class. Visit myrawenergy.com or e-mail myrawenergy@yahoo.com.

Brenda Richter is a graduate of Living Light Culinary Arts Institute, where she received her certification as a Raw Culinary Arts associate chef and instructor. She’s passionate about sharing the living foods lifestyle with others, and teaches raw culinary arts classes in the Rockford area.

From the Jan. 5-11, 2011

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