- Freeport murder suspect Damon Dixson taken into custody in Rockford
- Local gas station employee arrested for selling liquor to minor
- Renewable Fuel Standard delay ‘a mixed blessing,’ Bustos says
- Rockford delegation presents inaugural ‘Rockford Award’ to Norwegian Air
- Education in Illinois making slow progress, according to report
- Illinois GOP Congressional delegation: Obama’s immigration plan undermines rule of law
- Suspect, 17, charged in Halloween hit-and-run in Roscoe
- Saint Anthony College of Nursing president to retire
- Man found guilty in deadly August 2013 crash at Mulford and Garrett Lane
- ‘The Price is Right Live!’ at Coronado March 1; tickets on sale Nov. 21
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 email@example.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